The Sunny Set

You’ve probably heard of a Bucket List before. This is a similar idea, just with a sunnier title, because you know how I love my sunny metaphors! I wrote this list about two years ago and I have noticed an incredible difference in my level of happiness, ambition, and organization ever since.
Studies have continually shown that writing down your goals helps you “accomplish significantly more” according to Gail Matthews, Ph.D., of the Dominican University. I am living proof of this statement. No matter how outlandish your goals may seem (yes, my #151 is to travel to the moon), writing down your goals helps with the realization of your true dreams and it is the first step toward overcoming the fear that comes along with achieving any sizeable goal.

 I invite you to create your own “Sunny Set.” It can be five goals or 1,000 goals; my list is continually growing and I’d love it if you added some of your ideas!

  1. Sing in the high school talent show. I sang “I Will Always Love You” and actually won 3rd place!
  2. Hatch and raise a chick.
  3. Study abroad in Italy.
  4. Go to UCLA. I’m so excited to say that I’m a proud Bruin!
  5. Work for Disney.
  6. Marry the husband of my dreams!
  7. Have a daughter.
  8. Go to every place in “1,000 Places to See Before I Die.”
  9. Go skydiving.
  10. Go hang-gliding.
  11. Get my SCUBA degree.
  12. See the cast of Twilight. My roommate and I went to the “New Moon” premiere in Westwood and we saw the entire cast!
  13. Meet Julie Andrews.
  14. Get baptized.
  15. Get an agent.
  16. Star in a Broadway musical.
  17. Have a star in Hollywood.
  18. Be a Disney Princess at Disneyland.
  19. Get Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Communications.
  20. Get a Master’s degree.
  21. Get certified in counseling.
  22. Live in a beautiful home.
  23. Own a Siamese cat.
  24. Compete in a ballroom dance competition.
  25. Meet Miss America.
  26. Earn 1 million dollars by age 25.
  27. Be a New York Times bestselling author.
  28. Go on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
  29. Go on Larry King Live.
  30. Meet Oprah.
  31. Own a pair of Manolos!
  32. Get artwork published in a show.
  33. Be a paid professional motivational speaker.
  34. Volunteer over 5,000 hours of community service.
  35. Build a house with Habitat for Humanity.
  36. Plant, grow, and eat my garden. I had tomatos, peppers, and carrots. But the best was the zucchini- I made the most delicious bread with it!
  37. Get tested for BRCA I/II genes.
  38. Meet the President.
  39. See the Capitol and White House.
  40. Watch a Supreme Court session.
  41. Go on an African safari.
  42. Swim with a whale.
  43. Go diving in the coral reef.
  44. Swim with sharks.
  45. Eat gelato in Italy.
  46. Learn to speak Italian.
  47. Run in an undie run.
  48. Ski Cornis in Mammoth.
  49. Make wine by stomping grapes.
  50. Have a beautiful, classy, and somewhat pink wedding!
  51. Join a sorority. I am a proud Chi Omega sister for life!
  52. Watch all the top AFI 100 movies.
  53. Go to the Olympics.
  54. Show a pig in the fair.
  55. Sew a cross stitch and frame it.
  56. Raise $100,000 for the American Cancer Society.
  57. Go to a sumo-wrestling event.
  58. Swim with dolphins in the wild.
  59. Play with children in Africa.
  60. Walk on the Great Wall of China.
  61. Speak fluent Spanish.
  62. Tour the rainforest and hold a monkey.
  63. Serve as President of my sorority.
  64. Have my own talk show.
  65. Record a CD.
  66. Climb Mount Whitney.
  67. Read Harry Potter Series. I think J.K. Rowling is one of the greatest authors of our time. Her mind amazes me.
  68. Hike Half Dome.
  69. Pet and hold a tiger.
  70. Pet and hold a lion.
  71. See the pyramids.
  72. Go to the Smithosonian.
  73. Go to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles at midnight.
  74. Go to an Eagle’s concert.
  75. Line dance in Texas.
  76. Ride a donkey through the Grand Canyon.
  77. Make delicious crème brulee! My best friend, Lauren, and I had the best time making my favorite custard; especially once we realized that the recipe called for egg yolks, NOT egg whites!
  78. Go skinny dipping in the ocean.
  79. Watch a space shuttle launch.
  80. Fly first class.
  81. Ride a camel.
  82. Sit on a jury.
  83. Visit Walden Pond and read Thoreau there.
  84. Go dancing at a Hollywood club. Just like “Night at the Roxbury!”
  85. Go to Oktoberfest in Germany.
  86. Visit Winchester Mansion.
  87. Spend the night in a haunted house.
  88. See a ghost.
  89. Get passionately kissed in New York Times square on New Years.
  90. Get beads during Mardi Gras.
  91. Tour America- road trip style.
  92. Sing karaoke in front of everyone.
