500: Things I want to accomplish in life

500: Things I want to accomplish in life

When I was home in California for the holidays, I had a grand time rummaging through old photo albums and high school yearbooks for #throwbackthursday Instagram gold. Nestled among my high school senior will and a shoebox of middle school snapshots taken on a disposable camera, I discovered a list of what I wanted to accomplish in life.

Things I want to accomplish in life

I vaguely remember writing it when I was 18 (and finding it to cross things off after college graduation): on the brink of my second year of college, I had just returned from 10 days gallivanting around Italy with a group of friends from high school. We watched the sun set over the river in Florence, taste-tested every cocktail possible, ate gelato outside the Colosseum. I was a bit more volatile, more determined, more fiercely concerned about how the world would define my success.

I feel good about what I’ve accomplished on this list. I graduated magna cum laude with a degree in journalism, fell in love as a bright-eyed college senior. I killed two birds with one stone when I worked as a bartender while living in Nice. I’m currently living in New York City. I’ve visited Sweden, had quite the extended visit in Australia. Not only did I visit the Caribbean, I learned how to spell it. I can definitely rock a pair of high heels. More often than not, I’ve loved my jobs: my latest roles have been small companies I’m passionate about, products that I would pitch even if I wasn’t getting paid.

And then, I’ve done things that I never would have imagined possible when I sat down to write this list. Stayed in hostels in Barcelona, Berlin, Bali. Backpacked through Western Europe, Southeast Asia. Sailed through Croatia, from Panama to Colombia. Driven across the USA. Broke up with that boyfriend who I fell in love with. Quit that job that I thought would be my successful career path.

Even so, I’m still working on the rest of the list. South Africa and Greece are still at the top of my must-visit list. I do want to get married, have children, own a home. I’d like to live close enough to a beach and/or the mountains so that I can get my adrenaline rush quota satisfied year-round.

And then, I’ve added more things to what I want to accomplish in life. Go to India to get certified to teach yoga. Start my own business. Write a book. See a World Cup game live. Do a road trip around New Zealand, backpack through South America. More than just fall in love, have a healthy and rewarding relationship. Maintain my closest friendships. Make my parents proud.

This is my 500th post on C’est Christine. I’m not sure how I’ve filled up 499 other posts: my capacity for wordiness knows no bounds, it seems. It’s been almost three years, and I’m so grateful for this little corner of the internet, this space where I can share my thoughts, my dreams, my fears. I don’t know if I would have accomplished nearly so much on this list if it wasn’t for this blog, a place where I can share my goals and be held accountable simply because I’ve put them out there.

So, thank you. Thanks for reading, for commenting, for reassuring. I’m thankful for being able to add “had a blog” to that list, no matter how much longer it goes on.

For a little extra inspiration: check out the pre-marriage bucket list that I wrote in my very first month of blogging!Β 

  • Nevin

    Congrats on 500 posts! I think it’s safe to say I’ve read pretty much all of them and am better off for it. Your writing on here is honest, funny, insightful and always thought-provoking – even if I’m just daydreaming/drooling at the photos. I love that I get a little dose of Christine on here which is a nice tonic for the daily grind. Can’t wait to read the next 500!

  • Caroline Eubanks

    Congrats! I found a similar list not too long ago and it’s funny to see what I wanted back then.

  • camorose

    Thank you for always being so supportive of my writing! Your comments are always gem and bring such a smile to my face. June can’t come soon enough πŸ™‚ xxx

  • camorose

    Right? Sometimes I feel like I should be come a little more flexible with my “lists” but they do provide a lot of inspiration for moving forward and crossing things off the list.

  • I don’t doubt you’re going to accomplish all these things and more. Congrats on 500 posts! Thank YOU for sharing your experiences here; I’m truly so happy to have found “C’est Christine” and to have crossed paths with you before moving to Paris.

  • Briel79

    Can I come on your New Zealand road trip? haha I love these kinds of lists and to see what gets accomplished and what priorities change over the years.
    Happy 500th post! Here’s to many more! πŸ™‚

  • Congrats on 500 posts! While I don’t think I ever wrote one down properly, I have many variations of this list that I find by way of old emails to myself (love FutureMe!) saved chats with friends, etc. Always makes me laugh to see the short term goals always changed every couple years, but the long term goals (I remember one specifically said “you better be living in Ireland by the time you read this”) have stayed the same and quite a few of them have been achieved! By the way, love to see that you capitalize your Rs like I do πŸ™‚

  • Congrats!! πŸ™‚ wow, you’ve done an amazing job so far! keep up the good work! πŸ™‚ I also write these lists from time to time, whether it’s a ‘to do today’ ‘to do this year’ or in general πŸ™‚ it’s always nice to come across the old ones.. makes you feel proud (most of the times :)) and happy about what you still have to do πŸ™‚ life long challenges.. πŸ™‚ you go girl!! :))

  • Happy 500th post my friend! You inspire me and so many others to live a life of adventure and passion, and for that, I am thankful. Xoxo.

