My bucket list… first up, a marathon!

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Hey everyone,

So…. the past two weeks have been chaotic, to say the least. I worked 86 hours in the past two weeks, ran a ton, had both sides of the family in town, and my brothers moving out in a week to start college. So unfortunately, this blog didn’t get enough attention. Sooooo without further ado, here is my recap of the past two weeks of running:

Week 10:

Mon, July 23rd – 5 miles

Tues & Wed – Rest

Thurs – 8

Fri – 4

Sat – 12

Sun – 4

For a total of 33 miles!

And week 11:

Mon, July 30th – 6 miles

Tues – Rest

Wed – Rest

Thurs – Rest

Fri – 8

Sat – 6

Sun – Rest

For a sad total of 20 miles 😦 Needless to say, this was a crazy week at work and unfortunately my running suffered. BUT, I have more time this week to run and I can’t wait to get my mileage up again!

Happy running!

kellyelli ❤


Remember a few weeks ago when I posted about The Impossible List?! ( Well, I finally started my own! It’s definitely a work in progress, and probably always will be, but I like it that way! For those of you who are wondering what exactly this list means, it is basically a list of things I want to do because they seem impossible but are fully achievable when you dedicate time and plan ahead! It is slightly different than a bucket list because it has a different goal, but most of the things on this list would also be on my bucket list.

So without further ado, here is the beginning of my impossible list:

Fitness goals:

  • Run a marathon (In progress!)
  • Run an ultramarathon (50 miles)
  • Run a trail race
  • Run a color race (ie.
  • Run a race for charity and raise a significant amount of money

$$$ goals:

  • Pay off all of my student loans before I turn 27 years old
  • Start a retirement fund when I graduate college
  • Make a down payment on a house by the time I am 30
  • Raise $ for charity consistently, but more importantly, volunteer and work to help others directly
  • Live significantly below my means so I can save money and help others who need it more than me

Creative goals:

  • Have a solo art show
    • I am currently working towards a 2 person show at the end of October 2012 in Milwaukee!
  • Make a living doing what I love
  • Create a piece of work every day for 365 days
  • Take at least one art class a year
    • So far 1998-2011 is done!
  • Try every type of art possible
    • Black & white darkroom photography
    • Screen printing
    • Lithography
    • Wood printing
    • Etching
    • Monoprints
    • Watercolor
    • Ceramics
    • Acrylic
    • Oil painting
    • Sewing
    • Crochet
    • Knitting
    • Scratchboard
    • Sculpture
    • Glass
    • Collage
    • Mixed Media
    • Ink

Education goals:

  • Graduate in two and a half years with a masters in occupational therapy
  • Participate in continuing education for the remainder of my career
  • Go back to school for my doctorate before I turn 30
  • Pursue general education in the following areas
    • art: life drawing, film photography, oil painting, sculpture
    • philosophy
    • medicine/therapy
    • business/finances
    • math: statistics and calculus

People-oriented goals:

  • Help a stranger in a significant way
  • Change a persons life for the better
  • Help people every day through my job as a health care provider, and provide the best care possible for all of my patients
  • Inspire someone to make a big lifestyle change by being a positive role model for them (ie. go back to school, start exercising, quit smoking, etc.)
  • Treat everyone how I want to be treated
  • Be a role model for younger kids
  • Continue to have a strong family relationship throughout my life
  • Take care of my parents when they are older

Travel Goals:

  • Visit every continent
    • North America
      • Mexico
      • Canada
      • USA
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Guatamala
      • Peru
      • Chile
    • Europe
      • Ireland
      • Scotland
      • Italy
      • Spain
    • Asia
      • South Korea
      • Japan
      • Mongolia
      • China
      • India
      • Thailand
    • Africa
      • Sudan
      • Congo
      • Madagascar
    • Antarctica
    • Australia
  • Learn 4 languages fluently
    • English
    • Spanish (Intermediate)
    • American Sign Language (Intermediate)
    • Italian???
  • Visit all 50 States (So far: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming –> 15 states!)
  • Go to some major worldwide events
    • Olympics
    • Oktoberfest in Germany
    • San Fermin in Spain
    • New Years Eve in New York City Times Square
    • Mardi Gras in New Orleans
    • Lollapalooza in Chicago
    • Coachella in California
    • Glastonbury in England
    • St. Patricks Day in Ireland

