Everything I want to do with my life. . .or thought I did when I was 23 and wrote most of this list. I don’t take it too seriously anymore, but it’s fun to pick a few items to tackle each year that I might not ever push myself to do otherwise.


Write and publish a book (1/3/13, 12/14/13)
Publish a book in hardcover/paperback (non-ebook)
Land a book on the Amazon Kindle Top 100
Land a book on the New York Times Bestseller List
Publish a short story
Write a screenplay
Have some role in the making of a documentary
Get this blog hosted with its own AndrewElsass.com domain (8/20/12)


Go to Ibiza and dance all night
Live outside of North America for at least six months (2017–Thailand)
Visit every continent (3/7- N. America, S. America, Asia)
Visit all 50 states (37/50)
Attend the Great American Beer Festival (Denver, Colorado) (10/11/13)
Road trip across Canada
Drive Highway 1 all around Australia
Walk from Edinburgh to London
Hop a train
Kayak the length of the Little Miami River
Break the current record for visiting all 88 counties in Ohio (23h:34m)


Go skydiving (6/28/15- Calhan, CO)
Complete a triathlon, sprint distance or greater
Take horse riding lessons
Become proficient in a martial arts discipline
Learn to surf
Complete a trail race (8/14/16 – Leadville 10k)
Complete a half marathon
Complete a marathon
Complete an ultramarathon
Hike an entire state’s section of the Appalachian Trail
Become proficient in three styles of couples dance (1/3- Swing)
Compete in an Olympic lifting competition (10/18/14- Colorado Springs Open and several others)
Snatch 91kg/200lbs


Take someone to a drum corps show that has never been to one (7/9/2016- Drums Along The Rockies)
Attend a deadmau5 show
Spin one show as DJ at a club or bar
Play baritone in an ensemble again
Make an album’s worth of tracks in Fruity Loops (or other production software)
Learn five full songs on piano
Learn five full songs on guitar

House and Home

Have a garden and grow my own produce
Have a wall in my home covered with soccer scarves from the places I have been
Have a coffee table that has my collection of ticket stubs under glass
Make a (nice) beer pong table just for the pure fun of the game (not necessarily just drinking) and host a tournament with friends


Brew a batch of my own beer
Read all of Modern Library’s Top 100 Novels of All Time (7/100)
Get a tattoo of something meaningful (3/24/12)
Grow a full beard (2015)
Spend 24 hours on Wikipedia for charity
Teach a class
Go on a vipassana retreat
Start a charity or foundation
Give a TED talk (11/5/16)
Reach N3 Level on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test
Reach C1 level in Spanish
Coach a sports team at any level


See or Attend:

World Cup match
Top-level soccer match in every European/UEFA nation (0/54)
A home game for every MLS club (6/20- CLB, COL, NYRB, ORL, SEA, SJ)
Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown, New York)
Hurling match in Ireland
Aussie Rules match in Australia
International cricket match
Non-league soccer game in England
Olympic Games
All three Triple Crown races (1/3- 2012 Belmont)
Ohio State game at every Big 10 stadium (3/14- Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio State)
College football games at Tiger Stadium (LSU), Notre Dame Stadium, Neyland Stadium (Tennessee), the Rose Bowl, Washington-Grizzly Stadium (Montana) for the Brawl of the Wild
College basketball games at Cameron Indoor (Duke), The Palestra (Penn), Allen Fieldhouse (Kansas) 
Hockey games at all 7 Canadian NHL Arenas (0/7)