My Impossible List

10 Oct

This is my impossible list, inspired by Blake Boles of Zero Tuition College and Joel Runyon, the original author of The Impossible List , the Impossible Blog, and a lot of other awesome Impossible-related things. To quote Mr. Runyon “The Impossible list is NOT a bucket list.” Why the name then, you might be asking? I like to think because none of the things on this list are possible without taking some kind of action. As I accomplish them, I’ll cross them off and put the date they were completed.

Disclaimer: It’s a long list, so bear with me.


  • Compete in a Spartan Sprint. Complete.
  • Compete in a Spartan Beast. Complete.
  • Beast the AFPT
  • Run a 10 minute mile
  • Run an 8 minute mile
  • Run a 6 minute mile
  • Do 90 consecutive days of P90X
  • Do 1 pullup
  • Do 10 pullups
  • Exercise 7hrs/wk.
  • Learn to swim/tread
  • Play frisbee golf
  • Buy a bicycle and use it at least 3x a week
  • Run in an Electric Run


  • Cook one new food/dessert every week for a year and share the results on my blog
  • Compile 1 years (365) worth of recipes into a cookbook
  • Try calamari
  • Prepare Passover meal
  • Prepare a whole fish by myself (Comp. Sun, Apr. 14th of 2013. Red Snapper and Blue Fish.)
  • Have my deserts sold in a restaurant or grocery store
  • Make a loaf of bread (Completed Sun., Feb. 17th of 2013)
  • Make bread on a regular basis
  • Learn to pickle/can/dehydrate foodstuffs
  • Get through at least one growing season where something actually grows
  • Taste wine (Completed sometime in March. It was gross)
  • Try everything on the menu at Amelie’s


  • Read the Bible 7hrs./week
  • Minister to someone (Comp. Sat., Oct. 6th of 2012)
  • Lead someone to Christ
  • Witness a miracle/wonder/sign
  • Visit Israel
  • Have a 3+ day walkabout in the wilderness
  • Participate in 3 Jewish festivals
  • See God honored by someone who doesn’t believe in Him
  • Make a stand for my faith


  • Do at least 3 DIY projects per month for a year
  • Build a solar oven
  • Take a woodshop/carpentry course
  • Make 6 pieces of pottery in 3/6 months
  • Completely cover my walls with comic scripts,verses,quotes
  • Enter and win a photography contest
  • Enter an essay contest
  • Participate in a national trivia challenge
  • Own 3 vintage cameras
  • Be in a movie
  • Be in a video (Comp. Oct. 14th of 2012)
  • Work on a movie set
  • Build a gingerbread house without a kit
  • Invent something amazing
  • Write an article for a magazine
  • Go fishing with Dad ( Comp. 4th of July weekend, 2012)
  • Go deep sea fishing w/wo Dad


  • Go to the Olympic Games
  • Go to the Paralympic Games
  • Go to Burning Man
  • Stay in Rio during Carnival
  • Stay at Burj Al Arab in Dubai
  • Spend 3 months in India
  • Spend a summer in Italy
  • Run across Bermuda
  • Spend 8 months traveling across South America. Solo.
  • Cross-country roadtrip across U.S.
  • Visit Amsterdam
  • Visit China
  • Visit Spain and Portugal
  • Couch surf in 4 different countries
  • Stay in a hotel/house made from a shipping container
  • Take/send Mom and Dad to New Zealand to see where they filmed LoTR
  • Go to ComiCon
  • See a performance on West End
  • See a performance on Broadway
  • Do an organic homestay
  • Stay in SweetPea Hostel in Asheville, NC
  • Ride a train
  • Ride a Plane
  • Travel to the West Coast


  • Start a blog (huzzah! Comp. on Sept. 17th of 2012)
  • Blog at least once a week for 52 weeks
  • Own a redbox kiosk
  • Start my personal grocery shopping and consulting business  (In progress Sept. 2012.)
  • Own a hostel
  • Get an awesome job that I’m not “qualified” for
  • Work at an animal rescue
  • Speak 5 other languages conversationally
    • – Spanish
    • – French
    • -Arabic
    • – Italian
    • – Russian
  • Learn to play the cello/
  • Play w. a musical ensemble/concert/solo in front of 20+ people ( March 15th, 2013. 2xSalt.)
  • Design a house.Build it.
  • Attend a World Domination Summit
  • Get my driver’s license
  • Learn to drive a stick


  • Become a Big Sister/mentor
  • Help fund a start-up
  • Teach a class on self-sufficient/sustainable living
  • Nominate someone for a well deserved reward
  • Fund a scholarship program for self-directed learners pursuing non-traditional paths of education
  • Advance the homeschool/unschool movement
  • Help a family get back on their feet
  • Throw a Thank You Banquet for the people who have helped me
  • Build an open Storehouse
  • Give away something every week for a year


  • Have $1,000/$10,000 in savings
  • Give 15% of my gross income to the Body
  • Make $500/$1000/$2000 in a month, not working a 9 to 5
  • Give $20/$50/$75/$100 to a stranger
  • Pick up the tab of the person behind me at the drive-thru
  • Fill up someone else’s gas tank


  • Keep my room “clean” by my mother’s standards for a month. Then have a giant mess party 😀
  • Participate in a flash mob
  • Plan/help organize a surprise party (Comp. Oct. 6th of 2012, Aunt Kat’s surprise baby shower)
  • Prank someone really well
  • Teach PT to stay in the yard without running away
  • Make a documentary

I warned you it was long 🙂

3 Responses to “My Impossible List”

  1. Fox October 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    I love both ZT College and the Impossible List. I’ve been meaning to start my own Impossible List over. I wrote out a list of 100 Impossible Goals back in 2007. I’ve already completed a lot of them, but I need to completely rewrite the list because many of the things that are on there are no longer important to me. I was very goal oriented and business driven back then and I’ve kind of changed my life goals since then. I’ve decided the direction my life was headed simply isn’t for me anymore.

    Those are some fantastic goals, and I love the way you have it all broken up. Maybe I’ll have to try it myself again! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • charimcg October 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

      Go for it! It’s really satisfying when you get to check something off the list, but it’s even more satisfying when someone else feels inspired to act based on my nowhere-near-complete list.
      And because of this list, I’ve decided to create a list of my own (which I’m officially dubbing the “Who’da Thunk?” List) that includes the things that happened to me that I could’ve never seen coming. And a lot of those things happened while I was trying to accomplish something on my Impossible List!! 🙂

      • Will aka Dad October 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

        I hope Emily isn’t reading this. If so, the surprise party isn’t a surprise anymore. LOL

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