As promised, today is List of 100 Dreams Day here at My168Hours.com. I'm posting the first 100 dreams that I came up with, and I hope you will join me! You can post a few (5-10? or more if you want) in the comments section, or post on your own blog. (2013 UPDATE: Comments are closed on this post, but you can post comments on my recent post on Revisiting the Bucket List)
This is not a complete list of everything I want to do or have in life, but it's a start. I realized, while writing it, that I've actually made pretty good progress on checking off items that may have landed on previous Lists. Years ago, I might have put "write a book" on there, or "live in New York City," or "get married" and "have kids." There are many places I want to travel, but also many places I've been. In writing this, I also came up with a few that surprised me. Christmas sonnets? Anyway, here goes!
1. Have a book hit bestseller list
2. Publish a novel
3. Always have another book on the horizon that I’m working on. I like to spend my hours writing books.
4. Get pieces into my favorite magazines: Runner’s World, O, Time, The New Yorker
5. Write the cover piece of the weekend section of the WSJ
6. Ghostwrite Paula Radcliffe’s memoirs (I had Sarah Palin on the list but she hired someone else. Oh well. Basically, I am really drawn to stories of women who’ve done amazing things while their kids are little).
7. Write a collection of Christmas sonnets
8. Have a print op-ed in NY Times. I have hit USA Today and WSJ, so this is the remainder of the big three. I actually have never tried, basically because I write for the others. But we’ll put it on the bucket list.
9. Write a series of columns that involves traveling to exotic places...expensed.
10. Write a series of columns for one of my regular gigs (say, USA Today) on a single topic and really get buzz going on it. I did this with the Huffington Post and “Core Competency Moms” two years ago; I’d like to do it again.
11. Collaborate with an awesome illustrator to do a children’s book
12. Write a young-reader chapter book that I’d want my kids to read (a la Beverly Cleary with Ramona)
13. Teach journalism and creative writing at a top tier college
14. Influence: I have a peculiar free market feminist philosophy and over time I intend to have more people espouse it
15. Blogging: I want the kind of blog where hundreds of people comment regularly, because it is just that compelling
16. In some way/shape/form, attend the Fortune Most Powerful Women summit
17. Create a testimonials file -- nice things people have said, which are good to read during the inevitable moments of frustration in creative careers
18. Step up my involvement with professional groups - writing groups, writers’ organizations, etc.
19. Be interviewed about my book on the Daily Show. In a positive fashion.
20. Get on Oprah. Time seems to be running out on this one!
21. Earn enough to support my family, well, on my own
22. Be able to live off passive income (dividends, royalties and interest). Even though I never plan to stop working!
23. Invest in a handful of start-ups
24. Invest in a handful of start-up non-profits too
25. Spend money mindfully on experiences and things that I and my family enjoy
26. Spend money mindfully to improve the world around me. Working on exactly what this will entail, but that’s part of the next book.
27. Create jobs
28. Commission new music (have indirectly done this with my choir, but would like to do a longer work)
29. Do a wine tour in South America
30. Eat at Noma in Denmark (I just read about it in Vogue)
31. See Jordan and area around there
32. Go to Greece/Turkey/other ancient archeological sites
33. Eat my way through Italy. I’ve been once and my goodness, even the food in the gas stations is amazing! This time, focus on the food.
34. Visit Mongolia. Probably not by camel.
35. Travel along the old Silk Road - this may require some regime changes before this happens
36. Visit the Netherlands and see where the “Vanderkams” are from
37. Do a trip that involves stopping at various towns along the Mississippi river
38. Occasionally do something crazy like go to London or Paris for the weekend
39. Go to Australia with my kids when they’re a little older (I lived there for a few months in 2000)
40. Go to Africa to do more safaris with my kids when they’re older (have done this with husband)
41. Spend an extended period of time at the beach - maybe rent a house for a month sometime
42. Visit Seattle and the mountains around there - I like the Pacific northwest
43. See Antarctica very briefly. I don’t like the cold.
44. Cruise around the Galapagos
45. Re-visit Toledo and Seville. Actually, I’d love to spend an extended time traveling around Europe. It’s something I never did when I was younger. Will probably take a different form now, as I don’t intend to backpack at age 31
46. Go on dinner dates twice a month with my husband. We are failing miserably at this right now.
47. Eat at all of the top Zagat-rated restaurants in NYC
48. Ditto with wherever I live next
49. Be a “regular” somewhere: restaurant/coffee shop, etc.
50. Play the piano again on occasion
51. Train for and run more races in beautiful occasions. The marathon is off the list after Big Sur this past April. Much as running NYC and Boston sound exciting, I’m thinking half marathons now.
