Eden M. Kennedy

mission accomplished, pal

Eden M. Kennedy is the co-author (with Alice Bradley) of the book Let's Panic About Babies! (St. Martin's Press, 2011).

A former college-radio DJ, Mrs. Kennedy has driven cross-country six times in a 1973 Volkswagen Bug and enjoys standing on her head.

Currently she works at a nonprofit and is just about finished writing her first novel.


This year, instead of just plucking away at my Life List (which is down at the bottom of the page) I'm taking a page from Danielle's book and doing the Uberlist. It's one hundred and fifteen things -- some big, most small and easily done. In Danielle's words,

THIS IS NOT A BUCKET LIST. It’s a brass tacks approach to getting shit done. The idea is that at the end of the year, you feel like you’ve made some movement towards feeling like you did something you really wanted to. I usually think “Who do I want to be at the end of this year?”



1. Yoga: loosen up that right hip

2. Meditate daily

3. Wine with dinner, whatever, but always go to bed with a clear head

4. Sleep 8 hours

5. Drink 64 oz. of water GODDAMNIT

6. Green drink whenever possible

7. Get a physical w/ blood test



8. Start broker’s account and learn to buy stocks

9. Apply for branch job

10. Pay off tax loan

11. Save up $10k



12. Finish 3rd draft of novel by the end of January and send to Kate

13. Do rewrites/changes in a timely manner and get it SOLD

14. Monthly blog post

15. Monthly essay for QuietRev done ON TIME

16. Start new novel 

17. Do a reading somewhere with some people

18. Write a topical Shouts & Murmurs

19. Daily drawing journal



20. Have JS over for dinner whenever possible

21. Spend more time with HM

22. Lunch with PN and JT once a month

23. Go camping with Jack

24. See PB either here or in NY

25. See AB either here or in NY

26. Do something nice for EG

27. Do something nice for SB

28. Do something nice for DH

29. Do something nice for JP

30. Sent MM a baby present

31. Have lunch with CD

32. Reconnect with E

33. Weed out Twitter

34. Weed out FB



35. Grow hair out just until it gets curly 

36. Find a good product that will make curly hair simple to deal with

37. Figure out the mustache situation

38. Get low-back bra to wear with the black dress

39. Buy some nice underwear



40. Finish the goddamn reindeer sweater

41. Start a new smaller knit project

42. Finish donation drawings

43. Clean out bead box

44. Learn and try out a new beading method



45. Go to Disneyland with Jackson

46. Get him set up with some kind of IRA

47. Take him somewhere good during summer vacation



48. Attic writing space: get old desk out and new table in

49. Attic writing space: get a bookshelf

50. New candle for yoga

51. Clean house thoroughly down to the grout

52. Clean out Jackson’s closet

53. Make a better space for Jackson to hang out with his friends

54. Good reading lamp for living room

55. Clean out storage space

56. Clean out garage

57. Get new chair for living room w/ottoman

58. Frames for both of Holly’s paintings

59. Get bed off the floor



60.    Tops

61.    Bottoms

62.    Underwear

63.    Socks

64.    Coats

65.    Shoes

66.     Bags

67.    Accessories

68.    Books

69.    Papers

70.    Miscellaneous/sentimental garbage



71. Make a vision board for 2015

72. Make a vision board for 5-year plan



73. Get flute fixed

74. Go see some good stand-up

75. Get old tattoo inked over with new tattoo



76. Reach out to one writer whose work I love and tell them

77. personal

78. personal

79. personal

80. personal



81. See Yogananda movie 

82. Finish “The Signature of All Things”

83. Read all Christopher Logue books

84. Reread Lolita

85. Read unabridged War & Peace

86. Read How Not to Write a Novel

87. Read Poseur

88. Listen to Silkworm



89. Send idly by while Kate sells novel 

90. personal

91. Have novel sell a million copies

92. Write new novel

93. personal

94. Make just a little bit more money than I need without working any harder than I want to

95. Buy a house 

96. personal

97. Rent a house on Maui for two months for vacation/work

98. Visit brothers in Florida

99. Visit BQ in Denver

100. Give a reading at The Tattered Cover

101. Get Jackson through high school happy and healthy and into the college of his choice



102. Read an essay on Public Radio

103. Get Uberlist posted blog

104. Transfer Uberlist to notebook

105. Put abacus into a shadowbox and hang it

106. Buy a Japanese print and hang it

107. Buy new wall calendars

