List of 100 Dreams

Whenever I have downtime online (instead of checking social media again) I look at my list of 100 dreams and make plans to work towards them. It's a list of anything I want to do with my life. It's more than a bucket list. I have everything from "sleep" to "take my mom to Hawai'i." There are no rules, just unabashed desires. Writing down the first 30 or so is easy, but then it actually becomes a bit harder. 

I also use this as a motivator for how I want to spend my time, energy and money. So, rather than trying to save time doing dishes, or optimizing all of my errands into one afternoon, or, in other words, focusing and planning around the things I don't want to do that drain me of energy or are lower priority, instead, I focus on what I do want to do and what gives me energy. Everything else just then falls into place or gets de-prioritize (as it should). 

More concretely, one of my dreams is to read a book a month. So while doing dishes I'll listen to an audio book. The $14/month subscription for audio books is worth it to me because the fee is nominal to me, and getting to hear the books I've chosen is awesome, a priority for me, and thus worth it. 

Bottom line: Proactively prioritize your time, energy, and money around your dreams (the things that give you energy and make you feel excited), rather than letting your time, energy, and money be retroactively swayed by the demands that drain your energy and excitement. 

Shout out to Laura Vanderkam, whose workshop I learned this in. Check out her List of 100 Dreams, and the course I took from her that helped me be more proactive with my time.  

My List of "100" Dreams

italics = done!
bold = in progress
plain = new/pending

  1. Get a black belt in something (I did boxing for 20 years, and tae kwon do for 4)
  2. Try Aikido
  3. Take my mom to Hawai'i
  4. go with my husband to New Zealand
  5. have a super fun wedding
  6. show in a gallery
  7. create a successful creative business
  8. inspire others
  9. buy a house
  10. have multiple streams of income
  11. take my husband to Morocco
  12. work on a feature film
  13. bake more bread
  14. teach an online course
  15. oil paint
  16. create scrapbooks from old memories
  17. shoot on analog still photography film again
  18. publish a book of my artwork
  19. speak at events
  20. lead workshops
  21. take classes at the folk school with my husband
  22. have a family day each month (rock climb, cycling around the beach, LEGO museum, jet ski/wakeboard, aqua jet pack, hiking)
  23. read a book each month
  24. organize a monthly girl's night potluck
  25. visit Chicago yearly
  26. cook 
  27. learn to throw pottery
  28. do my nails more often
  29. get a monthly massage 
  30. go shopping more often
  31. sleep
  32. scuba dive
  33. start a scholarship program 
  34. mentor high school students
  35. Learn Japanese
  36. Learn Portugues
  37. Visit Kyoto
  38. Visit Japan 
  39. Stretch canvas
  40. Attend workshop by my favorite artist
  41. learn to use a speed bag
  42. ride a bike without handlebars
  43. Eat healthy
  44. Excercise
  45. volunteer helping sea turtles
  46. visit the turtle hospital on marathon key
  47. learn to make Moroccan tea
  48. learn to ride a motorcycle
  49. learn to skateboard
  50. get over my fear of flying
  51. get a hot tub
  52. buy a house
  53. serve as a White House photographer
  54. learn to do a handstand
  55. fit into this one pair of black jeans again
  56. create work that inspires others to move their life forward
  57. mentor
  58. become a CFP
  59. watch a rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center
  60. spontaneously take a trip to Venice, Italy
  61. learn glassblowing in Venice
  62. spend more days at the beach 
  63. throw a surprise birthday party for each member of my family
  64. start a documentary film foundation that funds “studying up”
  65. meet an astronaut
  66. get up early
  67. visit Tahiti
  68. climb a volcano
  69. donate 10% of my income
  70. learn to sail from my husband 
  71. grow an online business to sustain my lifestyle
  72. host a monthly friends and family bbq 
  73. help someone get a job
  74. have someone tell me that a portrait I made of them is the best picture they’ve ever seen of themselves
  75. send a sun design into ‘Sunday Morning’
  76. visit the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville
  77. go to Morocco with my bff
  78. help someone start a business
  79. plant an avocado tree and nurture it through maturity
  80. successfully grow a watermelon from seed
  81. sustain a butterfly garden and feeders
  82. reproduce a Salvador Dali painting
  83. show at Art Basel Miami
  84. learn to play guitar
  85. give abundantly 
  86. fund clean water initiatives in developing countries
  87. publish a book of poems
  88. get a dog
  89. fund a Pencils of Promise school
  90. curate a museum exhibit
  91. kite surf
  92. get a NatGeo commission
  93. love louder
  94. go to more concerts
  95. get lasik
  96. take my husband to Chicago
  97. visit the Museum of Surgical History
  98. visit the Tate Modern
  99. see the entire Louvre
  100. visit the Art Institute of Chicago