Mighty Life List

This is my ongoing and ever-changing list of things to do, places to go, and sites to see.

I created this list (and wrote this post) after stumbling upon Maggie Mason’s list on her Mighty Girl blog.

I add to the list often, and delete things with equal frequency, as I accomplish things on the list or come up with new ideas. Newly added or updated items are bold and italic, and if something is crossed out that means I did it!

Things I’m Working On

This section is dedicated to quests that I’m working on over time.

Cooking Light Global Kitchen Cook Book

  • I’m on a quest to cook all the recipes in Cooking Light Global Kitchen: The World’s Most Delicious Food Made Easy. Here’s what I’ve cooked up so far!
    • East Asia & India
      • Fresh Spring Rolls
      • Spicy Red Lentil Dal
      • Roasted Potatoes with North Indian Spices
      • Korean-Style Beef Tacos (subbed chicken)
      • Quick Pickled Cabbage
      • Spicy Korean Pork Barbecue
      • Korean Stewed Chicken with Spinach
    • Southeast Asia & Australia
      • Tom Kha Gai
    • The Middle East & Africa
      • Cape Malay Curry (subbed chicken)
      • Mesir Wat (Spicy Red Lentil Stew)
      • East African Braised Chicken
      • Potato-Cilantro Brik
      • Algerian Stuffed Dates
    • Europe & Eurasia
      • Stuffed Grape Leaves
    • South America
      • Quinoa Pudding
      • Guasacaca (Avocado Salsa)
      • Ecuadorian Potato and Cheese Patties
      • Argentinean Pork with Chimichurri
      • Uruguayan Bean Salad
      • Peruvian Sarsa Salad
    • North & Central America
      • Haitian Pork with Hot and Sour Sauce
      • Dutch West Indian Chicken Kebabs
      • Horchata (Spiced Almond Milk)

At Great Sand Dunes National Monument (now a National Park), in Colorado.

  • Visit as many National Parks in the US as I can
    • Cape Cod National Seashore, MA (practically grew up here)
    • Salem Maritime Historic Site, MA (2002)
    • Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO (2003)
    • Mesa Verde National Park, CO (2003)
    • Bandolier National Monument, NM (2003)
    • Canyon de Chelly National Monument, AZ (2003)
    • Arches National Park, UT (2003)
    • Muir Woods National Park, CA (2004)
    • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, MO (2007)
    • Redwood National Park, CA (2008)
    • Point Reyes National Seashore, CA (2008)
    • Cabrillo National Monument, CA (2011)
    • Gulf Islands National Seashore, MS (2015)

Things I Want to Do or Have Accomplished

  • Live in New Orleans
  • Do a cross-country road trip on a budget
  • Become location independent so I can make an income while traveling
  • Travel solo overseas for several months
  • Volunteer at the Women In Travel Summit in Boston, March 27-29
  • Attend the Women In Travel Summit in Irvine, CA, March 18-20, 2016. *As a travel blogger!
  • Take a ride in a hot air balloon
  • Restore a piece of furniture
  • Travel on a cruise ship
  • Visit the Hunger Games: The Exhibition in San Francisco
  • Be a tourist on Cape Cod – do all the things that tourists come to the Cape to do!
    • See a movie at the Wellfleet Drive-in Theater
    • Visit Cuttyhunk Island
    • Go on a sunset cruise of Cape Cod Bay
    • Camp on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket
    • Cruise the Cape Cod Canal
  • Live in Italy – learn more of the language
  • Visit the grave sites of my grandparents & friends
  • Stay in a penthouse suite
  • Own a tiny house and live everywhere in it. Build it myself!
  • Take a train ride across the US (Boston > Chicago > New Orleans in June 2015)
  • Ride a train from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Self-teach how to use LightroomPhotoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign,
  • Own a great piece of art
  • Create my own great piece of art
  • Go on a LOST tour in Hawaii
  • Shoot a gun

This is the first gun, well, the only gun I’ve ever shot. Under the bridge in Fernbridge, California.

  • Visit every US state (26 so far!)
  • Attend Loy Krathong, the sky lantern festival in Thailand
  • Work on a movie set
  • Take an overnight solo trip once a year
  • Spend New Year’s Eve at the International Dateline and be the first in the world to welcome the new year
  • Be in 4 states at the same time at Four Corners
  • Get a TEFL Certification – currently working on this!
  • Teach English abroad
  • Adopt a Maine Coon
  • Adopt a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & a Golden Retriever
  • Display photographs I have taken at a gallery
  • Do something secret
  • Be prepared for an emergency
  • Go a day without speaking. Then try for longer.
  • Have fresh flowers in the house every week
  • Give a signature gift to newly wedded friends
  • Drink a Guinness in Ireland
  • Write more thank you notes
  • Throw myself a big 40th, 50th, 60th, etc. birthday party
  • Drive Highway 1 up the California coast in a convertible
  • Visit Roswell, New Mexico
  • Get in the Guinness Book of World Records

I raised a glass of champagne with around 16,000 other revelers ringing in the New Year on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Date a guy from Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Australia
  • Go to the Super Bowl when the Patriots are playing
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Learn how to play chess
  • Milk a cow/goat
  • Have pet goats
  • See a tornado
  • Do some sort of cleanse
  • Leave a $100 tip for an unsuspecting waiter
  • Ride a cable car in San Francisco
  • Go to Grad School/Get a PhD
  • Ride in a helicopter
  • Hold a Koala
  • Have bangs
  • Participate in Burning Man
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Take a watercolor painting class
  • Go to a World Series game when the Red Sox are playing
  • Go to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC and Japan
  • See Wicked in NYC!
  • Be a Godmother
  • Continue to go to counseling for my PTSD

I am so happy to call this little angel my God Daughter!

  • Confront the man who assaulted me
  • Visit the 9/11 Memorial
  • See a lunar and solar eclipse
  • Read a Jane Austen novel
  • Write a letter to myself and read it 10 years later
  • Join a bowling league
  • Learn to sail
  • Ride a horse again
  • Plant a tree to visit every year
  • Complete a cross stitch project
  • Fold 1000 origami cranes
  • Learn how to can and preserve food
  • Get a matching tattoo with a close friend
  • Go to a psychic/palm reader/tarot card reader
  • Participate in a fantasy football league
  • Go to a rodeo
  • Move across the country with only a suitcase
Mighty Life List

I hopped on a one-way flight to California with one suitcase to do environmental service with AmeriCorps.

  • Fly first class
  • Make homemade candies
  • Go scuba diving
  • Live on a tropical island
  • Go to a ballet
  • Go to a high school reunion
  • Be a Maid of Honor


  • Reply
    Travel Bucket List: The Importance of Goal Setting | The Budget-Minded Traveler
    April 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    […] by a friend’s raw and real Mighty Life List, I decided to start collecting my own bucket list ideas on paper. I’ve always had ideas in my […]

  • Reply
    September 16, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Hey, I got to your list via The Budget-Minded Traveller. There are some great things on this list… some parts of it remind me of my bucket list! You’ve also inspired me to re-visit my list and see if there’s anything new I can add to it 🙂

    I had to laugh at ‘date an Australian’ coz as an Australian myself that sounds a little bizarre! Just a note though: Koalas are not ‘koala bears’. They are just koalas. They’re not remotely related to bears 🙂

    • Reply
      September 16, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      Wow. You’d think that I would have known that about Koalas! Thanks for the correction! I also have to update my list (and maybe write another post or two) thank you for the reminder!

      And, feel free to send any eligible Australian bachelors my way! =)

Leave a Reply