“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 political activists, former business owners, active 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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2019 Bucket List






More aspirational:

  • Host a food festival in Northern Virginia
  • Host a costume party at a historic site

Local Must Sees:

Personal Enrichment:


Every Day Living:

  • Completing: Not give a shit about pooping at work
  • Completing: Walk as much as possible
  • Completing: Be discerning
  • Completing: Continue to be present
  • Completing: Feel more comfortable in my own skin
  • Completing: Be courageous
  • Completing: Don’t feel rushed
  • Completing: Don’t listen to every single thought
  • Completing: Keep journaling
  • Completing: Find comfort in not living like everyone else
  • Completing: Don’t play by anyone else’s rules
  • Completing: Cut out the assholes
  • Completing: Be more focused

For Kris:

  • Go to a podcast conference

Mid-Year Fuck it list:

  • Go through a Brew Thru






  • Learn how to moonwalk
  • Completed: Buy a nice scotch holder for the bar
  • Play the Michigan fight song on some instrument
  • Get headshots and pursue being an extra/actor
  • Move out of our house
  • Completed: Get an Apple Watch

Personal Enrichment:

Health Fitness:

Pro Black Shit:


  • Pay for someone’s layaway item


  • Complete a Rubik’s cube
  • Failed: Eat zero carbs for a week
  • Uncover your parents’ secrets
  • Do a one-hand head stand

Mid-Year Fuck It List:

  • Name all of the US states
  • Name all of the US presidents in order
  • Become a spin instructor
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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.