The Life Checklist – Circa 2012

I’m a big fan of setting goals… not SMART blah blah blah goals, but real goals that I can practically touch! I have to be excited about them and be able to see the end goal. I’m still ironing out my goals for 2012 (stay tuned personal board of directors), but had a chance last week to update my bucket list. Yep, bucket list. That list of things you want to achieve in your life — that are critical to who you are as a human being.

So here we go. Deep breath.

The super human, Jenny Blake likes to call this a  Life Checklist. Jenny is totally Type A and Google docs obsessed, so the fact that ‘checklist’ was a word she adopted into the bucket list exercise doesn’t surprise me in the least. :)

Writing goals, resolutions or something like a life checklist are extremely reflective exercises. While I sat in a Starbucks last week in Toronto writing these out, I couldn’t help but think about Tony Robbins’ seminar last year {blogged about it}. We discussed the ‘wheel of life’ and this was my result:

  • Strengths: physical body; emotions and meaning; work/career/mission; celebrate/contribute.
  • Weaknesses: relationships; time; finances.

Still accurate if I do say so myself. Progress has been made. I’m about to hire an Accountant. Woop! And I’m done dating dirt bags. As for time… let’s just say a goal this year is to sleep more and truly figure out the golden question… ‘How much is my time worth?’

My life checklist has been in some form of an another since my late teens. It’s always evolving. This year it grew substantially as I’ve had a lot of clarity in the last 18 months. I used to encompass career and community all in one, but I’ve decided to separate the two as community is something that completes me and I needed it to be an integral part of the picture! I took out relationship goals… because it seemed crazy to me to write down that one day I hope to be married and have a baby. I don’t ever want to check those things off a list… and same goes for a dog or a white picket fence {of which I need neither}. I’d prefer to be a good friend, daughter and sister — of which I hope I don’t need a list to keep me on track.

Anyways that’s it… a mighty big list but one that I can’t wait to tackle. I better get to work. Well actually, I better get to sleep. Insomnia last night meant I’ve been up for 39 hours. So much for a strength being ‘physical body.’ ;)

Happy Tuesday.

PS – Sending love and hugs to Haley for always sticking by my side. xo


  1. Harry Saini March 14, 2012

    Love it!!! and btw, The Galápagos is AWESOME!

  2. jennyblake March 25, 2012

    LOVE LOVE LOVED this post and so honored at the kind words!!! Your life checklist is AMAZING and so inspiring!!! Btw – I have no freakin’ clue what to put down for relationships either. Still a mystery to me! :)

  3. Kimberley Yu March 25, 2012

    You make me want to make a life checklist too! You are such an inspiration, Jillian!
    My recent volunteer position has something to do with the BC Children’s hospital with a financial twist! Perhaps that could help you check off one thing on your checklist! =D
    Anyways, thanks for your amazing words!

  4. Jillian Walker March 26, 2012

    No no, you are an inspiration!! :) Write your life checklist and send me the link!

  5. Jillian Walker March 26, 2012

    PS – I want to volunteer in the Scoliosis Unit at BCCH. Make it happen for me. :)

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