A friend and I sat on my back porch one day in the summer of 2012 and made "bucket" lists. We decided to call them our (10)(10) lists from John 10:10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 

So...this is my "Living-Life- Abundantly-on-Purpose" list! (You can see my friend's (10)(10) list here plus her list of 100 things she's already done here!)


My (10)(10) List 
1-Walk the Camino,
2-Write a novel/short story collection,
3-Write a non-fiction book,
4-Write a collection of poems,
5-Visit top nine bookstores in U.S.

  • a.The Strand in NYC (AWESOME!!)
  • b.Politics & Prose in D.C. (Yep! Great used book section, too.)
  • c.Elliot Bay Book Co. in Seattle (Lovely setting....could hear the sea gulls crying!)
  • d. Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver (Such a comfy place!)


6-Learn a foreign language,
7-Create a calendar with my art,
8-Go on a silent 3-day retreat,
9-Stay at a monastery,
10-Open an Etsy store,
11-Host a fancy six-person dinner party,
12-Remodel kitchen with open cabinets,
13-Make our bedroom a haven,
14-Knit a sweater,
15-Make a quilt,
16-Walk ten half-marathons in ten different states

  • a.PA, (Yay for me!)
  • b.NC (Rained EVERY step of the way!)


17-Visit a flea market in every state of the union


18-Visit the Grand Canyon,
19-Make a family photo album,
20-Visit Niagara Falls,
21-Write a one-year diary for Matt,
22-Stay in a dune shack for a week,
23-Visit Hawaii,
24-Visit Alcatraz,
25-Paint a portrait of every family member,
26-Dance at all my children’s weddings

  • a.Sean & Mindi - check! 


27-Float in the Dead Sea,
28-Dip my toe in the Nile,
29-See the Mona Lisa,
30-Plant a vegetable garden,
31-Buy a VW Bug,
32-Refinish my mother’s hope chest,
33-Finish the books I haven't read on the Big Read,
34-Catalog my personal library,
35-Plant a flower garden,
36-Take a class on wine,
37-Read 25 poetry collections,
38-Have a poem published in a magazine,
39-Have an article published in a magazine,
40-Make a family tree,
41-Visit the most beautiful libraries in the U.S.

  • a.NYC-check! 


42-Go to the Biltmore,
43-Host a crawfish boil,
44-Go to an opera,
45-Go to a ballet,
46-Plant a magnolia tree,
47-Put up a hammock,
48-Take a technology break for a week once a year,
49-Write my own recipe book,
50-Take Matt on a surprise getaway,
51-Take a photography class,
52-Take ballroom dancing lessons,
53-Take shag lessons,
54-Crochet an afghan for each of my children and their spouses,
55-Drive across the United States,
56-Go to San Antonio,
57-Write an “In case I die suddenly letter”,
58-Grow a lemon tree,
59-Have a family portrait made,
60-Finish visiting list of historic NC churches,
61-Find Mrs. Lonez and tell her thanks,
62-Visit Sandra’s grave,
63-Get down to my goal weight and stay there for a year,
64-Visit ten coffee houses in old NC/SC/Va towns,
65-Have a cul-de-sac party,
66-Hike Grandfather Mountain,
67-Sell something in Swank,
68-Make 100 beautiful things,
69-Be a vegetarian for a year,
70-Buy 100 handmade items,
71-Ride a horse,
72-Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans with Matt,
73-Learn to play a musical instrument,
74-Make a font,
75-Write a letter to my great granddaughters,
76-Open my own business,
77-Buy 20 pieces of vintage clothing,
78-Write a letter to Angie, Tammy, and Julie,
79-Be part of a clogging dance team,
80-Plan my funeral,
81-Write a prayer book,
82-Watch 50 great movies,
83-Listen to 100 new songs,
84-Walk and blog a virtual Camino,
85-Go to Nova Scotia with Matt,
86-Go to Acapulco,
87-Go on a cruise to Alaska,
88-Learn how to play chess,
89-Buy a telescope and learn how to use,
90-Visit Auschwitz,
91-Take a house boat vacation on a river,
92-Leave 20 of my poems in library books in 20 different cities,
93-Sleep on the beach,
94-See 50 great pieces of art,
95-Have fresh flowers in the house every week for a year,
96-Read 25 great biographies,
97-Ride a dinner train,
98-Go to a mystery theater,
99-Be a contributing writer in a online blog/ezine for women,
100-Learn to play a musical instrument.