October 2008


80. Donate $100 to Kiva.
I love the premise of Kiva. The organization makes loans to local entrepreneurs starting up or expanding small businesses in developing countries. The entrepreneurs then pay back those loans. With a 98% repayment rate, Kiva is clearly doing something right.
81. Do something very special for some of my loved ones.
I have something specific in mind for this, but I don’t want to spoil any surprises in case they are reading this.
82. Do volunteer work on another continent.
I want to help other folks around the world and not just in my backyard.
83. Participate in a Habitat for Humanity project.
I’ve done construction projects before and enjoyed it. Now I want to do it again.
84. Volunteer at a Give Kids the World event.
Wow, only after a month of starting this blog, I’ve accomplished my first goal. My church frequently helps out at the Give Kids the World Village near Disney and I wanted to help out. I’ll blog about this in a separate post soon.
85. Make a pledge during an NPR or PBS pledge drive.
I used to volunteer my time to a PBS station for a year and a half, but now I want to support them financially too.

74. Eat a no-meat diet for 30 days.
I don’t want to start some meat vs. no-meat debate here. I am an omnivore and have been for all my life. But I have a lot of friends who are vegetarians and I respect their beliefs that a meatless diet is more humane to animals and results in a better diet. So I’d like to give it a try for a month.
75. Run a marathon.
76. Run a 5k race.
77. Run a 10k race.
78. Run a half-marathon.

I’ve recently started running, but I need some goals to motivate me. I’ve never participated in a race before, and the idea of working up to the ultimate running race is thrilling to me.
79.Floss for 30 days straight.
I floss sometimes, but my dentist keeps mentioning that I need to do it more often. Since it usually takes about a month for a habit to develop, that’s my goal.

57. Maintain an active blog for a year.
I want to share the challenges of pursuing these goals with the world. Since I’m the writerly type, a blog seems to be the easiest way of doing that.
58. Learn intermediate Spanish.
I’ve studied Spanish for 3 and a half years in school, but still struggle to hold a conversation. Since I live in an area with a growing Hispanic population, knowing Spanish is a useful skill to have.
59. Work in a bookstore for 3 months.
I love reading and want to share that love with other people.
60. Try 50 new recipes and keep track of them by taking photos of the dishes
Cooking is my way of exploring different cultures by trying dishes of various cuisines. It’s also a fun challenge for me since I get to try new cooking techniques and ingredients. Plus, if I manage to come up with something tasty, it’s fun to share that dish with friends.
61. Become a millionaire. (>10%)
Being “rich” is not the end all and be all of life. Money doesn’t automatically bring fulfillment and enjoyment. I have to find that for myself. But money is a tool, and a very useful one at that. And the more money I have, the more I’ll be able to do things without worrying about financial restrictions and more importantly, the more I can help other people.
62. Get paid to be a tour guide.
It’s always fun for me to introduce people to places they haven’t been to before.
63. Finish Guitar Hero II on Hard.
I play Guitar Hero and Rock Band with friends and want to be able to play on something other then easy all the time.
64. Fly solo in an airplane.
This is a bit of a lofty goal even for me, but if I can pull this off, it would be an accomplishment that few people can claim they did.
65. Knit a blanket.
I’ve tried knitting before, but never quite got the hang of it. I want to take a class and really master this skill. That way, I can do something productive when I’m just sitting in a meeting or on an airplane.
66. Make a pillow quilt.
A pillow quilt is a quilt where one side has little square pillows that are stitched together to make a quilt. I’ve made a smaller version of this by making pillow pillows, but I now want to make a quilt to go with them.
67. Change the oil myself in my car.
So I don’t have to pay someone else to do it.
68. Learn how to play Coldplay’s “Clocks” on piano.
Everyone in my immediate family can play an instrument but me. I want to change that.
69. Work at a hotel for 3 months.
I like traveling and interacting with other travellers, so working at a hotel is one way to do that.
70. Make my own candles.
The soft glow and fragrance of candles are quite soothing for me. Plus, they would make great gifts for friends and family.
71. Make sushi.
Raw fish makes for raw fun.
72. Bake bread.
I’ve tried three times already to bake a rising bread, but haven’t succeeded yet. But that’s not stopping me.
73. Make a beanbag dragon.
I like dragons and I was given some patterns to make some beanbag dragons, so I want to give it a go.

