2013: The List of 100

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Mary Jo at Jameson in Dublin

I love a challenge. Not the me against the world challenge, but one that challenges me, the way I look at and experience the world around me, and one that makes me take closer look at how I think and the decisions I make. I read JoAnna Haugen’s List of 100 idea, and immediately recognized it as a challenge I needed to accept. What I like about the List of 100 concept is that it forces me to focus on the little things I do every day, and to appreciate those new experiences rather than getting too wrapped up in the big, life changing experiences.

Life is lived day-to-day, in the small and quiet moments and well as the big loud ones, and this challenge helps me appreciate that. So here’s how 2013 is shaping up so far. I’ll be updating it often (and more regularly than last year when I couldn’t sustain the momentum).

Antwerp Belgium

  1. Spoke at the Seattle Travel Show
  2. Learned to grill artichokes
  3. Visited Dublin
  4. Drank Guinness at the source, the Storehouse in Dublin
  5. Drank Jameson at the source in Dublin (in top photo)
  6. Visited Germany
  7. Drank German beer in Berlin
  8. Attended ITB in Berlin
  9. Spoke at ITB
  10. Saw the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
  11. Saw the former Checkpoint Charlie
  12. Visited Belgium
  13. Watched the legal system in action in Brussels
  14. Took the train from Brussels to Antwerp (in photo)
  15. Went on a River Cruise (on my bucket list, see photo below)
  16. Ate chocolate in Bruges
  17. Visited Netherlands
  18. Went to a “coffee shop” in Amsterdam
  19. Went to the Handbag Museum in Amsterdam
  20. Spoke at a conference in Hawaii
  21. Stayed at the famous “pink hotel” in Waikiki (the Royal Hawaiian)
  22. Stood on Mt. Fuji (although not on the top)
  23. Learned how sake is made
  24. Ate eel (didn’t like it)
  25. Stayed at the W in Seattle (one of only a couple Seattle hotels that I haven’t stayed in)
  26. Went to a concert at Safeco Field (Paul McCartney, and the first ever concert held there)
  27. Went to Mt. St. Helens’ Johnson Ridge (named after the geologist that was killed in the eruption)
  28. Mastered the art of barbecuing ribs
  29. Visited Hank and Sherry
  30. Played the penny slots
  31. Hired a V.A.
  32. Visited a new country:  Northern Ireland
  33. Slept in the Amsterdam airport
  34. Rented a SUV
  35. Bought furniture at a garage sale
  36. Took a Black Taxi Tour
  37. Visited Belfast
  38. Went on a TBEX Fam Trip
  39. Used Priceline
  40. Learned to slow roast ribs
  41. Soaked in an onssen
  42. Spent an afternoon at a Japanese spa
  43. Visited a new country:  Thailand
  44. Had a Thai massage
  45. Visited a new country:  Malaysia
  46. Flew Business Class on Thai Airways
  47. Saw Christmas decorations in Kuala Lumpur (predominantly Muslim population)
  48. Learned to make sticky rice
  49. Learned to make satay and peanut sauce
  50. Got a FitBit

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How do you appreciate the day to day moments? Do you keep a list? If so, please share your link in the comments.

All photos from my personal collection.

Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Israel, Stockholm, and a Baltic cruise.

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