Category Archives: Life LIst

the LIST

I was challenged by my AP English teacher in my senior year of high school to create a life-list.  Challenge easily accepted. She encouraged us to not create a ‘bucket’ list as seeing as although we are currently nearing death continuously, we should not be in the mind-set that we need to rush through them because of our fate, but rather as because we want to live our life to the fullest.  Hence the Life List.

I am beyond proud of my list, and I WILL finish it.  So I present Kaitlyn Beth Clifford’s Life List circa 2011:


  1. Herd Goats in Cambodia
  2. Attend Miss America Pageant
  3. ‘Clean the Sink’ by myself
  4. Attend the Oscars
  5. Class at Slimmons
  6. Make a Citizen’s Arrest
  7. See/Touch Queen Victoria’s Wedding Dress
  8. Read Little Women  {12/26/12}
  9. Read Gone With the Wind
  10. Read all the classics
  11. Learn words to ‘Imma Bee’
  12. Fake proposal in Disneyland
  13. Win a Contest (Radio, TV)
  14. Appear on a Talk Show
  15. Participate in a Game on Ellen
  16. Dance with Ellen
  17. Go on a Game Show
  18. Donate Blood
  19. Donate Plasma
  20. Ride a Helicopter (somewhere cool)
  21. Stalk Friends on Missions (doorbell  ditch)
  22. Join the Paparazzi
  23. Join a Nudist Colony
  24. Make a perfect chocolate covered strawberry
  25. Read all of Oprah’s Book Club Books
  26. Watch Every Disney Movie Made (in order)
  27. Win a trip off of Regis and Kelly
  28. Win a Trip off the Radio
  29. Harry Potter Marathon
  30. Pull a Pocahontas
  31. Pet a deer in the wild
  32. Stalk Bono/U2
  33. Get a Certificate to Marry people
  34. Swim with Stingrays
  35. Run Half-Marathon
  36. Attend Kentucky Derby
  37. Raise Butterflies
  38. Have butterfly land on nose
  39. Feed elephant
  40. Live in a Foreign country**
  41. Join Peace Corps
  42. Get my face on a Band-Aid
  43. Design own Rainboots
  44. Graduate from FIDM/Equivalent of
  45. Sleep in a Castle
  46. Stay in the Cinderella Suite
  47. Private Concert
  48. Actually finish a project
  49. Live on a farm
  50. Start a jogging group
  51. Reed a lamb (I have no idea where this came from.  I am almost positive that one of my guy friends added it on there as a joke when I wasn’t looking.)
  52. Key someone’s car
  53. Punch someone in the face
  54. Speed Date
  55. Frolic in a meadow at sunset {05/30/12}
  56. Be the first all Ginger team to win the Amazing Race with Madison Krauss Sheridan
  57. Become a Youtube sensation**
  58. Go Blonde
  59. Go Brunette
  60. See a Witch Doctor
  61. Spearhead a Protest
  62. Protest Wendy’s
  63. Get a Henna Tattoo
  64. Achieve the perfect beach waves
  65. Interrogate someone
  66. Snowshoe to a cabin
  67. Complete my Life List


  1. Gilmore Girls Pilot Town
  2. Verona on Valentines
  3. India at Holi Krishna
  4. Jerusalem at Easter
  5. Bethlehem at Christmas
  6. NYC at Christmas
  7. Argentina/Patagonia/Antarctica
  8. Mongolia
  9. Uganda
  10. Go on a Camel Expedition in Morocco
  11. Barbados
  12. Belize
  13. Costa Rica
  14. Dominican Republic
  15. Brazil/Chile
  16. Peru/ Machu Picchu
  17. Ride around Greece in Sundresses on Scooters with friends {06/10/11}
  18. Pancake Tour of America
  19. North/South Poles
  20. Harry Potter Study Abroad
  21. Hershey, PA
  22. Nicolson’s Café in Edinburgh
  23. Climb Ayers Rock
  24. Swim in Mediterranean {06/09/12}
  25. Chinese New Year in China
  26. Attend a Royal Wedding
  27. Canoe across Jenny Lake
  28. Sleep on a bench in Paris
  29. Circumnavigate the Glove
  30. Watch Dakar Race
  31. Watch Baja 1000
  32. Mardi Gras (from afar)
  33. Humanitarian Trip to Africa** (does a mission count?)
  34. Finish line of Tour de France
  35. Kamille’s Tour of Utah
  36. Study Abroad in London
  37. Study Abroad in Italy** (I went to Italy after doing a Study Abroad.  Close enough?)
  38. Internship in DC/NYC/LA/London
  39. Strait of Magellan
  40. Spend a weekend at a Spa
  41. Live in California
  42. Live in New York
  43. Cherry Blossoms in DC
  44. Sundance Film Festival {01/22/12}
  45. Go to Opera in: London, Sydney, Vienna, Paris
  46. Paraglide off Victoria Falls
  47. Lavender Fields in France
  48. Salem, MA during Halloween