32. Enjoy wine and cheese while watching an outdoor movie.
A local indie movie theater likes to show a free outdoor movie in the upscale part of town once a month. People will go, take a pinic dinner and spread out blankets and mini tables to enjoy a relaxing evening under the stars. I want to do the same thing.
33. Ride on a zipline.
I like heights. I like speed. A zipline’s got both.
34. Ride in a hot-air balloon.
Again, I like heights.
35. Hold up a sign in the Today Show crowd.
I love watching the Today Show. The anchor team of Matt, Meredith, Al and Ann have great chemistry and it shows. So I want to go join the energetic crowds on the plaza and watch the team in person.
36. Have breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Just like in the movie.
37. Sing in the rain.
Also just like the movie.
38. See the world’s biggest ball of twine.
All across America, small towns have decidedly “unique” roadside exhibits. The reason I picked the ball of twine is because a computer game that I played as a kid (“Sam and Max Hit the Road”) involved the main characters visiting a giant ball of twine.
39. Be a pollworker.
I want to get more involved in the political process without getting involved in anyone’s campaign. I like the idea of democracy and it’s something worth supporting.
40. Go parasailing.
I like the experience of flying like a bird. Parasailing looks like it might give me that kind of feeling, so I want to try it out.
41. Swim with dolphins.
I’ve swam with fish before, but not with any mammals yet.
42. Go scuba diving.
After doing some snorkling in the Carribean, I really want to be able to go deeper and explore shipwrecks and coral growths and such, which is hard to do if you have to stay at the surface of the water.
43. Take an overnight kayak trip.
I’ve kayaked in the daytime and have camped at night, but I’ve never done the two together before. It would be a neat way to explore long rivers.
44. Spend the night in a treehouse.
As a kid, I never had a treehouse. I don’t feel deprived at all, but the idea of sleeping among the trees sounds like fun.
45. Feel the rain down in Africa.
Just like in the Toto song.
46. Spend the night at a bed and breakfast.
It sounds like a cozy way to spend a lazy weekend in some coastal town.
47. Attend a wine tasting.
A friend of mine is slowly introducing me to the pleasures of drinking good wine. But I’m still figuring out what I like and what the differences between the types of wine are. This should help.
48. Ride on a camel.
Who wouldn’t want to pretend to be an Egyptian for a little while?
49. Experience freefall on a zero-g plane.
Okay, I’m looking for an excuse to eat floating M&Ms.
50. Plan and take an out-of-state trip in less then 24 hours.
I’m a bit of a planner when it comes to traveling. I generally plan trips several weeks and often months in advance. So just grabbing my bag and going somewhere with little to no planning would help to expand my traveling horizons.
51. Ride in a rickshaw.
Because I support green forms of transport.
52. Stand in two places at once.
Just like in the Walk to Remember movie.
53. Go to a market and barter for an item.
I’ve walked through open-air markets with sellers hawking their wares. But I’ve been shy about approaching someone and bargaining with them.
54. See snow in the city.
Because I’ve already seen it the countryside of Canada.
55. Visit an In-n-Out.
There are no In-n-Outs in my corner of the US, but I’ve read about them online. I’d love to order a burger animal-style there.
56. See penguins in the wild.
Because seeing them at Sea World doesn’t give me the appreciation of what they have to do to survive in the wild. And they’re cute.

Over the next few days, I’m going to look at each goal individually and explain just why I want to do them.

