GI Jane Finances

February 10, 2011

100 Things

Filed under: Uncategorized — gijanefinances @ 12:28 pm

I was so inspired by a show called “100 things you want to do before you die.”  The show depicts four young men on a quest to complete their list and help other people achieve the one thing they want to do before they die.  I kind of dismissed the show because one of the things on their list was to crash a stranger’s wedding.  Interesting, but not inspirational.  Last night, they were trying to play basketball with President Obama.  People laughed at them, the White House sent a negative reply and they went ahead and pitched the idea on a local radio station.  They finally got a hold of a couple of congressman and even met with the Secretary of Transportation who put a call in to President Obama’s staff to make it happen.  When they got the news that it was not going to happen, they looked like they were about to cry.  Hell, I even shed some tears when it finally looked like they were going to fulfill their dream.  Their mantra is that nothing is impossible…and it almost worked.

Therefore, I want to compile a list of 100 things to do before my life is over.  I already make lists, lots of lists.  I have done a lot of adventurous things, so this show wasn’t an immediate hit with me.  Let’s see: climbed Mt Fuji, bungee jumped in Mexico, saw a broadway show in NY and stayed in a hotel in Time Square, flew first class, learned martial arts, learned a foreign language (not fluent, just enough to survive in Tokyo), paraglided, ice skated, learned an instrument (not very well), climbed the Great Wall of China, visited Kyoto, danced in front of an audience, learned to dance, visited the Vatican, visited the 7 churches, won a major award, etc..

And guess what, I have so much more to do in life!  So, I will start my 100 list…not in any particular order of priority.  I also do not plan on doing everything in one year, but over time.

1. Find my true love and marry him!

2. Go on a Queen Mary voyage

3. Learn a foreign language fluently

4. Run in a marathon

5. Save $500,000

That’s all I have for now.  I will update and revise as I go along.


Excellent article on marriage written 11 years ago from Psychology today.

Will Your Marriage Last?

Studies show that the newlywed years can foretell the long-term outcome of almost every marriage. What do your newlywed years predict for you?

What if I told you that there is a man in America who can predict, from the outset, whether or not your marriage will last? He doesn’t need to hear you arguing; he doesn’t need to know what you argue about. He doesn’t even care whether you argue at all.

I was dubious, too, but I was curious enough to attend a lecture on the subject at the American Psychological Association convention in Boston. Ted Huston, Ph.D., a professor of human ecology and psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, was showcasing the results of a long-term study of married couples that pierces the heart of social psychological science: the ability to forecast whether a husband and wife, two years after taking their vows, will stay together and whether they will be happy.

More at the jump…



  1. I like the idea of 100 things before you die.

    Maybe 50 for me. I don’t like very long lists.. 🙂

    Umm. can I count things I have done too?

    Comment by FB @ — February 10, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    • I know. I can barely come up with 10. I think for me it all depends on my next assignment. No, you can’t put things you already have done on the list. lol.

      Comment by gijanefinances — February 11, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

  2. Interesting article. If I ever date again, I’ll keep it in mind 😛

    Comment by karen — February 11, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    • I found it very fascinating. It is always good to manage expectations!

      Comment by gijanefinances — February 11, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

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