live life manifesto.

Photo by: Brian

Eleanor Roosevelt once said:

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

After reading this quote, I was inspired by Eleanor to create my “live life manifesto,” otherwise known as a “bucket list.” This is my personal list of things I wish to do before I die so that I can “taste experience to the utmost.” Some of these things I wish to do in the short-term, and others in the long-term. I will cross them off once I do them, and will probably be adding things quite frequently. They are in no particular order =)

Have a baby

Have another baby!

Scuba Dive

Go to NYC and see Times Square

Lead people to Jesus

Hike the grand canyon

Run a 5k

Run a marathon

Finish a triathlon

Take dance classes

See “Thor’s Well” in Oregon

Walk where Jesus walked in Jerusalem

Go sailing

See U2 & Coldplay in concert

Stay at a monastery for a week

Organize a surprise party

Explore Macchu Picchu in Peru

Go see a drive-in movie


Become a tea drinker

Learn to do my own taxes

Donate hair to locks of love

Bake bread from scratch

Ride an elephant

Inspire someone

Cook an entire Thanksgiving meal from scratch

Take a surfing lesson

Ride a gondola in Venice

Go on the Maid of the Mist to see Niagara Falls

Adopt a child

Jump into a pool fully clothed

Become very generous with my money

Become very generous with my time

Take a sunrise bike tour in Maui

Do 25 pushups

Sing karaoke in public

Learn to play the piano

Swim with dolphins

Ride in a hot air balloon

Raise the money to build an orphanage/school in Africa

Backpack through New Zealand

Finish my Bachelors degree

Get a Masters degree

Discover what Jesus made me to do – and do it.

Take a short-term mission trip

Take a long-term mission trip

Renew my wedding vows after being married for 10, 15, or 20 years

Give a loan to an entrepreneur in a developing country through

Start a business with my husband

Become a foster parent

See for myself the aurora borealis

Learn how to sew

Milk a cow

Buy a homeless person a nice meal

Go kayaking

Visit all 50 states

Restore an old house

Take an Italian cooking class

Make homemade, real lemonade

Start my own garden

Talk to a stranger about who Jesus is to me

Get a tattoo

Laugh until I pee my pants

Start a college fund for my children

Send my kids to college

Eat authentic Italian spaghetti in Italy

Get over my fear of public speaking

Take a baking class

Visit all 7 continents

Get boudoir photos taken for my husband

Go white water rafting

Teach an exercise class

Visit the four corners

Take a photography class

Open a bed and breakfast

Strip and re-finish a piece of furniture

Make my own beef jerky

Give up sugar for an entire month

Go to a Nascar race

Become a (temporary) vegetarian

Visit Auschwitz

Now that you’ve read mine, it’s time for you to make your own! A life not lived to the fullest is a life wasted. Be sure to share it with me, and feel free to use my ideas — maybe we can do them together!


One thought on “live life manifesto.

  1. If you ever decide to come to New Zealand and backpack here, let me know! I can help, as I live here in Dunedin :)

    Yes, our country really is that beautiful. And you can do the white water rafting and kayaking while you’re here. I’d add zorbing, canyoning and paragliding to your list too :)

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