Impossible List

This is my Impossible List. I first heard of the concept on Nerd Fitness, and another of my favorite bloggers also has one over on College Info Geek.

First created by Joel Runyon, the Impossible List, as opposed to a bucket list, is meant to expand the boundaries of what you think is possible for yourself. It is not a list of things that you might do “someday” if you have time, but rather an active, organic set of goals to work towards.

I keep this page here as a reminder to live boldly and always improve myself, as well as to inspire others to do the same. If a goal is in boldthat means I’m working on it right now.

Last 5 Goals Completed

  • Set foot in Maine (10/11/16)
  • Set foot in Canada (7/25/16)
  • Go indoor rock climbing (6/16/16)
  • Backpack through Europe (3/31/16 – 4/8/16)
  • Go caving (3/12/16)

Health/Fitness Goals

  • Do 25 pull-ups in one set
  • Hold a handstand
  • Be able to swim half a mile (32 laps in 25 yard pool/16 laps in 50 m pool)
  • Deadlift my body weight (10/1/14 – 175 lbs)
    • Deadlift twice my body weight (350 lbs)
  • Squat my body weight (11/24/14 – 175 lbs)
    • Squat twice my body weight (350 lbs)
  • Bench press my body weight (175 lbs)
  • Overhead press my body weight (175 lbs)
  • Perform a barbell row with my body weight (175 lbs)
  • Run an 8-minute mile
  • Go indoor rock climbing (6/16/16 at Climb Nashville)

Professional Goals

  • Pay off all my student loan debt before graduating college (May 2017)
  • Create a personal blog (April 2014)
  • Create a personal website (April 2014)
  • Write an e-book (Ten Steps to Exceptional Online Writing released 4/13/15)
    • Write an ebook that sells for a profit
  • Publish above e-book (4/13/15 on Grammar Is Sexy)
    • Publish an ebook on a platform besides my blog
  • Write a published, print book
  • Get a piece of my writing published (February 2012- an op/ed on religious diversity in the Tennessean)
  • Get a piece of my writing published at The College of Wooster
  • Get a piece of my writing published in a national publication
  • Create my own online business (Launched Grammar Is Sexy 1/1/15)
    • Get paid to edit an ebook
  • Make $100 online (July 2014, via Ebay sales)
    • Make $100 online through my own business (5/1/15 via freelance writing)
    • Make $500 a month online through writing and editing (10/1/16)
    • Make $1000 per month online through writing and editing (11/1/16)
    • Make $1500 per month online through writing and editing (enough income to live well in over 300 cities around the world)

Travel Goals

Everywhere I’ve been so far. 28/50 U.S. states, 9/196 countries (learn why the exact number of countries is complicated), 2/7 continents.

North America

  • Bike across America
  • Road trip from Nashville, TN, to Las Vegas, NV, post-college graduation and document it with photos (Summer 2017)
  • Go on a solo camping trip by the end of summer 2015 (Completed August 2015)
  • Set foot in all 50 states (and The District of Columbia) by age 25
    • Set foot in all the states that touch TN/all states in the Southeast (Completed August 2015)
    • Set foot in all states in the Northeast
      • Delaware
      • Maryland
      • Maine
      • Rhode Island
      • New Hampshire
      • Massachusetts
      • Connecticut
      • Vermont
      • New York
      • New Jersey
      • Pennsylvania

  • Set foot in Canada (7/25/16)
  • Set foot in Mexico (February 2011)

South America

  • Spend at least a month living in Medellín, Colombia (planned for September 2017)


  • Set foot in England (June 2007)
  • Set foot in Scotland (June 2007)
  • Set foot in Wales
  • Set foot in Northern Ireland (February 2016)
  • Set foot in Ireland (February 2016)
  • Backpack through Europe (3/31/16-4/8/16: visited Amsterdam, Vienna, and Barcelona)
  • Visit every country in the EU

Life Goals

  • Play on a recorded album (February 2012, at TN Midstate Orchestra)
  • Encounter/experience something of beauty every day (poem, artwork, essay, music, etc.)

Skill Goals

  • Aprender español
    • A2 fluency (achieved September 2016)
    • B1 fluency
  • Learn to tie 10 different knots from memory
    • Figure 8 (4/15/16)
    • Double Figure 8
    • Alpine Butterfly
  • Learn to play the mandolin

Events to Attend

  • See Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Live (In Nashville circa 2004)
    • Now see them live when I’m old enough to appreciate them.
  • See Chick Corea Live (March 2013, with Bela Fleck @ Sewanee)
  • See Bela Fleck Live (March 2013, with Chick Corea @ Sewanee, and again November 2013, with Brooklyn Rider in Akron)
  • See Radiohead Live
  • See Jeff Coffin Live (April 2012- He came and did a demonstration at my high school!)
  • World Domination Summit 2018 (Unconference?)
  • See a show at the Village Vanguard

Adventure Goals

  • Go skydiving
  • Go scuba diving
  • Go ice climbing
  • Go outdoor rock climbing
  • Go caving (Marble Arch Cave, 3/12/16)
    • Explore an SRT cave (6/5/16)
    • Swim in a cave (6/5/16)