  1. Self Defense
  2. Jujitsu
  3. Ballroom Dance
  4. To read palms
  5. Interpret Dreams
  6. Tai Chi
  7. Hedge Sculpting
  8. How to raise Butterflies
  9. Cut Hair
  10. Floral Design
  11. Knitting
  12. Crocheting
  13. Sew
  14. “Piano Man” on the Harmonica
  15. ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me” on the Ukulele
  16. Play Hearts
  17. At least 20 different HP spells
  18. Play Canasta
  19. Fashion Design {12/15/12}


  1. Harry Potter World
  2. Disneyland/Disneyworld
  3. Anthropology
  4. J-Crew
  5. Gap
  6. Work in the Theater
  7. Work in Hollywood
  8. Behind the Scenes of a Movie
  9. Build-a-Bear
  10. Government Office (preferably the Capitol)
  11. Museum {8/12/12}


  1. Camel
  2. Elephant
  3. Helicopter
  4. Segway
  5. Hot Air Balloon
  6. Side Car
  7. Water-Plane
  8. The ‘Duck’
  9. Hippie Van
  10. Tin Trailer


  1. Peacock
  2. Cloak of Invisibility
  3. Button making machine
  4. A prop from Harry Potter
  5. A signed copy of HP
  6. Bunny suit
  7. 14 Pairs of Rainboots** (I’m on 2…)

A Call of my Own

Beginning this May, it will be two years since some of my best friends’ started to receive their calls to serve LDS Missions before we had even graduated High School.  At that point in time there was plenty exciting going on in my life, with graduation, a senior trip to Greece, becoming a USU Ambassador, and just the general transition from little to big.  Although I had so much going for me I always felt jealous of all my friends who got to go through the process of doing their mission papers, receiving their call, and just even the thought of taking off two years of real life for an adventure.  You could also say that I have just always hated being left behind.

Through several adventures and experiences over the last year (including spending a month by myself in Europe) I had already made the decision that I had wanted to serve a mission for the LDS church; it was just a matter of when I wanted to fit it into my life plans. Then October Conference happened, and it was an answer to so many different prayers on so many different levels.  I knew that my time to serve was immediately.  My goal was to receive my call before my older sister entered the Missionary Training Center (serving in the Finland Helsinki Mission) on Nov. 14th, and after several glitches that were put in my path I submitted my papers on Nov. 4th.  By Nov. 9th I had a call assigned, which was shocking that it happened that quickly with the increase of papers being submitted- we thought my call would miss my sister by one week.  Instead, we had it pulled from the Church Headquarters mailroom and picked it up after our last family dinner.

My mother was in denial, and immediately began freaking out that she didn’t have any paper to make a banner like we did for Kamille’s to surprise all our friends and family with when they came over to say goodbye to Kamille.  My Dad was anxious.  Kamille was beyond excited.  Maddy was feeling left out.  And me?  I was completely calm.

Last Family Dinner at the one and only China Platter.  Any major event in our life has been marked by this restaurant.

Last Family Dinner at the one and only China Platter. Any major event in our life has been marked by this restaurant.

Unbelievable.  IT'S HERE!

Unbelievable. IT’S HERE!


In the car after picking up my call.

In the car after picking up my call.

I couldn’t believe that it was HERE!  It was my time to find out what the next two years of my life held before me.  And it even made it here before we shipped Kamille off to Finland!  And I was 19 years old, and not 21.  So many Tender Mercies.  Because I wasn’t really expecting to open my call I hadn’t come up with what I wanted.  Instead of waiting for all of my friends and family to come over we decided we couldn’t stand it any longer so we opened it as soon as we walked through the door.

This is how it went down:

Was I expecting any of that?


Africa?  They send Sister’s there?  That moment of surprise is a moment that I will never forget.  Such a strong confirmation of what I was doing was the right plan for me.  After further investigations, I found out that due to safety Sisters’ only serve in the country of Botswana.

In disbelief.

In disbelief.


Thanks Roommate Brooke.

Thanks Roommate Brooke.

Half of the Roommate's reactions.

Half of the Roommate’s reactions.


My Mission Area- Northern South Africa & Botswana!

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A banner of my own!

A banner of my own!


She was upset she didn't buy enough paper to spell Johannesburg.  Or South Africa.

She was upset she didn’t buy enough paper to spell Johannesburg. Or South Africa.

Hailee having a heart attack after I snapchat-ed her a photo of the envelope.  Sorry Hai.  It just had to be that way.

Hailee having a heart attack after I snapchat-ed her a photo of the envelope. Sorry Hai. It just had to be that way.

Both wishing it was Paris.

Shout out to this girl Hailee.  Serving in the France Paris Mission!

Cheers to the next 2 years of my life.. IN BOTSWANA!


(This is what pulls up when you Google Botswana.  Probably not the most accurate thing.)

I am so excited that I have this opportunity to preach the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to the incredible people of Botswana, and for a time in Johannesburg.  I hope that I’ll be able to give them the gift of happiness that this gospel has given me throughout my life, and to bring them unto Christ and his teachings.

Cheers to the next 2 years of my life.. IN BOTSWANA!



Sister Kaitlyn Beth Clifford
South Africa, Johannesburg Mission
Reporting to the South Africa MTC April 4th, 2013

If you are interested in what I’ll be preaching check out this website:

If you are interested in how the LDS Church assigns these “Mission Calls” go to this link:

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