  93. Go in a hot air balloon.
  94. Learn to golf.
  95. Gamble at a slot machine in Vegas.
  96. Visit the Holy Land.
  97. Visit Auschwitz concentration camp.
  98. Run in a marathon.
  99. Fly a kite on the beach. Who cares if I was an 18 year old with a Barbie kite?
  100. Join the mile high club.
  101. Watch a movie at a drive in movie theater.
  102. Ride on the back of a motorcycle. Nothing like riding down the Pacific Coast Highway listening to “Love Shack.”
  103. Ride a mechanical bull.
  104. Fire a gun. My dad took me to the shooting range and I even hit the bulls eye! I loved getting to hold the pink revolver, too!
  105. Go on a mission trip.
  106. Befriend a homeless person.
  107. See the Northern lights.
  108. Break a world record.
  109. Go on a police drive through.
  110. Run and kiss in the rain.
  111. Write and publish a children’s book.
  112. Write and publish a self-help book.
  113. Take cooking lessons.
  114. Go sailing.
  115. Go cave diving where there will be human skulls!
  116. Go on an archeology dig.
  117. Get elected to a public office.
  118. Read the “Success Principles.” One of my favorite books of all time- Jack Canfield is one of my mentors.
  119. Ride a gondola in Italy.
  120. Witness a solar eclipse.
  121. See SNL. Live.
  122. Be the host of SNL.
  123. Get bowling score over 100.
  124. Write and publish a book of poetry.
  125. Meet Tom Hanks.
  126. See the Magna Carta and the Constitution.
  127. Go white water rafting.
  128. Go rock climbing.
  129. Visit all 50 states.
  130. Get my fortune read. He predicted my future as a speaker and he even said he saw a lot of “sunshine”. He also sensed my immense amount of gratitude- I was amazed by how well he seemed to know me!
  131. Sculpt a vase.
  132. Visit Playboy mansion.
  133. Knit an entire scarf.  I did it in three days wtih the help of my Grandma Joan. I made it for my mentor, Dallas Woodburn.
  134. Grow a garden of beautiful flowers.
  135. Be TIME Magazine’s person of the year.
  136. Donate a million dollars to the American Cancer Society.
  137. Donate blood.
  138. Spend the night at Hearst Castle.
  139. Invent something and get a patent for it.
  140. Start my own business.
  141. Start my own restaurant.
  142. Milk a cow.
  143. Mush a dog sled team.
  144. Watch turtles hatch on the beach.
  145. See gorillas in the wild.
  146. Feed a penguin.
  147. Feed a sea otter.
  148. Go to the Super Bowl.
  149. Go to New York fashion week.
  150. Visit the Titanic.
  151. Travel to the moon.
  152. See the Pope.
  153. Get my pilot’s license.
  154. Complete my stamp collection.
  155. See the Rockettes perform live.
  156. Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  157. Be in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
  158. Plant a tree.
  159. Read the entire Bible.
  160. Dissect a human cadaver.
  161. Watch a surgery performed.
  162. Be on Dancing with the Stars.
  163. Save a life.
  164. See Elton John in concert.
  165. See the American Ballet Academy perform Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet.
  166. Give a famous speech and be quoted for it.
  167. Visit Antarctica.
  168. Go to a blues bar in Chicago and eat at Gino’s pizza.
  169. Spend Saint Patrick’s Day in Ireland.
  170. Bathe in the Ganges River.
  171. Participate in a tea ceremony in Japan.
  172. Go to an Indian wedding.
  173. Be in a music video.
  174. Fly in a fighter jet.
  175. Ride a horse on the beach.
  176. Go polar bear watching.
  177. Take a cruise along the Nile River.
  178. Go to the Hershey’s Chocolate factory and eat the whole chocolate bar.
  179. Touch an orca.
  180. Get in UCLA Honor’s Program. I am in Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma.
  181. Hold a bald eagle.
  182. Go to a real luau.
  183. Own a rabbit for a pet.
  184. Own a baby water turtle named Pebble.
  185. Have a bite of a cow’s brain- cooked, of course.
  186. Eat frogs’ legs.
  187. See a presidential inauguration.
  188. Visit the United Nations and speak at an event.
  189. Pass all of my AP tests. I even got a 4 on my AP Calculus Test! I was absolutely shocked- definitely the best surprise of my senior summer.
  190. Graduate at the top of my high school class. Not Valedictorian or Saluditorian but that’s okay- 4th place is just fine!
  191. Cook with Paula Dean.
  192. Play with a monkey.
  193. Feed the homeless on Thanksgiving at a shelter.
  194. Get CPR license. My mom is a nurse so she taught me in our living room. When my “Annie Doll” just happened to choke on string cheese- I was ready to save the day!
  195. Have a famous blog.
