I guess it's been a couple of weeks ago that a friend and I sat on my back porch and made our our "bucket" lists. We decided to call them our (10)(10) lists from John 10:10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. So...this is my "Living-Life- Abundantly-on-Purpose" list! (You can see my friend's (10)(10) list here plus her list of 100 things she's already done here!)
My (10)(10) List (updated 6/4/12, see items in bold)
1-Walk the Camino, 2-Write a novel/short story collection, 3-Write a non-fiction book, 4-Write a collection of poems, 5-Visit top nine bookstores in U.S. (a.The Strand in NYC, b.Politics & Prose in D.C., c.Elliot Bay Book Co. in Seattle) 6-Learn a foreign language, 7-Create a calendar with my art, 8-Go on a silent 3-day retreat, 9-Stay at a monastery, 10-Open an Etsy store, 11-Host a fancy six-person dinner party, 12-Remodel kitchen with open cabinets, 13-Make our bedroom a haven, 14-Knit a sweater, 15-Make a quilt, 16-Walk ten half-marathons in ten different states (a.PA, b.NC)17-Visit a flea market in every state of the union (a.Mile High Flea Market in Denver, Co 6/12), 18-Visit the Grand Canyon, 19-Make a family photo album, 20-Visit Niagara Falls, 21-Write a one-year diary for Matt, 22-Stay in a dune shack for a week, 23-Visit Hawaii, 24-Visit Alcatraz, 25-Paint a portrait of every family member, 26-Dance at all my children’s weddings (a.Sean & Mindi - check!), 27-Float in the Dead Sea, 28-Dip my toe in the Nile, 29-See the Mona Lisa, 30-Plant a vegetable garden, 31-Buy a VW Bug, 32-Refinish my mother’s hope chest, 33-Finish the books Finish the books I haven't read on the Big Read, 34-Catalog my personal library, 35-Plant a flower garden, 36-Take a class on wine, 37-Read 25 poetry collections, 38-Have a poem published in a magazine, 39-Have an article published in a magazine, 40-Make a family tree, 41-Visit the most beautiful libraries in the U.S. (a.NYC-check!), 42-Go to the Biltmore, 43-Host a crawfish boil, 44-Go to an opera, 45-Go to a ballet, 46-Plant a magnolia tree, 47-Put up a hammock, 48-Take a technology break for a week once a year, 49-Write my own recipe book, 50-Take Matt on a surprise getaway, 51-Take a photography class, 52-Take ballroom dancing lessons, 53-Take shag lessons, 54-Crochet an afghan for each of my children and their spouses, 55-Drive across the United States, 56-Go to San Antonio, 57-Write an “In case I die suddenly letter”, 58-Grow a lemon tree, 59-Have a family portrait made, 60-Finish visiting list of historic NC churches, 61-Find Mrs. Lonez and tell her thanks, 62-Visit Sandra’s grave, 63-Get down to my goal weight and stay there for a year, 64-Visit ten coffee houses in old NC/SC/Va towns, 65-Have a cul-de-sac party, 66-Hike Grandfather Mountain, 67-Sell something in Swank, 68-Make 100 beautiful things, 69-Be a vegetarian for a year, 70-Buy 100 handmade items, 71-Ride a horse, 72-Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans with Matt, 73-Learn to play a musical instrument, 74-Make a font, 75-Write a letter to my great granddaughters, 76-Open my own business, 77-Buy 20 pieces of vintage clothing, 78-Write a letter to Angie, Tammy, and Julie, 79-Be part of a clogging dance team, 80-Plan my funeral, 81-Write a prayer book, 82-Watch 50 great movies, 83-Listen to 100 new songs, 84-Walkand blog a virtual Camino, 85-Go to Nova Scotia with Matt, 86-Go to Acapulco, 87-Go on a cruise to Alaska, 88-Learn how to play chess, 89-Buy a telescope and learn how to use, 90-Visit Auschwitz, 91-Take a house boat vacation on a river, 92-Leave 20 of my poems in library books in 20 different cities, 93-Sleep on the beach, 94-See 50 great pieces of art, 95-Have fresh flowers in the house every week for a year, 96-Read 25 great biographies, 97-Ride a dinner train, 98-Go to a mystery theater, 99-Be a contributing writer in a online blog/ezine for women, 100-Learn to play a musical instrument.