September 15, 2010

33 weeks + Life List


Feeling HUGE these days and officially to that stage where the seas part when I walk into a room. People immediately offer me a chair, a glass of water, or request that I don't "pop" while in their establishment.

For my last hurrah! and probably the last bit of energy I have in me for the year, I am honored to be going to Maggie Mason's Mighty Summit this weekend! To celebrate the occasion I began writing my "Life List" which is a work in progress but I wanted to share it here.

1. Live in Spain for three months
2. Be in a flash mob dance routine
3. Make panna cotta
4. Tell a great story on This American Life
5. Have a healthy baby boy in October
6. Push the baby stroller on roller skates
7. Meet Drew Barrymore, Alanis Morisette and (re-meet )Gwyneth Paltrow
8. Photograph the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
9. Have coffee with Rachel Naomi Remen
10. Go to Paris and visit old fashioned candy shops and perfume stores
11. Photograph the colors in Santa Fe
12. See the bioluminescence
13. Take a retreat at Hollyhock
14. Speak spanish fluently
15. Learn to cook from a Chez Panisse chef
16. Feel sexy again
17. Celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico
18. Photograph the tomato festival in Spain
19. Learn to write as beautifully as my favorite authors
20. Love my body
21. Find the perfect boots
22. Ride in a hot air balloon
23. Feel confident speaking in public
24. Meet Elizabeth Lesser
25. Visit the baths in Iceland
26. Grow a beautiful garden
27. Teach a workshop at Omega
28. Rock it at karaoke
29. Have a deeply spiritual experience
30. Tell a story onstage at The Moth in NYC
31. Buy a bungalow in Berkeley
32. Swim with dolphins in tropical water
33. Give a Ted talk
34. Write a NY Times bestseller
35. Learn to love deeply and completely
36. Learn to play guitar
37. Learn to sing well
38. Give a HUGE amount of money to somebody who deserves it
39. Be a healing force in the world

To see Mighty Girl Maggie's Life List click here. And if you make your own, leave a link to it in the comments!

Posted on September 15, 2010 08:34 AM

@Markus I get your drift on where you were going there. I often think of my past and use it as a means to analyze where I am and where I want to get to. Where I struggel is balancing it all out. How do you guys balance things out?

Posted by: Bank online with Chase at October 18, 2010 05:46 PM

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Posted by: Online Banking at October 18, 2010 12:53 PM

Hey, I just hopped over to your site via StumbleUpon. Not somthing I would normally read, but I liked your thoughts none the less. Thanks for making something worth reading.

Posted by: Bank online with Chase at October 18, 2010 12:02 AM

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Posted by: Online Banking Security at October 14, 2010 12:54 PM

I always enjoy seeing other people's lists. I love the creative, original things that make us all unique individuals:
meet drew barrymore, share a story on This American Life, see the bioluminescence and rock it at karaoke.
I also love finding things that we share on our lists, those things that connect us. Last year I had hot air balloon flight and after a year of scheduled attempted flights (the conditions have to be PERFECT) I finally had my flight yesterday.
Also, this year I had to buy tall boots.
And while, I have am a work in progress and have "be comfortable in my own skin" listed on my overall life list, I enjoyed your "feel sexy again" and "love my body".
Thank you for sharing your list!

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Posted by: Ilias at September 23, 2010 04:27 AM

I would say you're well on your way to #39. I always feel that when I visit your space. Also, glad to see the quest for perfect boots is universal.

Posted by: molly at September 21, 2010 06:23 AM

As always, thanks for the honesty and inspiration!
Here's my list:

Posted by: Colleen at September 20, 2010 08:42 PM

oh my...I bet this was a fabulous weeken!

Posted by: Leslie at September 20, 2010 06:34 PM

oh! I had the pleasure of doing a photography retreat at Hollyhock last summer. their garden is stunning and food is spectacular - you will love it! you look fabulous, by the way. :)

Posted by: Kate D at September 20, 2010 08:08 AM

I'm going to Hollyhock today! I'm up early with excitement and just reading your post about wanting to go there. It was on my list too. I'll try to put up some blog pictures while I'm there, or by the end of the week when I'm back at the latest. Love your blog Andrea!

Posted by: Beth at September 19, 2010 06:37 AM

I really love your list. And you look beautiful! I really loved some of those on your list and they are ones that I am striving for as well. Particularly to feel sexy again. Funny how that tends to run away from us moms doesn't it! Here's to getting sexy back! Best of luck with your new one coming soon.

Posted by: Meg at September 18, 2010 07:28 PM

its really easy to fall
in love you with you andrea.

Posted by: mccabe at September 18, 2010 10:53 AM

Great, tear-inspiring list! I'm so glad this weekend is going to work out for you! Enjoy yourself.


Posted by: RookieMom Whitney at September 17, 2010 09:31 AM

yes cross no 39 off now !

