When I was in 9th grade, my math teacher required each of her students to write down 100 things we want to do before we die. She said that the only way we will ever reach any of our goals was to write them down. It seemed like a good idea, but it became my goal to just finish that list. Since then, I have updated the list and evaluated my goals in life. I removed some of the strange goals that only applied back then and were really dumb (things such as never seeing Tubby the Tuba again). Here is my current list. I do not know everything I want in my life, but one day the list will have 100 things and then I will try my best to accomplish all of them. These are not in any particular order.

The items in red are already completed:

  1. Be sealed to my family in the temple (5/2/08)
  2. Learn to sew better
  3. Teach my children to love reading
  4. Learn how to use PhotoShop
  5. Get better at cake decorating
  6. Take a photography class
  7. See the 7 Natural Wonders of the World
  8. Ride on a tandem bike
  9. Donate blood
  10. Avoid gossip
  11. Graduate from BYU (4/09)
  12. Have kids (8/1/09)
  13. Cut hair to a short length
  14. Learn how to ballroom dance
  15. Learn how to swing dance
  16. Do a triathlon
  17. Be on a game show (and win!) (2003)
  18. Learn how to play basketball
  19. Learn how to play football
  20. Learn how to play lacrosse
  21. Learn how to play soccer
  22. Learn how to play volleyball
  23. Learn how to play tennis
  24. Take voice lessons
  25. Learn how to cook (2009)
  26. Get a year supply
  27. Learn ASL (2004-2008)
  28. Invent something
  29. Go on a diet
  30. Ride in a hot air balloon
  31. Get a New Year's kiss (2008)
  32. Get a French manicure
  33. Read Les Miserables
  34. Read the Book of Mormon in one month
  35. Do genealogy
  36. Be a vegetarian for one week
  37. Go bungee jumping
  38. Go skydiving (2008)
  39. Live one week without electricity
  40. Live until at least 90 years old
  41. Own a grand piano
  42. Be in a movie
  43. Eat a peanut butter sandwich
  44. Honor in seminary (2003-2006)
  45. Live in Mesa when married
  46. Milk a cow
  47. Write a book
  48. Be nice to my siblings
  49. Become a YW Leader
  50. Own a house
  51. Be on TV
  52. Teach my kids to cook
  53. Be patient
  54. Adopt a child
  55. Become a better runner
  56. Go on a mission
  57. Go down the Colorado River
  58. Own a VW Beetle (2005-present)
  59. Go on a cruise (12/08)
  60. Get YW medallion
  61. Go to Australia
  62. Go to China
  63. Go to Hong Kong
  64. Go to Egypt
  65. Visit all 50 states
  66. Go to Japan
  67. Go to London
  68. Go to Mexico
  69. Go to my Senior Prom with a date (5/06)
  70. Go to Paris
  71. Go to Scotland (5/05)
  72. Learn how to decorate my home
  73. Memorize "Ashokan Farewell"
  74. Breastfeed all my children


QueenBee said...

So I want to know what game show you were on and what you won! Ha ha ha! Great list Emily!!

Spencer and Anna said...

I am also totally curious about the game show. That's funny.

Anonymous said...

Come visit me the week you're a vegetarian! I know all sorts of good vegetarian food! My younger sister is one :)

The Paxton Family said...

some of those i have done, and wish i hadn't, like live without electricity for a week... thank you hurricanes!
but what a cool list and what a cool idea!
i have a list from young womens about things i want to do by different ages in my life. it's kind of fun to pull out old lists like that, update them, cross things off...
and i am SUPER jealous that you have gone to scotland!
so cool!

Bridget said...

You could technically check off #74, right? :)

Daniel & Carly said...

Emily, next time you're in Mesa, my parents have a cow and 3 tandem bikes and I am sure my brothers would be very willing to let you milk their cow, Molly! :) Also..concerning vegetarianism, you can start by doing "Meatless Monday" and not eat meat that day. I know people who do that. What in the world do you mean by the PB J sandwich!? Have you seriously never had one?? Pretty neat list though.

Brea said...

You go girl! I hope you can do all of those things and even more in your life. What a great idea... I think I will start a list of my own someday soon...

Camille Elise said...

If you come to my house sometime when you're visiting AZ again, I can let you ride on our tandem bike. It is much fun but scary too...especially if you're in the back and can't control the direction of the bike. :)

Little Miss Sunshine said...

You've totally inspired me! :) I'm going to make one too. And putting it on my blog is a fantastic idea...because it will always be there for me to check. Genius, Emily! And I LOVE the list. :) You're such a fabulous example of everything good. I am so grateful for your friendship!

The Scotts said...

What a great idea! I totally need to do that, although I think I'll start with a shorter list!

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