Life List

I am heading off to Camp Mighty in a month and in preparation, my Life List. Many of these ideas came from other bloggers, unfortunately, since I never thought I'd share this with the world, I didn't keep track of where which idea came from. I will be adding credits as I (re)find them.

Life Experiences

1.   Marry my best friend
2.   Spend a year living abroad someday

The written word

3.   Win a writing contest
4.   Publish a best-selling book
5.   Be involved with a blog (2012-2013)
6.   See someone reading my book in public
7.   Write a children’s book
8.   Publish an article in a magazine
9.   Get published in an academic journal
10. Give a book talk at the library
11.  Join a book club
12.  Finish writing my book (2012-2013)
13.  Be part of a community of bloggers
14.  Publish an essay in a literary magazine


15.  Be sent somewhere on assignment
16.  Own my own business
17.  Sell something I made myself
18.  Be invited to speak at a conference

Timing is Everything

19.  Attend the Slow Food Conference in Italy
20.  Go to the summer and winter Olympics
21.  Send holiday cards

Sporty Spice

22.  Do yoga every weekday morning for a month
23.  Get in shape (2012-2013)

Back to school

24.  Learn how to do my own makeup (2012-2013)
25.  Sew a dress
26.  Learn Dutch
27.  Learn how to drive stick shift
28.  Learn how to use my camera properly
29.  Become fluent in another language (besides English and French)
30.  Learn how to code.
31.  Learn proper swimming strokes
32.  Learn how to French braid my own hair
33.  Learn how to wrap gifts
34.  Make pierogies
35.  Make a crossword puzzle
36.  Teach a class on champagne
37.  Learn how to embroider
38.  Learn letterpress
39.  Learn to make art with type (i.e. make my own typographic maps)


40.  Take a food tour in Europe
41.  Visit the Caroline islands
42.  Take mom to Pau
43.  Visit every province in the Netherlands (Drenthe, Flevoland, Friesland, Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, North Brabant, North Holland, Overijssel, South Holland, Utrecht, Zeeland)
44.  Visit every Region in France (Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie, Bourgogne, Bretagne, Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Corse, Franche-Comte, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Haute-Normandie, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin, Lorraine, Martinique, Mayotte, Midi-Pyrenees, Nord-pas-de-la-Loire, Picardie, Poitou-Charentes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, Rhone Alpes, Reunion, Ile-de-France)
45.  Visit all fifty states (on purpose) (Alabama, Arizona, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, iowa, Indiana, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, Maine, Massachussets, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Washington D.C., Wyoming)
46.  Visit six continents
47.  Visit Egypt
48.  Go back to Provence (and go on a salt safari)
49.  Go to the Four Corners
50.  Go horseback riding in the Grand Canyon
51.  Long weekend with my mom (2012-2013)
52.  Visit Windsor Castle
53.  Go to Morocco
54.  Have a vacation home
55.  Revisit the castle in Fourcés
56.  Visit every arrondisement in Paris (1-Louvre, 2-Bourse, 3-Temple, 4-Hôtel-de-Ville, 5-Panthéon, 6-Luxembourg, 7-Palais-Bourbon, 8-Élysée, 9-Opéra, 10-Enclos-St-Laurent, 11-Popincourt, 12-Reuilly, 13-Gobelins, 14-Observatoire, 15-Vaugirard, 16-Passy, 17-Batingnolles-Monceau, 18-Butte-Montmartre, 19-Buttes-Chaumont, 20-Ménilmontant)
57.  Visit Mount Rushmore
58.  Rent a chateau in France for a month
59.  Take a luxury train ride
60.  Take K. to Italy
61.  Visit Easter Island
62.  Fly on one of the luxury airlines (Air Singapore, Quantas, etc.)
63.  Visit Australia with my brother and parents
64.  Lead another tour to France
65.  Visit the White Cliffs of Dover
66.  Take an around the world cruise
67.  Dinner at Chez Panisse (2012-2013)
68.  Take a tech-free vacation
69.  Visit Montreal
70.  Visit Vancouver
71.  Visit Ouwerkerk, the Netherlands
72.  March in a Second Line in New Orleans
73.  Visit the Ethiopian church carved into theEarth

Thinking big

74.  Start the Caroline Ouwerkerk Pediatric Migraine Foundation
75.  Do something for someone they’ll never forget
76.  Donate $100,000 to charity


77.  Ride a horse on the beach
78.  Go horseback riding regularly again
79.  Plant a red currant bush
80.  Have a portrait painted of my cats
81.  Have the cats featured on Cute Overload

Do they sell that at Target?

82.  Buy a house with stairs and a backyard
83.  Have a dollhouse
84.  Own a Thermomix and know how to use it
85.  Attend an event in a giant ball gown

Force of Habit

86.  Stop biting my nails
87.  Get regular manicures
88.  Hire a house cleaner for regular cleanings

Is that a challenge?

89.  Read 12 books in one year
90.  Water a "flower" once a week for a year
91.  Meet and be on a first-name basis with at least 10 people in my neighborhood
92.  Make 100 new recipes
93.  Throw a monthly dinner party for a year
94.  Try every flavor of Girl Scout cookies
95.  Try 100 types of sparkling wine
96.  Do a 30-day challenge every month for a year

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