Future Fun Facts

Remember when I said that my life is so much more than the pursuit of a PhD?

I’ve been keeping a “bucket list” now for a couple of years. It’s helped me defined what I truly want to do and see and become in my life. After finding Joel Runyon’s Blog of Impossible Things, I was inspired to refashion my list because my bucket list just wasn’t aiming high enough.

This list is designed to evoke statements like Girl, you crazy. You can’t do all that. That’s impossible.

But as I’ve mentioned before, now is the time to be outrageous.

Even more than that, though, putting this list together forced me to define an ideal future filled with possibility.

So without further ado, I present…

My Future Fun Facts


PhD Stuff

  • Publish a paper
  • and another one
  • and another one
  • give a lecture at Cornell (as a TA, as a guest lecturer)
  • Become a walking reference manual for SAS, SPSS, R, Evernote, Refworks
  • design a full semester course
  • design an online course


  • Complete 50 push ups in a row
  • Handstand or any inverted yoga pose
  • 200 consecutive squats
  • Complete one unassisted pull up (then five)
  • learn Parkour
  • Become proficient in four styles of martial arts (Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Jujitsu, Kung Fu)


  • Visit every continent (North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Antarctica)
  • Macchu Picchu
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Camino de Santiago (Camino Frances)
  • Pilgrimage to Rome
  • Great Wall of China

Confronting Fears

  • Learn to surf
  • Learn to hang glide
  • Scuba dive
  • Do an unassisted back flip
  • Ride a bike in a foreign country


  • Earn $5,000/year freelancing
  • Make a full time second income online (~$30,000 per year)
  • Write an e-book (besides my Evernote guide)
  • save $100,000

Renaissance Woman

  • Design a Tiny House
  • Build a Tiny House
  • Speak four languages besides English (Spanish, French, German, Esperanto)
  • Compete at Pre-Champ Level in two of four ballroom styles (Smooth, Standard, Rhythm, Latin)
  • Sing part of the Hallelujah Chorus

And that’s it for now! Do you have an “impossible” goal or list of goals?

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6 thoughts on “Future Fun Facts

    1. Thanks for the comment! I was really hesitant to post something like this, but if I’m talking about how to streamline the process of being a grad student…I need to explain WHY I’m doing this–I want to do INCREDIBLE THINGS.

      Pullups are going to be tricky, haha.

      Thanks for the great resources on your blog. It’s one of my “check this daily” blogs.


    1. Yay! I need you to hold me accountable because every time I look at this list, I go “omg, what did I get myself into!?”


      I want to see your list when you are done. And hear about your trip to Rwanda!

  1. Hagia Sophia is amazing!!! Make sure you check out the Blue Mosque as well (it’s walking distance away). Istanbul is my second favorite city in the world (second to Paris that is!)

    1. Ah! I’m going to have to interrogate you about Istanbul now! I’ve wanted to visit the Hagia Sophia since taking 7th grade history.

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