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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My Life List

So I wrote a life list.
A list of a hundred things I want to do in my lifetime.
I saw the exercise on one of my favorite blogs,
and I thought now that's a great idea.
And you know what?
I ended up learning a bit about myself in the process.
You should try it.

From the most simple,
to the most extravagant,
to the utterly ridiculous,
these are my dreams:

1. Run a marathon
2. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
3. Spend an entire summer in the Hampton's
4. Century bike ride {100 miles}
5. Meet Ree Drummond and eat some of her good cookin
6. Write a book that people want to read
7. Read every Jane Austen novel
8. Write my love story
9. Be able to see my abs
10. Refinish a piece of furniture
11. Learn to crochet using a pattern
12. Sew my own skirt {a cute one}
13. Learn how to use a Mac
14. Use my DSLR camera on manual
15. Speak at a blog conference
16. Shake hands with the Prophet
17. Read the Book of Mormon in 24 hours
18. Speak Spanish fluently
19. Do my family history
20. Watch the live birth of a baby horse
21. Learn to shoot a rifle
22. Speak at the USC commencement ceremony
23. Have a monthly column in a national publication
24. Get paid to do what I love
25. Build a piece of furniture
26. Have naturally thick hair
27. Spend an entire day in bed cuddling with the hubs
28. Live in Manhattan for a year
29. Run through Central Park
30. Have lunch with Kelly Ripa
31. Make someones dream come true
32. Float down a river in an inner tube
33. Stop drinking soda
34. Grow watermelon and boysenberries
35. Learn to apply liquid eye-liner
36. Do a juice fast
37. Write a thank you letter every day for an entire year
38. Design a shoe
39. Get invited to the Mighty Summit
40. Go ice skating
41. Dig up real dinosaur bones
42. Attend Blissdom
43. Color code my closet
44. Teach a spin class
45. Serve a Church Mission with my husband
46. Have my hair in braids for a summer
47. Get a teeny tiny peace sign toe ring tattoo {yes, I'm serious--sorry hubs}
48. Take photography classes
49. Own a small book store and boutique
50. Cook a Thanksgiving turkey {by myself}
51. Make my own baby food {for my future babes}
52. Anonymously pay for someones groceries
53. Leave a $1,000 tip for a deserving waitress
54. Write a children's book about standing up for others against bullies
55. Print a line of greeting cards
56. Have my favorite scriptures memorized
57. Try at least 20 new kinds of cheese {in France}
58. Have a Gone With the Wind themed party
59. Have a blogger retreat in my home
60. Watch all my children live happily ever after
61. Be able to do a flip on a trampoline {again}
62. Learn sign language
60. Stay in one of those huts over the water in Fiji
61. Buy a house
62. Solve a Rubiks cube
63. Overcome my fear of riding a horse
64. Learn to shoot a bow and arrow
65. Hold someones hand as they give birth
66. Have a booth at a craft show
67. Have a product I design presented at a Trade Show
68. Make pasta from scratch
69. Do 50 push ups {without resting}
70. Throw a monthly dinner party
71. Take cooking classes
72. Travel with TOMS for their One for One campaign
73. Learn to cut my husbands hair
74. Can my own jam
75. Teach my children to be confident and kind
76. Play in an indoor soccer league
77. Ride my bike through one stage of the Tour De France
78. Bask in under the Tuscan sun
79. Dress like a cowgirl for an entire week {do cowgirls wear chaps?}
80. Get a black belt in Karate
81. Win a contest
82. Get a home/room makeover from HGTV
83. Fly my nieces and nephews out to California for 2 weeks in the summer
84. Start an etsy shop
85. Collect sea shells from 50 different beaches
86. Have a wall in my home be nothing but my favorite quotes
87. Walk the Great Wall of China
88. Write a song
89. Cook every recipe in my favorite cook book
90. Visit and spend time at the homes of all my sister-in-laws 
91. Make a baby girl
92. Build a tree house in our backyard
93. Travel to all 50 states
94. Have a closet that lets me display all my shoes and purses
95. Mentor a child
96. See Wicked in NY {again}
97. Learn to french braid
98. Go to Disney World
99. Memorize the U.S. Presidents
100. Be photographed in a Lisa Leonard product photo shoot
101. Create life
102. Make a difference

I would love to know three things on your life list!


Next weeks I SPY theme:

All things HANDMADE

{gifts, crafts, things you find shopping, whatever--so long as its homemade}

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At May 4, 2011 at 10:42 PM , Blogger Missy said...

