Goals

I created these goals between 2003 and today. Completed goals are in red.

A few notes about my goal list:

  • I only post big, exciting, and slightly scary goals—not the little stuff.
  • I only post goals that I’ve been considering for a while—not spur-of-the-moment stuff.
  • I retroactively add goals that I’ve already completed.
  • I’ll remove a goal from the list if it becomes boring or irrelevant. In other words: The list isn’t sacrosanct.
  • I publicly announce my goals so that I have a better chance of completing them. I consider this a good form of “soft” peer pressure.
  • I post failures as well as successes.
  • I link to online deliverables (pieces of evidence) whenever possible.
Traditional Goals
  • Start a family
  • Live long enough to play tricks on my grandkids
  • Own a house outright
  • Get a dog
  • Graduate from collegeB.A., UC Berkeley 2004
Writing & Speaking Goals
Work Goals
  • Start an international trip leading companyUnschool Adventures, 2008
  • Start a leadership program for homeschoolersHomeschool Leadership Retreats, 2010
  • Direct a summer campDeer Crossing Camp, Assistant Director 2006-7, Acting Director 2008
  • Run a “College Without College” programZTC Camp, Oct 2011
  • Run an Unschool Adventure trip without me on itUA Writing Retreat 2013
  • Work at Not Back to School CampAdvisor, 2006-present
  • Work as the head cook for a summer campDeer Crossing Camp, 2008
  • Lead a workshop at a major homeschooling conferenceHSC 2009 (and others since)
  • Be self-employed for a whole year (not counting summer camp jobs) – 2010
  • Work a full season at a ski resort2007-8, Heavenly Ski Resort
  • Run a conference for college-aged self-directed learnersTrailblazer 2013
  • Start a school (i.e. long-term structured learning program) – working on it
Travel Goals
  • Explore Western EuropeFrance, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, 5 weeks, 2002
  • Explore South AmericaEcuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, 3 months, 2007 (blog part 1/2/3) and much more since then
  • Explore the HimalayasNorthern India, 2011, and Nepal, 2014
  • Live in Lake Tahoe, California – Winter 2007-8 (not actually in the lake)
  • Live in Portland, Oregon – 2009
  • Live in one place for one year straight (post-college)Asheville NC, 2012
  • Go on an expedition with Jim Wiltens2-week tree climbing and ruins expedition in Guatemala, Jan 2011
  • See the Aurora Borealis with Matt & Patrick
  • Live abroad with a child for a year
  • Dance with a stranger in a Buenos Aires tango milonga – 2014
Outdoor Goals
  • Run 26.2 miles on trail – 2014 (North Face Endurance Challenge / photos)
  • Run 13.1 miles on trail – 2010
  • Thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail – Failed attempt: 2005
  • Fastpack the John Muir Trail
  • Windsurf in the Columbia River Gorge2014
  • Day-hike Mount Whitney – Failed attempts: 1998, 2006
  • Summit Pyramid Peak (Desolation Wilderness, CA)2010
  • Summit every peak in the Crystal Range in one trip (Desolation Wilderness, CA)
  • Run these trailsWorking on it…
  • Walk a 100′ slackline
  • Walk a high-line (elevated slackline)
Meet-in-Person Goals
  • Grace Llewellyn2006
  • Daniel Greenberg (of The Sudbury Valley School)2004
  • John Taylor Gatto2010
  • Russell Roberts – 2014
  • Tina Seelig – 2010
  • Ben Casnocha
  • Seth Godin – 2012
  • Daniel Pink – 2014
  • William Deresiewicz – 2014

The Goal Graveyard

Here’s where I leave goals that I genuinely wanted to complete but abandoned for one reason or another.

  • Start a student cooperative house – Attempted & failed in 2011 – Rolled into “start a school” goal
  • Write a 50,000-word novel in one month (the NaNoWriMo challenge) – Failed attempts: 2006, 2009 – I admit total defeat here. Writing a novel is super difficult!
  • Publish an article about unschooling and economics in Reason magazine

 

Last updated: December 2014.