52. Run races with my kids when they’re older. I’d like at least one of my children to be my running partner someday.
53. Sing in a choir with my kid(s)
54. Do a big volunteer project with my family
55. Camping! Figure out a way to do this even with little ones. Maybe I’ll be a Cub Scout assistant leader.
56. Consciously create “perfect days” -- days when I pack in a lot of things I love to do
57. Get regular massages
58. Do strength training with a trainer for a while
59. Take a yoga class on occasion
60. Host a big Christmas celebration
61. Host a big Thanksgiving celebration
62. Go to art museums more often - even when I just have a spare hour, seize the moment
63. Go to the ballet
64. Hear the NY Philharmonic at least one more time before we leave this city
65. Go to the Very Young People’s Concerts with Jasper
66. Enjoy my food in general - I’m trying to have good food in the house so meals and snacks are a pleasure. This fits into the entry above about spending money mindfully.
67. Do more dinner parties. Host them! Go to them! This will probably require more of a dining room table (we’ll get that one out of storage when we move).
68. Go visit the High Line. Haven’t been there yet.
69. Hiking - may have to wait until both kids can walk without falling over or asking to be carried
70. Sit on the balcony and write in my journal more often. I love blogging, but my personal journal is suffering as I share my life with the world.
71. Get family photos taken every six months or so while kids are little
72. Write a journal of memories (“Life with Little Ones”) that I can show the kids when they’re older
73. Get my torn ear lobe repaired and re-pierced
74. Read more stories with the kids when I’m not tired and rushing them to get to bed
75. Become a children’s book connoisseur so we always have good ones around
76. Get out of the house more with the kids - come up with fun things to do in the evenings. When in doubt, go for a walk, go to the playroom, go to the grocery store, do something...
77. Listen to classical music sometimes when I’m checking email
78. Take a basic painting or drawing class
79. Learn to take better photos, and print up more of them
80. Take a basic cooking class
81. Learn something about cheese, beer and wine (maybe chocolate too). And flowers.
82. Live near a great running/bike path
83. Use the jacuzzi in my gym
84. Lattes. Order them instead of regular coffee on occasion.
85. Own less stuff in general. I have a lot of books, CDs and old linens to dump. This item could read “get rid of my stuff.”
86. Edit my wardrobe down to fewer items, all of which I love (getting closer on this one). I want to be excited to get dressed.
87. Live somewhere with some acreage and awesome leaves in the fall. What would be really cool is if it were also close to the beach and mountains, but I’m not quite sure how that would work geographically.
88. That house should have a separate building for my office. Which will be comfy and wonderful.
89. Also a fireplace and a kitchen that begs to be cooked in even if I do not, technically, cook much
90. Have an amazing garden. I also know that I do not wish to personally care for this garden, so we may have to step up the financial goals on the List of 100 Dreams a notch. Or get my husband to quit his job.
91. Have lots of house plants too
92. Dark chocolate covered caramels. Mmmm.... I’ve been making myself run with the stroller to/from Trader Joe’s to buy them.
93. A car. I’ve actually never owned one. Need not be flashy. Just reliable and get good gas mileage. And I need to learn to drive it.
94. A bike. I’d probably prefer to get around by bike, when I think about it.
95. A well-used hammock with a view
96. A piano
97. Interesting art. I wrote in 168 Hours about buying my Texas Strawberry painting by Tanya Davis, which would have made a previous List of 100 Dreams. Walls should be inspiring to look at.
98. A novel a month. Ok, 6 per year. I read a lot of non-fiction for work.
99. Poetry. This should be readily available on my iPhone for reading in line.
100. Casablanca. I just don’t like movies but this is supposed to be the best one ever, so guess I should see it!
What's on your List of 100 Dreams?
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