Who is the prophet?

Love your list and this idea, I want to do it myself!! :)

At May 4, 2011 at 10:45 PM , Blogger Ashley @ Little Miss Momma said...

Just added a link to the Prophet Missy ;) xoxo, ashley

At May 4, 2011 at 10:57 PM , Blogger elise said...

I love this! Can I meet Kelly Ripa with you? Also, can we go ice skating after? Because I am heart broken for you that you've never gone ice skating!

At May 4, 2011 at 11:00 PM , Blogger Mandi@MandiBeingCrafty said...

I love the host a Gone With the Wind party! I would LOVE it!!!

At May 4, 2011 at 11:20 PM , Blogger Tahnie said...

I adore everything about this list. :)

Three things from mine?

1) Tell my story/write my memoir
2) Go to France (I did that one!)
3) Earn my Bachelor's degree (Hey I did that one too! ;)

You've inspired me to write my own list! I better get at it. :)


At May 4, 2011 at 11:34 PM , Anonymous Lisa said...

for the liquid eyeliner part, do these felt-tip eyeliner pens count? Because I couldn't work out how to use liquid eyeliner if you pu a gun to my head, but the pens I've mastered in no time :)

At May 4, 2011 at 11:42 PM , Blogger Free Pretty Things For You said...

my love you should cross
101. Make a difference!
You have totally made a difference to thousands!
love ya girly!

At May 4, 2011 at 11:44 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Mighty Girl inspired me to create my life list! You and I have alot of the items in common! You can check it out on my blog!

i may have to steal a few of your ideas for mine!

loved it!

At May 4, 2011 at 11:45 PM , Blogger Free Pretty Things For You said...

oh and the way i learned how to put liquid eyeliner was doing it in pencil first and then tracing it over and over until i got the hang of how it flowed and it worked! :D

At May 4, 2011 at 11:52 PM , Blogger Leslie said...

LOVE this, I have been going to create a list for a while but just never get around to it. I will have to sit down with a pen and paper and have some me time (away from the kiddos) so that I can figure out a couple of my desires in life.

Laughing at your peace toe ring tattoo only because I want a little heart tattoo (possibly in white) and I am mormon (sorry to my hubs too) I just can't help but want 1 little tiny one lol

At May 5, 2011 at 12:29 AM , Blogger {just.lovely.things} said...

um its funny that each time you talked about a horse (#20 & #63) you then mentioned something about a weapon immediately after ;p

1) have a monthly crafters party (wine and cupcakes mandatory!)
2) get to a healthy and confident body weight
3) make a family with my husband!

At May 5, 2011 at 12:44 AM , Anonymous Elle said...

I love love love your blog! Your crafts are simple (I need that, believe me!) but so cute! You seem to have a truly happy family which is so rare these days.

At May 5, 2011 at 1:31 AM , Blogger 2tiaras said...

the best liquid eyeliner trick is you put it on BEFORE the eyeshadow and then lightly blend the eyeshadow down on to it a bit. It makes it look more polished and less drag queen!

At May 5, 2011 at 1:40 AM , Blogger Aileen said...

Amazing idea. I'll be following suit within the next week!

At May 5, 2011 at 4:34 AM , Blogger Nikke said...

I love your list. I did something a long time ago called My Bucket List. I've slowly been ticking things off.
The top 3 that I'm still working on:

1. Love Myself
2. Make a living doing what I love
3. Be happy

Thanks for sharing your list =]

At May 5, 2011 at 5:03 AM , Anonymous mominrome said...

I love your list and love your blog!!! :))

At May 5, 2011 at 5:06 AM , Blogger Kara said...

I posted a 20 by 2020 list last month and it really is motivating. Already working on #1--learn to use my DSL in manual. 2 others--host a Thanksgiving dinner and learn to sew.

At May 5, 2011 at 5:09 AM , Blogger Erna said...

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At May 5, 2011 at 5:54 AM , Blogger Meghan said...

I live in the Hamptons year round. Feel free to come visit anytime, LOL!!!

At May 5, 2011 at 5:55 AM , Blogger Erna said...

Love the list, I've done more on your list than on my own!

1. Start my own NGO helping underprivileged children in SE-Asia (check).
2. Love my job (check)
3. Travel to every country in the world (still working on it, but I'm young so plenty of time)
4. Being an Anthropologist with a wardrobe full of Anthropologie clothes (getting there)

At May 5, 2011 at 5:57 AM , Blogger Lindsay said...

