The Life List

I am not a big bucket list person but after being diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and realizing none of us are guaranteed any length of time here on earth, I decided to fully LIVE. No more wishing my life away.

So while I’m here and cancer is kept at bay, I am going to work on this list of things that I truly want to experience.


Go backpacking and sleep in a tent above 10,000 feet.    ✔️

Take my daughter on a weekend trip to New York and see a play on Broadway.

Climb the highest mountain in the lower 48  ✔️

Have an ayahuasca experience in Peru.

Salkantay Trek to Macchu Picchu

Trek to Everest base camp.

Retreat with monks

Sell a line of my own illustrated art work or something like that.

Meet Elizabeth Gilbert

Climb Kilamanjaro

celebrate Chinese New Years in China or go to the Lantern Festival in Taiwan

Visit as many national parks as possible.

Parks Completed: 

Crater Lake, OR 


Death Valley



joshua Tree 

Bryce Canyon 

Hawaii Volcanoes 


Mount Rainier 

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

American Samoa 



Raise  chickens and a goat.

Live by a river

Sleep in a teepee

Treat my kids to a family vacation/cruise

Compete in a triathlon.

Go in a Hot Air balloon



My own art show

Napa Valley Wine Tour via train

Live in a foreign country for 6 months


Rock Climbing Lessons

Art Retreat Abroad and Domestic