“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. We are activists, former business owners, 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.

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.

“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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2023 Bucket List

Lyssa’s Goals

  • Savor food
  • Visit Peninsula Family Skating Center
  • Eat at Nobu
  • Explore Woodbridge restaurants 
  • Eat best Trader Joe’s food: https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/best-trader-joes-products-food-items
  • Go to Kingman Island in DC
  • Completing: Take reusable grocery bags everywhere
  • Commit to recycling
  • Completing: Only buy clothes at Goodwill
  • Learn how to scuba dive
  • Completed: Visit the Mall’s oldest building in DC
  • Go on a C&O Canel tour
  • Use a flame thrower
  • Completed: Watch all Rocky movies
  • Try Krav Maga 
  • Have a conversation with a pilot
  • Completed: Drink Harry Potter Butter Beer
  • Watch all Wrestlemanias
  • Visit O Street Museum in DC
  • Completed: Visit the Netherlands Carillon 
  • Completed: Visit the Rubell Museum
  • Use the grill for the firs time 
  • Watch Boardwalk Empire
  • Get Lillie’s passport
  • Feel into hugs
  • Completing: Eat less meat
  • Completed: Eat at Serendipity in NYC
  • Do not buy clothes online
  • Completed: Deactivate Facebook account
  • Stay in 90210 beach house
  • Completing: Get dressed up in heels once a month
  • Volunteer with Girls Who Code at the Library
  • Do the splits
  • Completed: Drink at Waters End Brewery
  • Have a neighborhood party
  • Search for preschools
  • Go to Sonoma for 40th birthday
  • Completed: See an X-rated mainstream movie
  • Make side money as a consultant
  • Completing: Read/yoga in morning
  • Completing: Continue yoga a day
  • Try nearby Pilates gym
  • Completing: Take sick days when Lillie is sick instead of driving myself crazy and working
  • Completing: Meeting walks

Goal for Kris

  • Try reiki

Kris’ Goals

  • Buy a snowblower or something to help with snow
  • Order something from Goldbelly
  • Learn to play the harmonica 
  • Play STILL DRE on some instrument
  • Become a reviewer of something
  • Completed: Try a sour cream donut 
  • See Hank Gather’s resting place 
  • See Scott Hall’s resting place 
  • Have wine with more meals
  • Completed: Get a boating license 
  • Get into gaming
  • Try golf again
  • Start a WWE club at battlefield 
  • Have wine on tap at our house 
  • Go to Green Bay, Virginia and Green Bay Wisconsin again 
  • Grow something to eat or smoke
  • Completed: Try a bagel with lox
  • See the Wright Bros memorial
  • Give the chain restaurants a chance 
  • Go to the sweet and snacks expo in Chicago
  • Get an earring/piercing 
  • Completed: Create my electronic traveling kit
  • Fly JetBlue
  • Go out of the country
  • Be on one of my podcasts I listen to
  • Fight harder for my dreams
  • Completed: Read/listen to the diary of Anne Frank
  • Completed: Eat a breakfast burrito 
  • Watch some Sidney Portier movies 
  • Completed: Do the one chip challenge 
  • Fix my eyebrow 
  • Learn the Magic card games 
  • Completed: Go see a doctor that can give me all health metrics 
  • Chase my dreams 
  • Month of saying yes
  • Take a class at the Peloton studio in NYC
  • Run a half marathon 
  • Go back to Dyke, Virginia during the fall to see its beauty
  • Eat the Popeyes Turkey 
  • Understand the difference between metaphors and analogies 
  • Live my truth
  • Take another cooking class 
  • Completed: Make homemade pasta sauce and bread
  • Completed: Go to the Lovettsville crash site 
  • Completed: Watch the Batman series with Adam West 
  • Watch all of the John Wick movies
  • Learn to braid Lillie’s hair
  • Replace one of our sinks with a deep one
  • Completed: Get our garage door fixed
  • Be more like James Baldwin
  • Get and install a Nest thermostat 
  • Join a different gym (1 day a week)
  • Become a calf model
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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.