20 January 2011

My Life List ... so far

There. Finally. I good start on my Life List. In my 40 something years I've been lucky enough to do the odd cool thing here and there ... I'm pretty sure I would have put these on my Life List had I written one in my 20s AND dared to dream. Some of them are just experiences that fundamentally changed me ... for good and bad. Well, I now officially feel thoroughly inspired and overwhelmed at the same time. And loving it.

Participate in the Sketchbook Project
Write and illustrate a children’s book
Design and make stuffie
Make a set of Bean bags
Learn to play something on the piano
Be able to bake something from scratch from memory
Make a pastry from scratch
Make bread with Spud
Have a homemade ice cream party
Get my driver’s license
Design a colouring/activity book for kids
Make a travel journal, by hand (Morocco Family Travel Journal)
Design 5 fabric lines
Make a patchy blankie using my own fabrics
Create original sewing pattern
Own vacation property
Sell a book on blurb.com
Build a birdhouse
Celebrate an anniversary w/ big “rent a hall” party
Make a living as a freelance designer/writer
Write a poem to Spud
Read all 7 Harry Potter Books with Spud
Join a book club
Write a novel
Spend a day with my camera on manual
Design a typeface
Watch the Canucks win the Cup
Start a greeting card collection
Design a line of greeting cards
Complete a beginner Spanish course
Volunteer abroad
Fly Business Class
GO> Each Canadian province / territory (8/13)
Skate on the Rideau Canal, Ottawa
Have 40 country ticks on my travel wish list (29 and counting!)
See Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas
Live in another country
Tour Europe in a camper with the family
GO> Ireland
GO> Sweden
Have my first souffle in France
Have a Toad in the Hole, in England
Go> Tregaron, Wales (the middle name of Spud and Hubs)
Tour Moorish Spain
Learn to read Arabic numbers + alphabet
Take Spud to Egypt
GO> Thailand
Step on the Equator
GO> Easter Island
GO> Galapagos
GO> Brazil
GO> Taj Mahal
GO> Kashmir
GO> Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Have tea in the Sahara with my guys
GO> Sydney, Australia
Write down my Life List
Get Married in Vegas
Work as a designer for an NBA and NHL team in my home town
Watch every major Oscar nominee BEFORE the award show and then watch the show
Start a globe collection
Start a postcard collection
Have a baby

Video tape my baby 10 sec / day for 365 days so that I can watch him grow a whole year in just one hour
Make a time capsule for my baby on his first birthday
Make a photo book of my pregnancy
Have a paint splatter party
Open an Etsy shop
Start a blog
See an Olympic Games in another country (Torino, Italy, 2006)

See an Olympic Games in my own country
Design for Olympic Games in my hometown
Tour and compare US / Canadian prisons, min to max
Run 10 k (no stopping!)
Do the Grouse Grind (Grouse Mountain, BC)
Walk on NHL ice

Roam Havana, Cuba
Have lunch overlooking ships passing the Panama Canal
Camp on Lake Superior
Drive across Canada
Own a rooftop tent
GO>  Niagra Falls, ON
GO> Disneyland with my kid
Compete in a race, abroad (Dragon Boat in Hawaii)

GO> London
Get Musée'd out in Paris (Musée d’Orsay, l’Orangerie, Louvre)
GO> Eiffel tower, Paris
Watch the sun set over Paris from the Sacré-Coeur
Get lost in the streets of Florence
Dodge the quick fingers of pickpockets in Rome
GO> Acropolis, Greece
Tour the Romantic Road in Germany
Stay overnight in a castle (Germany and Italy)
Walk to Monaco
Ride the Tube, the Metro, the NY Subway and the L
Learn enough Arabic to barter in a Mideast souq
See the Pyramids, Giza, Egypt
Ride a camel

Snorkle in the Red Sea
GO> Petra, Jordan
Stay with Bedouin family in traditional tent retracing footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia (Wadi Rum, Jordan)
Sail on the Nile, Egypt

Survive “Pharoah’s Revenge”
GO> Crac de chevalier, Syria
Climb Mount Sinai and watch the sunrise
Experience a national election where there is only one candidate (Syria)
GO> Palmyra, Syria

GO> Istanbul, Turkey
GO> Ephesus, Turkey
Have Turkey dinner in Turkey on Christmas Eve (Goreme, Turkey)
Get to know each quarter in Jerusalem
Spend a day at Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum)
Float in the Dead sea
GO> Palestine
GO> Beirut, Lebanon
Sleep in a grass hut (Swaziland)

GO> Robben Island, South Africa
See penguins in their natural habitat (South Africa)
GO> Kruger National Park, South Africa
Tour as many art museums and galleries of South Africa as you can
Photograph the Sossusvlei dunes, Namibia
Visit a ghost town in the dessert (Kolmanskop, Namibia)
GO> African Safari and tick the Big 5! (South Africa and Namibia)
Do a walking safari (Hwange, Zimbabwe)

Tour a diamond mine (Kimberley, South Africa)
Spend a day in an African village (South Africa and Zimbabwe)
GO> Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe


Melanie said...

Yet again, another great inspired list!! Need to get started on mine already and can only aspire to someday live up to your own!

Congrats Jackie!

Tania Parisella said...

This is pretty cool Jackie. Makes me think of mine and i guess we all have our odd/exciting things we've done that others feel they wanna do too. Example, you say "See Canucks win the Cup", i saw Habs win the Cup in 1993 and i knew it was a big deal but i feel it is an even bigger deal given it's been last Cup by a Canadian team and i was lucky to be there! I'd now love to see Canucks win one too ! Anyway, glad to have read your list !

Jackie said...

Thank you Mel. It's so exciting and daunting at the same time. Don't you already have a lot going on with your ambitious AND wonderful poster project. I LOVE your work Mel. Hang in there. In the end, something amazing will come of the hard work. Whether personal or professional or whatever.

Thanks for the comment. Hugs.

Jackie said...

Love that you saw the Habs win the Cup! That would be a close second for me, of course. Although, funny, to have something on my list that I really have zero control over, but there you have it. Why not? Love that you popped by, Tania. Nice to hear from you.

Anonymous said...

Which two provinces have you not been to?

Connie said...

Impressive list, and impressive number of items crossed out for having only lived 40 some odd years! I dare not make a list of my own lest I feel pressure. :)

Jackie said...

Connie, that's funny you say that because my son was warning me about having such a long list. "What if you can't do it all?" his 6 year old self cautioned. "What if?" I said. "I'm afraid I might forget to do something I've always wanted to do, if I don't write it down!". Hee. His list only has 6 or so things on it. He's much more conservative. And maybe realistic.
: )
Thanks for popping by Connie.

Jackie said...

ANON: I have not been to Newfoundland ... what a shame! Nor New Brunswick. I'm not counting that half hour we spent on the other side of the Confederation Bridge on NB land. I think I would have to at the very least spend an overnight there to give it a tick.
; )

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