Mondo Beyondo List

As I've mentioned, I'm currently taking the Mondo Beyondo course, an online class about uncovering your dreams. A couple weeks ago, we created our Mondo Beyondo lists, which is a list of all the creative, wild, and totally juicy dreams tucked away in the back of your mind. Things that may be unlikely to happen in 5 or even 10 years. The point is to just write down whatever comes to mind without questioning it. As Mondo Beyondo instructor Andrea writes:

"If we can loosen ourselves up and stretch ourselves just enough to get our rational mind out of the driver's seat, really interesting things will float to the surface. You might not know why you are writing something down, but I encourage you to trust everything that shows up. Don't censor yourself. Your dreams are living below the surface and I want you to surprise yourself."

Now, we've been asked to release our Mondo Beyondo into the universe however we want, so I decided to (gulp) share mine with you. (It's always kind of scary sharing "dreams" and stuff like that, isn't it? Taking a deep breath...here goes...)

My Mondo Beyondo list:

-have a family

-backpack through india and thailand
-adopt a dog
-become certified to teach yoga
-take a culinary tour of italy (we'll sort of be doing this on our honeymoon!)
-learn to speak italian
-write a cookbook centered on principles of holistic health + wellness
-volunteer with animals (just completed my application to volunteer at local animal shelter)
-travel the world as a food writer
-buy a little bungalow (with a snazzy kitchen) in a college town (preferably near mountains)
-design and create my own line of wellness teas
-make my own jewelry
-make time for and honor my art daily
-get my master's in creativity studies/art therapy and become a creativity coach (more of a long-term aspiration as i'm very happy in my current job)
-start my own non-profit using yoga+meditation to help survivors of trauma (also long-term)
-become my healthiest self (working on making some serious changes to my lifestyle and diet and have lost 13 pounds since the holidays...woohoo!)
-run a half-marathon (going to sign up to run a local 5K at the end of march...hoping to work my way up to half-marathon)
-play the piano again
-grow an organic herb and vegetable garden
-go to culinary school
-improve my photography skills and become a food photographer
-spend a year traveling throughout europe
-meet at least a couple of the folks i most admire
-become an advocate for a more sustainable food system (à la my idol alice waters)
-take dance and drawing classes
-give a TED talk
-go white-water rafting
-learn to knit
-go on a yoga and/or meditation retreat in costa rica
-perform stand-up comedy
-become an outward bound instructor

I'm looking back over this list, and the phrase that keeps coming to mind is: jeez, I'd better get started! I'm kidding...sort of.

Image via Mondo Beyondo.


naturally nina said...

oh, i love your list! how fabulous. i am sure you will achieve everything you set your mind to. :)


Ellecubed said...

I absolutely love your list. Reading your list makes me feel like we are kindred spirits because we both touched on a lot of similar things in our Mondo Beyondo lists like becoming yoga instructors and using our skills to help trauma survivors. Thank you so much for sharing.

Green Chic said...

i am going to work on my list today :) we have a lot of the same goals and dreams.

Anonymous said...

i love your list. we have some similarities :-)

robyn michelle-lee said...

i wish you all the best in your dreams!
i see so many things in your list that are on mine as well... i love the way that blogs connect kindred spirits all around the world!

Kimbirdy said...

What a GREAT list! It was so inspiring, and everything seems very doable - I was expecting crazy things like painting a mural on the moon, or be the spiritual adviser to lady gaga. ;)

Rochelle said...

What a wonderful list - it's inspired me to think of mine - thank you!

Analiese Marie said...

Thanks for the supportive words, everyone!

Ellecubed, I know exactly what you mean. I remember reading your Mondo Beyondo list and feeling like we must be kindred spirits!

Robyn, ditto! I am constantly amazed by the wonderful community of like-minded souls I've discovered through blogging.

Kimbirdy, LOL! Too funny. :-)

Green Chic said...

i made my list yesterday (thanks for the inspiration) now, trying to decide if i have the guts to post it on my blog. i am afraid i might not be as brave as you!

Rachel said...

You're going to do GREAT! :)

AMS said...

This is awesome! I love it. :) Good luck with your list!

Melita said...

fantastic list!! love every single thing on it. hugs!!


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