Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Bucket List

I was wondering what in hell I was going to blog about today (especially since I've set some random precendent of two posts in a row-gotta keep the momentum going), and I stumbled upon EPW's bucket list.  If you don't know EPW--Elizabeth Potts Weinstein--you should.  And not just because she's the queen of fabulous Twitter hashtags.  Don't believe me? Follow her.

Since I've been a bit bogged down with business budgeting and planning, I thought now would be the perfect time to dream.  The bucket list isn't about accomplishments--it's about experiences.  The unforgettable moments and memories that make a life truly well lived.  

On my list?

  1. Meeting Dolly Parton.
  2.  Belting out a show tune on a Broadway stage.  Or maybe just a stage.  I've always been the chorus girl--just once, I'd like to be the star.
  3. Qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon. 
  4. Learning to play the guitar or the cello.  Or both.
  5. Traveling to Europe to witness the summer sports trifecta--Wimbeldon, the British Open and the Tour de France.
  6. Writing a book. Preferably one that people buy and read, and that makes the New York Times bestseller list and lands me an interview with Matt Lauer (swoon).
  7. Speaking fluent Italian.  Or enough to get around Italy for a while.
  8. Living in a foreign country for at least six months.
  9. Getting a tattoo.
  10. Owning an apartment in Manhattan and a house on the coast near Charleston, SC.  Or at least regular trips to each destination.
  11. Taking a ballet class and performing in a tutu and ballet slippers.  Even if I'm 60.
  12. Learning to shag and dancing really well at someone's wedding.
  13. Talking writing with Anne Lamott.
  14. Having my vote for President count in the state of Georgia (wishful thinking).
  15. Buying a pair of Louboutins.
  16. Getting paid some sort of money or winning a makeover/photoshoot/free clothes for looking like Sarah Jessica Parker.
  17. Teaching a college class.
  18. Becoming a certified Pilates instructor.
  19. Attending the NCAA Final Four.
  20. Eating at a five star restaurant and tasting everything in front of me.
  21. Raising $100,000  for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  22. Getting rid of STUFF--and living a full life in a one bedroom apartment, with just my husband, a couple of pets and our collective bucket lists to fill the rooms.
What's on your list?


  1. Awesome! I love it!

    Now you need to see who on twitter knows Dolly Parton. #ontwitter6degreesofseparationislike2

  2. Laura,

    Someone asked me for my "Life List" last year and gave me categories to follow, so I cut and pasted here. Sorry for the length and for any wonky formatting from the transfer, but hopefully it makes sense. Here goes...

    **Places To Go
    Ireland & Scotland
    Fenway Park
    Grand Canyon
    All the legendary Jazz Clubs in NYC

    **People To Meet
    Bruce Springsteen
    The Dalai Lama
    Tom Waits
    Meryl Streep
    Martin Scorsese
    Barack Obama
    Tony Robbins
    Tom Robbins
    Carrie Fisher
    Wynton & Branford Marsalis
    Sandy Koufax
    Denzel Washington
    Jodie Foster
    Geri Larkin (author)

    **Events To Attend
    A ballgame at every Major League baseball park
    Sit-com writers meeting (The Office, Conan O’Brien, etc)
    An intensive writers conference/workshop
    Tony Robbins live event
    A Sesshin (a lengthy Zen meditation retreat)

    **Things To Learn
    Trumpet or Saxophone
    How to sing well
    All the rules of grammar and composition
    How to cook really, really well

    **Sticking with It
    Run another half-marathon
    Go vegetarian for life
    Daily meditation and prayer
    Write something magnificent – a novel, a collection of stories, or non-fiction
    Increase my weekly running regiment to 20+ miles per week
    Reach and maintain my ideal weight

    **Thinking of Others
    Give my kids the guidance and tools they need for a happy, outstanding life
    Make my wife feel like the most blessed person on earth
    Become a leader in our church
    Write a book about spiritual matters for fellow seekers
    Keep coaching Little League
    Become a mentor

    A bed and breakfast with Wendy. She’ll fix things, I’ll be the chatty host/cook.
    A seaside or mountain retreat
    Autographed books by all of my favorite authors
    The 100 greatest jazz records (CDs) of all time
    Dugout level season tickets to Braves games

    **Live Mightily
    Go whale watching in the top three spots to see Humpback Whales
    Play guitar at The Crossroads, where Robert Johnson met the Devil
    Live in complete silence, alone, on a spiritual retreat for 30 days.
    Read 100 classic novels.
    Write and stage an original play.
    Make a short film with Martin Scorsese or Woody Allen
    Spend a week at sea
    Live on an island for a summer
    Give Sheryl Crow a foot massage (& have her return the favor) 

  3. Have you seen this? Thought it would make you laugh. :)

  4. I can probably help with the Sarah Jesssica Parker photoshoot.


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