Impossible List

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The impossible list was invented by Joel Runyon. He wanted not a bucket list of individually easy things to do, but a list of things that felt impossible. My list is probably a little long, but I had Fun with it. I have described my quarterly focus here.

Health & Fitness

  • Track calories 300 times in one year
  • Try 25 new recipes in one year
  • Go without junk food for a year
  • Switch to “mostly” mediterranean diet
  • Lose 100lbs
  • Maintain weight at 140lbs for 5 years
  • Run a 5k
  • Walk a marathon
  • Run a mud race
  • Do a century ride
  • Think about posture every day for a year
  • Complete Zombies, Run!
  • Walk to Mordor
  • Walk 10k steps a day for a year
  • Switch from soda to tea
  • Go uncaffeinated for one year
  • Drink 1 gallon of water a day 300 times in one year

Travel / Adventure

  • Visit every National Park in the US
  • Do the Cycle America Race
  • Attend a Rennesaince Festival in every State
  • Go to all these parks in one summer
  • Camp in every State Park in Minnesota


  • Unpack house
  • Paint the inside of the house
  • Paint the outside of house
  • Remove rocks and make beds beautiful
  • Create a pollinator garden
  • Keep up cleaning (car and home) maintenance on a monthly basis for 12 months

Education and Reading


  • Cross-stitch Groot
  • Cross-stitch Loki
  • Cross-stitch Creeper
  • Cross-stitch unicorn
  • Cross-stitch Cthulu
  • Cross-stitch Starry Night With Tardis
  • Cross-stitch The Scream
  • Have a pen pal on all 7 continents
  • Write 1000 letters in one year
  • Make it through this set of D&D Campaigns
  • Have a lifetime of scrapbooks

For my Soul

Work, Blog, and Financial Health

  • Pay off Home Equity Loan
  • 6-month “emergency fund”
  • Debt-free for 1 year
  • Make my 100,000th view on my blog
  • Write a review for every book completed for 1 year

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