In three days I will be on a plane to San Francisco on my way to join a group of phenomenal ladies for Mighty Summit. I am so tickled to have been invited and completely looking forward to meeting some new bloggers and reconnecting with the ones that I already know. Mighty Summit is the brainchild of Maggie Mason (aka Mighty Girl) and Laura Mayes, and is an annual retreat structured around the idea of creating a better life — something right up my alley and in line with my entire Life IS the Party mantra.
Part of getting ready for the retreat involved putting together a Life List of 100 things we’d like to do in our lifetime. Throughout the weekend, we’ll share our lists with one another and try to come up with ways to help each other achieve some of the goals. And lists? Are right up my alley too. Here’s mine:
produce a televised awards show
learn how to garden; especially dahlias
go to culinary school
open a home for unwanted children
live in France
rent a villa in Italy
lose 30lbs (and learn to love exercise) = I’VE LEARNED TO LOVE TO EXERCISE!
STILL WAITING ON THOSE LBS
quit my day job and work for myself =DONE!
have a pair of shoes custom-made by Christian Louboutin
have a standing nail appointment = DONE!
teach my children to speak French
go on a crazy shopping spree
host a talk show
publish a cookbook of my granny’s recipes
lobby Congress for free preschool options and paid maternity leave
upgrade my undies
use Crème de la Mer moisturizer
read the classics
drive a racecar
learn about wine
visit a rainforest
become a mentor to young girls
throw a spectacular 15th wedding anniversary bash
treat my closest girlfriends to an extravagant getaway
help my mom open a bed & breakfast
find a church home (and go regularly!) = DONE!
eat pineapple roadside in Hawaii
go snorkeling in Fiji
organize my digital photos and print photo books
publish a book
watch the entire ‘Roots’ series = DONE!
learn how to knit
learn how to play spades (dominoes)
play Mas at Trinidad Carnival = HAPPENING!
live in the Caribbean (again)
eat at The French Laundry
work at a magazine
learn how to use Photoshop
read the Bible = IN PROGRESS
learn to yacht
own a bangin’luggage set
be a SAHM =DONE!
learn ASL for my sis = IN PROGRESS
fly on a private plane
adopt a child
learn to sew
re-connect with my extended family all over the world = IN PROGRESS
learn how to apply makeup fabulously
build our dream home = DONE!
stop eating processed foods = IN PROGRESS
become a football fan for my hubby =DONE!
live near the beach
attend the Cannes Film Festival
jar my own jams
travel across Canada
practice yoga =DONE!
makeover my closet = DONE!
launch my lifestyle adventures business
resurrect my apron business
pursue my ideas for a line of working mom products
go on a medical mission to Haiti with my mom = WENT TO HAITI ON A CULTURAL TRIP.
NEED TO GO BACK WITH MOMMY!
buy my mom a convertible Jag
make dance an integral part of my life again = ZUMBA! = DONE
learn the moves to Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” routine and kill it
figure out what the big deal is about Prince =DONE!
do my family tree
plan a reunion for my dad’s side of the family
man a lemonade stand
be a room parent =DONE!
own an iPhone =DONE!
attend the Kentucky Derby and wear a fabulous hat
bake bread from scratch
make pasta from scratch
build my kids a treehouse
load my neglected MP3 player with great music = CALLING THIS ONE OBSOLETE
go skiing regularly during the winter =DONE!
roast a chicken perfectly =DONE!
start a Sunday Dinner tradition =DONE!
redecorate my bedroom so that it’s a peaceful retreat = DONE!
learn how to clean a fish
run a summer camp for teens
own a SLR camera and learn how to use it
drink a margarita poolside in Cabo = DONE!
make a piñata out of papier mache (like my mom used to!)
own monogrammed stationery (and use it)
fix the broken sugar bowl in my grandmother’s silver tea service and host a tea party =DONE!
own cloth napkins and napkin holders
get a family puppy from a rescue shelter
do a classic movie marathon
make fried green tomatoes =DONE!
take my kids to Gator football games in The Swamp
own classic wardrobe pieces (cashmere sweater; trenchcoat; tailored pants, etc.)
own a house with a wraparound porch
taste a dirty martini = DONE!
own Egyptian cotton bed sheets
learn how to make roti skins
The other reason I am counting down the moments until Friday is because I am in desperate need of a recharge. Once again, I find myself stressed out and burnt out and a weekend of introspection, fellowship and, well, wine, is just what the doctor ordered.
Check out the list of Summit attendees here.