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You know how you always wanted to do something (or maybe a lot of things) but you just never got around to it or backed down in fear or gave up in frustration or settled because you didn’t think you could have it. And then, at some point, you stepped back and looked at your life and wondered: What happened? and/or How in the heck did I get here?

WELL, THIS POST IS FOR YOU.

It’s about creating the life you’ve always wanted. It’s about writing a list of things you want to have/experience/believe/finish while you’re still alive and then DOING them, checking them off as you go.

I came across this idea at Mighty Girl. While writing down your life goals isn’t anything new, having them all listed in one place, committing to achieving them, and blogging about it is, at least to me. So I took inspiration from Mary Oliver’s fabulous poem, The Summer Day, and asked myself what I’m going to do with my one wild & precious life. I spent a month coming up with my list ~ One Wild Life: 137 Things I Want To Do While I’m Still Around.

That list makes me feel as excited as a little kid on Christmas morning when I look at it. It makes me feel motivated and passionate and full of possibility. It makes me focused and energized and enthusiastic. That’s what I want for your life, too.

SO . . . WHAT I CHALLENGE YOU TO DO IS THIS:

  1. Write your own life list, fill it with things that will make you happier.
  2. Put down everything YOU ever wanted/dreamed about, even if you don’t know, right now, how it’s even possible. (Hint: not somebody else’s version of your life, let them write their own list. Here are some guidelines from Mighty Girl that may help you.)
  3. Share your list or not, it’s up to you.
  4. Start checking off each thing as you complete it.
  5. Have the life you always wanted.

Some of the best advice that I ever got (from a billionaire, no less) was this: The sum total of your life comes from the choices you make. What you trade your life for is entirely up to you.

So do something nice for yourself & make a life list. It’ll guide you to better choices, more suited to making yourself happy. And stop wasting your life living someone else’s list, there’s just not that kind of time.

So what will you do with your one wild & precious life? Please feel free to share your thoughts & experiences in the comment box below.

In case you missed the first Reader Challenge:

 

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19 Responses to Reader Challenge ~ Make A Life List

  1. Sandy Coelho says:

    Happy New Year Shelli!

    I hope you had the best holiday season, you were in my thoughts this year.

    What a wonderful project. I think I’ll accept your challenge. It should be interesting to see what I come up with.

    Take care hon, all my best xoxo

    • Hey lovely lady!

      Happy New Year to you, too! I was just thinking about you the other day & wondering how things were going. I did have a fabulous holiday season, even if I didn’t get to see any snow. :( I hope you did, too. You know, I had a blast doing this, not only writing it down but also opening myself up to the possibility of doing all those things. Let me know if you share your list. I’d be curious to see what’s on it.

      Cheers, darlin. :)

      • Sandy Coelho says:

        Things are beginning to settle down (wipes forehead). We had the best Christmas in years, even got snow for Christmas eve, but it melted within a few hours. It was pretty. :)
        It sounds like great fun, if I can take 5 minutes/day to write something down, it could be do-able :)
        Definitely!
        Cheers back LOL :D

  2. Honey Apostos says:

    Great idea. I will have to write one.

    • Hi Honey! Let me know if you do. I’d love to read what’s on it. :)

      • Honey Apostos says:

        Okay here it goes:
        Life List

        1) See “Furnatche” published
        2) Write a script
        3) Spend time by the ocean
        4) Write a novel
        5) Write more children’s books
        6) Improve my drawing skills
        7) Spend more time outside
        8) “Hide” from everything once a week and just write
        9) Eat more ice cream
        10) See The Louvre
        11) Spend time in England some of it in a cottage in a small village.
        12) See more of the world
        13) Enjoy my kitty more
        14) Fall in love again

        • Hi Honey!

          That’s a great list, especially number 8 & 9. I’m of the opinion that you can never eat enough ice cream. :D Thanks so much for sharing it. Cheers, darlin.

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  4. Amy says:

    This is a great post, Shelli! I like your wild life list, too. I love it that when you think about it, you get excited. I’m going to make my own today.

    • Hi Amy!

      Thanks so much for the fab compliment. I do get excited: look at all the cool stuff I’m going do! And I’m completely thrilled you’re going to make your own today. Cheers, darlin. :)

  5. I’m definitely making this list. I’ve decided I’m at a point in my life where I’m just tired of settling. I’m going to start making more of my dreams realities. Thanks for the nudge. :)

    • Hey lovely lady!

      I’m SOOOOO glad to hear it. Changed my life, this list did. (ha! that sounded like Yoda!) I’m so happy that you’re going to make your dreams come true. Rock on, sister!

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