No. 64

A Wish List


Each year on my birthday, I make a list of things I want. Not things that you can buy in a store or even make, but experiences, things that must be sensed in some way. This year on my birthday, I went on a hike in the woods. It was entirely too cold for a hike (this was three days before Christmas) and even though it was winter and snowing, I still worried a bit about encountering a bear. (Bears do hibernate in the winter, but as a solo hiker I didn’t stay out too long just to avoid pushing my luck.) But I did get a bit of time while I was there to reflect and work on my list.


Just a few things that made it on to my list this year:

tall woods
recognition of beauty
a spotlight
starlight horizon to horizon
a vulnerable conversation
skinny dipping
mountainous terrain
the smell of the ocean
a homecoming

What would be on your birthday list?

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

6 thoughts on “A Wish List

  1. That’s such an awesome list! I would put horseback riding, tango lessons, and lots of food on my list. Actually, you need money for that. Okay, then I would put write with abandon on the oceanside.

  2. Hey!!! I hope you had a happy birthday!!

    I would love to go on a hike by myself. Unfortunately, I don’t think there are any places to hike here in Toronto. But I literally just had an idea to explore this HUGE cemetery a few miles away…hmm..tomorrow…

    Anyway, I hope you are well! I fell off the face of the planet for a while but I’m climbing back on. I need to catch up on your posts!!

  3. happy birthday. your wishes are wonderful. i hope that you have all sorts of good this year. i am hoping to get to the beach this year. not sure what else. maybe run or cycle. i miss the cool air against my face. i will think about it. my bday is coming up in less than a month.

  4. I didnt know it was your B-Day!!! wishing you the best my dear… Things around here are a bit crazy and my trip has changed a bit because i’m not working at the moment and back in full work mode! I’m excited about my trip… i need a break from all this craziness!!

    take care my dear!

  5. Happy (belated) birthday, Brandi!

    P.S. Can I hire you to make my wish lists for me from now on? GORGEOUS.

    P.P.S. Apparently there is an AMAZING place to gaze at the stars in Oklahoma. It’s called Black Mesa. It’s an 8 hour drive from where I live. Maybe we could go there together?

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