Gwyneth Paltrow? I'd be curious to know why...

Posted by: m at September 16, 2010 04:06 PM

What a cute picture! You look great! I laughed out loud when I read that people request that you don't pop in their establishment. Hee. Folks do give you that look, don't they? Like you're a bomb, ready to go off. Too funny.

Posted by: Dreaming Bear at September 16, 2010 12:35 PM

You look so beautiful! Love this idea, I am off to create my own!
I wanted to let you know I left you a private message in your mailbox over at facebook about the possibility of teaching at Omega. Wishing you well always!

Posted by: christie at September 16, 2010 08:09 AM

My goodness, you're glowing and gorgeous! How happy-teary it is to remember your postings from years past and see this photo today.

Here's my list. Thanks, Mondo Beyondo Dream Lab! :)

Posted by: kathleen at September 16, 2010 07:01 AM

Oh, and the big belly. Yippee! Wow. Time sure flies. I remember sighing over "The Cute Baby" when Ben was born. Blessings.

Posted by: Puanani Leal at September 16, 2010 05:44 AM

We have so many of the SAME. Fun. Panna Cotta is relatively easy. Try it! And the first commenter was right. #39 is covered. Xo.

Posted by: Puanani Leal at September 16, 2010 05:42 AM

You are beautiful, as always.

I see a lot of things on here that I would put on my list .. Santa Fe, dolphins, Iceland, tomato festival (the fun of photographing that one!), aurora borealis (once I saw the elusive green color on my birthday - that was magical - still haven't photographed though) ..

And I do agree that you can cross #39 off.

Posted by: Elizabeth at September 15, 2010 09:27 PM

That room looks amazing and so do you - awesome list!

Posted by: Kristen at September 15, 2010 07:33 PM

Agreed, you may claim #39 as accomplished! And it makes me feel less humble in your glowing presence to say that I already claim #28- my karaoke skills have improved dramatically since Rock Band was invented ;) I so look forward to reading about this year's summit and I'm all over my LifeList tonight.

Posted by: Tamara at September 15, 2010 07:04 PM

I *think,* rather personally, that you need to take some credit for this life list phenomenon. And um, somehow I don't think you're just starting your life list just now.

Because you when you see my Mighty Summit list, it's going to have an absurd amount of stuff at the top crossed off of the top of it. Why? Wellllll, in 2004, this blogger I read introduced Mondo Beyondo lists, and..... By which I mean to say, I created a Life List by just taking out my running Mondo Beyondo list and adding more stuff.

Not that Maggie hasn't been hugely inspiring to me (because lord knows she has), but I'm just sayin.'

Posted by: Meg at September 15, 2010 02:05 PM

Great list! And perhaps #39 could be "Continue to be a healing force in the world." You look lovely.

Posted by: cjm at September 15, 2010 01:10 PM

when you live in Spain for 3 months, i want to meet up with you! i don't live there but i did for many years (in bilbao and barcelona) and my husband is from the basque country in the north. you would love all of it!

what an amazing list, andrea. a beautiful and inspiring work in progress... and you've already got a headstart on quite a few ;)

Posted by: Vanessa at September 15, 2010 01:05 PM

Mama, everything you do has #39 written all over it. Love this list, and love that you and your boys are bringing another amazing boy into this world!

Posted by: Megan at September 15, 2010 12:41 PM

You can cross #39 off your list as complete. Commenters, can I get a witness?

Posted by: Susan at September 15, 2010 12:35 PM

I was -just- reading about life lists in Chris Guillebeau's new book, came to visit your blog, and now I'm doubly inspired!
I agree that you are already a healing force in the world.

Posted by: Sandra Flear at September 15, 2010 10:44 AM

Be on This American Life is on my list too!

I have submitted a number of ideas since Mondo. I follow them on facebook and whenever they put a call out for ideas, I send my stories.

Enjoy the summit!!

Posted by: LauraC at September 15, 2010 10:35 AM

You look absolutely lovely.

Posted by: Heather B. at September 15, 2010 10:21 AM

You are so beautiful. love.

Posted by: pixiemama at September 15, 2010 10:16 AM

and number 15 (if an alum is acceptable)!

Posted by: samin at September 15, 2010 09:47 AM

i can help with number 3!

Posted by: samin at September 15, 2010 09:46 AM

I found you via Chrissy. Love your blog! Looking at your picture reminds me of how much I loved seeing my belly button through me clothes when I had reached the huge point with my pregnancies. You look awesome! And the it! I would love to own a bungalow in La Jolla beach.

Posted by: jane at September 15, 2010 09:41 AM

you're a healing force in my world already ;)

Posted by: rachael maddox at September 15, 2010 09:38 AM

Wow, kick ass list!!! I hear that just writing it all down does wonders for getting it accomplished!!!

Posted by: Jennifer at September 15, 2010 09:11 AM