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Life List : Living With Intention

I committed at the beginning of 2009 to keeping a live, public, active record of when personal goals were accomplished, and now, years later, I can say with absolutely certainty that choosing to do this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My intention is that this list is active and will move and grow, just as I do.

Doniree’s Life List: Created October 5, 2009

  1. Bakasana (crow pose): (October 11, 2009Simon Park‘s Inversions and Arm Stands Workshop at CorePower Minneapolis)
  2. Go camping in Oregon (June 2012)
  3. See a ballet.
  4. Sell my car (January 2010)
  5. Get published in a magazine that is still in print. (Seattle Met published one of my photos in 2013).
  6. Host a pop-up dinner party.
  7. Participate in a coffee tasting (cupping).
  8. Take a knitting class. (February 2012, Mt. Scott Community Center)
  9. Get a 4th tattoo (March 23, 2010 – “Satya” (truth) in Sanskrit)
  10. See a movie alone.
  11. Run a half-marathon (September 1, 2013 | Race to the End of the Summer, San Jose, CA)
  12. Learn how to use Photoshop (On February 12, 2010, I created my own blog header, and it’s currently the #1 photo-editing tool I use for photography.)
  13. Canoe or kayak in a body of water in Minneapolis (Lake Calhoun, etc.) or Oregon (Willamette).
  14. Take a pole-dancing class. (January 9, 2011 | Ecdysiast, Portland, OR)
  15. Get completely out of debt before the end of my 32nd year.
  16. Shop any one of the Twin Cities farmers’ markets (other than Nicollet Mall) (September 19, 2009 – Minneapolis/Lyndale Ave Farmer’s Market)
  17. Take an HTML/CSS class. (2008, MCTC, Minneapolis)
  18. Ride in a hot air balloon. Twice! Reno, NV: July 2010 and Napa, CA, July 2012)
  19. Try Bubble Tea (aka Boba) (December 8, 2009 – The Tea Garden, Dinkytown, Minneapolis, MN)
  20. Eat tapas in Spain.
  21. Complete CorePower’s Yoga Teacher Training Program (completed November 15, 2009)
  22. Take another Spanish class.
  23. Try curry (November 15, 2009; Yoga Teacher Training banquet, Bombay Bistro, Minneapolis)
  24. Run a 5k (September 17, 2011, Mt. Angel, Oregon’s Oktoberfest. Finishing time: 45:08.9. 14:34 minute mile. Ran with Nicole).
  25. No processed food for a week (Oops! This turned into a lifestyle. Sorta. On Saturday, February 27, 2011 I threw out all of the processed/packaged foods from my cupboards, and have made a conscious effort ever since to eat real food instead. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s been a huge change).
  26. Go horse-back riding again (August 2012, Costa Rica).
  27. Figure out how to cook tofu.
  28. Get a fifth tattoo. (Finished January 18, 2013).
  29. Launch a business. (WEE! July 2012, Launched EffYeah Media, LLC)
  30. Get a passport. (October 2011)
  31. Drive a moped.
  32. Shoot a bow and arrow. Or a gun. Or both. (Both at an approved, safety-first kind of place).
  33. Pick out pumpkins in a pumpkin patch. (October 23, 2010)
  34. Try acupuncture for both a non-physical and a physical thing. (July 2012, for allergies among other things)
  35. Have my palms read.
  36. Have a psychic or tarot card reading (May 21, 2011 in Vegas).
  37. Drink espresso. Like, straight espresso in one of those cute tiny little cups they serve it in. (It kept me up all night.)
  38. Work with high school students (teach yoga, cooking, something).
  39. Visit every US state – 33/50. Driving through counts. Only seeing the airport doesn’t.
  40. Become a member of an art museum (Portland Art Museum, Christmas 2010).
  41. Go to Vegas! (Bloggers in Sin City 1.0: June 4-7, 2009) | (Bloggers in Sin City 2.0: May 2010) | (Bloggers in Sin City 3.0: May 2011) (Bloggers in Sin City 4: May 2012) (Bloggers in Sin City 5: May 2013) (#WhiskeyVegas: April 12-14, 2014)
  42. Grow my own herbs.
  43. Travel around in a motorhome/RV/Airstream for awhile
  44. Eat pizza in NYC. (January 19, 2011)
  45. See a Cirque du Soleil in Vegas. (Bloggers in Sin City : May 2009 / May 2012 / May 2013)
  46. Stick my feet in the Pacific Ocean from the North American west coast (San Diego/Coronado Island, July 2010)
  47. Go to NYC (August 14-16, 2009)
