Immediately, fell in love with Inn at Ship Bay on Orcas Island—much like the way I fell in love with my future husband.
Lia Steakley's Life List
1. run a marathon
2. become fluent in Spanish
3. Travel in a freighter
4. ride the Alaska ferry from Bellingham
5. Learn kite-surfing
6. get rid of my car
7. Enjoy the weekends
8. Edit my wedding videos
9. Track my finances
10. Go running twice a week
11. Get a new professional photo taken
12. redesign my Web site
13. Remember as often as possible that there was a time when I would have given anything to live how I do now
14. Go out more with friends and do things other than meals, movies, bars, and concerts
15. show up at the airport with a bag & a passport & take the first flight available.
How I did it: I tracked fitness and nutrition statistics for the first time in my life. I used online nutritional diary Myfooddiary.com and for the first two weeks I didn't change my eating habits but committed myself to being brutally honest about the foods and portions I consumed. I was shocked to learn that more often than not I was consuming 500 to 1,000 more calories than I should and that even though I exercised regularly the excess calories were… Read how I did it…
How I did it: I spent months researching locations, decorations and unique ideas for my once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Almost on the verge of full-blown bridezilla, I read The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big after a friend raved about the how-to-guide. The book broke up the wedding planning process into manageable tasks and provided useful checklists. In the end, I decided to hire wedding planner—a godsend and worth every penny—I really think … Read how I did it…
How I did it: Instead of buying a book for an upcoming project, I decided to save money and get a library card. I went online to the public library Web site, signed up for an account, reserved the book I needed and made time in my schedule the following day to pick up the book and my new library card. Read how I did it…
Never again will I attempt a marathon north of the Mason Dixon line in the fall/winter. Three weeks before the Seattle Marathon I got a cold that lasted for two weeks so I dropped down to the half marathon event. On the day of the event, it was rain-snow slush in the AM and cold rain the entire race. The next day I found out I ran the 13.1 miles with severe anemia. My doctor was amazed I could run half a mile since my iron stores were a 3. As soon as wedding season ends, I’m hitting the trail again for the Vancouver Marathon in May.
After a year and a half in Belltown, I think we can cross “live in Seattle” off the list.