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My "Impossible" List

But Kendra, you already have a 100 Life Goals list! What do you need another one for?!


I came upon the idea for an "Impossible" List on YouTube from a video done by Unjaded Jade. She defined an Impossible List as an ever evolving bucket list that you refer back to when making plans for your life. An actionable bucket list. On it, you put anything and everything you would like to achieve before you die in whichever categories you choose, be they (in your mind) achievable or be they your wildest dreams that would take a miracle to happen. She encouraged you to think big! And whenever you do complete an item on this list, you can make a note underneath to take it to the next level, take it in a new direction, or simply leave it as it is. But the point is to keep moving forward and to evolve the list as you grow--adding and deleting items as you want.


Ryujin Bungee, Ibaraki, Japan

I loved this idea because it has no timeline other than your life. These are the dreams to guide your path in life, not really the SMART goals and daily habits you want to adopt as life systems. They're big ticket items you maybe can't achieve yet or don't yet know how to achieve in a specific timeline but that make you crazy excited to think about achieving!


Many of mine were brought over from my 100 Goals list, but I was kind of unknowingly using that as an "Impossible" List at the time. I knew I wouldn't visit all 7 continents by 2026, but I wanted to get closer to that goal. And I have, but I feel anxious when I see the deadline on that list because I know most are longer-term goals that I won't be able to check off. I'll probably make shorter, SMARTer, and more realistic ten year life goals lists again (I do like my lists!), but I love having this list of things that will take more time, work, luck, and dreaming to achieve. I can then choose things from here to break down into smaller stepping stones on my 10-year lists and so guide my life in an awesome (in my opinion anyway) direction!


It's funny where life takes you, so if you want it, even if it seems too silly or outlandish to admit, write it down, share it, and you can make it happen! Why not?!


Enjoy my "Impossible" List and if you make one of your own, please share with me!


CAREER/FINANCE


Work on a farm


Be a tour guide


Earn money online


Work or volunteer at a National Park


Sell something I make


Work in Antarctica


Work or volunteer for local government


No personal debt


Save $15,000


Learn to haggle and bargain (started May 2018 in Thailand, perfected in 2019-20 in Zambia)

-Bargain in a local language outside the U.S.


Make money in the stock market


Get paid to travel somewhere


Write curriculum for public schools


SOCIAL & FAMILY


Be in a long-term relationship


Take a trip with my sister (Pismo Beach, May 2020)

-Take an out-of-state trip with my sister


Go backpacking with friends


Take a trip with my best friend


Establish a regular Game Night


CREATIVE


Write one blog post every month for a year


Take a ceramics class


Learn to play an instrument


Take a cooking class


Get 500 followers on Instagram


Get 500 subscribers on blog


Adjust or make website with HTML and CSS


Finish knitting something


Design a home garden


Build something from scratch


TRAVEL & ADVENTURE


Great American Road Trip


Visit all 50 states


Visit all 7 continents (✔: North America-home; Asia-2014; Africa-2019)


Drive from Alaska to the tip of Argentina


Visit every Disney Park (✔: California, Tokyo)


See a floating lantern festival


See the Northern Lights


Jump from a waterfall


Hike the Great Wall of China (Jinshanling section, Aug. 2015)

-Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


Horseback trip


Kayaking/rafting trip


Go to an elephant sanctuary in SE Asia (Phuket, Thailand in May 2018)

-Go on an ethical/responsible safari in Africa


Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro


Complete the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks (✔: Mt. Wilson, Jan. 2019; Mt. Baldy, Jul. 2019)


Hike to Everest Base Camp


Go sailing (San Diego, Jul. 2019)

-Learn how to sail


Go scuba diving (Koh Tao, Thailand, May 2018)

-Get SCUBA certification


Swim in every ocean in the world (✔: Pacific, my whole life)


Do a thru-hike


KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS


Get a Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential


Get a Master's Degree


Read Harry Potter in Japanese


Pass the N2 in Japanese


Hold a conversation in Spanish


Know how to maintain my car (oil/tire/etc)


Learn to ID the big constellations


Wilderness First Aid class


Learn to ID edible and medicinal local plants in the wild


Become a beekeeper


Learn how to go off grid and become self-sufficient


Learn how to drive a manual car


Learn how to weave on a loom


HEALTH & FITNESS


Join an adult soccer team


Complete a Tough Mudder


Complete a Spartan race


Run a 10k (Disney run, Nov. 2016)

-Participate in an aquathon


Be able to do a cartwheel


Be able to do a handstand


Get the splits


Go on a yoga and meditation retreat


Take horseback riding lessons


Start kickboxing


Go plant-based for a month


Give blood


MISC.


Be an extra in a movie


Read the whole Bible


Complete a 5-Year Journal


Volunteer consecutively for 3 months (Peace Corps Zambia, Aug 2019-Mar 2020 evacuation)

-Volunteer consecutively for one year


Be a speaker at a school


Build a school


Raise $10,000 for charity


Improve my speaking/debating skills


Learn to ballroom dance


Live on a homestead


Create my own tea blends


Go as zero-waste as possible/Be able to offset my carbon footprint


Plant 100 trees


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Hey all! My name is Kendra B. and I'm happy to meet you! I'm a teacher with a need to continue learning and a heart torn between staying put and going out to experience the world. I'm about to leave for Peace Corps Zambia for the next 27 months and would love for you to join me on this new adventure!

 

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