My Ultimate Living Life List

I created My Life List to 47 a few months ago.  It’s a list of 47 things I want to do before I turn 47.  As I was creating that list, more things kept coming to mind that I want to do as a family and for myself.  It was crazy, because I’d think of something and couldn’t wait to write it down so I wouldn’t forget.  I was inspired.  I’d drive by Home Depot and think “I’d like to learn how to use power tools.”  Or as I watched the Oscars, I thought “Wouldn’t it be fun to host an Oscar dinner party?”  Or we went to Benihana’s for dinner and I thought “I’d like to learn to make fried rice.”

With all these ideas running through my mind, I decided to make My Ultimate Living Life List.  It’s a list of dreams.  Some are big.  Some are small.  This list will continue to evolve.  As new ideas come to mind, I’ll add them to the list and hopefully check off a few along the way.  This is My Ultimate Living Life List – so far:

Arts and Crafts

  1. Buy a sewing machine
  2. Learn to sew
  3. Learn to paint furniture
  4. Create a monogrammed piece of wall art
  5. Learn to use my Silhouette
  6. Learn how to use power tools
  7. Learn to use Photoshop
  8. Create shadow boxes
  9. Learn to quilt
  10. Learn to knit

Food and Entertaining

  1. Go out for dinner with Mr. Rosey to Alinea in Chicago
  2. Attend an Outstanding in the Field dinner
  3. Learn to make eggs Benedict
  4. Learn to make fried rice
  5. Take a cooking class in Italy
  6. Take a cooking class in France
  7. Host an Oscar party
  8. Host a Kentucky Derby party with mint juleps and fancy hats
  9. Learn how to make enchiladas
  10. Eat lobster in Maine
  11. Host an outdoor popcorn / movie night
  12. Host an NCAA March Madness Basketball party
  13. Learn how to make burritos
  14. Cook a dish with fresh mussels
  15. Learn to make clam chowder
  16. Host a Grammy party
  17. Learn to make homemade ice cream
  18. Attend the Aspen Food and Wine Classic

Holiday Traditions

  1. Have friends to a St. Patrick’s Day feast
  2. Host a gingerbread making party
  3. Go Christmas caroling with a hot cocoa party to follow
  4. Host a Cinco de Mayo party
  5. Start a Thanksgiving journal or recorded memory
  6. Create a “free Christmas toy for kids” event
  7. See the Chicago River turn green for St. Patrick’s Day
  8. Make Christmas cookies as a family
  9. Carve jack-o-lanterns for Halloween

Home Stuff

  1. Build our own home
  2. Learn to plant an organic vegetable garden
  3. Learn interior design
  4. Create an herb garden
  5. Create a reading nook
  6. Learn how to make an upholstered headboard
  7. Own a beach/lake cottage
  8. Learn to paint a room
  9. Set up a desk area for me
  10. Create a study space for the girls
  11. Take a tour of the Merchandise Mart
  12. Create a guest room
  13. Create a family picture wall

Just for Me

  1. Start my own business
  2. Go down a water slide
  3. Get braces
  4. Lose weight and stay fit
  5. Learn to sit down and relax
  6. Learn to speak French
  7. Learn to play the piano
  8. Learn to speak Italian

Keeping Memories

  1. Start a blog
  2. Write down the funny things the girls say and do
  3. Create a scrapbook of our family
  4. Start a Project Life album
  5. Display or memory book of Christmas cards
  6. Display or memory book of birthday invitations

Sports and Stuff

  1. Go to Wimbledon
  2. See Purdue play in the Rose Bowl
  3. See Michigan play in the Rose Bowl
  4. Go to the Rose Bowl parade
  5. Go to the French Open
  6. See Purdue in the Final Four Basketball tournament
  7. See Michigan in the Final Four Basketball tournament
  8. See a baseball game in every MLB stadium
  9. Go to a Cubs World Series Game
  10. Go to the summer olympics
  11. Go to the winter olympics

Travel and Adventures

  1. Go on a Disney cruise
  2. Travel to Spain
  3. Travel to France
  4. Travel to England
  5. Travel to Italy and stay in an Italian villa
  6. Attend Mass in Vatican City
  7. Attend the Ann Arbor Art Fair
  8. Travel to Australia
  9. Swim with dolphins
  10. Travel to all 50 states
  11. Tour each President’s childhood home and museum
  12. Visit a national park in each state
  13. Go on an Alaskan cruise
  14. Go on a Chicago Architectural Cruise tour as a family
  15. Camp overnight in the backyard and roast s’mores over a fire pit
  16. The girls have their first passport – get the first stamp in it
  17. Rent an RV and go on a trip
  18. See the Grant Park fountain and have a picnic in the park
  19. Travel to Scotland
  20. See the cherry blossoms bloom in Washington DC
  21. Attend the New Mexico balloon festival
  22. Take the girls to Washington DC and tour the White House, Capital Building and other national sites
  23. Take a dude ranch vacation – Yeehaw!

Ultimate Dreams

  1. Live a long, healthy and happy life with Mr. Rosey
  2. Raise our girls to be good people and good citizens

We only go around this lifetime once, so it’s important to try to make your dreams come true, both the little ones and the big ones.  No matter your age, it’s not too late to dream.  It’s important to dream!  Write down your list, so you remember the things you want to do to make your life even more special.  What’s on your list?  What do you dream about?  Please leave a comment and let me know one of your dreams.



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