1. Go on a one horse open sleigh ride.

2. Win a trophy.

3. Get a photo published in a magazine.

4. Lie on the floor of the Sistine Chapel.

5. Attend the Monarch Butterfly migration in Mexico.

6. Write a book.

7. See Green Day in concert.

8. Visit all 50 states (even you North Dakota). (26 down!)

9. Work for Hallmark.

10. Attend a black tie event.

11. Get a passport.

12. Disneyworld. The whole nine yards Disneyworld.

13. Take Cody to a Broncos game.

14. Learn how to wear red lipstick and look good doing it.

15. Grow a garden, flowers preferably.

16. Be the weight on my drivers license for longer than a week. (127.)

17. Rescue a cat, an old one no one wants.

18. Visit 15 different temples, not in Utah. (4 down. Chicago, Louisville, Palmyra and Vegas.)

19. Have a surprise birthday party (planned by someone else, obviously).

20. Go on a cruise.

21. Ride (on, let’s be honest) a Harley.

22. Fund another family’s trip to the temple.

23. Pet a tiger.

24. Ride a train in Europe.

25. Own an L-Series lens.

26. Get a present from Tiffany’s in a Tiffany’s box.

27. Complete a project 365.

28. Win a blue ribbon from the Indiana State Fair. (Win a 2nd and 3rd place ribbon from the Indiana State Fair.)

29. Read all of Shakespeare’s plays. And understand them.

30. Eat a cannoli in Little Italy.

31. Get a Bachelor’s degree.

32. Act in a play. On stage. (Again.)

33. Take a vacation with just my mom. (October, maybe!)

34. See a Broadway Show. On Broadway. (twice!)

35. Be debt free.

36. Fly first class.

37. Become a possible bone marrow donor.

38. Get married in Vegas (to Cody, duh).

39. Eat a beignet in New Orleans.

40. Help set a world record.

4273 days to go.


  1. This is a great idea. I like it better than saying “Bucket List”. However, being that I’ve hit *cough* 50, I suppose I might have to do a “50 by 50” list. Ouch. That kinda stung a little, saying that!

    Good luck!

  2. P.S. There is no other place on earth to eat a beignet than in New Orleans in the French Quarter. Yum! And again I say YUMMMM!

  3. Something on my list I hope to cross off super soon- have you photograph Moosh & Ivy together, if your camera could possibly handle the cuteness.

    I love your list. I received a Tiffany bracelet in a Tiffany’s box, and it is everything you dream and more, that feeling. 🙂


  4. This is a great list! I’ve been trying to work on my own list…life list, as it were. Yours is more goal oriented…can’t decide it it would be better or worse for me!!

  5. I love lifetime “To Do” lists! This one’s totally wonderful and seems very do-able. Let me know if you need help with those Shakespeare plays.

  6. What an awesome list and a great idea. I have often thought about what would be on my list but have never put it on paper. Hope you accomplish your whole list and more in the next 4000+ days.

  7. I love this! Can I steal it? I have a 101 things in 1001 days going, but it is TOO many things in too few days!

    I’m with you on 6, 16, 27, and especially 35. 35 kicks my butt all the time. Let’s face it… so does 16!

  8. Could you please teach me the red lipstick thing?

    I just started my list, as I just turned 30. I started a By 31, By 35, and By 40 list. Because I think some things just can’t wait 10 years.

  9. Wow, that’s a great list. You could knock out number 13 (game in Jacksonville) with a 2 hour car ride following and number 12 OR 20 OR both at the same time.

    Also, Go Broncos!

  10. For my first anniversary my husband gave me a sterling silver love knot bracelet from Tiffany’s – yes, of course in the blue box! – and even though I’ve received many other more expensive gifts over the years, I still wear that little bracelet every day of my life. There’s just something about that blue 🙂

    Also too? I have many fewer days than you do till I’m forty. I hope I can come up with a list as long and wonderful as yours and then? Do it.

  11. Casey, you look HOT in red lipstick! Please to post updates when you cross one off the list.

  12. Casey, I am beyond honored to have helped you knock off #3. You could add it back again and I can promise you that we’ll help you knock it right back off. It is an honor to feature you and one we hope to realize again.

    #39 is an easy one, whenever you are ready.

  13. You’re number 23 reminds me of my number 4 (pet a wolf) which was completed two days ago.

    Opportunities will present themselves!

    ladywithaplan Reply:

    @Untypically Jia,

    You can mark off 23 with just an hour drive to Greensburg – Stapp’s Circle S Ranch on Hwy 46 has 2 Siberian tiger cubs.

  14. I’m thinking of creating a 37 by 37 list. Because, I’m weird like that.

  15. If you can drive up to Michigan, I can make my dad take you for a ride on his Harley!

  16. I can totally help you with the Shakespeare thing! And you should totally add a spa weekend with me on that list!

  17. I love this list! You and I actually have quite a bit in common and let me say 7,9,10 have been some of the best experiences of my life.

  18. Man I wish I’d thought of this 10 years ago! I think I’m too old and tired for a 50 before 50 – hah!

  19. I will go see Green Day with you! I’ve seen them before and they ARE AWESOME! You tell me where and I am THERE!

  20. Anna Grace says:

    Please join me for #6 this November! http://www.nanowrimo.org I promise, you won’t regret it! My first novel is in the editing process and I was amazed at how simple it really could be. Google “snowflake method” for a great process with outlining and prepping for your novel.

  21. I can totally help you with the Disneyworld goal!

  22. I’d be happy to help plan your visit to North Dakota. Go in the summer! You’ll be amazed at the hot days that turn into beautiful, cool nights.

  23. I love these lists. 🙂

    I’m working on #35. Almost there!

  24. I don’t know why I didn’t think of Tiffany’s. Because I’m a cheapskate, that’s why, and the only person from whom I’d like to receive a blue box shares my checking account.

    Good one though.


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