  48. See a musical on Broadway.
  49. SxSWi (March 12-16, 2010 / March 2013)
  50. Take the Amtrak Starlight train up/down the West Coast (SEA > LA, or some significant portion of that — I’ve done PDX to SEA, but I won’t count this until I’ve been in CA).
  51. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. (Close enough! I walked part of it in July 2012.)
  52. Visit at least two museums in New York City (November 2012, The Metropolitan Museum of Art).
  53. Tour the US Capitol (check! June 2013) and/or the White House.
  54. Sit in a cockpit during all or part of a flight.
  55. Go wine tasting in Napa. (July 2012)
  56. Live abroad.
  57. Attend a film festival: Sundance, Cannes, etc.
  58. Go to Alaska.
  59. Make lasagna (August 25, 2009, with Alissa)
  60. Make granola from scratch (August 15, 2010 for Sunday Potluck, using this recipe)
  61. Live somewhere for an extended period of time where I don’t need a car. (January 10, 2010, landed in Colorado without a car. As of May 2014, still no car.)
  62. See MIKA in concert.
  63. Help bring yoga to high schoolers (teamed up with The Wellness Initiative in Boulder, CO, January 2010)
  64. Get on a kiss cam.
  65. Grow my own food (beyond herbs).
  66. Get my wardrobe down to the basics, favorites, fewest amount of things needed.
  67. Visit five major cities in Canada. (Vancouver, BC: 7/2012)
  68. See every MLB stadium (Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta Braves; Busch Stadium (old), St. Louis; Metrodome, Minnesota Twins; Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers; Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles; US Cellular Field, Chicago White Sox; Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs; Coors Field, Denver, CO; Petco Field, San Diego, CA; Target Field, Minneapolis, MN; Safeco Field, Seattle, WA)
  69. Study Sanskrit (definitely covering this on a basic level in Yoga Teacher Training – 2009)
  70. Eat pizza in Naples.
  71. Practice yoga daily for 30 days straight.
  72. Spend 1-2 weeks, totally or mostly unplugged, on an island or a beach somewhere warm and gorgeous.
  73. Have three months’ income in a savings account.
  74. Get opportunities to travel or get invited on a trip of some sort because of blogging/writing – July 6-8, 2010 National Cherry Festival, Traverse City, MI | September 2010 – Great Reno Balloon Race | Wenatchee, WA | Seattle, WA | Napa, California | Yakima Valley, WA | Snoqualmie, WA
  75. Buy something big (like a house, boat, or a car, and pay cash for it).
  76. Go on a cruise.
  77. Make taco seasoning from scratch (January 17, 2011 – loosely based on this recipe).
  78. Go to Pike Place Market in Seattle. (September 5, 2011)
  79. Attend a silent meditation retreat.
  80. Run races in 5 different states. (1a, 5k – Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, Mt. Angel, Oregon, 9/17/11; 1b, 5k – Jingle Bell Run, Portland, OR 12/9/2011; 2 – Ragnar Relay, Southern California, 4/19-20/2013; 3 – North Olympic Discovery 10k, Port Angeles, WA)
  81. Do yoga on the beach in Costa Rica (August 2012).
  82. Make an IM (Integrated Medicine) doctor and/or naturopath my primary care physician. — working on this, summer 2012
  83. Participate in the development of an iPhone app. Client work includes this (content development and promotion), July 2012.
  84. Ride in a helicopter.
  85. Launch an eBook.
  86. Travel by train. (27th birthday gift, June 18-20, 2010. Amtrak from Denver to Glenwood Springs).
  87. Have boudoir or pin-up-esque photos taken. Or both.
  88. Make-out in the Kissing Room at The Local in Minneapolis (Sunday, May 30, 2010)
  89. White-water raft down the Colorado River, in the Grand Canyon.
  90. Snowshoe (February 2014, Mt. Hood)
  91. Study Buddhism.
  92. Teach a yoga class (beyond what I’ve done as a part of Teacher Training).
  93. Do some kind of water sport (kayak, canoe, paddleboard) in the Willamette (float, July 2013)
  94. The Great Loop
  95. Run a 10k (check! June 2013).
  96. Speak at a conference (20-Something Bloggers Summit, August 2011 | Collaborative Content)
  97. Attend a TED event.
  98. Have Shatterboxx design my life blog or website. (EffYeahMedia.com launched December 3, 2012)