108. Clean off the wall by kitchen desk

109. Turn kitchen desk into family office space

110. Long walk IN NATURE once a week

111. Get back to using Goodreads

112. Get those long kilts hemmed to knee-length

113. Reinstall Photoshop on laptop

114. Water the vegetables instead of letting things die like usual

115. Get records out of storage and shelved nicely 



My friend Maggie has inspired thousands of people to write lists of things they want to accomplish and then, by posting them online, publicly committing to making them happen in this lifetime. I resisted making one for a long time because when I sat down and looked at them my goals were either really, really general ("raise my son to be smart, happy, drug-free, etc.") or somewhat ill-defined and personal ("be a good person," "stay healthy"), or just lacking the glamour ("grow out hair") that a life list ought to have. Especially compared to Maggie's list, which was full of imaginative, adventurous things like surf a lava flow and make friends with a shark. Also, I'd read Autobiography of a Yogi, where I learned that in the Hindu tradition, all your wants and desires create new karma, which means that every time you die without crossing everything off your list, you have to come back for extra lifetimes until you can live in a palace / punch Donald Trump in the throat / marry a dolphin. Once you finally shed your last bits of karma (i.e., complete your cosmic life list), you can finally exit this vale of tears and be united with the blissful center of life itself. Or something like that. Look, I'm not your guru.

But despite my vague existential concerns, I'd seen first-hand how powerful declaring your intentions can be, and one of the things it can be is fun.

So in order to avoid adding too many extra spins on the wheel of life and death, I've put together a  conservative list of achievable-in-this-lifetime goals. Some of these may look kind of boring to you, but they're still important to me. And if you see anything on this list that looks familiar, I may have borrowed it from your list. Thank you! You have good ideas.

1. Go to Japan and see the cherry blossoms in Kyoto and eat sushi in Tokyo.

2. Read a book a week for a year. Twelve of those books should be poetry. (I can already tell this needs to be modified into "find the time to read a little every day.")

3. Re-learn how to play pinochle.

4. Configure a space so that it it's flexible enough to let me practice yoga at home. DONE

5. Practice yoga every day, even if it's just a few suryanamaskars and a little meditation. ONGOING

6. Learn to drop back and come up to standing from a back bend.

7. Buy a new sketchbook. Use it, and don't be afraid of paint or brush pens. DONE

8. Live in a house with a yard where I can plant a kitchen garden and compost and let my dog run around. DONE

9. Set up a basketball hoop in the driveway, yard, or wherever.

10 Pay off the credit cards. DONE

11. Publish my first novel and have it do so well that I can quit my job at the library and then sign up as a volunteer at the library. (Basically, I want to keep my job for no pay while I write another novel, and then sell it and write another one, and another one after that.)

12. Figure out how my mom made this sweater and make another one for myself.

13. Find a way to do something really fun with my drawing. Cards, prints, a cartoon strip -- something. T-shirts?

14. Decorate the bedroom.

15. Do something drastically better with our front yard. It's a rental so maybe it's not our responsibility, but it looks like hell and it's not a priority for our landlord so I just want a cheap way to make it look not like hell.

16. Pay off my car loan.

17. Write five letters of thanks to people whose work or lives have inspired me.

18. Be a better friend.

19. Get the podcast with Alice up and running once a week. Also, think of a really good name for it.

20. Quit making other people responsible for my emotional needs and well-being. DONE

21. Get my flute fixed so I can play it again.

22. Go to Australia and gently hug a koala, a wombat, and a quokka.

23. Go on a nice yoga retreat. DONE

24. Finish tagging all my old posts.

25. Finish the first draft of my book by September 30, 2013. DONE

26. Finish the second draft of my book by January 31, 2015.

27. Finish all the sketches I owe people for donating to the Red Cross and Charity Water.

27. Start posting a daily photo again.

28. Finish knitting Jack's new sweater.

29. Sit courtside at a Lakers game.