Life List

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The ultimate list, I first wrote my Life List in 2011. If you’re interested in the origins you can read about it here 🙂

I’m not sure how many items I have on my list any more (the way that I use to track them has changed a bit and it no longer gives me a real total) but I know that it’s over 200!

Creativity

  • Develop film in a darkroom
  • Read a Man Booker prize winner 20/11/2014
  • Watch 500 films I've never seen before
  • See 50 comedians live
  • Finish a crossword without cheating 06/09/2012
  • Take a portrait with Tzevai every year
  • Sing with a choir
  • Take an evening class for fun
  • Fill a room with ball pit balls
  • Spend a day watching films at the cinema 23/01/2011
  • Knit something worth wearing 26/04/2015
  • Have a gallery exhibition for Telegramme
  • Sing on a stage 01/04/2012
  • Read 1000 books I've never read before
  • Take singing lessons
  • Teach a class in something 12/10/2013
  • Publish 10 issues of Telegramme [7/10]
  • Make a list of my favourite photographers & buy a print from them all
  • Have my photo taken by Amber Marlow 30/03/2014
  • Throw a Life List party 25/01/2014
  • See a West End musical 31/05/2014
  • Get a Marc Johns illustration as a tattoo 07/01/2014
  • Buy a copy of every book I've rated as 5 stars
  • Shoot nothing but 35mm for a year
  • Read as many of the Rory Gilmore Reading List books as I can
  • Read all the 'Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction' winning and shortlisted books
  • See Elbow play live 23/03/2011

Food

  • Make all the marked dishes in the Yo! Sushi cookbook
  • Taste 100 cheeses 05/09/2014
  • Have high tea with my Mum
  • Cook a Christmas meal for the whole family 25/12/2012
  • Plant a cherry tree 26/06/2013
  • Eat at Bob Bob Ricard (& press the champagne button)
  • Eat at the Fat Duck
  • Try every flavour of Krispy Kreme 03/11/2013
  • Learn how to make truffles 06/11/2013
  • Eat sushi in Japan
  • Eat 10 animals I've not eaten before
  • Eat a hot dog in New York
  • Eat at 5 Michelin starred restaurants
  • Learn how to make chocolate chip cookies 14/01/2015
  • Make at least one meal from 25 different cuisines 14/10/2015
  • Learn how to make pasta from scratch 31/03/2011
  • Taste 100 cocktails
  • Learn how to make sushi 15/01/2011
  • Learn how to shuck an oyster
  • Make my own mayonnaise 13/08/2014
  • Eat at one of the Man vs Food restaurants
  • Make a cookbook of all our favourite meals 26/06/2015
  • Eat a pain au chocolat in Paris 07/09/2013
  • Learn 100 recipes
  • Make my own cheese 19/03/2014
  • Have a picnic in every park in Cardiff
  • Try 30 different types of gin
  • Get mum to teach me her pickled onion recipe
  • Learn how to poach an egg
  • Pick an avocado and eat it
  • Pick my own fruit
  • Make a meal using nothing but things we've grown ourselves
  • Eat at 250 places in Wales [50/250]
  • Drink a "Super Panda" at The Artisian bar in the Langham Hotel
  • Crack an egg with one hand

Fun

  • Attend a murder mystery party 15/05/2014
  • Open champagne with a sword
  • Ride the carousel in Cardiff Bay 26/06/2012
  • Go to a roller derby 12/10/2012
  • Go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Bet in a casino 26/01/2012
  • Have an ice-skating party and yellow picnic for my birthday 16/06/2011
  • Win a pub quiz 16/06/2013
  • Go to a Cardiff Blues game 25/02/2011
  • Organise a party with all the people I love and give awards to everyone
  • Go ice-skating with Q 11/12/2010
  • Spend a day at a luxurious spa (and not feel bad about it!)
  • Spend a day in my pyjamas, playing video games and eating cheesecake 10/03/2014
  • Win a game of chess 04/04/2015
  • Go to an aquarium with Q 26/06/2013
  • Fly business class (at least!)
  • Go UV bowling 01/05/2015
  • Meet my favourite "internet people"
  • Send flowers when it isn't a special occasion
  • Produce a printed copy of Telegramme 15/03/2012
  • Get a tattoo on my foot 15/07/2011
  • Get a tattoo on my wrist 15/07/2011
  • Bet on the Grand National 08/04/2011
  • Drive an Aston Martin
  • Watch Dita Von Teese perform
  • Swim in a rooftop pool 10/02/2012
  • Go to a drive in movie
  • Attend the Fforde Ffiesta
  • Go to the Cannes film festival
  • Go to the Boring Conference 30/05/2014
  • Find a carousel horse with my name on it
  • Do the Harry Potter studio tour 25/04/2014
  • Complete my 30 for 30 list 25/06/2014
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Get a streak of a year on Little Memory 20/01/2014
  • Go to a roller disco
  • Swim in a lido 11/06/2015
  • Complete my 31 for 31 list 19/06/2015
  • Learn a card trick

Health & Wellbeing

Learning

  • Try scuba diving 14/09/2012
  • Take a skiing lesson
  • Take an evening class to learn something
  • Learn one song on the guitar
  • Learn how to fold a paper crane 09/05/2012
  • Learn how to play a song on the ukulele 29/02/2012
  • Take a sign language class 08/06/2015
  • Try snorkelling 18/08/2013
  • Learn how to french braid my hair 24/08/2014
  • Learn how to reverse park
  • Learn how to crochet
  • Learn how to do a handstand underwater 18/08/2013
  • Complete a Rubik’s Cube without help
  • Learn how to throw and catch a diablo
  • Complete the French course on Duolingo

