Bucket List of 101 Things To Do

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I’d once created a bucket list of 30 things to do in my 30th year and am happy to report that I’d actually done most of them. I’m not generally a list maker but I get why people do it – it was so satisfying to tick things off both big and small.

But there were about 10 things I hadn’t gotten around to and couldn’t just leave them. So I began to think about more things I’d always wanted to do from the mundane (cook) to the big (Ritz Paris).

And so, in 2009, the 101 Things To Do Bucket List was born.

Below is a list of things to do and a list of things I’ve done. I’m sure it’ll take me a lifetime to accomplish them all which is totally fine. My goal is to cross off at least two a year. We’ll see how it goes.

The Bucket List (To Do)

  1. Travel on the Royal Scotsman
  2. Stay at the Four Seasons Bora Bora
  3. Write every day, for a year, just for pleasure.
  4. Donate over a million dollars over my lifetime
  5. Have a maid
  6. Learn to sleep consistently more than 4 hours a night
  7. Better my penmanship and write by hand more
  8. Fly a plane
  9. Stay at the Ritz Paris
  10. Own a Fortnum and Mason hamper then have a picnic
  11. Take all my best girlfriends on a weekend getaway at once
  12. Own a claw foot tub
  13. Have a dressing room or large walk-in closet
  14. Stay at Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron
  15. Get my ears pierced
  16. Grow an edible garden (and actually harvest it)
  17. Drive a golf cart
  18. Own a (Airstream Nest type) trailer or camper.
  19. Have a partner in crime
  20. Buy every book on my Amazon Wishlist at once
  21. Take a photo every day for at least a year
  22. Have weekly floral deliveries from a company like Farm girl flowers
  23. Own a first edition of “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  24. Make a tent like the one in the movie, “The Holiday”
  25. Make a difference
  26. Visit Moray Firth Coast
  27. Be on ‘Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me
  28. Do an unassisted handstand
  29. Feel sophisticated
  30. Get a makeup lesson from Lisa Eldridge
  31. Own chickens or ducks
  32. Be a mentor
  33. Own a classic Chanel and Louis Vuitton bag then pass down to my nieces when they turn 30
  34. Try the trapeze
  35. Make my home 100% green and sustainable
  36. Own a beautiful chandelier
  37. Learn to sew
  38. Karaoke
  39. Own a pony
  40. Have a gluten-free chef
  41. Own couture
  42. Ride on the roof of a train in Ecuador
  43. Learn how to really use my camera
  44. Volunteer with my dog
  45. Have a saline pool
  46. Read every book I own (I have a habit of buying without reading)
  47. Swing dance
  48. Have a stocked and large linen closet.
  49. Take Sunday’s off for at least a year
  50. Visit Gaspe Bay
  51. Have a massage every four to six weeks for a year
  52. Have theme music follow me for a day. Like in a movie
  53. Belong
  54. Own a Rust custom ring
  55. Have one home base for the rest of my life

The Bucket List (Done)

  1. Own a king size bed (July 2020)
  2. Love my home, my city and work – all at the same time (Feb 2020)
  3. Get a ukulele again and play it often (November 2017)
  4. Get rid of (and stop collecting) all moving boxes (Done June 2016)
  5. Linger (Done)
  6. Have breakfast in bed and then stay there for the day (Done)
  7. Take a self defense course (Done September 2015)
  8. Own real Belgian Linen curtains (Done in 2014)
  9. Eat a great gluten-free croissant (Done 2014)
  10. Have the most comfortable, cosy bed. (Done 2014)
  11. Take a trip with my BFF (Done in October 2013)
  12. Try paddle boarding (Done in August 2013)
  13. Go back to Maui (Done 2013)
  14. Work for a non-profit (done 2012)
  15. Have a trip planned for me. Even just a day (Done 2012)
  16. Zipline (Done in 2012)
  17. Horseback ride on a beach (Done Feb 2012)
  18. Not move for an entire year (Done in 2012)
  19. Create a home that I adore (Done in 2011)
  20. Upgrade my camera (Done in 2011)
  21. Buy a pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses (done 2011)
  22. Visit the Channel Islands (Done in 2011)
  23. Get a pedicure. (Done in 2011)
  24. Be met at an airport (Done in 2011)
  25. Have Babycakes again (done 2011)
  26. Swoon (Done in 2011)
  27. Cook/eat at home everyday for at least a week.(Done in 2010)
  28. Own Lightroom (Done in 2010).
  29. Unpack everything. (Done in 2010)
  30. Condense all my web sites and like at least 1. (Done in 2010)
  31. Figure out WordPress. (Done in 2009)
  32. Have better and prettier shoes. (Done in 2009)
  33. Stay at The Plaza and read Eloise. (Done in 2009)
  34. Buy and wear a pair of jeans (Done in 2009)
  35. Photograph for Anthropologie (Done in 2009)
  36. Drive through the East Coast in Fall. (done 2009)
  37. Eat Oysters and drink champagne. (Done in 2009)
  38. Stay at Hotel Particular Paris (done 2009)
  39. Have a stone home (done 2009)
  40. Cook an omelet that’s edible. (done 2008)
  41. Find a signature parfume. (Done in 2008)
  42. Speak French without having to hesitate or throw in an English word. (done 2008)
  43. Hire a financial planner (Done in 2007)
  44. Make someone else’s dream come true. (Done in 2007)
  45. Refurbish my farm chairs. (Done in 2007)
  46. Buy a fixer upper house and remodel it (Done in 2006)
alex at hygge house
alex at hygge house

Online since 1995, Alex was one of the first bloggers and has consistently been creating content, sites and communities to share stories that matter. In 2004 she created Hygge House to embrace her Danish heritage by sharing thoughts and inspiration on living well and simply. In 2001 Alex Immigrated to America and currently resides in a 1900’s converted barn on a ranch in the Santa Barbara California mountains.


  1. October 25, 2017 / 7:20 AM

    I’ve been looking for a great GF croissant too – and I am resigned to baking one myself, any tips on where to find one in Sydney – or where did you get yours?

    Love your list – I started one too after reading about http://100things.com.au/ and attending a talk, it’s great to put things down – and it’s great to read your writing again.

    • alex at hygge houseNo Gravatar
      October 27, 2017 / 6:55 PM

      I have not been successful on baking one ever and there’s not a lot of recipes out there. So if you figure out the baking part, let me know! 🙂 I used to get mine when I lived in San Francisco at the Ferry Building from https://www.mariposabaking.com/collections/mail-order-pastries. I don’t think they ship to Australia 😉 but they did prove it is possible to have a really good tasting and pretty realistic GF croissant!

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