The List

I have always had a list in the back of my mind of things I wanted to do before a certain age. First, I wanted to learn to dance before I graduated from high school. That didn’t happen. Then I made a goal to learn to play the guitar before I graduated from college. I’m pretty sure the guitar and step by step lesson books are still in my parents’ basement gathering dust.

My list is actually a “Cradle List” of things I want to accomplish before I have a kid. (I got the term “Cradle List” from How I Met Your Mother so I cannot take credit for the idea.) It has been said that if you write your goals down, you will be more likely to reach them. So here I am writing my list for all to see and hold me accountable. Here is the list, in no particular order. I plan to blog about each of them and possibly take photos to share.

(Probably not the streaking one.)

  1. Learn to skateboard.

    If he can do it, so can I.
  2. Go skydiving.
  3. Learn to drive a tractor on my own.
  4. Fight someone or at least punch someone in the face.
    Someday I will be in a fight club and I will show off my ripped up abs like this.

    In reality, this is actually the closest to a fight club I have been...
  5. Lose 30 pounds.
  6. Perform a comedy show.
  7. Perform in a play.
  8. Grow an organic garden.
  9. Pay off my student loans.
  10. Make it on to the St. Louis Business Journal’s “30 Under 30” list.
  11. Write at least one blog entry per month.
  12. Learn to play a musical instrument.
  13. Learn a new language…Spanish perhaps?
  14. Invest in a start-up company.
  15. Get 600 Facebook friends.
  16. Get to 1,000 Twitter followers.
  17. Have a yard sale.
  18. Build some type of furniture.
  19. Have a huge barn party, possibly with live music.
  20. Go deer hunting with Adam.
  21. Get a handgun and learn to use it.
  22. Get Tasered, just once.
  23. Incorporate my freelance business.
  24. Take an impromptu road trip.
  25. Make lasagna better than Adam’s mom, just once.
  26. Host Thanksgiving for the whole family.
  27. Play a table game at the casino.
  28. Write my will and other estate planning documents.
  29. Go streaking.
  30. Save at least $15,000.
  31. Get a tattoo.

    I will drive you.


  1. Oh the stories that you are going to tell your children from this list! Especially number 2, 4, 22 and 29! In one night you should punch someone in the face, then go streaking and then when the cops catch you…you will most likely get tasered! Good luck!

  2. Just an observation, if you don’t make the “30 under 30” list before you are 30, you will either have to change the list or never have a child…

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