Girl you inspire me! I love this list and find myself saying ME TOO as I am reading it :) SO much in common :) And I LOVE your idea of a tiny tattoo! Can I come with you to do it :)????

At May 5, 2011 at 6:07 AM , Blogger Rachel said...

I'm with you on number 41, I want to go on an archaeology expedition at some point.

I want to get an eiffel tower tattoo(tiny)preferrably when I go to France.

I want to go to Machu Picchu

At May 5, 2011 at 6:08 AM , Blogger Casey Martinez said...

I have to agree with a lot of the prior have inspired me too! I want to really think about what my life list would look like and I want to start tackling those things;0. Live life to the fullest..that is SO my motto!!

Thanks for sharing your list and that fantastic quote by Mark Twain!

At May 5, 2011 at 6:25 AM , Blogger Robin said...

That is an awesome list! When you do #98 you can stop by and say hello, because that is my part of the world!

Three things on my list...
1. Go back to the UK (where I served my mission) and explore for 2 weeks.
2. Be able to fit in my wedding dress again. :0)
3. See my children grow to be happy adults.

At May 5, 2011 at 6:51 AM , Blogger Aubrey said...

SO Awesome Ashley!
Floating down a river on a tube has got to be one of the best things ever. It's like you fall off the planet for a bit, and get to just soak up life.
If you learn how to make pasta you might get fat. I think I've gained 10 pounds since Christmas...What I'd get? A pasta attachment to my Kitchen aide!
I'll teach you how to french braid if you come take the gymnastics class I just signed up for with me! (UM, can I tell you the next morning I was scared to move?) See we'll both be able to flip on a trampoline again and maybe even back handspring ;)

At May 5, 2011 at 7:07 AM , Blogger The Balch Bunch said...

I love your list!! Go girl!

At May 5, 2011 at 7:10 AM , Blogger CAW said...

I love love love your blog
sign me up to come see you at a conference-
1. Have dinner with President Obama and Oprah to talk about God
2. Fly to Missouri to meet my bestie's adopted daughter
3. Find the cure for cancer

At May 5, 2011 at 7:14 AM , Blogger Lindsay said...

WOW what an impressive list! I really like #30 and #58 :)
I need to do this such a good idea!

Delighted Momma

At May 5, 2011 at 7:32 AM , Blogger Maegan @ World Shaking Designs said...

What an awesome list! Well...... three top things:

Live in Colorado,
Design my own fabric line
Go on a missions trip with my Church!

Thanks for the inspiration!


At May 5, 2011 at 8:07 AM , Blogger Katy said...

i live by that first quote. if only i had been that smart 10 years ago.

At May 5, 2011 at 8:08 AM , Blogger Brooke said...

I love life lists! I started my bucket list a few years ago and have been able to cross a few things off (complete a triathlon, see Aerosmith in concert, earn my Master's), but there are still so many things I need to accomplish! Three of them are:

1. Swim in the Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls (don't know if I'm gutsy enough as I'm scared of heights.
2. Backpack across Europe
3. Learn to Weld

Oh, and I grew up in major cowboy/cowgirl/cowperson territory and I can tell you that, yes, cowgirls do wear chaps. Just not as often as the cowboys. Many rodeo queens wear fancy chaps and I the hard working cowgirls seem to go more for chinks, which are shorter.

At May 5, 2011 at 8:21 AM , Blogger suzie q. said...

After reading this, I need to make one! I already wrote a Letter to Me (inspired by YOU!) and this is definitely going to have to come enventually. Too bad there's a ton of stuff I wanna do in my lifetime!

1. have more babies!
2. become a nurse (in process)
3. visit anywhere in Europe.
4. Take a cruise w/ just my love.
5. Take my son to Disney World!

At May 5, 2011 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Ranae Broadhead said...

3 of my life lists are....

learn french fluently
attend a temple in each state
visit every continent.

At May 5, 2011 at 8:29 AM , Anonymous Ericka Paige said...

I did a 101 things in 1001 days list--starting last May and ending on my 30th birthday in 2012. I love lists like this! A few of my things:
1. See the Great Barrier Reef
2. Send 100 handwritten notes
3. Go skydiving
5. Get a job I love
6. Write a book

At May 5, 2011 at 8:34 AM , Blogger Justcallmeblessed said...

1) Buy a house somewhere I like.
2) Decorate said house compleatly.
3) Have a son. (I have 2 girls)

At May 5, 2011 at 8:42 AM , Blogger Heather Mullin said...

