My Life List and What I'll Do This Year


Life list, bucket list, goal list - whatever kind of list you want to call it, I think everyone should have one. A life list gives you motivation and exciting things to work towards. Specific goals you have, especially the lofty ones, are where the best life experiences come from. Not to mention for me, crossing things off any kind of list always gives me immense satisfaction.

I started writing down my life list when I was in college over 10 years ago. Since then, it’s changed as I've added new goals and even removed things I don’t care about anymore. For example, being the one to sing the national anthem at a hockey game? Sure, that would still be kind of neat I guess, but it’s not on my list of priorities anymore.

I’ve been lucky enough to experience a handful of things on my life list. Last year, I crossed three things off my list. Running my first timed 5k was a fairly simple one, and I even ended up running two more before I remembered again how much I hate running. The other two things I crossed off though, were big ones: becoming debt free and going self-employed.

Reaching these two goals were the biggest focuses of the year for me, both requiring a boat-load of discipline and sacrifice, but wow! The feeling of pride and freedom from achieving both goals was incredible. When my last loan payment went through, I admit it: I bragged on Facebook a little. And of course, when I left my corporate job to focus on writing full-time, the celebration included a fancy dinner and multiple bottles of champagne with Chris.

With 2015 one-twelfth complete (already!), I’m starting to figure out what I can complete on my life list next. Moving home to Vancouver is the big one this year, which we have scheduled for May. Being back home in Vancouver means that I can go ocean kayaking and hike the Grouse Grind with a little planning (and maybe some hiking training!). I’m also booking my plane ticket to Iceland this week, which means I get to drive the Ring Road and stand under the Seljalandsfoss waterfall this summer! Heading to Iceland and getting my Walter Mitty on with my best friend Kat will be a major blast.

I’m feeling good about the state of my life list and knowing that I’ll accomplish some exciting things year. You can check out my entire list below, and I’ll keep you posted whenever I cross something new off.


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

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
Do a pull up
Run a timed 5k
Run a timed 10k


PS: For an always-up-to-date version of my life goals, check out my life list page

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