Get inspired to make your own Life List

By SHELAGH BRALEY
@mylifelist
@mylifelistnews

How many times have you been with friends or family, listening to exciting stories about their adventures and accomplishments? You can’t help but wonder “What made them think of that?” or “How did they ever do that?” One of the ways to create significant life experiences is to have a Life List.

Life Lists have been around forever, in one form or another. They act as roadmaps to achieving the life of your dreams. Many people have dreams but fail to write them down. Studies show that when you write down your dreams and engage others to support you, they become achievable goals.

Today we’re going to introduce you to our guided process of Create, Act, Celebrate™. This is how we do what we do, and how we decide what’s next. We challenge you to identify goals you’re passionate about, and take you through a step-by-step path to achieving them. MyLifeList™ uses our proven methodology and the power of social networking to help you accomplish your goals and inspire others.

We hope you feel as inspired as we have using this process. We look forward to hearing about and celebrating your achievements with you as you check them off YOUR Life List.

This process will help you to:
1. Create a life list of goals and experiences you wish to have in your life.
2. Act on your life goals by documenting the steps needed to accomplish them.
3. Celebrate your accomplishments by sharing your story to inspire others.

A quick way to start is by browsing the MyLifeList™ 90 (the most significant life experiences to add to a Life List, based on more than a decade of our research). Use it for inspiration, make your list and then share with friends—it’s amazing the impact this can have to help you realize your goal. And finally, do you have a story to share from past experience? Celebrate the achievement by telling the story to highlight the significance of your experience. One of the best ways to motivate yourself into action on a new Life List item is to reflect on significant accomplishments and write out how you did it.

Here’s the MyLifeList™ 90 to get your started. How many have you already checked off your Life List?
1. Become a parent
2. Volunteer your time toward an important cause
3. Fall in love/get married
4. Serve your country (military, peace corps, politics)
5. Find your dream job/career
6. Explore your religious/spiritual beliefs
7. Be physically fit and healthy
8. Start your own business
9. Buy a home
10. Go to college
11. Visit a European capital (London, Paris, Rome, etc.)
12. Organize an event for charity
13. Explore Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands 
14. Take a job for experience rather than money
15. Represent your school, community or country in sport
16. Teach or work with children in some capacity
17. Go on an African safari and see the Big 5
18. Start a new life in a new town/country
19. Spend a night in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives or Fiji 
20. Become financially independent
21. Complete a marathon/triathlon
22. Complete an advanced self-development course
23. Walk along the Great Wall of China
24. Learn to play a musical instrument
25. Tide pool in the pink sands of Jobson’s Cove, Bermuda
26. Go to a luau in Hawaii

27. Go dune-bashing in Abu Dhabi
28. Drink Guinness in Dublin and kiss the Blarney Stone
29. Complete a major ocean passage on a ship
30. Swim with pigs in the Exumas
31. Perform in front of an audience
32. Take a gondola ride in Venice
33. Master a new language

That’s the Adventurer, above right, at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

34. Climb one of the seven highest peaks in the world
35. Explore a live volcano
36. Visit the ancient gardens of Japan
37. Buy your dream car/boat
38. Visit ancient ruins in Mexico
39. Go sky diving or bungee jumping
40. Bring the family to Disney
41. Take a road trip
42. Go skiing
43. Visit the country of your ancestors

The Captain greeting Radar after her study abroad in the UK

44. Study abroad
45. Eco-adventure in Costa Rica
46. Visit the Roman Coliseum
47. Participate in a major festival in Europe
48. Visit the Taj Mahal in India
49. Be in the wedding of a good friend
50. Learn to cook a fine meal and invite friends
51. Visit New York City at Christmas time
52. Go water-water rafting on a Class 4 or 5 river 
53. Work with a life coach or mentor
54. Take in the view at Christ Redeemer, Rio, Brazil
55. Attend a major concert or musical event
56. Have a pet
57. Write a book, blog, news article or movie script
58. Visit the Incan citadel Machu Picchu in Peru
59. Go on a bicycle tour through wine country 
60. Go camping in the Grand Canyon, Arizona
61. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
62. See the pyramids from the back of a camel in Egypt
63. Take a hot air balloon ride
64. Explore ancient Greece and visit the Acropolis
65. Enjoy the spray from Victoria Falls
66. Learn to meditate or practice yoga
67. Eat tapas and dance flamenco in Spain 
68. Complete the passage through Panama Canal
69. Attend a famous musical or play
70. Explore the Artic and see the Northern Lights
71. Paddle a canoe on a lake
72. Hike the Milford Track in New Zealand
73. Take in the view from one of the world’s tallest buildings
74. Perform in front of an audience
75. Learn how to fly a plane or glider
76. Drive a race car
77. Attend a major sporting event (Super Bowl, Olympics, World Cup)
78. Fly first class
79. Cultivate a garden
80. Go horseback riding out West
81. Learn a creative hobby (painting, knitting, photography)
82. Create a family tree
83. Swim in the ocean with dolphins or whales
84. Watch the sunrise/sunset
85. Drive Route 66 in a classic convertible
86. Visit a palm reader
87. Attend a black-tie gala
88. Save for three months’ worth of bills
89. Take a cooking class
90. Do a polar bear plunge

Whatever you decide to put on your list, remember: It’s not a bucket list. That’s about the dying. This is your LIFE LIST, for the living. So do it.

Shelagh Braley is a Boston-based luxury/adventure travel journalist. She and her life-listing husband, teen and preschooler share their REAL tales of finding the awesome as they travel together. Come along with us. #mylifelist #findwhatmatters

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