  • Congrats on 500 posts. That’s pretty awesome. And I love your goal list. The fact you’ve accomplished so many of your goals, and continue to set new ones to achieve is pretty inspiring.

  • budgetjan

    Another 500 to go and some more lines to draw through listed items. I look forward to being along for the ride.

  • wonky73

    Congratulations on 500 posts. I’ve been reading since almost the start. Started reading about a month after you moved to France. At the time I was obsessed with the idea of moving to France. I’ve followed you across the globe. I think I now know why I and others find your blog compelling. It is not really about solo female travel. It’s about a twenty something trying to live a good and holistic life. And that gives cynical me hope.

  • cosmoHallitan

    Congrats on all your accomplishments! I wrote a similar list in college and was thrilled when I came across it a few years ago and was able to cross a bunch of things off. It’s such a great feeling!

  • Megan C. Stroup

    Congrats on all you’ve done! I’m so glad I found your blog and a sister. πŸ™‚

  • Congrats on 500 posts, lady! And for already crossing some amazing things off that list of yours.

  • camorose

    You’re so lovely! I’m so glad that we had a chance to meet before you moved to Paris and I’m so happy that you’re enjoying your time there. Thank you for the kind words!

  • camorose

    Thank you! And yes, New Zealand is expensive–I’m sure we’ll be looking for as many people as possible to pile in a car and split the costs πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    When it came time to move to New York City, I very clearly remembered that I had written it down as a goal on this list–but couldn’t find the list anywhere! Got a kick out of it when I found it this winter, especially looking at the places that I deemed my top travel priorities πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading, lady!

  • camorose

    Nothing I love more than crossing something off the to-do list! Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank you for reading, and for all that you write– it reassures me of all the quiet joys that I have to look forward to someday xoxo

  • camorose

    Thank you! I love nothing more than a good to-do list πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank you! Plenty of lines to draw through already!

  • camorose

    That’s a really lovely way of describing this blog–I think I might be doing some rebranding around that!!! Thank you so much for being along for the ride, and for all of your support–much, much appreciated.

  • camorose

    Nothing I love more than crossing something off a to-do list! Thank you for reading!

  • camorose

    Pi love <3

  • camorose

    Thank you! Still working on plenty more πŸ™‚

  • Christine: I LOVE your blog! I’m the one that makes those lists, in fact I bought the other day “My future listography – All I hope to do in lists” from Chronicle Books! It is pretty neat and help me focusing on those things I really want to accomplish in life πŸ™‚
    Congrats for the 500 posts, it is a big thing… It requires much determination and persistence.
    I’m quite the traveller too and I am inspired in creating a blog to share my experiences with others! It’s on my check list.
    I live in NYC too and would love to have a coffee with you some day!

  • Congratulations to reaching 500 posts and to all your accomplishments! I’ve followed your blog for almost a year and checked out the archives as well, and found every post to be interesting, inspiring or fun to read in some way.

  • πŸ™‚ the pleasure is all mine

  • Happy 500th! You look great for your age.. lol. and congrats on your accomplishments thus far. I’ve enjoyed many of your post and always look forward to the next. Keep it up!

  • camorose

    Thank you! I’m so glad that you’re loving the blog and that I’ve found fellow list-maker! Shoot me an email and we’ll set up an NYC coffee πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank you SO much–that’s so sweet to hear πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank you thank you! Come back to NYC soon and we’ll get some fancy cocktails to celebrate πŸ™‚

  • SincerelyKateB

    you make Elizabeth Gilbert look like an amateur πŸ™‚ love you, C’est! Here’s to 500 more! πŸ™‚ So proud of you!

  • camorose

    Thanks for being such a loyal reader! Now we just need to get you back on the blogging… πŸ™‚

  • Becky Vickers

    I always think I’ve read “the most inspiring post” on here, and then you write another one. You’re going places, girl! Keep it up!

  • camorose

    Awww you’re too sweet! Thank you so much for reading πŸ™‚