Love this Ashley!!! Great job!

Have a question! What is this weeks photo project? Now that I am back from Vegas, I am ready to jump back into it! :)


At May 5, 2011 at 8:59 AM , Blogger kristin {ten scenic drive} said...

What an inspiring post! I love your list and I absolutely want to make one of my own! #60 and #89 will for sure by on mine too.

1 - Make a living doing what I love
2 - Go base jumping
3 - Eat pizza in Naples, Italy
4 - Safari in South Africa

Thanks for sharing your list!

At May 5, 2011 at 9:10 AM , Blogger Krista@TheGatheringPlaceDesign said...

LOVE this! Thanks for sharing:)

At May 5, 2011 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Drvance19 said...

Can we be besties? Seriously, I could have written most of this list myself, and Kelly Rippa?!? Are you freakin kidding me I thought I was the only one who liked her. Anywho, you know how to reach me...let's do lunch.

At May 5, 2011 at 10:11 AM , Blogger Andrea said...

What an awesome and inspiring list, it makes me want to go finish mine now! :)

At May 5, 2011 at 10:15 AM , Blogger Jameil said...

Go to Spain, Meet Rachael Ray, go skiing.

At May 5, 2011 at 10:43 AM , Blogger The Gambrel Family said...

You have inspired me to create a list too! A lot of the things you have on your list are things I would like to accomplish as well.

You are awesome!

At May 5, 2011 at 10:45 AM , Blogger devonaz said...

Love your list,,we have some things in are my 3,,

1.Travel to Europe
2.Buy a VW Bug red w/black convertible top
3.Go to New York City

At May 5, 2011 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Renee said...

Love, love, love it! You've inspired me to do the same!

At May 5, 2011 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Courtney said...

My dad and my uncle have grown boysenberries for years. They came from Washington and have been growing great in Socal every since. My husband and I just started our own boysenberry bush off of their shoots too!

At May 5, 2011 at 11:43 AM , Blogger Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Love your list!
I'd love to;
Visit Costa Rica
End my obsession with carbs
Actually complete decorating at least one room in my house!

At May 5, 2011 at 12:01 PM , Blogger Leanna said...

Love this idea! Sometimes I feel like I lose myself from being so busy and I think there has to be more to life than just the daily grind. What a great way to remember your dreams. Thanks for sharing!

P.S. Book of Mormon in 24 hrs really?

At May 5, 2011 at 12:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have #31 taken care of--you married your husband and made HIS dreams come true. Cross it off the list!

At May 5, 2011 at 1:06 PM , Blogger Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

I don't have a 100 Life List yet... But I do have a 30 Before 30 list! :) LOVED your list! Some very giving goals on it! Love that!

At May 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM , Blogger Life on Pause said...

My life list-

1. Make Narcolepsy a "known" disorder

2. Make a difference in someone's life

3 Become a mother

At May 5, 2011 at 2:07 PM , Anonymous Leslie @ Natural Domestic Living said...

Awesome idea. I'll be working on my list this week. Here are 3.
1.) Be a work from home mama
2.) Eat an all natural diet
3.) Have chickens and goats in my backyard

At May 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM , Anonymous Amanda said...

for the ice skating: there's a great skating rink not too far from you here in Simi Valley at the Iceoplex, we take our daughter there almost all the time and she loves it! she's even taken lessons there. and also for the bow and arrow shooting, here in simi as well, there is an archery range that we go to that is only $5, yes you read that right $5, for 4 hours of practice that includes all the equipment and there are tons of coaches around who will help you anyway you need. we were a little nervous about extreme hunter type/fantasy "oh i'm a archer from a woodland forest" type, and it's a good mix of both to some really normal people ;) look up "conejo valley archers" in google for more info.

great list!!!

At May 5, 2011 at 9:04 PM , Blogger Therese said...

Love, Love, Love your list! You are so inspirational!

At May 5, 2011 at 9:16 PM , Blogger Ashley said...

I know how you can make #31 come true!!!
My current dream is to win a $5K grant I applied for through Pepsi Refresh for my service project called Suitcase4Soldiers. (visit to find out more).
I need as many votes as I can get, and it would be so cool if you could go vote for me!

At May 6, 2011 at 1:02 AM , Blogger Jayna Rae said...

Three should be pretty easy. I am not sure that I could come up with 100 items. 1. Raise my boys to be Godly men who choose Godly women as wives. 2. Start and complete a Phd program. 3. Pay off our house before I am 50 so that we can buy a vacation home.