Travel
1. Visit all 50 US states.
The US has many national characteristics that pull the country together as a whole. But each state has its own unique culture and history that is worth checking out. Not to mention that the sheer size of the country make this quite a feat to achieve.
2. Fly first class on an airline.
When I fly, I’ve always gone in coach. I’d love to see what life is like in the front of the plane.
3. Visit all seven continents. (1/7; 14%)
It’s a big world out there, and I want to see how each of the continents are different from each other.
4. Live in a foreign country for a year.
Living in a foreign country would undoubtedly be an eye-opening experience. To be immersed in another culture, in another way of thinking- that would be awesome!
5. Fly around the world on a round-the-world ticket.
The three major airline alliances (SkyTeam, Star Alliance and oneworld) all offer a special fare where you can use the partner airlines to circle around the world. This would be a fun way to explore the world besides just flying out to one or two places and then coming back home again.
6. Go on a Panama Canal cruise.
I love the idea of going through the canal. It’s a feat of human engineering and one of the major passageways between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Plus experiencing the boat rising and falling as it goes through the lock system would be memorable.
7. Spend 3 weeks in New Zealand.
After seeing Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, I’ve wanted to come visit this country. Between the gorgeous countryside, the unusual animals and all the adventure activities, it’ll take 3 weeks to see it all.
8. Go overseas.
This may seem like a redundant goal, and it is. Since visiting all 7 continents will take considerable time and money, I want to set a smaller goal I can meet along the way so I know I’m making progress.
9. Take a roadtrip with friends.
Cars are interesting places to get to know people. Some of the deepest conversations I’ve had with friends has been in a car. Since everyone is in close quarters for long period of time, it makes opening up easier since there’s no rush to get through a conversation.
10. See Niagara Falls.
To be near such a roar of falling water would be incredible to experience. I particularly want to walk under the falls.
11. Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Let the good times roll! I want to see how the city is doing after Katrina went through and to see the parades.
12. See the “bean” in Chicago.
I have several friends that rave about Chicago on a regular basis. I want to see what all the hype is about.
13. Go see a taping of the Colbert show in New York City.
I love watching the show. Plus, it’s an excuse to visit NYC.
14. Cross into Canada by boat.
15. Cross into Canada by foot.

I’ve crossed into Canada by plane, train, and van; so it would be fun to cover the other two major forms of transportation.
16. Have a steak dinner in Argentina.
I’ve heard the steak down there is amazing, and I love good food.
17. Visit Cedar Point
I love riding roller coasters, and Cedar Point has 17 of them.
18. See the Hong Kong light show.
44 of the city’s skyscrapers are linked together to put on a light show along the water. I’ve been told by friends it is beautiful to behold.
19. See a taping of NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” in Chicago.
I’m a fan of the show and it would be interesting to see a radio show in person.
20. Visit all the US national parks. (3/58; 5%)
With global warming and population growth, natural areas are slowly turning into strip malls. I want to see what I can before it’s gone.
21. Wear the clothing of a native country in that country.
Sometimes the way to understand a culture is to mimic it, even if it’s just with some clothes.
22. Take a gondola through the canals of Venice.
Sure, it’s a cheesy, tourist activity, but it’s an excuse to go to Venice.
23. Visit one of the international Girl Scout houses.
I’ve been involved with the Girl Scouts for over 18 years. In other countries, there are houses designed to welcome Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world to celebrate the movement.
24. Fly on Singapore airlines.
Singapore airlines is one of the most highly rated airlines in the world and is known for their service and the Singapore girls. I want to see for myself what sets it apart from other airlines.
25. Go see an Olympics sporting event in person.
I missed my chance when the Atlanta Olympics came within driving distance of me. I don’t want to miss them again.
26. Visit all of Canada’s territories and provinces. (2/12; 17%)
My northern neighbor is full of its own unique charm that begs to be seen. And with only 12 territories to the US’s 50 states, it should be a little easier to visit them all.
27. Visit the Galapagos islands.
With all the unique critters there, it’s worth a visit.
28. Ride Amtrak’s “City of New Orleans” train.
I like taking Amtrak trains. The reason I want to ride this particular route is because they offer a special menu not offered on any of their other trains.
29. Fly 100 airline routes. (14%)
I track my flights on Flightmemory and I want to reach that magic 100 number of unique routes flown.
30. Visit Easter Island.
What’s not to like about giant stone heads?
31. Take a trip through the Chunnel.
I’ve taken trains over water, but under water would be quite a feat.

So just what are my goals? Here’s the list! I also will be breaking down these goals in later posts by explaining just why I want to do them and how I plan to achieve them.

You’ll notice in the list that I’ve included percentages with some of them. Those indicate how far along I am to achieving that goal. In order for a goal to be added to the list, it needed to be something that is well-defined and quantitative. I want to know exactly when I accomplish a goal.

