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vik varv

I'm doing 42 things

vik varv's Life List

  1. 1. make a lists of all the holes in my heart and write about them
    34 cheers
    2 people
  2. 2. write inspirational messages in public bathrooms
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    30 people
  3. 3. make a difference
    12 cheers
    7,137 people
  4. 4. Compare myself to no one, but who I was yesterday
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    102 people
  5. 5. Find a balance between the things I want to do and the things I need to do
    11 cheers
    2,325 people
  6. 6. learn sign language fluently
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    78 people
  7. 7. be the kind of person I want to meet
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    61 people
  8. 8. leave flowers on a stranger's doorstep
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    37 people
  9. 9. find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year
    5 cheers
    2,671 people
  10. 10. Steal a gnome
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    9 people
  11. 11. kiss a complete stranger and not say one word to them
    5 cheers
    3 people
  12. 12. post letters here that i would never send
    7 entries . 1 cheer
    35 people
  13. 13. communicate using only songs for an entire day
    4 cheers
    3 people
  14. 14. Set realistic standards and expectations
    3 entries . 3 cheers
    12 people
  15. 15. Make a list of 43 things I know very little about, & then learn at least 3 things about each of them
    16 entries . 7 cheers
    130 people
  16. 16. start a list of things i want to do/be "when i grow up"
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    0 people
  17. 17. Bloom wherever I'm planted...
    9 cheers
    3 people
  18. 18. write anonymous, loving post-its for strangers to find
    3 cheers
    847 people
  19. 19. learn canning
    1 entry
    6 people
  20. 20. Mud wrestle
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    52 people
  21. 21. Have life experiences that make interesting stories
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    393 people
  22. 22. tattoo
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    354 people
  23. 23. get lost in a maze!
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    2 people
  24. 24. give free hugs
    1 cheer
    30 people
  25. 25. take 43 photos of photographers in action
    6 entries . 2 cheers
    2 people
  26. 26. Dance like Ellen
    3 people
  27. 27. say "yes" to everything for a day
    1 cheer
    26 people
  28. 28. decorate my home beautifully
    2 cheers
    9 people
  29. 29. Make this next move the best one yet
    1 cheer
    1 person
  30. 30. bike more
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    118 people
  31. 31. Graduate from university
    890 people
  32. 32. get back into horse riding
    7 people
  33. 33. Become an american citizen
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    46 people
  34. 34. write a bucket list
    14 people
  35. 35. have a killer body
    14 people
  36. 36. volunteer abroad
    1 cheer
    451 people
  37. 37. live abroad for a while
    23 people
  38. 38. do something crazy and new at least every month
    1 person
  39. 39. Get a new job
    1,983 people
  40. 40. Read more books
    1 cheer
    11,828 people
  41. 41. learn from my mistakes
    1 cheer
    382 people
  42. 42. continue learning french
    13 people

How I did it
How to i want to fall in love with someone who loves me as much as i love them!
It took me
21 months
It made me

How to take photos of 43 strangers
It took me
4 months
It made me
proud (just a bit)

How to learn how to whistle using my fingers
It took me
7 days
It made me

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Recent entries
post letters here that i would never send (read all 7 entries…)
dear future girlfriend

i have never been in love,because i want you to be my first, i want to feel so innocent in love w\ you. i will do anything to make you feel perfect everyday… because you are. to me. i want to do things i have never done before, only for you. i hope you will get my lame jokes, your laugh would make my day and i hope my jokes would make yours too. idk how to do and say sweet things,but i will try my hardest,even if i get too cheesy, i hope you would be cool with it. idk how to cook, but i will learn for you. (: rite now, i am preparing to be a better person, so i’m ready when you’re finally here. idk know what you’re doing now, but i hope your doing good. even if your with someone else. if there’s a day you will feel alone, just remember i’m dying to see you. we’ll see each other soon!



Make a list of 43 things I know very little about, & then learn at least 3 things about each of them (read all 16 entries…)
#16 elza col. elizaveta mukasei was a Russian Soviet-era spy codenamed Elza who had taken part in a number of undercover operations in Western Europe and the United States from the 1940s through to the 1970s.

...Ms. Mukasei spent most of her working life as “nelegal,” a Russian term for spies who worked undercover in the West during the cold war and sent intelligence back to Moscow.

...In 1937, after graduating from the Oriental Faculty of Leningrad University, he was ordered to the intelligence school and in 1939, already having two children, the couple was sent to fulfill their first mission, in Los Angeles.

Set realistic standards and expectations (read all 3 entries…)
"knowing is not enough we must apply. willing is not enough we must do"

.be charming towards my ladylike love life
..(just!) a bit far fetched fantasy.
.daily concessions others.
.be positive. PO-si-tive! +! not Hep
.what’s the best part about this situation?- attitude

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