Experience Goals:

  • Witness a miracle
  • Marry my best friend
  • Learn to forgive 100%
  • Learn to meditate
  • Learn to lucid dream
  • Take time every day to do something I love
  • Tell the people I love that I appreciate and love them every day

Okay, that’s all for now! Maybe once a month or so I will update this list and add new things! Until then, you should write your own list! Even if you just jot a few goals down that you want to accomplish in the next 24 hours, 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years, that’s a great start! Happy writing!

kellyelli ❤

Here are some more pictures I found this week!

kellyelli ❤

Hey everyone!

Here are some inspirational pictures I found this week. Enjoy!

kellyelli ❤

So, I just discovered this AWESOME blog called “The Impossible List”
I loved it so much, I had to quote the entire first page of the website, so here it is…
It really inspires me and rings true to why I am running a marathon in the first place. I hope I can do similar things in the future!
Here is the website:

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” – Walt Disney

The impossible list is NOT a bucket list. I used to settle for the possible things in life. The sure thing. The safe choice. It was safe, it was realistic and it was boring as hell. But there was a problem: everything that was “possible” was too easy. I needed a challenge.

The impossible list is that challenge. This list of impossible things contains all the things I ever thought I couldn’t do because it was “impossible.” The sort of things that I assumed the cool guys on TV only ever got to do. The things I never thought that would be able to do.

This is my list of impossible things. I’m constantly crossing things off it as I accomplish them and adding to it when needed and I’ll be making regular updates about my journey on the blog.Maybe you’re bored, maybe you’re tired of simply attempting what’s considered “possible”, maybe you just want to try something different. This blog is for you.

Feel free to follow my journey via RSS or Email or start your own impossible list if you feel like it. If you do, send me an email and let me know. I’d love to hear about it what impossible things you’re doing. If you’d like to help make any of these impossible things happen – let me know – I’m all ears.

The Impossible List


  • Change 1 Person’s Life For The Better
  • Help 100 Entrepreneurs Better Their Lives Through Micro-Loans at [54/100]
  • Fund 50 Kickstarter projects to help entrepreneurs start their Biznass [3/50].



  • Visit Every Continent
    • North America
    • South America
    • Europe
    • Asia
    • Australia
    • Antarctica (and do something ridiculous here)
    • Africa
  • Go Swimming in Every OceanTravel For 1 Year Straight
    • Pacific
    • Atlantic
    • Indian
    • Arctic
    • Southern/Antarctic
  • Get a 2nd U.S. Passport
  • Obtain dual citizenship with another country.
  • Own a small flat in 4 different countries.
  • Live on the beach in some tropical country for 3 months.
  • Do A Cross Country Road Trip And Make a Film About It
  • Do A Round-The-World Trip And Make A Film About It
  • Visit Iguazu Falls
  • Start Impossible Island


  • Go without internet for a month [July 2009]
  • Go without a car for a month [February 2012 & Counting]
  • Count & document all my crap
  • Own less than 300 things
  • Create a “Getaway” Backpack [I’m really excited about this]

Adrenaline Rushes

  • Go Skydiving [May 1, 2011, June 3, 2011]
  • Go Bungee Jumping [June 6,  2011]
  • Go Scubadiving
  • Go Paragliding
  • Go Parasailing [August 2009]
  • Learn to Surf
  • Learn to Kitesurf [May 14th, 2012 – Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic]
  • Bike Across America
  • Be a Part Of A Flash Mob
  • Climb a Volcano [Summer ’04 – Mt. Pacaya, Guatemala & May ’07 Kilauea, Hawaii] Maybe more?
  • Go Zorbing
  • Learn To Freedive
  • Learn Windsurfing
  • Go Indoor Skydiving


  • Be an Extra in a Movie [November 12, 2010]
  • Go to the airport and buy a ticket without knowing where I’m going.
  • Get something named after me.