So without further ado- my list! (Last updated 3/21/09)

Travel
1. Visit all 50 US states. (16/50; 32%)
2. Fly first class on an airline.
3. Visit all seven continents. (1/7; 14%)
4. Live in a foreign country for a year
5. Fly around the world on a round-the-world ticket.
6. Go on a Panama Canal cruise.
7. Spend 3 weeks in New Zealand.
8. Go overseas.
9. Take a roadtrip with friends
10. See Niagara Falls
11. Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
12. See the “bean” in Chicago.
13. Go see a taping of the Colbert show in New York City.
14. Cross into Canada by boat.
15. Cross into Canada by foot.
16. Have a steak dinner in Argentina.
17. Visit Cedar Point
18. See the Hong Kong light show.
19. See a taping of NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” in Chicago.
20. Visit all the US national parks. (3/58; 5%)
21. Wear the clothing of a native country in that country.
22. Take a gondola through the canals of Venice.
23. Visit one of the international Girl Scout houses.
24. Fly on Singapore airlines.
25. Go see an Olympics sporting event in person.
26. Visit all of Canada’s territories and provinces. (2/12; 16.6%)
27. Visit the Galapagos islands.
28. Ride Amtrak’s “City of New Orleans” train.
29. Fly 100 airline routes. (14%)
30. Visit Easter Island.
31. Take a trip through the Chunnel.

Adventures

32. Enjoy wine and cheese while watching an outdoor movie.
33. Ride on a zipline.
34. Ride in a hot-air balloon.
35. Hold up a sign in the Today Show crowd.
36. Have breakfast at Tiffany’s.
37. Sing in the rain.
38. See the world’s biggest ball of twine.
39. Be a pollworker.
40. Go parasailing.
41. Swim with dolphins.
42. Go scuba diving.
43. Take an overnight kayak trip.
44. Spend the night in a treehouse.
45. Feel the rain down in Africa.
46. Spend the night at a bed and breakfast.
47. Attend a wine tasting.
48. Ride on a camel.
49. Experience freefall on a zero-g plane.
50. Plan and take an out-of-state trip in less then 24 hours.
51. Ride in a rickshaw.
52. Stand in two places at once.
53. Go to a market and barter for an item.
54. See snow in the city.
55. Visit an In ‘n Out.
56. See penguins in the wild.

Skill-building

57. Maintain an active blog for a year.
58. Learn intermediate Spanish.
59. Work in a bookstore for 3 months.
60. Try 50 new recipes and keep track of them by taking photos of the dishes.
61. Become a millionaire. (>10%)
62. Get paid to be a tour guide.
63. Finish Guitar Hero II on Hard.
64. Fly solo in an airplane.
65. Knit a blanket.
66. Make a pillow quilt.
67. Change the oil myself in my car.
68. Learn how to play Coldplay’s “Clocks” on piano.
69. Work at a hotel for 3 months.
70. Make my own candles.
71. Make sushi.
72. Bake bread.
73. Make a beanbag dragon.

Health
74. Eat a no-meat diet for 30 days.
75. Run a marathon.
76. Run a 5k race.
77. Run a 10k race.
78. Run a half-marathon
79.Floss for 30 days straight. Completed 12/25/08

Giving Back
80. Donate $100 to Kiva.
81. Do something very special for some of my loved ones.
82. Do volunteer work on another continent.
83. Participate in a Habitat for Humanity project.
84. Volunteer at a Give Kids the World event.
85. Make a pledge during an NPR or PBS pledge drive.

Other
86. Buy a condo
87. Read all of Shakespeare’s plays.
88. Read “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. (Completed 3/02/09)
89. Collect all of C.S. Lewis’ writings.
90. Establish a dinner club and keep it going for at least six months.
91. Buy all of Donald Miller’s books. (Completed 2/11/09)
92. Have a penpal for at least six months.
93. Frame and hang 10 pictures of friends and family to display in my apartment.
94. Fill 5 journals with my traveling adventures.
95. Watch all 100 films on the 2007’s AFI’s Top 100 films list. (31%)
96. Post 10,000 pictures on Facebook. (1,365/10,000; 13.7%)
97. Try a Malbec wine.
98. Host a wine tasting with wines I’ve brought back from other places.
99.Pay off my car. (73%)
100. Write a book and get it published.

In some upcoming posts, I’m going to explain why I chose these goals and how I plan to achieve them. I will also be putting this list on the sidebar and update my progress on it.