My Impossible List

My Impossible List

Quote of the Day: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Have you ever heard of the impossible list? No? Well, good… allow me to introduce you to it. Prior to a few days ago, I’d never heard of the impossible list either until my friend Erin sent me this link.

The impossible list was created by Joel Runyon (his name reminds me of my anatomy professor) who was craving more challenge in life. The list helped him go from living in his parents basement to running two businesses. Joel really emphasizes that the impossible list is NOT a bucket list. From my understanding, a bucket list is just a list of experiences someone wishes to have, while an impossible list adds meaning and is constantly evolving based on what you’ve accomplished. As Joel puts it:

“It might be a list, but the impossible list is a list that helps give a narrative to your story. It gives purpose to your actions and it gives context to your journey.”

For the past few days, I’ve really been thinking about what I would add to my impossible list. I like that the list is split up into different categories such as: Life, Fitness, Creative, Habit, etc. You can create any categories you want. I definitely haven’t thought of everything I want to add on the list, but I thought I would share what I do have so far!

Current Focuses: 

  • Journal everyday for a month (August 5, 2020 – September 5, 2020)
  • Run sub 7-minute mile
  • Move out of my parents house
  • Learn guitar

Life Goals:

  • Start my own business of some sort
  • Work at the same company for more than a year
  • Move out of my parents house
  • Live by myself
  • Live in Boston for a year at least
  • Flip a house
  • Marry the love of my life
  • Be a mom
  • Earn a Master’s degree in something

Fitness Goals: 

  • Run a sub 7-minute mile
  • Run a 5k under 26 minutes
  • Run the whole Stanford Dish
  • Run up Goat Hill 4x straight
  • Run 4 miles outside (June 5, 2020)
  • Run 5 miles outside (August, 6, 2020)
  • Run a 10k (October 28, 2020)
  • Run a half marathon
  • 10 consecutive chin-ups
  • 10 consecutive pull-ups
  • 30 consecutive push-ups (May 13, 2020)
  • 50 consecutive push-ups
  • 5 minute plank

Health Goals:

  • Go vegetarian (Oct. 2016 – Sept. 2018)
  • No added sugar for a month
  • Only water for a month
  • Plant-based for a month

Travel Goals: 

  • Visit all 50 states
  • Visit all 7 continents
  • Walk up the Eiffel Tower
  • Eat pad thai & thai iced tea in Thailand
  • Road trip across the United States
  • Go on a trip (airplane) with my boyfriend
  • Go to the Olympics (not as an athlete obviously)
  • Visit the city I was born in
  • Take my parents on a trip to Hawaii (I pay)

Hobby Goals: 

  • Learn to play the guitar
  • Sing at an open-mic night or something
  • Learn calligraphy
  • Write an eBook
  • Read 3 books in a month
  • Journal everyday for a month (August 5, 2020 – September 5, 2020)
  • Learn how to ski
  • Watch all the Marvel movies chronologically
  • Cook dinner every single day for a week

Well that’s my list for now. I love that the impossible list isn’t static. It can constantly changed depending on new things you want to add or things you’ve accomplished and want to build on. I hope that I’ll be able to cross off a lot of these things…some sooner and some way down the road. If you create an impossible list, I would love to see what you come up with! The sky is not the limit… there is no limit! 




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1 Comment

  1. June 18, 2020 / 8:36 am

    I love this! I made an impossible list as well and it’s so much fun and so useful too!

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