Life List

Tell me, what is it you plan to do/With your one wild and precious life? – Mary Oliver

To do:

Travel & Adventure

Visit Argentina and eat dulce de leche.
Visit Australia to see the bush and the great barrier reef, pet a koala, and hang out in Byron Bay.
Go camping.
Yell a secret into Niagara Falls.
Ride in a hot air balloon.
Witness the Northern Lights.
Visit the Middle East.
Overcome my fear of snorkeling.
Eat a bowl of fish stew in an outdoor restaurant on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean.
Drive through the Tuscan countryside in a tiny two-seater car.
Cover myself in mud and float in the Dead Sea.
Stand on Maho Beach in Saint Martin and freak myself out watching the planes land. – On hold, since Hurricane Irma.
Vacation at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora.
Ride a cow in Switzerland
Live in Paris.
Ride in a helicopter.
Ice skate on a frozen-over lake.
Dance at Carnival.
Do a huge zip line.
Travel on a private jet.
Try indoor or outdoor rock-climbing.
Scuba diving.
Soak in the hot springs of Iceland.
Christmas in Hawaii, complete with hearty sing-a-long of Mele Kalikimaka.
Travel west around the world, and land back in New York.
Fly a plane. – done
Sleep in a yurt. – done
Do tequila shots on a beach in Mexico at sunset. – done
Visit Joshua Tree. – done
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease – on a trapeze! – done
Hike in Hawaii, jump off a cliff, and yell “Geronimo!” on the way down. – done
Take a road trip solo. – done
Have my photo taken in front of the Eiffel Tower. – done
Take my grandma on vacation. – done
Visit a redwood forest and hug a sequoia. – done
Go parasailing. – done

Personal Enrichment

Write a book and have it published.
Learn to throw pottery.
Learn to drive stick.
Learn French, conversationally.
Run a 5k.
Make pasta.
Learn to play a song on ukulele.
Sponsor a child in a third world country.
Gallop a horse.
Speak fluent Spanish.
Have a vegetable garden.
Learn Italian, conversationally.
Memorize ten works of poetry.
1. How to Build an Owl by Kathleen Lynch
2. i carry your heart by e.e. cummings
3. Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
Learn the metric system.
Be in a book club.
Do something I absolutely love for a living. – done
Do another persons Life List item (that isn’t on my Life List, too). – done
Get to number 100 on my Life List. – done
Host a weekly or daily radio show. – done

Lovely Things
Shake Barack Obama’s hand.
Celebrate Holi.
Save a life.
Tell a story at the Moth.
Fly kites with friends.
Letterpress something.
Run naked through a field.
Throw a dance party.
Make music, or at least some sort of sound, with a trombone.
Scream as loudly as possible.
Throw Amber-fest.
Get a matching tattoo with someone I love.
Have a ballpit.
Float on a row boat in the middle of a lake and star-gaze. – done
Host a surprise party. – done
Rock the eff out of a one-shouldered dress. – done
Redesign The Amber Show. – done
Own a set of luxurious stationary. – done
Commission a piece of art. – done
Officiate a wedding ceremony. – done
Have a big party for my birthday. – done
Sing “Laid” by James in karaoke. – done
Have a sing-a-long with strangers. – done
Get that tattoo of a feather on my foot. – done

Interacting with Animals
Swim with a manatee.
Go whale watching.
Dog sledding.
Give someone a rescued cat or dog for their birthday.
Milk a cow.
Hold a koala.
See a sea turtle in the wild. – done
Feed an elephant a banana. – done
Adopt a dog from a shelter. – done


Photograph a music festival as press.
Document charity efforts in a third-world country.
Photograph a wedding:

  • In Palm Springs.
  • on Hawaii.
  • in the Caribbean.
  • in the desert.
  • in a foreign country. – done

Be featured in a magazine.
Do a portrait session with a celebrity.
Publish a photograph. – done

Food and Drinks

Tap a tree to make maple syrup.
Host an all-trimmings holiday dinner.
Make a baked Alaska with Jen. – done
Pick an orange from a tree and eat it immediately. – done
Make a cake from scratch with homemade frosting. – done
Make eclairs from scratch. – done
Learn to cook a fish. – done


Get into Gramercy Park and have a sandwich.
Afternoon tea at the Plaza. – done
Finally see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. – done
See a Broadway play. – done
Live in New York City. – done
Row boats in Central Park. – done
Get good and kissed on top of the Empire State Building. – done

Done, but never blogged:

Fall madly, hopelessly in love.
Visit Canada.
Adopt a dog from a shelter.
Buy my grandparent’s house.
Own an old Volkswagen bug. (I bought a 1976 bus – close enough!)
Hike through a rain forest.
Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Make a blueberry pie from blueberries I picked.
Spend Christmas on the beach in a bikini.
See the bio-luminescent waters in Puerto Rico.
Play in the ocean until I am completely exhausted.

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