“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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2021 Bucket List

Lyssa’s Goals

  • Take an IQ test
  • Visit Mars Candy HQ in Virginia
  • Take a RV trip
  • Learn how to hotwire a car
  • Completed: Eat a Dairy Queen Blizzard
  • Visit Maryland’s Women Heritage Center
  • Wash dishes in exchange for dinner at a restaurant
  • Pay no mind to people who get in the way of progress
  • Play 9-18 rounds of golf
  • Visit Lucy Burns museum
  • Completed: Eat a chimichanga
  • Scratch a match on my boot and light said match
  • Axe throwing
  • Explore amenities of new location
  • Use a wood chipper
  • Failed: Get on redistricting commission
  • Finally hug family members
  • Get aunt’s kayak and use it
  • Completing: Take baby over parents’ house once week overnight
  • Completing: Look up at the stars
  • Focus advocacy efforts on: fair redistricting, abolishment of electoral college, and DC statehood
  • Get finances in order for daycare
  • Invest in something important in 2021
  • FIgure out career next steps
  • Kiss Kris under mistletoe
  • Completing: Get back into pre-COVID hygiene habits
  • Read all of Maya Angelou’s books in order
  • Completing: Keep a puzzle in house and do it when passing
  • Completing: Roller skate in garage
  • Tend to and expand native garden
  • Completing: Stop anxiety-picking skin around nails
  • Get involved in the health of the Occoquan Reservoir
  • Plant herbs

Every Day Living (things I don’t want to change post-COVID):

  • Live joy and purpose
  • Content just being
  • Continue making baby food
  • Be present
  • Family first
  • Never forget essential workers
  • Firmly establish boundaries
  • Balance
  • Walks

Kris’ Goals

  • Completing: Give soup a chance – try five different types
  • Completed: Eat French Toast Cinnamon Crunch for the first time
  • Completed: Try a churro for the first time
  • Eat at a Benihana for the first time
  • Go to Rutt Hut in NJ and get a “Ripper”
  • See an immunologist
  • Start deadlifting
  • Learn Spanish
  • Completing: Find a record store, play records in house
  • Buy a winged tip eagle WWF belt
  • Buy NWO type shirt with my initials
  • Completed: Buy 80’s wrestling/weightlifting pants
  • Completing: Listen to all of Metallica’s essentials
  • Step inside a wrestling ring
  • Watch the entire Good Times series
  • Walk the Dirty Dancing steps
  • Completed: Try Andre the Giant’s favorite wine, Beaujolais
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Try pie again
  • Watch all the “Bourne” movies
  • Eat popcorn and M&M’s together
  • Completed: Attempt to watch The Bachelorette/Bachelor
  • Make a God damn difference
  • Buy a game console
  • Give golf another shot
  • Completing: Give Star Wars franchise a chance
  • Go to someone who specializes in non-allergic rhinitis
  • Make latkes
  • Take Lyssa to the dollar store and splurge
  • Go visit Uncle Chuck’s gravesite
  • Completed: Eat a Cinnabon for the first time
  • Do something to celebrate Kwanzaa
  • Completed: Try Hello Fresh for a month-minimal grocery store trips
  • Completing: Turn my garage into a gym
  • Completed: Make a tie-dye shirt
  • Make sushi
  • Finish my tattoo
  • Visit a sleep specialist
  • Advocate for the dismantling of police unions
  • Show more gratitude
  • Completing: Make more time for self care: baths, massages, pedicure, meditate
  • Learn a new skill
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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.