Impossible List

I have been making checklists, to do lists, and planning out my future for as long as I can remember. Regardless of this, my bucket list was almost entirely unfinished with things I wanted to do before I “kicked the bucket” and nothing I was actively attempting to achieve. After stumbling onto Thomas Frank’s website, I was led to Joel Runyon’s website, where the first ‘Impossible list’ was created.

What really inspired me about this list was the immediate call to action. At the time I found the ‘Impossible List’ I was debating between studying abroad or finding a career here in Canada. After writing out my impossible list I made the decision to dive head first into my European adventure.

August 2015, I checked off ‘Live in another country’. This led me to seeing the Colosseum in Rome, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland and etc. Without my Impossible List I may not have achieved these goals until I was much older, if at all!

The trick to this list is that once an item is checked off, it evolves. For example, if I manage to master 10 strict pull ups without failure, my new goal will be to master 15 pull ups! A Bucket List that will eventually be completed (you hope). The Impossible List will never be complete, it will only get bigger and better.

For my Impossible List I have assembled goals and experiences that are impossible to do without actively working on them. I have broken down the list into manageable categories.

Although this list is quite personal to me and tailored to my life, I am posting it online with the hopes that it will keep me more accountable and force me to follow through. I want to experience as much as I can in this lifetime and hope you do too!


  • 10 Chin ups 2017
    • 12 chin ups
  • 10 Pull ups (currently at 8)
    • 12 pull ups
  • 25 push ups in one set
    • 50 Push ups in one set
  • Learn how to execute a muscle up
  • Participate in a Warrior Dash event
  • Participate in a Spartan Race event
  • Participate in a Tough Mudder event
  • Push Press 135lbs
  • Bench 165lbs x 5 reps (4 sets of 10 reps completed – 2018)
    • Bench Press 185lbs x 5 reps
  • Deadlift 200lbs x 6 reps (4 sets of 10 reps completed – 2018)
    • Deadlift 225lbs x 6 reps
  • Squat 200lbs x 3 reps
    • Squat 225lbs x 3 reps
  • Learn how to do a pistol squat (May 22, 2018)
    • Do 5 free-standing pistol squats per leg
  • Maintain a healthy weight of 165-175lbs
  • Learn how to do a wall handstand (April 23, 2018)
    • Learn how to do a handstand by pushing off wall
    • Learn how to do a free-standing handstand
  • Start Jiu Jitsu (February 2017)
    • Earn my first stripe
  • Join a CrossFit Gym to see what the hype is about (February 2018)
    • Track my progress over three months
  • Don’t miss a workout for 1-month
  • Workout for 3 months without taking a break
  • Find my abs!
  • Move away from my home town for a year or more (August 2012)
  • Start and maintain morning routine for 30 days straight.
  • Journal Daily for 30 days straight.
  • Play Guitar at least 30 minutes per day for 30 days straight.
  • Read 25 pages a day for 30 days straight
  • Live in another country for more than 3 months. (August 2015 – Ireland for 10 Months)
  • Start College Word to the Wise
  • Write a free e-book
  • I want to one day live “off the grid” in a sustainable home.
  • Donate $1,000 to charity (As of May 2018 = $115)
    • Raise money for Movember 2018 (Current = $353)
  • Join the AATO (June 2017)
    • Attend an Architectural Conference (April 2018)
  • Join the OAAAS (August 2018)
    • Attend an OAA Conference
  • Start a professional website/portfolio
  • Maintain a successful blog with 100 regular subscribers
    • Maintain a successful blog with 1000 regular subscribers
  • Attend a networking event/seminar
  • Write an e-book (current word count 7,901)
  • Sell e-book to at least 1 person (that’s not a family member or friend!)
  • Sell e-book to at least 100 people
  • Learn how to take and edit photos (Learned basics 2017/2018)
    • Learn intermediate photo editing on GIMP
  • Graduate high school
  • Attend and graduate College with a 3.50 GPA (Earned a 3.49…close enough)
  • Attend and graduate University Earned B.Sc. from The Sligo Institute of Technology – 2016
  • Take a random Course to expand my knowledge
  • Learn another language (Spanish or French)
  • Start Investing for retirement
  • Automate savings and debt payments
  • Build a ‘nest egg’ of 1 month living expenses
    • Build a 3-month emergency fund
  • Build a buffer of 1-months living expenses in chequing account
  • Set up a lifelong financial time line with key stepping stones along the way
  • Start earning passive money from a ‘side hustle’
  • Pay off all student loans by age 28 (3 years after graduation)
  • Start putting 10% of my income into a saving/investment plan (October 2017)
  • Purchase real estate by the age of 35
  • Obtain a net worth of $100,000
    • Obtain a net worth of $500,000
  • Visit every Continent (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica)
  • Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit the Roman Colosseum (December 2015)
  • Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Visit the Great Sphinx
  • Visit Harry Potter World
  • Attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, Germany
  • Attend St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, Ireland (March 2016)
  • Spend time in a foreign country alone (Berlin and Amsterdam – May 2017)
Crazy List
  • Bungee jump
  • Sky dive
  • Publish a book
  • Go zorbing
  • Break a world record
  • Go to the airport and buy a ticket on a whim with no planned destination
  • Learn to wake board
  • Learn to surf
  • Learn how to back flip (Trampoline – August 2018)
  • Change someone’s life for the better
  • Attend Burning Man
  • Read 100 books in one year
  • Attend Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium
  • Experience the Walker Library of Human Imagination