100 things list by Kate James

  • Sleep overnight in a wild place in a tent (and do this more than once).
  • Kayak along a glassy river at dawn and listen to the early morning birdsong.
  • Always be generous.
  • Live out of town for at least a year.
  • Visit the alps in winter.
  • Swim in the ocean every summer.
  • Write a longer, more in-depth book.
  • Continue to practise illustration.
  • Write poetry more often.
  • Make my body strong again.
  • Keep exploring spirituality.
  • Visit Kakadu again.
  • Become debt free.
  • Have enough money invested to be financially independent when we retire.
  • Find a charity I can be personally involved in.
  • Socialise more with friends with Chris.
  • Continue to meditate at least five days per week.
  • Start a podcast.
  • Hold events more often for work to bring together the beautiful women I meet.
  • Hike on the South Island of NZ.
  • Visit India.
  • Keep reading about Buddhism.
  • Have my books for sale in at least one overseas location.
  • Continue to make new friends who inspire me.
  • Always accept people in my life for who they are.
  • Take my sister to No Lycra, No Lights.
  • Type up my mother-in-law’s stories and give them to her grandchildren.
  • Do something kind for each of my girls every week.
  • Grow a thriving veggie garden.
  • Write in a café at least once every week.
  • Learn to make sourdough bread.
  • Have chooks again.
  • Make my own jam and marmalade every year.
  • Wear gumboots.
  • Live somewhere that gives me direct access to nature every day.
  • Wake to the sound of native birds.
  • Continue to love my husband.
  • Laugh more.
  • Always have self-compassion.
  • Visit Japan in the cherry blossom season.
  • Always live in a house with a tin roof so I can fall asleep to the sound of rain.
  • Journal more often.
  • Be offline by 7.30pm every day, at the latest.
  • Have total faith in the process of life.
  • See more live music.
  • Develop my vocabulary.
  • Have enough money to help out our girls if they need it.
  • Be a stylish older woman (but equally, comfortable to age gracefully).
  • Be bold sometimes.
  • Record more guided meditations.
  • Take care of my friendship with Karen, always.
  • Make a difference in someone’s life, every day.
  • Build a sustainable home.
  • Make my own tomato sugo.
  • Tell stories to my grandchildren (if and when they arrive).
  • Keep friends of all ages.
  • Live in a house that is filled with afternoon sunshine, always.
  • Say no when I want to and stop feeling guilty about it.
  • Rest on Sunday afternoons.
  • Stand up for myself more often.
  • Continue to ‘pass up good, for great’.
  • Read only literary novels and quality non-fiction.
  • Listen to a diverse range of music.
  • Dance more.
  • Have fresh flowers in my house every day.
  • Fill my home with the scent of essential oils.
  • Always buy the best quality food we can afford.
  • Cook something new every week.
  • Have four alcohol free days every week.
  • Drink less wine (but truly enjoy it when I do).
  • Watch the sun set more often.
  • Lie on the grass in the Botanic Gardens and remember the power of grounding.
  • Spend at least six weekends out of town every year and a winter holiday in a warm place.
  • Give a percentage of my income away every year.
  • Listen well.
  • Trust my intuition.
  • Make time for children and the elderly.
  • Continue to challenge myself. Do something that scares me every year.
  • Take care of my spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
  • Hike in nature more.
  • Have friends for dinner once a month.
  • Make a short film one day.
  • Drink more herbal tea.
  • Sing more often.
  • Eat plenty of veggies.
  • Value silence.
  • Continue to cultivate inner peace.
  • Visit at least three new restaurants in Melbourne every year.
  • Be patient – with myself and others.
  • Take more photos.
  • Lie on the floor and listen to music.
  • Give a talk to 500 people.
  • Move an audience to tears.
  • Get comfortable with being on television.
  • Have a screenfree Sunday every week.
  • Study something.
  • Share all of the wonderful things I learn.
  • Attend a silent meditation retreat.
  • Never gossip (and don’t spend time with people who do).
  • Feel grateful. Every day.


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