At May 6, 2011 at 3:56 AM , Blogger Erin said...

You inspired me to do my own :)

If I haven't told you before, I love your blog. Absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing your creativity, joy, and passion for life. You are a gem!

At May 6, 2011 at 5:31 AM , Blogger Erin said...

My top 3 are see all 50 states. 34 are out of the way already! (I love road tripping) I want to visit 5 countries, Canada and airports don't count. Visit 10 lighthouses. I've now been to 8! BTW, I made my list way back in my senior year of high school and still have it 11 years later. I've also been able to cross off almost half of it!

At May 6, 2011 at 6:10 AM , Blogger Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Great list! I hope you are able to accomplish your goals!

At May 6, 2011 at 9:37 AM , Blogger Kristin Smith said...

My list

1. Make a life list

I'm guessing there are many people in your life that say you have already completed #101. You have inspired me to make a "Life List".....and I would say that would be considered making a difference:)
Thank You! Great idea and I can't wait to start mine.
Have a GREAT weekend Ashley!

At May 6, 2011 at 2:46 PM , Anonymous Autumn said...

What a great list! I'm on board with that one. I am on my way to check out the rest of your blog. I'm sure I'll be following!

At May 6, 2011 at 3:29 PM , Blogger Karri said...

What a great list!!! Several that I'd put on my list are on yours. :)
So, you don't own a house? I guess I assumed you did. Do y'all live in an apartment?

So three? How hard! Um...
1- run a half marathon (to be completed this July!)

2- have the opportunity to take my children around the world

3- view a live birth (of a child)

At May 7, 2011 at 6:06 PM , Blogger Joya's Mom said...

I have been following you for a couple months now and I have to say that your blog is my favorite. You are so cute and I love how you r very transparent. This blog inspired me so I decided to post one too, really helped me to discover a lot about myself! I'm new to blogging so all your tips have come in handy too!! Thanks again!! Be blessed

At May 9, 2011 at 3:41 AM , Blogger MeganAmy said...

I am a new follower! I can not wait to read more of you blog! I found it as Little Wellies asked on FB what is your fave blogs to read were and someone mentioned yours!! I love reading blogs... esp Mommy blogs (I have a 2 year old daugther) This list is great! I hope that someday I can meet Kelly Ripa too! How great would that be!!! Oh and I saw that you want to clib Mt.Kili.. My sister is next week! She is in Tanzanian right now on a volunteer trip for 2 months. She actually has a blog too, In case you ever wanted to check out her adventures over there. Bye from Canada!! (Oh and I am def going to check out your etsy shop!! I am slighty obbsessed with Etsy! To bad I was not crafty!)

At May 10, 2011 at 12:49 AM , Blogger Rosey said...

For help with #35

Have fun!

At May 10, 2011 at 10:05 AM , Blogger Jamie Lynn said...

I LOVE reading/following your blog and this post is one of the great reasons! LOVE the quotes and the whole post! I have a lot of similar things on my list...I especially love numbers 16, 31 and're my kinda gal! But here are three of mine....
1. Write a book about my surviving Leukemia
2. Speak on the EFY circuit
3. Spend an entire summer in Italy eating and taking HOARDS of pictures!

At May 13, 2011 at 9:57 AM , Blogger Mary said...

number 13 is essential! It is life changing!!!

At May 15, 2011 at 3:08 PM , Blogger Emily Scharnhorst said...

I love #52 & 53. So sweet. Every now and then I will pay for someone's things at a coffee stand or drive thru. Just something small, but I hope it makes their day and inspires them to pass a little kindness on.

Thank you for inspiring me to finally make a Life List of my Own.

You're wonderful Ashley!

At May 17, 2011 at 9:18 PM , Blogger ... said...

I love your list!

I want to:

Adopt 2 children from Uganda.
Become a nurse.
Write a book.

At May 26, 2011 at 7:10 PM , Blogger Samantha said...

If you're learning Spanish online , try using "uno" for "one" and "cena" in place of "dinner," and you do this as much as you can, the new words will soon feel like 'old' words.

At June 23, 2011 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Sherrel said...

Great list! One of my goals is to dig for Herkimer Diamonds in New York.

At June 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM , Blogger Kelsey said...

Now I really feel like I need to try this whole list thing. Though I love being a mother, sometimes I feel like my dreams or goals are a bit on hold - not true!

1. Own my own design business (web & graphic)
2. Buy a house
3. Move to a new place (out of state!)


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