Friday, May 28, 2010

The List

I came across this list in one of my old journals. I wrote it almost ten years ago.

The title is: BIG DREAMS.
Date: January 2nd, 2001
  • Live in China
  • Travel through Europe (in a jeep preferably)
  • Ride on the Trans Siberian Railroad
  • Visit Australia
  • Live on a beach in Southeast Asia for awhile
  • Adopt a baby girl from China
  • Write and publish a novel
  • Learn to paint landscapes in watercolor
  • Live in a house with a big bathtub and a gas fireplace
  • Be a stay-at-home mom
  • Live in a place where I can take long walks through beautiful places
  • Teach a college writing seminar
  • Become a gardener
  • Paint my bedroom a color other than white
So, I've done some of these things. Some of the others I haven't gotten around to yet.

I've accomplished (or sort of accomplished) seven of the items on my list, which is exactly half. Not bad, right?

A lot of the ones I haven't accomplished involve extensive travelling, which, with four little kids, I probably won't be able to afford for awhile. Other things on the list are works-in-progress and I'm working toward those goals.

And there are a few items on the list that I wonder, what was I thinking?  They've kind of become ungoals at this point -- or have fallen completely off the radar, at least for now.

I'll post more on this tomorrow.

In the meantime, what are your BIG DREAMS? Have you already realized some of them?


  1. I love this!!!

    My best friend and I write Circle Journey letters (mailing a journal back and forth). Six or seven years ago, we wrote a list of five things we wanted to do in the next five years.

    We've hit on almost every one.

    Here's to your list's eventual completion!

  2. GREAT post, Amy! After hearing your dreams, I feel like I know you a little better:)

    I'll have to think about a few of mine...

  3. So, you're not going to say which ones you did? Good luck on whatever goals you are striving for right now!

  4. Kelly, I'll share more tomorrow. I didn't really have time to get into it too much today. If you're interested, stay tuned! :)


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  6. Esther VanderlaanMay 29, 2010 at 6:57 AM

    That is so cool!!!

  7. My favorite is live in a house with a big bathtub : ) And wow, you have a beautiful family! What cute, cute kids!