Life List.

Click on any of the completed items to see a post about it!!

{places to go}

*Visit California {completed December 2009}

*Fly Virgin Airlines

*Travel by AmTrak

*Fly Singapore Airlines

*Visit Singapore

*Take Chris to Washington, DC

*Visit Cupra Marittima and Italy

*Travel to Australia

*See/Scuba Dive the Great Barrier Reef

*Check out the local music scene in San Diego {completed 12/26/2009}

*Drive across America

*Safari in Africa

*Visit a volcano

*Explore Pompeii

*Visit a real castle

*See the Titanic wreckage up close and personal

*Vacation on a deserted or small-populated island

*Go to the top of the Empire State building

*Ice skate in Central Park

*Visit the moon

*Go on a cruise

*Drive the west coast and stop at all the best beaches {completed 12/2009}

*Fly first class

*Vacation alone

{people to meet}

*5 photographers I admire {completed Feb 2009 at WPPI}

*Jason Mraz

*Rob Thomas

*Zooey Deschanel

*Michael W. Smith

*Rafael Van der Vaart

*Bryan Adams

*Philip Cocu

*Robert DeNiro

*Brad Pitt

{events to attend}

*World Cup

*A Holland Match

*Bryan Adams concert again {completed 1/16/2009}

*Grammy Awards


*Ellen Degeneres, SNL, or any late night taping

*Listen to Zooey Deschanel sing live

*Tom Petty concert


*Photograph a complete story with one click of the shutter

*Have a photo published

*Shoot in South Africa

*Become a full-time photographer {completed November 30, 2009}

*Have an opening at an art gallery

*Take photos for a Hollywood film

*Get a photo of/see an owl in the wild

*Own a studio/office space

*Own a business with Chris {completed July 2009}

*Find a photography charity to be involved with

*Photograph a wedding out of state {completed 10/24/09}

*Photograph a wedding out of the country

*Join Flickr

*Get a good point and shoot for concerts {completed February 2010}


*to speak and understand Dutch (preferably before kids)

*to surf

*to sail without Chris’ help

*to play my harmonica

*to juggle {in process!}

*a new word every day

*to drive manual

*to sew {in process!}

*to play piano better

*concept photography and shoot a session

*how to salsa

{sticking with it}

*Keep an inspiration journal {underway}

*Learn, apply, and meditate on a new bible verse each week… and REMEMBER it

*When I find something new about myself, write it down

*Have a routine workout schedule for at least 6 months

*Drink only water for a week {completed 1/11/2009}

{thinking of others}

*Be a better wife

*Make someone laugh every day

*Build a Habitat for Humanity house

*Volunteer at a children’s hospital

*Teach photography to a child who wants to learn

*Mission trip to South Africa


*a Holga {completed 12/25/2008}

*a beach house

*a grand piano

*all the Beatles’ albums

*the entire Harry Potter collection {completed 12/25/2009}

*a HobieCat

*a Rothko piece

{living mightily}

*See my script made into a short film

*Live in a different country

*Celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary

*Celebrate New Year’s twice in one year

*Watch all the films on AFI’s top 100 list (55/100)

*Get a different haircut {completed May 2010}

*Have a floor-to-ceiling library in my house

*Make my own clothing pattern(s)

*Ride in a hot air balloon and take some awesome photos

*Hire a personal shopper

*Ride on a massive sailboat

*Ride horseback on a beach

*Become unafraid of microphones

*Sing a song onstage with Bryan Adams

*Watch the sun set over the Pacific {completed 12/26/2009}

*Take photos of Mraz or become his best friend.  Either one is fine.  🙂

*Have a whole wardrobe that’s MY style

*Be a mom

*Write a song with clever lyrics and have someone come up with an awesome melody for it

*Write an entire story of someone’s life while people-watching

*Have a wind chime garden

*Visit a vineyard

*Be as good of a parent as mine were to me

*Organize my personal photos and take more

*Design and build our own house with Chris

*Make wine

*Cook more

*Watch the space shuttle launch up close

*Chase a tornado

*Clean out my closet {completed sometime in 2010}

*Participate in Gimme Your Stuff

  1. 12/11/2008 at 2:10 pm

    Wow. You are truly an amazing person Allie! I learned a lot about you from this list! I’m seriously inspired now, and I’m gonna make my own life list!