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  1. This is fabulous. I'm stealing it for my blog, since I pretty much already have a running list in my head of things I want to do. I'm even stealing the title because I like it.

  2. Thank you! I'm so glad you found this inspiring! I'm so eager to keep moving through this list :)

  3. This is fabulous. I'm stealing it for my blog, since I pretty much already have a running list in my head of things I want to do. I'm even stealing the title because I like it.

  4. Thank you! I'm so glad you found this inspiring! I'm so eager to keep moving through this list :)

  5. RM RM

    Love your list! It's a lot less racy than Nicole's, which is nice :)

  6. Haha thanks, but I have some things that aren't published :)

  7. RM RM

    Love your list! It's a lot less racy than Nicole's, which is nice :)

  8. Thanks! Well, Europe is definitely on my list of places to go and you can bet England's going to be on there. Where in England do you live? What should I absolutely NOT miss?

  9. Interesting list … it's always fun to see what other people's goals are. I don't have mine written out neatly like that, but I have an ever-changing list in my head.You should have England on there somewhere… not that I'm biased ;)

  10. Thanks! Well, Europe is definitely on my list of places to go and you can bet England's going to be on there. Where in England do you live? What should I absolutely NOT miss?

  11. Interesting list … it's always fun to see what other people's goals are. I don't have mine written out neatly like that, but I have an ever-changing list in my head.You should have England on there somewhere… not that I'm biased ;)

  12. I might've just squealed. Out loud.SERIOUSLY?! For one, I'm so coming back. I LOVED it there. Loved it. Socount on that. But you know, after the winter.Thanks for the info! :)

  13. Christina Christina

    I was just re-reading your list and realized you have to come back to NYC for a few things. PLEASE! let me know next time you plan on coming to the city. The Museum of Sex is on my list (and I live here!) and I MIGHT be able to talk to some friends about a "behind the scene" tour at another museum or two.

  14. Christina Christina

    My old roommate works at the Guggenhiem and another friend at the Frick. They might just laugh at me when I ask, but it's always a possibility…..Plus, I have scoop on other interesting things going on….when it's warm again!

  15. I might've just squealed. Out loud.SERIOUSLY?! For one, I'm so coming back. I LOVED it there. Loved it. Socount on that. But you know, after the winter.Thanks for the info! :)

  16. Christina Christina

    My old roommate works at the Guggenhiem and another friend at the Frick. They might just laugh at me when I ask, but it's always a possibility…..Plus, I have scoop on other interesting things going on….when it's warm again!

  17. Christina Christina

    I was just re-reading your list and realized you have to come back to NYC for a few things. PLEASE! let me know next time you plan on coming to the city. The Museum of Sex is on my list (and I live here!) and I MIGHT be able to talk to some friends about a “behind the scene” tour at another museum or two.

