“One’s title, even a title like president, says very little about how well one’s life has been led — and that no matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, more to learn, more to achieve.” — President Barack Obama


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What is the Great Goal Rush?

We are Lyssa Walker White and Kris White, a married couple living in the suburbs of our nation’s capital, in Manassas, Virginia. We are activists, former business owners, engaged members of our community, goal getters, volunteers, joy seekers, professionals, and podcasters. We try to live life with a commitment to self-improvement, a passion for experiencing new things, intentionality, and most importantly, gratitude — a lifestyle and mindset we hope infects our community of followers as they navigate this life. And despite all of this new age-sounding consciousness bullshit, we don’t take ourselves very seriously — offering a healthy roasting of each other along the way.

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert F. Kennedy

It all started on New Year’s Eve, 2009, when we decided to come up with goals, not resolutions, for the year ahead. We wanted to take more control over our lives instead of sitting back and just letting life happen to us or pass us by. We wanted to live more intentionally. Every year since, we’ve created a yearly bucket list then encouraged each other and worked toward achieving them throughout the year.

In 2012, we started to document our bucket list journey and their [hopeful] completion in this blog. Though we retired the blogging format in 2018, we now exclusively share updates on our Facebook page and our podcast, launched in 2018.

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”




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2020 Bucket List



  • COVID Nope: Sleep on an overnight train in a private room
  • COVID Nope: Visit Irish Hunger Memorial in NYC
  • COVID Nope: Go to Ugliest Dog Contest in Sonoma
  • COVID Nope: Go to RuPaul’s Drag Con in NYC
  • COVID Nope: Go to the Stonewall Inn in NYC
  • COVID Nope: Visit the Sand Sculpting Challenge in San Diego
  • COVID Nope: Fly in a plane on the Fourth of July to see fireworks below me
  • Go to a Dark Sky Sanctuary
  • Visit Billie Holiday statue in Baltimore
  • Completed: Go to Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland
  • COVID Nope: Go to Washington DC’s Mormon temple when it’s briefly open to the public
  • Visit the Black Wax Museum in Baltimore
  • Visit the Peabody library in Baltimore
  • Go to the Harriet Tubman mural in Cambridge, Maryland
  • Get passport renewed


Personal Enrichment:

  • Completing: Listen to a Ted Talks or Super Soul podcasts while getting ready in the morning
  • Completing: Look into voiceover work
  • Take a writing class
  • Become a sommelier
  • Completing: Write a Christmas story script for the Hallmark channel
  • Completing: Write stream of consciousness, not formatted


  • Profit off of podcasting
  • Completing: Apply to be on Nailed It

Make a Difference:

  • Completing: No more single use plastic
  • COVID Nope: Attend a women Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Every day living reminders:

  • Live big (SMD)
  • Take things as they come and try not to get overwhelmed
  • Embrace, surrender, and meet huge lifestyle changes with patience
  • Live in honor of our ancestors and in service of our descendants
  • Think about all the time you’ve wasted on social media when you could be changing the world
  • Empower and support friends/women better throughout the year
  • Trust body knows what it’s doing
  • Say yes to new adventures, particularly with Kris, before April
  • Integrate baby into travel. No excuse to not travel.
  • Continue to practice presence
  • Choose love not fear

Goals for Kris

  • COVID Nope: Attend Cirque du Soleil
  • See a physical therapist regularly
  • Submit poems as lyrics for songs
  • Disconnect from phone while home, designate phone time
  • Stop resisting me taking photos of you



  • Completed: Go to Len Bias’ grave
  • COVID Nope: Visit Kettle of Fish in NYC
  • COVID Nope: Go to the York Barbell Retail Outlet Store in York, Pennsylvania
  • COVID Nope: Go to International Wings Factory in NYC
  • Visit Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
  • Completed: Become a member of an airline company
  • COVID Nope: Go to DokoDemo Japanese Grill in NYC
  • COVID Nope: Go back to San Fran and Muir Woods
  • Take a solo trip with baby



Personal Enrichment:

  • Take a 23 and Me test
  • Learn everything about retirement and Medicare and Medicaid
  • Publish my poems (old goal)
  • Read 12 CliffsNotes books
  • Take a class in wine
  • Learn to make vector files
  • Learn photoshop like Lyssa
  • Attempt to learn spanish again
  • Baking class with local baker

Make a Difference:

  • Start a scholarship foundation
  • Be on a city Board


  • Hike at least one time
  • Exercise in DC one morning or afternoon
  • Take a class on nutrition
  • Failed (can’t): Get a colonoscopy
  • COVID Nope: Get a Facial/manicure/pedicure/massage/chiropractor monthly

Every Day Living Reminders:

  • Treat others like they treat me

Misc. To-do:

  • Create a black and white photo of myself with white eyes and hang in our house
  • Completed: Get shoes with red soles
  • Finish my tattoo sleeve

Goals for Lyssa

  • COVID Nope: Try SolidCore
  • COVID Nope: Cook at least once a month for the family
  • Embrace the spotlight
  • Take a solo trip with baby

Update: June 2020

Mid-Year Fuck It List:

  • Take African ancestry
  • Become board certified in something
  • Become a notary
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Our Podcast

In 2018, we launched our podcast. A new episode is released every Sunday, in which we talk about our bucket list and other random subjects. Subscribe to our podcast.