Events To Attend

  • Visit Burning Man And Document It

  • Participate in Tomatina
  • Running of the Bulls

  • Coachella

  • Mardi Gras

  • See The Northern Lights And Do A Time Lapse Film Of It

  • SxSw [March 2012]

Rennaisance Man

  • Learn To DJ
  • Learn to Fly A Plane
  • Learn To Breakdance
  • Create a video that gets international coverage
  • Get To Space
  • Go Slacklining
  • Become Fluent In 4 Languages
    • English
    • Spanish
    • Mandarin
    • French
    • Italian
    • Esperanto


  • Start my own marketing agency [December 12th, 2011]
  • Make a full-time living online.
  • Start an international company.
  • Put $100,000 in the bank.
  • Give $100,000 away.
  • Create a million dollar company.
  • Make Impossible HQ into a Business.
  • Speak at a Fortune 50 Company [Target HQ – February 17th, 2012]
  • Create an Apparel Line [October 3, 2012]
  • Take the Impossible Brand Beyond Apparel
  • Get Something Named Impossible
  • Start A Business Incubator.
  • Write an e-book [RMG: December 25th, 2010] [Impossible Manifesto: December 6th, 2011] [Impossible TRI: February 28th, 2012]
  • Publish a real physical book.
  • Start a successful blog
    • 1,000 Subscribers
    • 10,000 Subscribers
    • 25,000 Subscribers
    • 50,000 Subscribers
I think I’m going to write an impossible list of my own! So look out for one later this week…
kellyelli ❤

Hey eveyone!

Here’s the recap of this past week:

Mon – 5

Tues – Rest

Wed – 2

Thurs – 7

Fri – 6

Sat – Rest

Sun – Rest

For a total of 20 miles! I was supposed to run 10 miles today but work was so exhausting, so I’m going to sub it in for the rest day this tuesday. I’m so excited to run it! and next weekend i have a 12 miler! im nearly half way in mileage!

Sorry for the short post but I’m gonna get some zzzzz’s before work tomorrow. Night!

kellyelli ❤

Hey everyone! Last time, I posted pictures as a source of inspiration, so this time I’m going to focus on words of inspiration! I have found them very motivating and touching, so I hope you feel the same way! I will try my best to cite the website I got them from.

“Live your life out loud!” They sing. “You deserve a brilliant life!”

…It’s about intuition, gratitude, power and connection. It’s about living a life filled to the brim with JOY.

It’s about believing with all of my heart what Pat B. Allen told me,

“We owe it to the world to be as ALIVE as we can. To give what is unique in us to give.” 

“You started something. You were passionate and in love with the ideas swirling and twirling in your heart and you were vibrating on a super high plane all ready to shoot off into the sky and burst with light and life and rain down millions of golden stars onto the Earth.

And then you stopped.

Something slowed you down. You got tired. You had a child, or took a 9-5 job, or both. You forgot what it was you were so excited about in the first place. You lost sight of the sky.

I give you permission to start again.


Building something new, living outside your comfort zone and making peace with the possibility that all your efforts are being spent in vain is HARD. Hard as in scary, tiring, complex, complicating, filled with rejection, laborious, tempestuous, grinding, merciless and unrelenting (and yes, I got all of those words using

also, I just read this post and thought it was really sweet! It makes me want to reach out to a stranger and help them, even if it’s in a small way!

lastly, here are two youtube videos that are just too cute to pass up!

Bohemian Rhapsody on the way to school:

and Best marriage proposal ever?


Ok, thats all for now! I’ve got to go but I’ll definitely try to do more inspiration posts in the future!

kellyelli ❤