  2. Misty P
    12/11/2008 at 2:35 pm

    Joining Flickr could be done today! 🙂 I love it. I host and share my photos there. Great list! I’m amazed that you took the time to think through all of those things.

    P.S. Did you get my FB message?

  3. 12/11/2008 at 3:59 pm

    Sign me up for… Well, most of it.

    Explore Pompeii: I’ve done it, but I will do it again. When can we go?!

  4. 12/11/2008 at 5:52 pm


    I’m so gonna make a Life List – just want some time to think it thru. Will post it here and on my own blog when I have it finalized (

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. russie
    12/11/2008 at 9:56 pm

    the black blind monkey, eh? sign me up.

  6. Scott
    12/11/2008 at 11:01 pm


    Love your list. I can teach you how to juggle.

  7. Mama Mia
    12/13/2008 at 12:21 am

    I am blessed to call you my daughter! I love you…and you made me “ink”! I can help with the sewing and help you get started with that first “designer outfit”

  8. 12/17/2008 at 11:56 pm

    Alright, Allie – here’s my work-in-progress. Destined to change, but for now – my life list, with thanks to you for the inspiration!

    Places To Go

    Ireland & Scotland
    Fenway Park
    Grand Canyon
    All the legendary Jazz Clubs in NYC

    People To Meet

    Bruce Springsteen
    The Dalai Lama
    Tom Waits
    Meryl Streep
    Martin Scorsese
    Barack Obama
    Tony Robbins
    Tom Robbins
    Carrie Fisher
    Wynton & Branford Marsalis
    Sandy Koufax
    Denzel Washington
    Jodie Foster
    Geri Larkin (author)

    Events To Attend

    A ballgame at every Major League baseball park
    Sit-com writers meeting (The Office, Conan O’Brien, etc)
    An intensive writers conference/workshop
    Tony Robbins live event
    A Sesshin (a lengthy Zen meditation retreat)

    Things To Learn

    Trumpet or Saxophone
    How to sing well
    All the rules of grammar and composition
    How to cook really, really well

    Sticking with It

    Run another half-marathon
    Go vegetarian for life
    Daily meditation and prayer
    Write something magnificent – a novel, a collection of stories, or non-fiction
    Increase my weekly running regiment to 20+ miles per week
    Reach and maintain my ideal weight

    Thinking of Others

    Give my kids the guidance and tools they need for a happy, outstanding life
    Make my wife feel like the most blessed person on earth
    Become a leader in our church
    Write a book about spiritual matters for fellow seekers
    Keep coaching Little League
    Become a mentor


    A bed and breakfast
    A seaside or mountain retreat
    Autographed books by all of my favorite authors
    Dugout level season tickets to Braves games

    Live Mightily

    Go whale watching in the top five spots to see Humpback Whales
    Play guitar at The Crossroads, where Robert Johnson met the Devil
    Live in complete silence, alone, on a spiritual retreat for 30 days.
    Read 100 classic novels.
    Write and stage an original play.
    Give Sheryl Crow a foot massage (& have her return the favor) 
    Make a short film with Martin Scorsese or Woody Allen
    Spend a week at sea
    Live on an island for a summer

  9. Ellen
    01/14/2009 at 4:13 pm

    Allie — I loved your list. In reading it I realized that you have grown into the fabulous and interesting woman we all knew you would. I hope you achieve all that you can and I hope we will share some of it together.


  10. 03/01/2009 at 7:27 pm

    This is so cool. You inspire me to want to make my own list.

  11. Dre
    04/02/2009 at 9:35 pm

    This list is inspiring and amazing! You’re one cool chic Allie! Good to meet you!

  12. Mom
    06/03/2009 at 10:47 pm

    Is your closet clean enough to make the list?

  13. Hannah King
    08/04/2009 at 5:22 pm

    thats awesome Allie, im going to make one now haha.

  14. Hannah King
    08/04/2009 at 5:34 pm

    also, i am occasionally a personal shopper and i might be living in DC starting next summer, so i can show you around when you visit with chris, and if you ever want to expand your photography business to full time, you know, i am willing to work as your apprentice 🙂

  15. 10/22/2009 at 8:13 pm

    I can’t wait to get started on my life list. So inspired by you and Chris.

  16. Tommy
    07/14/2010 at 11:04 am

    So, Sheryl Crow is coming to town in August. Do I send a note to her ‘people’ about the Life List and the foot massage? Or am I just risking a restraining order?

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