My Updated Life List and What I’ll Do in 2016


With the start of every new year comes an updated version of my life list. Although I didn’t set any New Year’s resolutions this time around (and you can read why not in my latest newsletter), I love to take an annual inventory of my life list. 

Here’s a look at what I was able to accomplish last year:

Move home to Vancouver.
After spending many years in Edmonton, this was the biggest goal I crossed off my list this year. Chris and I moved to the Lower Mainland in May, and we’re loving it here. 

Drive the Ring Road in Iceland
I traveled to Iceland in June with one of my best friends, and it was AMAZING. While driving around the entire country, we got to see dozens (hundreds?) of waterfalls, visit the stunning Glacier Lagoon, hike up a glacier, stroll along black sand beaches, spot puffins and more. The scenery was unbelievable and I definitely want to go back one day.

Go snorkelling
I had always assumed that my first time snorkelling would be in a tropical ocean, but that’s not quite how it worked out. Instead, it was in the freezing waters of Silfra while I was in Iceland. Rather cold, but absolutely beautiful. Plus, I got to snorkel in-between tectonic plates and how cool is that?!

Do the Grouse Grind
A notorious hike/climb/monster here in BC, the Grouse Grind is 2.9 kilometres long, has an elevation gain of 853 metres, and has a total of 2,830 stairs. While my time to complete it wasn’t pretty, I did complete it. A massive thanks to my trail pal Diana for pushing me through this one. 

Run a timed 10K
While my relationship with running is still an on/off thing, I completed not one but THREE 10k races last year: Beat the Blerch Seattle (ridiculous amounts of fun!), Rock and Roll Vancouver (beautiful medals), and The Great Climate Race (a super important cause). 

All in all, 2015 was a pretty freaking awesome year for me. With the combo of moving home to Vancouver and travelling to Iceland, last year is going to be a hard one to top. 

But you know what? I think 2016 is up for the challenge. Chris and I already have tickets booked for a trip to the UK, which means I’ll be drinking tea in London in just a few months. We’ve also talked about maybe going dog sledding in Whistler sometime this year. I’m in the off-again stage with running right now, but if we get back together soon, then my first half-marathon could be a possibility in the summer. I’m also toying with the idea of self-publishing a book of poetry in a few months. If you want to stay in the know with that one, you can sign up for my newsletter.

I love being able to cross a couple things off my life list consistently every year. If you want to start or update your own life list, I’ve got a free Life List worksheet for you to download. It’s fully customizable and printer-friendly! Grab it here.

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The Big Three
Be debt free
Be self-employed
Move home to Vancouver

Ride in a hot air balloon
Watch Riverdance live
Stand under a waterfall
Go whale watching and see a pod of orcas
Plant a tree
See the Northern Lights
Go snorkelling

Go ocean kayaking
Go dogsledding
Chase tornados
Be vegetarian for a month
Go stand up paddle boarding

Donate blood
Own a Husky or a Klee Klai
Swim with dolphins
Pan for gold
Dig for bones
Build an igloo
Build an igloo out of books
Be a Big Sister
Publish a book of poetry Go to a hot air balloon festival

Take photos in Hawaii
Travel to the UK
Drink tea in London
Visit European castles
Take a train across Canada
Visit every province in Canada
Go to Whitehorse
Road trip down the west coast: BC, Washington, Oregon, California
Visit Australia
Visit New Zealand
Drive the Ring Road in Iceland

Go skydiving
Go hang gliding
Go paragliding
Go parasailing
Go bungee jumping
Go white water rafting

Learn to French braid
Learn to speed read
Read 100 books in a year
Learn calligraphy
Take belly dancing lessons

Do the Grouse Grind
Learn to do the splits
Run a timed 5k
Run a timed 10k
Run a timed half-marathon
Do a pull up