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 ALIVE List: What is ALIVE?

ALIVE is more than your typical “Bucket List.” It adopts the life to-do list concept, but takes a different perspective. Rather than counting down and checking off items until you meet your ultimate demise, it’s about celebrating the fact that you’re ALIVE and accomplishing those experiences. It’s about creating and maintaining a list, accomplishing experiences, and documenting. The documenting part is key in celebrating and remembering all of your experiences!

Have I grabbed your attention yet? Want to participate? It’s easy! I’ve created a few tools to help get you started and navigate the process.

ALIVE List: Accomplishing Your Experiences
ALIVE List: Documenting and Sharing Your List (Coming Soon!)

Most of all, I want you to share your experiences! I would LOVE guest posts from ALIVE participants that document an experience being checked off. Maybe you want to devote an entire blog to ALIVE, that’s great too! Every Monday I will be sharing a list from ALIVE participants. I’ll also share my own list, accomplishments, and any resources I can provide to help you along the way. 

There are A LOT of big plans in the works for ALIVE including e-courses, e-books, and maybe eventually products. First, though, I'm looking for some other bloggers that will help pilot the whole deal. Interested? Shoot me an email and ask about ALIVE. I will send you the details and we can go from there, OR sign-up below!

In the meantime, here is my very own ALIVE List.

My list is broken down by categories. It helps me keep my goals in perspective. Bold items are in progress. I'll also try to link up any posts to the corresponding experiences.

1. Volunteer 5,000 hours in my lifetime
2. Pay for a stranger's meal in a drive-thru
3. Make a difference in someone's life
4. Help build a home with Habitat for Humanity

Personal & Professional
1. Find the job of my dreams
2. Graduate with a bachelor's degree
3. Graduate with a master's degree

4. Learn to speak another language
5. Learn to play guitar
6. Get married
7. Adopt a child
8. Read the Bible cover-to-cover
9. Fall in love...forever
10. Write a blog
11. Make a memory jar and review on New Years Eve
12. Make a quilt
13. Try something new at least once a month

1. Italy
2. Ireland
3. Greece
4. Australia
5. All 50 U.S. States
6. Boston, MA
7. Four Corners Monument
8. Niagara Falls
9. Chicago, IL 
10. Travel on Route 66
11. Grand Canyon
12. England
13. See Old Faithful 
14. Memphis, TN
15. Germany
16. Scotland
17. Go on a cruise
18. Have a campfire on the beach
19. Stay at a B&B
20. Redwood National Forrest
21. See the Golden Gate Bridge
22. See Mt. Rushmore
23. New Zealand
24. Attend a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater in CO
25. Switzerland

1. Swim with dolphins
2. Ride on a Ferris wheel
3. Have a huge water balloon fight
4. Fly on a plane
5. Play in a gigantic fountain like the one in Austin, TX
6. Have a paint fight
7. Own a jeep
8. Spend an afternoon watching clouds
9. Spend a night watching the stars
10. Put Mentos and Coke together
11. Solve a Rubik's cube by myself
12. Toilet paper someone's house
13. Pull an all-nighter
14. Go skinny dipping
15. Watch fireworks from a rooftop
16. Learn all the words to "One Week" by the Barenaked Ladies
17. Learn to juggle
18. Tailgate a Jimmy Buffett concert
19. Sit at the runways at the airport and watch planes take off
20. Go to a professional baseball game


1. Go to a Packer's game at Leambeau Field
2. Go to a Superbowl
3. Go to Opening Day for Reds Baseball
4. Go to a game at Fenway Park
5. Go to a professional football game

1. Cheers (Boston, MA)
2. Terry's Turf Club (Cincinnati, OH)
3. 50 West (Cincinnati, OH)
4. The Diner (Richmond, KY)
5. Zip's Cafe (Cincinnati, OH)
6. KY Bourbon Trail
7. Try sushi
8. Learn to make sushi

Note: ALIVE Lists are property of Embracing Messy. Please do not use or distribute ALIVE Lists without first consulting Kelsey, author of Embracing Messy. Thanks!

1 comment:

  1. I've had a notebook in my sock drawer with goals on it for years. I am 54, and lower income so no travel items, but things like eating more fruit/veggies, focusing on walking every day, (I lost 28 lbs this way, thanks to free Sparkpeople) and painting the house, learning a song on piano, read a book every two weeks, memorize a bible verse once a month... I like to do this and hope you get lots of people that want to do this. I do not have a camera and don't blog, sorry. I don't think my goals are as interesting as yours. Have fun.


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