  196. Win Girl of the Year. I was so honored to receive this award. There were so many amazing seniors in my class. As Captain said, we “Finish Strong!”
  197. Attend a movie premiere.
  198. Go to all the national parks.
  199. Kiss on top of the Eiffel Tower.
  200. Have a Jacuzzi bathtub.
  201. Be an NCL Patroness.
  202. Sit on the floor of a Laker’s game.
  203. Throw the first pitch at a baseball game.
  204. Own a vacation beach home.
  205. Be in a magic show at the Magic Castle.
  206. Give a speech to over a million people.
  207. Be the chair of a Relay for Life event.
  208. Vote in an election. I have always been very grateful for the privilege of voting. I registered on my 18th birthday and I was so excited to mark that ballot.
  209. Have article published for a magazine.
  210. Work for a magazine as an internship or job.
  211. Meet Jack Canfield and work with him.
  212. Watch Kentucky Derby.
  213. Climb Mount Kilamanjaro.
  214. Be in TIME’s 100 most influential people list.
  215. Hold a national conference where I am the keynote speaker.
  216. Join Toastmasters. I joined in the Summer of 2010 and I am a member of Club 24 and my mentor is Kathy Wertheim.
  217. Walk on the boardwalk at 2 am.
  218. Pan for gold.
  219. Fly with Blue Jets.
  220. Watch a sunrise and sunset in the same day.
  221. Take tour of Disney’s underground system.
  222. Have credits on IMDB.
  223. Go on a GeoCache adventure.
  224. Raise a seeing-eye dog.
  225. Be a model in a fashion show.
  226. Walk in a peaceful protest.
  227. Get name on Wikipedia.
  228. Take acting lessons with Acting Corps. I have always loved acting and it was wonderful to learn more about the craft; I guess I loved it enough to drive three hours every day for a month.
  229. Make and eat kimchi and eat Korean BBQ.
  230. Spend a night at the Madonna Inn.
  231. Watch World Cup finals live.
  232. Be hypnotized. I went for my phobia of puke. That’s right. And apparently I have three angels; Cherub, Lauren, and Mama. Really, now?
  233. Get naked at a nude beach.
  234. Graduate from college with honors.
  235. Meet my Compassion child.
  236. Go zip lining.
  237. Go bob-sledding in Alaska.
  238. Go to all the “1,000 Places to See Before I Die in America and Canada.”
  239. Go to the Sandals beach resort and “have the time of my life!”
  240. Bike across California.
  241. Perform in “Mamma Mia.”
  242. Go backpacking.
  243. Walk in breast cancer walk.
  244. Speak at a woman’s Christian conference.
  245. Dive in a sunken ship.
  246. Design and make a dress.
  247. See Joel Osteen give a sermon live.
  248. Join National Speaker’s Association.
  249. Read the Happiness Project and write to Gretchen Rubin. This book largely inspired this blog and my current goals. I wanted to write a Teen Edition with her but sadly, she rejected my offer. Yet I believe everything happens for a reason and now we have “The Sunny Side Up!”
  250. Go ice blocking at UCLA.
  251. Go tunneling at UCLA.
  252. Attend the Academy Awards.
  253. Be a campus tour guide at UCLA.
  254. Win Panhellenic New Member of the Year. I did not win this but I was honored to be one of the top three candidates out of the Pledge Class of 2009- good enough for me!
  255. Win Panhellenic Woman of the Year.
  256. Dance 26 hours in Dance Marathon.
  257. Go to Medieval Times!
  258. Go on a Murder Mystery.
  259. Make sushi.
  260. Sell over a million copies of my book.
  261. Earn my Competent Communicator Award in Toastmasters.
  262. Be on the Today Show.
  263. Be on Good Morning America.
  264. Have a Sunny Side Up! room filled with everything yellow!
  265. Learn how to BBQ.
  266. Take a painting class.
  267. Take a nude portrait class.
  268. Run in the Disney World Half Marathon.
  269. Sew a patchwork quilt.
  270. Dance at a salsa club.
  271. Grant a wish for a child with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  272. Intern for Seventeen or Cosmopolitan magazines.

6 Responses to The Sunny Set

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  2. Emily says:

    I’d be down for doing Mt Whitney with you and let me know if you have any questions on that marathon….they have one at walt disney world and a Princess Half at disneyland…amgen has a fundraiser yearly called the california coast classic where you bike across cali….

  3. christina says:

    OMG! i think this sooo great lauren and it truly inspired me to do one of my own!!

  4. Keshara says:

    I love this list, it’s great! I’ve been making lists of goals for a while now, and at the moment I have a list pinned up on my wall of all the cities that I want to travel to eventually. I’ve still yet to see any, but I keep adding to it when I can.

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