Over the next three days, I’ll be posting my list, divided into several categories. I would love to see yours as well! Feel free to post items in the comments, or you can email me your whole list if you want (lvanderkam at yahoo dot com). You can also help me figure out how to make some of my items happen. Suggestions welcome!
1. Hit the NY Times bestseller list
2. Write a very long work of fiction – like a doorstop of an epic novel
3. Keep writing my non-fiction books every 18-24 months. Make sure these are always books I’d like to read.
4. Write a collection of sonnets
5. Write a book of essays (I enjoyed the style of Anne Bogel’s I’d Rather Be Reading)
6. Distill my writing strategies tips/techniques into something
7. Hit 1 million downloads for the podcast by our 2nd anniversary
8. Do some more writing retreats
9. Do (more) original time diary research
10. Form a writer’s strategy group (had one for a while but many of us moved…)
11. Write (more) long magazine pieces
12. Spend some time thinking logistically about my business, what resources I should invest in (e.g. outsourcing some of the admin stuff, but also in terms of seeking out opportunities, repurposing all my content.)
13. Do more big conference key notes. The Art of Leadership for Women in Canada this summer was really fun.
14. Co-author a book (but this time not as a “with Laura Vanderkam” — it would be more about doing a long-term collaboration with someone)
15. Write a research paper for a research journal
16. Write a testimonials file — I get wonderful notes from people about my work, but I’ve never pulled them together somewhere.
17. Portland + Oregon wine country (we are doing this in a few weeks!)
18. Eat at Noma in Denmark, plus tour Scandinavia (again) — likely with kids (not Noma, which would be totally wasted on my mac ‘n cheese fans – we’d need a sitter for that).
19. See the solstice in Norway (summer…or winter??)
20. Fall leaf-peeping trip to New England
21. …and to the Shenandoah region
22. Do local fall bike rides/runs in lovely places! I’m planning some October days “off.” I want to protect some October days on my calendar every year.
23. See Yellowstone/Teton/Rocky Mountain in fall – maybe do a post-Labor day trip some year
24. Backpacking/an overnight hiking trip
25. Do a Bach tour of Germany — seeing where he composed
26. Visit a Christmas market in Germany too (we were in Germany many years ago over Christmas but kept missing the markets because they closed early)
27. Bike through Grand Teton National Park — there’s a long and flat bike trail, with views of the peaks. Gorgeous.
28. See a Shakespeare play in Stratford-on-Avon — also re-read more of his plays + read To the Lighthouse in the Isle of Skye
29. Go back to Australia NOT as a dirt-poor student staying in hostels (and see Perth + western coast – I never got there during my study abroad semester).
30. Also, go to New Zealand
31. See parts of Africa – including the middle of it (Kenya, Uganda for the gorillas, etc.) – that I haven’t seen.
32. Go on a Disney Cruise (likely Vancouver-Seattle) with my family
33. Eat at Cinderella’s Table at Magic Kingdom (coming up in 2019!)
34. Visit Northern Michigan/Mackinac Island. Eat fudge.
35. Visit Portugal and sip lots of port. Visit the Azores too.
36. Chile-Argentina-Patagonia (could be separate trips!) Visit the vineyards in these regions, hike…
37. See the great US National parks I haven’t yet: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Smoky Mountains. Do Acadia again!
38. Visit Iceland. It’s a pretty short flight…
39. Tour Greece + see the Greek islands and eat lots of Greek seafood with Retsina.
40. See the Galapagos islands, especially the tortoises.
41. Research day trips + make a list of adventures we can have within 2 hours of our home in PA. (Yes, this is a list on a list…)
42. Do some couples-only weekend getaways. (Like Paris!)
Tomorrow I’ll be back with the first half of my “personal/family” part of the list…