Identify, prioritize, and fulfill your lifelong aspirations.

  1. Hitchhike in the back of a rickety truck with chickens, goats, or other nervous livestock

  2. Live on a beach for a long time

  3. See the Northern Lights = Done November 2015

  4. Go one month without wearing shoes (and not getting tetanus) (almost in Fiji)

  5. Ushuaia and Antarctica (when I'm much older)

  6. Everest base Camp with Alexis and Garrett

  7. Do something exciting in the Andes

  8. Extended South American experience = Done Aug 31 - Dec 7, 2011 Ecuador and Aug 20 - Dec 17, 2012 Argentina

  9. Go to a remote town and teach something = Done Dec 2009 - Jan 2010 in Nakavika, Fiji

  10. Mongolia

  11. Borneo

  12. Meet Amy Sedaris and crack a successful joke

  13. Make a steady and sustainable income from my writing and creative work = Done Aug 2011 onwards

  14. Sell a photo or an article to a National Geographic print magazine

  15. Madagascar

  16. Cuba

  17. Become a capable Latin dancer

  18. Learn how to do the windmill break dancing move

  19. Make simple sushi = Done, rolled zushimaki Feb 2014 in Kyoto and cooking project Mar 2018 in Hiroshima

  20. Running. (almost got in a habit in Germany...but not really)

  21. Build a piece of furniture for my residence

  22. Get over my jitters of Scuba and learn how to dive = Done Dec 29th, 2009

  23. Cross a country border by foot, bike, boat, plane, auto, segway, self-propelled water vessel, dance, skates, skateboard, and so on

  24. Spain to see flamenco dancing = Done Sep 2015

  25. Suck it up and try some ballsy food like innards, camel, sea urchin, and anything not typical of an American suburban diet = Done Jul 25 oysters, Aug 5 haggis, and Dec 2009 pig kidney

  26. Have kid(s)

  27. Drive across Central America from its top to bottom

  28. Learn one bush mechanic trick

  29. Do a really long biking adventure

  30. Camp for a long time = Done Aug/Sep 2008 and Jul/Aug 2017

  31. Road trip at least half of the United States width-wise

  32. Return to Kashmir = Done Nov 2013

  33. Portugal to hear fado music = Done Sep 2015

  34. Pakistan and Afghanistan mountains

  35. Have a regular column in a publication

  36. Become utterly devoted to an already-existing or self-founded charity that I connect profoundly with = Done The Nakavika Project Dec 2009 - Jan 2010 & THINK Global School 2011 - 2017

  37. Return to Wabash, Indiana and do something good = Done Jul 2012 making a video for Clean Out The Banks!

  38. Galápagos = Done Oct 1 - 16, 2011

  39. Learn how to make reductions, sauces, and special preparation dishes with finesse and consistency

  40. Iceland = Done Jun 11 - 23, 2018

  41. Read a 300+ page book in one day

  42. Find the perfect city I'm supposed to live in for the remainder of my life = Done Jul 2018 (Denver)

  43. Be an extra in a Bollywood movie

  44. Climb Kilimanjaro = Completed on June 15, 2014!

  45. Pet a lion

  46. Publish a book = maybe Fall 2019?

  47. Take a weekly dance classes for at least one year as an adult

  48. Hike a 14er in Colorado

  49. Have a gallery exhibition = Done with Far, Far Away in May 2013 at Honeywell Center in Wabash, IN

  50. Compose a song (half-way there)

  51. Teaching certification

  52. Road trip across México

  53. Learn how to make music mashups (half-way there)

  54. Learn conversational Portuguese

  55. Learn conversational German

  56. Traverse the Camino de Santiago de Compostela and stay in the medieval hostels along the way

...to be continued

3. Seeing the Northern Lights. Image by Lindsay courtesy of TGS, 2015

13. Making a steady income with TGS. Image courtesy of Mark Surnin, 2014

32. Return to Kashmir (toothbrushes donated by my dentist)

44. Climb Kilimanjaro. Image by Lindsay courtesy of TGS, 2014

49. Have a gallery exhibition. Image courtesy of Amy Sullivan, 2013