A 2018 bucket-list project
honoring every year of my grandmothers life
She passed away on October 6, 2017 from old age and I miss her dearly. Her life was defined by two things:
First, what she was really great at, she was a devoted grandmother and had a heart full of love and kindness that she showed to anyone who was in front of her deserving or not.
Second, what she wasn't great at, she lived her whole life worrying about things she couldn’t control. Those worries halted her from experiencing the beauty of new things, new places and new people that existed outside of her bubble. Those worries also turned into collections of ‘things,’ which turned into piles, and ultimately controlled her life. She lived to be 87, but there were more years in her life than life in her years.
Project87 is how I'm applying those two lessons to my life, and I challenge you to do the same. Personally, this year is about living a little dangerously, truthfully, connecting with the new ground, people, tastes, smells, styles and living a life that is controlled more by love and curiosity than familiarity and safety. I have 87 things to do, an item for every year of her life, honoring the one thing she was the best at and the one thing she wasn’t.
The core of it is to respect your time and spread love, experience new, and to live truthfully for however long I get to.
Ask out Instagram crush
Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Get my motorcycles license
Have tea in London
Be on the cover of a magazine
Give a Ted X speech
Helicopter tour of NYC
Have a Guinness Beer in Dublin
Go on a meditation retreat
Go to Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, OR
Inspire enough people to get on Ellen
Book a one-way ticket somewhere international
Design a piece of clothing and have it for sale
Surf a wave
Write a letter to someone special weekly/52 throughout the year
See the Golden Gate Bridge
Hike a 14-er in Colorado
Get officially signed by a modeling agency
Get invited to GQ: Man Of The Year
Give a homeless person a complete makeover
Volunteer in another country
Help with a proposal
Read a book a month/12 throughout the year
See the Northern Lights
Ride an elephant in its native land*
Host a dinner for creatives
Volunteer at a homeless shelter
Volunteer at a hospice
Have a party writing letters for Operation Gratitude
Publish a coffee table book about happy people I meet from the project
Meet Harry James Patrick
Take a ski weekend
Eat a real Philly Cheesesteak
Go on a road trip in the US
Host a huge picnic
Go cliff jumping
See the White House
Host a themed party
Ride in a hot air balloon
Meet Jerome Jarre
Give out burgers throughout the city to the homeless
Visit the Grand Canyon
Go inside a real castle
Dress up in costume and and visit sick children in the hospital
Go camping with friends
Ice skate at Rockefeller Hall with someone significant
Visit the Stonehenge
Set up a food or clothing drive in Maine
Leave a great waiter a $100 dollar tip
Visit a new continent
Conduct an interview a month/ 12 throughout the year of someone that inspires me
Write a vulnerable letter to someone special
Travel from Edinburg to the Inner Hebrides in Scotland
Take the Glacier Express
Fundraise and donate a five-figure check
Beat a food challenge
Do a poetry reading
Take a style risk you's usually be afraid to take
Meet the Buried Life team
Surprise someone special with a weekend getaway
Lay in a field in Scotland reading and watching the clouds roll by
*Bolded items have been completed and if italicized their blog posts are hyperlinked*
Item's checked off the list
#27 was oneThe weekend finally came where my neighbor, my childhood sister, was marrying one of my best friends, my brother-in-law's brother, my brother.
My grandmother always celebrated life’s significant moments with her classic ice cream sundae. It seemed like the only way possible to celebrate her this year on her 88th birthday.
I hosted a Water Walk for my 24th birthday in support of my Project 87 x charity: water campaign. I never knew how inspired by the few people who came were going to be…
I’m so excited to official cross of #73 with presenting this website: The Bad Wolf Club. This has been something I’ve been dreaming of creating since high school…
Not the most challenging item, but did you really live an epic year if you didn’t swim on both coasts?! Both times came as a surprise, but it all happened just as it was supposed to.
#46 was one of the best examples of why Im doing this project, and why I needed it. I finally got to visit my best friend in Charleston and what an incredible week it was..
Ah Coachella, what my desert dreams are made of. Pool party by day, dancing to your favorite live artist by night. The whose-who were there, and so were we. Come join the weekend long party and see what this tropical desert is really about.
I was desperate to figure out #35.. I just didn’t expect a long time dream of mine to come true at the same time.
St. Patrick’s day in Boston, a city celebration that I think could even give Dublin a run for its money. There’s no weekend every year that I look forward to more. You make feel a little tipsy after looking at the photos within. Come see how Boston does it..
I had always wanted to be experience Fashion Week. Then I got to do two years worth in NYC, and now I was seeking the same across the pond. I wasn’t expecting to hit two of them though..
#14 Go to the Top of the Eiffel Tower, a classic bucket-list item. It was a bit spontaneous, it was cold, Andy was dealing with his own anxieties, but few things compare to the the lights and the view. Wow.
When in France: snails. Something I spent the morning mentally preparing myself for and the outcome was… surprising.
I knew Amsterdam was going to be a cool experience, I just didn’t expect to fall in love with it. From the cities beauty, to the people, and the food - I’m already dreaming of going back. The trip would have been flawless if it wasn’t for one thing, but because of it I have a reason to return sooner than I would have.
I didn’t care what game I ended up going to, I just wanted to see my Patriot’s in the flesh. I wanted to see Tom Brady throw touchdown. I wanted to see Gronk spike it. Well the game I got to see with my best friend wasn’t any game, it just happened to be the best game of the year.
Making it to Venice turned out to be the easy part. Finding a Gondola and Gondolier willing to take us was tougher and we only had 3 hours to figure it out all out or I was going to have to make a trip back to Venice sometime this year. Game time.
They weren’t lying when they said pasta is better in Italy. We stumbled upon this place adventuring in a new city chasing down another item. Let’s just say my expectations were high, and it may have out done them. Yeah, I’ll take another plate please, and while you’re at it one more.
The project was finally launched. Item #1 started out with a literal BANG. This is how we started off our New Year in Milan. 2018 you’re going to be epic.
One year to honor the two lessons my grandmother taught me and live the greatest year of my life.