The “Impossible” List

What is an Impossible List?

Good question! For one, I would like to say that this is NOT a bucket list. Bucket lists are built around the idea that death is coming, and as Joel Runyon (The creator of The First Impossible List) says they are, “boring as hell.” . Thomas Frank, my favorite blogger/youtuber/podcaster, made his impossible list and that inspired me to make my own (Some of my goals are taken straight from his list).

The idea of this is to actively go after the goals on the list everyday. It is kind of like a to-do list of sorts. I decided to take on this challenge because: What is life without a little adventure? This list is not exhaustive by any means. In fact, it is supposed to be endless. Some goals may lead to another goal, and sometimes I may come up with a new goal on my own. That’s the beauty of it!

I know, a lot of these goals on my list seem farfetched (maybe even “Impossible”), but that’s the point. I want to live a “farfetched” life. If I don’t at least try, then I for sure will NOT do any of these things. So here’s my chance. My goal is to update my impossible list on a monthly basis (and by that, I mean I want to accomplish things so I can update it on a monthly basis). With this list, I hope that I can live a life that many other people will aspire to live as well.

Griffin’s “Impossible” List (Last Updated 4/10/16)

Current Focuses: 

  • Swimming
    • I am working on this with the help of my friend, Sarah, and an intramural month-long half-ironman triathlon in which we have to swim 1.2 miles in one month. At the moment, I have reached my 1.2 mile goal for the month, but I’m not done. I’m planning on swimming a lot more now to improve speed, endurance, and eventually reach the shape and skill level needed to do a full on ironman triathlon.
  • Running:
    • This is also done with along with the month-long triathlon that I am participating in. The goal for this is to technically run a total of 12.6 miles in one month. I don’t necessarily want to stop there. I will probably try to go as far as I can, time permitting. I am hoping that I will get the entire Ironman distance in a month, but with finals coming up, it may not be possible. That’s why it’s not on the list, it’s not really set in my mind. It’s more of an “if I get to it” thing. The benefit of this is that I can increase my distance slowly while completing the half Ironman distance.
  • Spanish
    • I am very determined to be completely fluent in Spanish by the time I graduate. Because of this goal, I have been working very hard on Spanish homework, and also working on a website called Duolingo in order to improve my Spanish skills. I currently have a total of 5 years of Spanish under my belt and hope to obtain my fluency by the time I am done with my 8th year (and if I can, my 7th year).

Last 5 Goals Completed: (To be Updated)

This is where I will update my progress once it has been made 🙂  

Fitness/Health Goals:

Running Goals

  • Run a 5k without stopping
    • Run a 10k without stopping
    • Run a half marathon
    • Run a marathon
    • Run a mile in under 10 minutes (currently at 11:00)
  • Do a Color Run
  • Do a Tough Mudder
  • Do a triathlon (This one will be expanded on later, when I find out all of the different distances for it)

Lifting Goals

  • Learn how to bench
  • Learn how to squat


  • Swim 1000 meters without stopping (Currently at 300 meters)
  • Actually learn how to properly breathe while swimming
  • Swim 1 mile (about 1600 meters) in a day (Currently at .62 miles)

Weight/ Strength

  • Weigh 160 pounds


  • Cut out high fructose corn syrup for a month
  • Drink black coffee
  • Eat a salad everyday for a month
  • Eat at MOST 1600 calories a day for a month


  • Do 25 push-ups in a single set.
  • Do 50 sit-ups in a single set.
  • Do 5 pull ups in a single set.

Professional Goals:

For the future:

  • Graduate with a double major in Marketing and International Studies.
  • Graduate with a minor in Spanish
  • Get an internship  (Before Graduation)
  • Line up a job for after graduation
  • Actually use my LinkedIn
  • Attend a career fair with business cards and my resume

For me:

  • Meet at least 20 interesting people that are in my field of study.
  • Have coffee with 5 people I do not know in a month
  • Meet someone who can only speak in Spanish
  • Start a blog
  • Get an on campus job

Habit Goals:

  • Wake up at 7:00 am Everyday for a month
  • Attempt Cold Shower Therapy for a month
  • Do a morning workout 100 days in a row
  • Read 30 pages everyday for a year.
  • Practice on Duolingo everyday
  • Start Washing my face with face soap (not just a bar of soap)
  • Floss everyday
  • Work on School work for 8 hours a day (Includes in-class time) 

Skill Goals: 

  • Become fluent in Spanish before graduation
  • Become fluent in two other languages (Languages TBD)
  • Learn how to swim faster
    • Learn how to turn around faster in the pool
  • Learn how to dive
  • Become competent in Photo Shop
  • Become competent in coding
  • Code my own website
  • Build an app
  • Build a PC
  • Train a dog

Adventurous Goals: 

  • Go skydiving
  • Go Bungee Jumping
  • Climb a mountain
  • Go Parasailing
  • Bike cross country
  • Go Surfing
  • Swim in Every Ocean: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Southern, Arctic
  • Ride an Elephant
  • Ride a Camel
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Own a dog

 Events to Attend:

  • Vidcon
  • Comic Con (Idk why, just for fun I guess)
  • E3
  • An Apple Keynote
  • CES
  • American Ninja Warrior Taping
  • Participate in Tomatina (Spain)
  • Go to a bullfight
  • Day of the Dead celebration
  • Go to the Olympics
  • Go to the Superbowl

Travel Goals:

  • Take a spontaneous road trip
  • Take a spontaneous plane trip
  • Get a passport
  • Study Abroad for a semester (If not financially possible, then a spring break trip)
  • Go to Spain
  • Go to England
  • Ride the London Eye
  • Go to Germany
  • Go to Italy
  • Visit all 7 wonders of the world
    • Christ Redeemer (Brazil)
    • Great Wall of China (China)
    • Machu Picchu (Peru)
    • Petra (Jordan)
    • Chichén Itzá (Mexico)
    • Roman Colosseum (Italy)
    • Taj Majal (India)
  • Visit All 7 Continents
    • North America
    • South America
    • Africa
    • Asia
    • Europe
    • Australia
    • Antarctica (Yes, I’m serious)

Financial Goals:

  • Get a credit card and use it responsibly
  • Have a good credit score (whatever that is)
  • Have $1,000 in my savings account
  • Make money doing something I love
  • Get 10 more scholarships by the time I graduate (1/10)
  • Graduate Debt-Free
  • Get $2,000 invested into a Roth IRA ($1000/$2000)
  • Invest in the stock market

Life Goals:

  • Get a job as an International Marketer
  • Graduate College with a 3.75 or better
  • Get into the Top 100
  • BE HAPPY (Always in progress)