  18. So I just read #13 on your passport list. If you need a photographer, I'm down to go anywhere. Hell, let's make a book. It'd be an adventure!

  19. So I just read #13 on your passport list. If you need a photographer, I'm down to go anywhere. Hell, let's make a book. It'd be an adventure!

  20. Yes. We're doing this. End of story.

  21. Loves it. And I seriously cannot wait.

  22. Yes. We're doing this. End of story.

  23. Loves it. And I seriously cannot wait.

  24. Hi, I'm new…from Brandy's hijacked secret project :-)I was caught by your accomplishment of crow pose! I just can't get that…and most arm stands, really. I can get one foot up and feel balanced, but it's that other foot that's got me stuck. Funny thing is that I was in class tonight and it was part of a flow; so coming home and reading it here was a bit of a coincidence!

  25. Hi, I'm new…from Brandy's hijacked secret project :-)I was caught by your accomplishment of crow pose! I just can't get that…and most arm stands, really. I can get one foot up and feel balanced, but it's that other foot that's got me stuck. Funny thing is that I was in class tonight and it was part of a flow; so coming home and reading it here was a bit of a coincidence!

  26. I'm new to your blog, but I love your style. You're so much fun!I just read through your list and as far as C-11) goes, I live in Italy and will be for the next 18 months…travel tips or even a place to stay, I'll be around… :)Live well and take care :)

  27. I'm new to your blog, but I love your style. You're so much fun!I just read through your list and as far as C-11) goes, I live in Italy and will be for the next 18 months…travel tips or even a place to stay, I'll be around… :)Live well and take care :)

  28. Ok, it's officially on my list now to get to Italy within the next 18 months.

  29. Free room and board if you buy me wine and drink it with me. I'm just saying, lol.

  30. Ok, it's officially on my list now to get to Italy within the next 18 months.

  31. Free room and board if you buy me wine and drink it with me. I'm just saying, lol.

  32. Dan Urlick Dan Urlick

    Wow, you are organized Doniree! Impressive list too. Even though you seem to have a wealth of experience for your age, it's nice to know I've at least experienced a couple of things you have not. I have seen a movie alone (not a porno) and really enjoyed it. Saw Jackson Brown at Red Rocks under a full moon, AMAZING! I've drivin a motorcycle and moped, which is fun but a relatively common experience. Outside of that I also would love to attend a taping of Austin City Limits. Much of the music on my Nano was downloaded following episodes of this incredible show. You know, I'm too lazy to create my own list, perhaps I'll just use yours as my guide. Oh yeah, I've done some volunteer DJing at KMSQ in Mankato, so I can scratch that off…

  33. Dan Urlick Dan Urlick

    Wow, you are organized Doniree! Impressive list too. Even though you seem to have a wealth of experience for your age, it's nice to know I've at least experienced a couple of things you have not. I have seen a movie alone (not a porno) and really enjoyed it. Saw Jackson Brown at Red Rocks under a full moon, AMAZING! I've drivin a motorcycle and moped, which is fun but a relatively common experience. Outside of that I also would love to attend a taping of Austin City Limits. Much of the music on my Nano was downloaded following episodes of this incredible show. You know, I'm too lazy to create my own list, perhaps I'll just use yours as my guide. Oh yeah, I've done some volunteer DJing at KMSQ in Mankato, so I can scratch that off…

  34. Tim Tim

    Hope you enjoyed #sxswi!

  35. Just for #76, I love you. That's been a life goal of mine since I was just a li'l one, bundled up in a blanket at Candlestick Park.

  36. Love love love your life list.. may have to steal some of these for my own ha.

    Best,

    Hannah Katy

  37. Love your list. I'd love to get paid to travel as well. Good Luck!

  38. Psst. I'm stealing your idea.

  39. […] Doniree gave me an idea. I want to stop daydreaming and start accomplishing. And to motivate myself… I’m […]

  40. silverneurotics silverneurotics

    When you get around to walking the Atlantic City boardwalk, let me know. I'll be your tour guide.