Life

  • Buy a house 25/04/2013
  • Spend the night on a houseboat
  • Shoot a real gun
  • No swearing for a day 02/02/2015
  • See a space shuttle launch
  • Give blood 20 times
  • Get 15 subscribers on Google Reader (RIP) 30/04/2011
  • Do something memorable for Q's 30th Birthday 02/12/2012
  • Do something memorable for my 30th Birthday 26/06/2013
  • Move to Cardiff 04/11/2010
  • Get a job in Cardiff 06/12/2010
  • Paint EE Cummings on a wall in our house 10/01/2015
  • Be debt free 26/06/2015
  • Raise £5000 for charity
  • Grow my hair 01/01/2012
  • Volunteer my time to 5 charities (1/5)
  • Adopt a rescue cat 16/11/2013
  • Own a gerbil named Sidney Pepper
  • Have a library 19/12/2015
  • See a real panda 19/01/2012
  • Marry Q 07/09/2012
  • Sponsor a child in a third world country 28/01/2014
  • Get books signed by my favourite authors
  • Attend Camp Mighty
  • Live in another country
  • Attach a lock to a 'love lock' bridge
  • See a Postsecret Live event
  • See a performance of The Vagina Monologues
  • Get a sausage dog
  • Teach a new skill to 50 people
  • Give 50 Kiva loans [10/50]
  • Donate my hair 30/08/2014
  • Shave my head for charity 31/08/2014

Purchases

  • Buy a slow cooker 16/12/2012
  • Buy a waffle iron and make waffles 26/06/2013
  • Buy a Tatty Devine name necklace 09/12/2010
  • Buy a pair of cats eye glasses 02/01/2014
  • Buy a good 35mm SLR camera 20/04/2012
  • Buy something wildly frivolous from Habitat 20/08/2013
  • Buy something from Tiffany
  • Buy 50s pin up underwear 07/09/2012
  • Buy a Listography journal 21/01/2014
  • Buy a set of chefs knives 03/01/2016
  • Buy a set of Le Creuset Dishes 08/12/2012
  • Buy a Marc Johns original
  • Buy a Rob Ryan original
  • Buy a beautiful yellow swimsuit

Silly

  • Visit Harry Potter World
  • Pet a tiny owl 29/08/2014
  • Play laser quest 20/06/2014
  • Go on the dodgems
  • Drink a cocktail out of a coconut
  • Learn how to do a handstand
  • Take Q to see a real quokka
  • Tickle a slow lorris
  • Jump into a pool, fully clothed
  • See a giraffe in the wild
  • Achieve a #2 toast tan 20/09/2012
  • Go to Paris for lunch
  • Pet a panda
  • Be an extra in a film
  • Go down the big slide in Roath Park

Travel

  • See the Golden Gate bridge
  • See the pyramids
  • See the grand canyon
  • Visit every city in the UK
  • See an active volcano
  • Visit 15 European countries
  • Take a holiday that involves a hammock 13/08/2013
  • Visit Prague 07/01/2011
  • Go on a cruise
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Go on a holiday with my friends 13/08/2013
  • Play the slots in Vegas
  • Celebrate Chinese New Year in China 22/01/2012
  • Stay on a tropical island 06/02/2012
  • See New York from the Empire State Building
  • See Paris from the Eiffel Tower 06/09/2013
  • Have fun with Q in 20 different countries
  • Visit every continent
  • Stay in an Ice Hotel
  • Go to the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan
  • Sleep in a treehouse
  • Stay at one of the Ace Hotels
  • Stay at the Pantone Hotel
  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  • See Niagara Falls
  • See the tulip fields in Holland
  • Watch the sunrise from a beach 15/09/2012
  • Swim in every ocean and sea
  • Visit enough countries to get a stamp for every page in my passport
  • Visit Cardiff Castle 17/02/2013
  • Visit Stonehenge 23/03/2014
  • Visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  • Tap maple syrup in Canada
  • See the sunset/sunrise in 15 countries with Q [1/15]
  • Take a US road trip
  • Visit Bletchley Park
  • Visit the Friends fountain in New York
  • Travel on the Eurostar 25/06/2015

Looking for more inspiration?

Check out these people’s lovely Life Lists 🙂

You can also find me on Go Mighty – a site dedicated to Life Lists! 🙂

5 Replies

  1. Megan O'Donnell Reply

    Hi Sarah! My turn for a little stalking…I love your life list! I’m such a giant fan of them in general, but yours is particularly inspiring. I agree with so many of what’s on it! Great job with all the things you’ve crossed off already and excellent work keeping track of all of them. What’s your method for staying organized on things like how many cocktails you’ve tasted?

    Also – I LOVE that your list is categorized. I’m taking another look at mine now and add some categories. It’s fun to see which category gets the most items.

    • Sarah Mia Reply

      I LOVE reading other peoples! I always find one or two things to add to mine, I’m glad mine resonated with you so much! 🙂

      I use an iPhone app to keep track of my Life List and all the subsequent mini lists. I just Listomni which I’ve found to be invaluable (I also use it to track my books every year and my films). It’s not a free app but it’s definitely worth the money – very customisable!

      If you don’t have a smart phone then just stick them in an excel sheet – works just as well 🙂 I like having mine on my phone because it means I can quickly check to see what I’ve done etc.

      I couldn’t live with it if it weren’t categorised – I’d never find anything! lol

      • Jen Reply

        I just bought that List app on your recommendation… am feeling nerdily excited about listing the rest of my weekend! 😉

  2. Joanna Reply

    What a brilliant list. I’m so glad I’ve found your site, I’m inspired to do one now too.

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