Mighty Life List

You know that I am going to Camp Mighty in a few weeks, right? I know, I can't believe it either - that I am lucky enough to go and gah, that it's only in a few weeks! Well as part of that, I am meant to make a life list. (The idea was born over here). 

It's not just a list of things that I want to do - it doesn't just stop there. And that's the magic. You see, the POINT is that we work together to help each other knock some things off of our lists. Together. Share info, contacts. Collaborate. Give advice. Something a little more practical than merely putting it out there in the ether.

Here's my list so far. I've grouped it into categories to make it easier for me to remember. And I KNOW I'll be adding to it as things come to mind. Crossing them off as I go.


1. Gig on jazz piano and the man on drums

2. Accompany singers and musicians in a duo

3. Go to Jazz Port Townsend each July

4. Have a regular group of jazz musicians to jam with

5. Collaborate on a creative project

6. Have a show of my street photography

7. Have my photography published in a magazine or a book

8. Contribute an essay to a book

9. Have an article published in a magazine


10. Write an e-course on creative process to inspire makers

11. Speak at a conference (I'm speaking at ALT 2013!)

12. Create an e-magazine

13. Have my blog become a source for ideas about creative process, photography, and foreign film


14. Grow a group of dedicated, interactive blog readers

15. Host a monthly foreign film night

16. Host a monthly salon

17. Start an international childrens’ film festival in Vancouver

18. Host a childrens’ community art show (thanks Jen!)

19. Have a creative and fun group of girlfriends in whatever city I am living in (thanks Melanie!)


20. Own a cottage in Ontario cottage country (again - I can't get over it!)

21. Own an apartment in NYC (do I even NEED to explain?)


22. Go to NYC at least 2x a year forevah

23. Spend 2 months travelling in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland

24. Take my girl to southern Africa where I used to live

25. Spend 2 months in Italy

26. Spend 2 months in NYC

28. Visit Heather in London


29. Go to TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) every year forever

30. See 45 movies at TIFF one year (I usually see around 20-25)

31. Attend a play reading in NYC

32. Attend a play rehearsal in NYC

33. Have a private tour by a historian of Hampton Court Palace

34. Meet Paprika Steen (fave Danish actress) 


35. Break 100 at golf

36. Bake bread

37. Sew an Elizabethan costume

38. Make a documentary with the man

39. Keep up with the man on my snowboard

40. Portrait photography

41. Furniture upholstery

Ambitious, eh? Yup. But might as well put it all out there.

Do you have a life list? Need any help with achieving any of your items?

Spring is here and so is spring fever and my life list

Good morning! Latte in hand. Marc Maron podcast playing (if you haven't listened to him yet, you MUST!). Ready to write...

It's only February 13th and spring is on.its.way here in the Pacific northwest. That's part of living at the edge of a rainforest - it may rain here a LOT (and don't let anyone tell you that it doesn't - it DOES), but the winter kinda slides by without really every arriving. And now spring is on its way. New beginnings.

The man and I were out on the weekend. Together and with friends we have had many dinners out. Both fancy and cheap eats. High/low. So when we do get a chance to get out just the two of us, eating out isn't our FIRST choice of what to do together.

This past Saturday night we started off with a yoga class. Back in the day (translation: pre kid when we had lots of free time) we were regular yogis. Getting back at it again. Felt good.

Then it was time to park and enjoy a couple of mojitos while doing some brainstorming together about what we want our lives to look like. Perhaps it's spring fever. Perhaps it's being in a new town. Maybe it's been reading the various life lists. All I know is that I have a much stronger sense of making the most of this year. And on.

Are you a writer of journals? I have been off and on over the years. I found this to use as a framework to look at 2011 and then get focused on 2012. I downloaded a copy for each of us and the man and I slurped our mojitos and started at it. Me with my coloured pens to scribble a few pictures to go along with the words.

We then bravely exchanged what we wrote and took a read through. Any surprises? Not really -  mostly just affirming what I knew already - that I need to get back to basics, to what fulfills and what makes me laugh and what is creative and inspiring. And that I need to be surrounded by people who get that and support it.

Now for the life list. Ack, am I REALLY sharing this? Accountability and all that. Making no judgements about how reasonable/possible/likely any of these are.

Rather than a random list, I have organized it into categories a la Nicole from Making It Lovely


  • Live in NYC (this has been on the list since I was 12!)
  • attend TIFF every year forever
  • accompany a jazz singer on piano
  • have a photographic show (obviously learn to take really good photos first!)
  • see Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party at BAM
  • attend a play reading in NYC
  • attend a play rehearsal in NYC
  • attend Sundance in Park City, Utah
  • snowboard in Park City, Utah


  • Denmark (design, film, good food)
  • Sweden (see above for Denmark - love all things Scandinavian)
  • return to southern Africa (lived there for two years - too short!)
  • next sabbatical in Italy
  • visit Fallingwater and Taliesan
  • visit the Eames house in LA


  • bake challah
  • yoga teacher training
  • make a documentary
  • develop an e-course
  • knit a sweater
  • dive off of a springboard
  • navigate a half pipe with my snowboard and survive
  • sew an Elizabethan costume
  • learn portrait photography
  • surf in Hawaii
  • outrigger canoe in Hawaii (done a little but want MORE)


  • host a book club 
  • create a salon
  • revive our annual summer bbq
  • create an annual creative retreat
  • host outdoor movie nights 
  • monthly dinner parties with friends


  • find a rustic cottage and renovate
  • add lots of edge and style to the den (it is SOOOO bland right now)
  • find a large piece of original art for our bedroom (big wall of blank!)
  • find comfy furniture for the deck
  • hike/camp in the Southwest with the man and the girl
  • have at least monthly annual traditions

So even if spring is a ways off where you live, what are you inspired to do? Any life list that you want to share?