  41. Coming soon… Coming soon…

    […] … an amazing project documenting the completion of and adventures through living a life of intention and crossing things off the list. […]

  42. Sweet list. Many of these are on mine too. I think I need to start writing them down

  43. I love life lists! They suck me in when I'm reading someone else’s and I get all excited. It's like I want to help them complete their list. It also gets the wheels turning in my head about the things I want to complete. Which reminds me, I really need to write my own life list and start scratching things off! So #1 on that list is…

    #1 Write a Life List.

  44. I could definitely help you with #3. Amazing things are going on the dance world and choreographers are taking artists to a whole new level nowadays. Let me know whenever you do see a ballet–I want to know what you think!

  45. Bo Bo

    Awesome list! You've certainly crossed more items off of yours than I have mine.

    I'm dying to do #51…maybe this will be the year!

  46. Amy Amy

    OMG I just read this list for the first time and I just wanted you to know that my boyfriend and the men of his family camp in the boundary waters every other summer. It's hardcore and if you can do it, it will be a very interesting experience… from what I hear. Hope you make it there! P.S. I think I need a life list. This is just plain impressive!

  47. We actually have a few in common : )

    Word to the Wise:

    If you go to the Museum of Sex, bring your boyfriend. And have a place where you and said boyfriend can go immediately after.

    Just saying… ;)

  48. pamela @vampiresmitt pamela @vampiresmitt

    thanks! you gave me some ideas for my own list!

  49. I love this! I just found your blog from LiLu. I might have to steal a few from this….

  50. We have the same criteria for counting states (driving through, but no airports), except I only like to count the state if I’ve eaten a meal there. But for Maryland, my “meal” is a DQ Blizzard, so obviously these rules are very loosely interpreted.

  51. Matt R Matt R

    I had to comment the moment I saw that you wanted to visit every MLB stadium! And it’s nice to see you’re already almost 1/3 of the way there. :)

    I would recommend AT&T Park in San Francisco (Giants!) especially since they’re the defending world champions. It’s such a lively and lovely place where home runs to right field have splash hits and it’s just a beautiful ball park in general :)

    The Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Athletics) is very different because there’s just the green walls everywhere but the ballpark is nice as well. Cheap! because afterall, it’s moneyball, Mr. Billy Beane.

    What was your favorite stadium you’ve been to as of currently?

  52. A Very Random Thing that is currently making me smile: I tried MY first bubble tea at the very same place you tried YOUR first bubble tea, on Wednesday of this past week. Small (awesome) world, indeed.

    • doniree doniree

      I just LOVE that. That’s right next to/below a great CorePower Yoga there :)

  53. Your list is wonderful!! I had to steal some for my own. :-)

  54. I want to steal your life list!! It’s amazing!!

  55. When you get around to Tapas in Spain let me know. I’ll tell you the best of the best places to go in whatever city you choose =)

  56. Brandi Brandi

    You should make an appointment with Dr. Janel Guyette. She’s amazing! She’s also an MD who practices naturopathic medicine in Portland. :0)

  57. Annie Annie

    I’m so stealing this idea. I’ve had multiple lists, but the idea of keeping one running, and adding the details about when you crossed them off looks INCREDIBLY gratifying. Hope you’re doing well Doniree! I’d love to grab a drink and swap stories soon!

  58. My husband and I can teach you to shoot and gun and bow/arrow – both traditional and compound bows. I shit you not. Come visit and see the desert part of Washington state that nobody really believes exists.

  59. I like how your bucket list is realistic and very specific (do __ in __) and focused on experiences, not the vague sort of “travel the world” that summons the image of crowded package tours with fanny packs! LOL

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