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.
Vacation at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora.
Get screeched in on George Street in Newfoundland.
Sleep in a yurt.
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.
Visit Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Key Largo, and Montego.
Fly a plane. – 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.
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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