Life List: The Next 15

I’ve mentioned my life list before, and I’ve posted about the things from my list I’ve completed. Since we’re moving in a couple of weeks (ack!) and I quit my job (whee!) I figure this is a good time to dust off the list and see what I might work on after we move. Here are 15 things, numbered according to their spots on the master list.

3. Volunteer again.

Since we’re going to be in a new city, it might be a good time to look at volunteering – even for a one-off event. Good way to meet people, and would also force me (and my complete lack of any sort of sense of direction) to find my way around.

6. Attend a TED talk.

I do want to attend one in person, but I just came across TEDxWomen, which is taking place on Dec. 1 in New York and LA. I really want to figure out how to attend, but if I can’t you can bet I’ll be watching the talks.

9. Get in the habit of taking more photographs.

I really need to rethink this one, because it’s difficult to define the point at which this is done. In any case, a new place is a good opportunity to take some more pictures. Plus I have a spanky new iPhone 4S. Instagram, baby!

19. Really learn how to use a graphics editing program.

I’ve been using Pixelmator and, frankly, it bugs me. Time to find an alternative and see if someone (I’m married to) might be willing to walk me through its use.

24. Write something and have it published in a magazine.

I actually did this already and forgot to post about it. I had a piece on postpartum depression published in a local parenting magazine in October, which was very exciting. But I’d love to do another, so I’m going to get some ideas going and work up the nerve to pitch something.

29. Learn how to make a cup of tea – properly.

Because we’re in for a real Canadian winter, and I’m going to need tea.

cup of tea and teapot

Image credit: YaZzZz on Flickr

30. Have another child.

We’ll see what we can do about that. :)

33. Act in a stage play again.

I totally want to do this, especially after a recent Twitter conversation. Maybe there’s someone who’d be willing to let me be a reindeer or a shepherd in a Christmas play…

44. Improve my 10K personal best.

I need to get running again. Even if I freeze my buns off doing it.

51. Get my personal email inbox to zero.

I almost got this done while we were away last week. (That’s the beauty of a long car trip and no wifi.) I’ve got the system set up but I need to finish it and then use it more consistently. I’m sick of losing emails.

52. Get some form of exercise every day for 30 days straight.

But don’t hold me to it.

54. Get a colourful streak in my hair.

I did this one already too, but I’m hoping to get the blue put back in before I go. (Stupid dye fades so damn fast.) I would like to see if there’s a way to get this done so I can keep it, though. Hair extensions, maybe? (Anyone know?)

55. Give blood 5 more times.

I’ve got one counted towards that five, but I need to go again.

58. Get a tattoo to commemorate beating PPD.

I’m planning to go with a friend, and he and I were hoping to do this before I move. Maybe we’ll do it, if I can get my act together. Aside from all the packing and stuff, I do need to commit to a design. I saw this one recently and I’m thinking of something like it:

Isn’t that cool? I don’t want the bee (wasp?) but a bird silhouette where the bee is and my words (whatever those are going to be) where the z’s are might be just the thing. Got any tattoo pics you like? I’ll add them to my Pinterest board. At this point all ideas are welcome.

59. Help someone else with their life list.

This is a relatively recent addition to the list, and I really like it. I need to find someone with a list that includes something I can do to help. (Have a list? Anything a humble Canadian girl can help you with? Link please!)

So there you have it: 15 more things I can do to embrace this change.

What are your short-term goals and dreams?


This is my entry in the Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway. Just Ask offers a breast and ovarian cancer screening and is encouraging people to share 15 things that I want to enjoy in my lifetime as a reminder to be aware of my health. Want to enter? Head over to to get the details. 



  1. A great list, Robin.

    I have always intended to write a life list, but just never got to it. And off the top of my head, I can’t think of anything!

    I do hope you achieve all 15 soon! (at least the ones you haven’t done once already).

  2. Love your list! I think it’s so fun to come up with the things we want to achieve in our lives. It helps get focus. That tattoo is gorgeous, btw. Go for it!

  3. I’m sure you can accomplish all of these goals in your life. The tattoo is cute, not too sure about the zzz’s on it though.

  4. Great list!

    Is there such a thing as “inbox envy”? I seem to be displaying some symptoms . . . .

  5. Baby Strollers says:

    My life list yet pending completion. I dont know weather i will even be able to dust off some off them before the year end

  6. What an amazing list! You have already done some many of the things on my list.

  7. What a great list!

    We need a vlog if you get to act!

  8. Love your list, and OMG, I wish I could go to TedxWomen! I told you on Twitter, but I’ll tell you again… I’m available to help with graphics stuff if you need it! :)

  9. I think the tattoo will look amazing with bird in flight and words trailing behind. Very cool. Do it, lady!

    The inbox thing just makes me want to weep. I can’t face it. I MUST face it. But I can’t….

    And yay for treading the boards. Tread them, tread them!

  10. “Going to Iceland with my mother”

  11. Very inspirational robin. I’m emailing you

  12. Love it, girl! And here’s to checking these off one by one! xo

  13. I can definitely help you with the tea! I guzzle it like it’s going out of style, lol!

  14. I don’t think I’ve ever made a realistic life list. The last one I remember making included traveling to Paris, writing my own book/poetry, and being about to drink an entire 6 pack of beer without passing out. All so unrealistic.

  15. That’s quite a list!

    I can help you with #3 (if you need pointing at resources), would love to join you on #9, can not help you and will probably pick your brain about #19, can definitely help you with #29, can definitely NOT help you with #51, and would love if you would help me with #52 (one of my goals too). If you don’t accomplish it before you come – can’t believe I’m saying this, but since I had promised myself to get one three years ago – I will go with you to complete #58. Ack!

    I need to take a cue from you, Robin, and slow down long enough to write a list like this!

  16. I’m actually aiming to post my Life List on Wednesday. It’s been sitting on my computer, being edited and added to, for months. Here’s hoping to adding baby #2. That’s the biggest thing on my life list as well. Here’s hoping for both of us! And it sounds like everything else on your list is so worthy. Let me know if you decide to go with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. I’d be happy to help you out!

  17. I want the colorful streak in my hair too! The problem is my teenagers HATE the idea almost as much as they hate the idea of me getting a nose ring, so I just have boring plain mom hair until they go to college in a few years.

  18. Idea: grab Your new Mayor’s idea and choose 3 things that you would like rondo for your community in the next year.

  19. Regarding #58… While I love the design you have here, I was thinking bird for you.

    I love that you keep a life list. I need to revisit mine and make sure I’m on track.

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