- Write to the President.
- Write to my Congressman.
- Have an editorial published in the WSJ.
- Vote at all major elections.
- Serve on some sort of decision-making board.
- Publish a novel.
- Learn to play the guitar.
- Publish an album on iTunes.
- Perform a big concert.
- Publish poetry in a big magazine.
- Conduct an orchestra or choir, performing a piece I composed.
- Be in a musical.
- Learn to play the cello.
- Be in a band.
- Get an essay published on This I Believe.
- Sing opera in public.
- Participate in Story Corps.
- Participate in NaBloPoMo without missing a day!
- Paint a picture I am proud of.
Friends or Friendships
- Don't be afraid of strangers.
- Don't withhold compliments.
- Smile at random people.
- Show genuine interest in people.
- Be a better conversationalist.
Spiritual Life (or values)
- Have mighty, sincere prayers.
- Read the Old Testament.
- Have a smile for everyone.
- Fulfill my Patriarchal Blessing,
- Always be willing to serve in callings.
- Go to the temple frequently (once a week, if I am close).
- See my whole family in the temple.
- Never be overweight.
- Always keep the Word of Wisdom.
- Exercise daily.
- Take vitamins.
- Ride my bicycle places, even when it's far.
- Be a vegetarian for a week.
Helping, Service, Civic Action
- Serve a mission (senior or as a sister missionary).
- Work as a poll worker.
- Volunteer at various organizations.
- Give a bunch of cheeseburgers to hobos, like Chris McCandless in Into the Wild.
- Learn to make clothes.
- Sew a decent dress.
- Learn to make Foccacia and other bread from scratch.
- Have a "famous" recipe for something.
- Read to kids.
- Bear testimony to kids.
- Teach kids to be responsible.
- Have pictures of Christ all around the house.
- Have a musical family.
- Read the scriptures every night as a family.
- Learn Swedish, French, and German.
- Learn to compose music really well.
- Be a great, coherent writer.
- Be a ham radio operator.
- Finish The Brothers Karamazov.
- Read Crime and Punishment.
- Consistently read different books out of any general type.
- Fast and pray before marriage.
- Marry a return missionary.
- Marry in the temple for eternity.
- Write a song with my future husband.
- Do whatever I can to make my spouse happy.
Money or Standard of Living
- Be able to stay at home with my children.
- Make a living composing or writing.
- Live in a house with lots of windows.
- Have well-designed furniture.
- Paint a mural where I live.
- Have a "park day" with other moms and kids in my neighborhood.
Play or Recreation
- Get really good at tennis.
- Learn to play ultimate frisbee.
- Learn to waterski.
- Live on Gotland for at least a year.
- Drive a fast car, fast, on Gotland Ring.
- Visit Charne in South Africa.
- Play with lions.
- Swim with dolphins.
- Go on the big roller coaster at California Adventure, overcoming my fear of roller coasters.
- Skip around New York City, especially in public places.
- See the Pyramids.
- Go to Israel and Jerusalem.
- Go to Australia.
- Go to Spain and speak Spanish to real Spaniards.
- Pull one all-nighter. Then never again.
- Hike Timpanogos.
- Visit all fifty states.
Relationships with Children
- Give birth.
- Teach children about the gospel.
- Make sure they know I love them.
- Have great Family Home Evenings.
Relationships with Relatives
- Be patient with uncles and aunts.
- Write letters to grandparents.
- Be the future host of Cousin's Conference.
- See grandchildren often.
- See great-grandchildren.
- Don't be afraid to take risks.
- Smile at everyone.
- Overcome phobiae.
Work and Retirement
- Work at a radio station.
- Be a professional musician.
This is flawed; some of the "Home" stuff belongs in "Relationships with Children," but for me, those will be basically the same thing. Plus, these aren't all exactly concrete. That is, I can't check them off the list in the near future. I guess I've made it more like a list of goals I'd like to accomplish in the long run. Anyway, I'm sure I will edit and add to it in the near future, and I'll keep you updated when I do.
A note to Madelyn: can you configure your blog so that I can leave a comment? As it is, I will just have to say here that I have never seen a Beanie Babie with the seam ripped; now I wonder what's in one. :) Ha ha ha! I miss you a lot, and when I get back, we will have to go on some kind of adventure. I am glad you're having fun in school; re-read what I wrote in your yearbook if you need me to reiterate how wonderful you are!
Another thing: you all need to log on to Skype more or Google Chat or something. And write something new on The Brown Dirt.
I think that's all. :)