A few months back I blogged about how I enjoyed Jack Canfield’s book The Success Principles. Jack Canfield is the Chicken Soup for the Soul guy, which I know would make a lot of people roll their eyes. But if you’re a writer, I think you might be really inspired by his story in The Success Principles about all he did to get it published and then to get it on the NYT bestseller list. I will always respect hustle and holy smokes, did he ever hustle.

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Now y’all know I love thinking about dreams and goals and I love making lists, so it’s probably no wonder that I could not let go of his suggestion to make a list of 101 life goals for yourself. I tried to resist! It was futile. It’s basically the same as a bucket list.

Here is Mr. Canfield’s list of goals that he made for himself back in 1989, when he was 45 years old… plus a whole bunch more he added to the list since. I really appreciate his candor with this list. There are things on there that he explains are never going to happen. And there are way more ridiculously amazing things that he did make happen.

As I’ve said before, I believe in getting one’s hopes up. When you have a big goal, your subconscious downs a big pot of coffee and starts working overtime to figure out how to make it happen.

What I loved about making this list is that it made me realize I spend time and money on some things that don’t line up with my happiest dreams and highest aspirations. I also wound up thinking about some of things I had already done that I felt proud of, and that was great, too!

My list is probably different from anyone else’s in a lot of ways, and it should be. We all have our own dreams.

I’ve shared goals on here before and then deleted the posts, because I’ve felt worried that people would judge me. But I’m getting more comfortable with the fact that this could happen with my blog, and I’m leaving this up.

I did censor a few private things and secret gift things. Here it is, in case you want to read the whole thing! It’s okay if you don’t! When I do something on here, I’ll probably blog about it, though.

101 Life Goals #bucket list #things to do before you die

  1. Visit Iceland.
  2. Visit Paris and Normandy.
  3. Visit Hawaii.
  4. Visit London and Edinburgh and go to the Beltane Fire Festival.
  5. Visit South Korea and Japan.
  6. Visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
  7. Visit the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.
  8. Visit Budapest and Vienna.
  9. Go on a Caribbean cruise
  10. Visit Copenhagen in December and see the Christmas markets.
  11. Visit Buenos Aires.
  12. Visit Thailand.
  13. Visit southern Spain.
  14. Visit Cancun and Chichen Itza.
  15. Go on a Nile River cruise in Egypt.
  16. Visit St. Petersberg and Moscow.
  17. Go to the Rose Bowl parade.
  18. Go to ComicCon.
  19. Be a delegate for a presidential convention.
  20. Leave a server a $100 tip.
  21. Attend a charity gala.
  22. Hike up Camelback Mountain.
  23. Reach my goal weight and stay there for at least 2 years.
  24. Do an hour of yoga in the morning for 30 days.
  25. Do 50 pushups in a row.
  26. Learn CPR.
  27. Learn the basics of self-defense.
  28. Learn how to load, unload, and shoot a gun.
  29. Post at least one photo on Instagram every single day for a year…
  30. But get over my Internet addiction once and for all.
  31. Establish a daily cleaning habit.
  32. Establish a daily reading habit.
  33. Learn how to give myself good manicures.
  34. Try out 10 home beauty treatments.
  35. Master 10 makeup tutorials.
  36. Master 5 hair tutorials.
  37. Complete levels 1 – 3 of Fluenz French.
  38. Learn how to write the Arabic alphabet and write and pronounce 100 words.
  39. Complete 30 lessons of Egyptian Arabic, Pimsleur method.
  40. Complete levels 1 – 5 of Fluenz Spanish.
  41. Self-publish another craft book.
  42. Publish a self-help nonfiction book and donate all my profits to charity.
  43. Create or co-produce an incredible book trailer.
  44. Create a series of youtube videos that go along with my blog or with a book.
  45. Get a book contract with a really nice advance.
  46. Self-publish my PNR series with at least 9 titles.
  47. Be the author of 25 published novels.
  48. Get on the USA Today bestseller list.
  49. Sell the TV or movie rights for a story.
  50. Publish an erotic novella under a secret pen name.
  51. Write a positive and inspiring blog post that goes crazy viral.
  52. Get a 2K monthly payment on my blog.
  53. Get paid 2K to speak or teach a workshop.
  54. Give a presentation and a reading at ConQuest.
  55. Give a presentation at RWA.
  56. Give a TED talk.
  57. Have $100,000 in savings on hand.
  58. Live in a beautiful log home in Munds Park, AZ.



  1. Own a Tesla.
  2. See a meteor shower.
  3. Celebrate New Year’s at a big fancy party, all dressed up.
  4. Have an incredible birthday party.
  5. (private/intimate goal here)
  6. Go to a nude beach.
  7. Try horseback riding.
  8. Try archery.
  9. Do a random act of kindness every week for a whole year.
  10. Teach a writing workshop at a mental hospital.
  11. Teach a writing workshop at a corporation that I don’t work at.
  12. Make coloring books for my young nieces.
  13. (secret gift goal here)
  14. (secret gift goal here)
  15. Make a scrappy triple Irish chain quilt, hand-quilted, for us.
  16. (secret gift goal here)
  17. Own a pair of decent-sized emerald stud earrings.
  18. Be on a talk show.
  19. Be on a magazine cover.
  20. Meet a President (current or former.)
  21. Fly first class.
  22. Visit 3 caves in Missouri.
  23. Go canoeing.
  24. Try zip lining.
  25. Ride in a hot air balloon.
  26. Spend an entire day at a spa.
  27. Memorize a poem.
  28. Go to a drive-in with Mr. Donovan and make out.
  29. Go on a romantic date with Mr. Donovan every week for a whole year.
  30. (private/intimate goal here)
  31. (private spiritual goal here)
  32. (private spiritual goal here)
  33. Host a fancy tea party.
  34. Host a party on a rooftop.
  35. Have a gingerbread house – making party, with adults or with children.
  36. Decorate an elaborate birthday cake.
  37. Visit Aunt R. in SoCal again.
  38. Eat the best tacos in southern California.
  39. Eat the best hot dog in Chicago.
  40. Learn an entire dance routine from youtube.
  41. Meet 10 more of my online friends in person.
  42. (secret gift goal here)
  43. Live to be 101 years old.

101 Life Goals #bucket list #things to do before you die






Do you have any ideas about what would be on your list? Do you hate making goals like this? I’d love to hear all about it! Thanks for reading!