a sweet list of 21 christmas ‘would-haves’.

Ever feel that the good ideas come after the opportunity has presented itself?

Well, perhaps the opportunity wasn’t lost, but the motivation to dig a little deeper gained—even if it doesn’t manifest for a day or two or three. You might know these little regrets: I should have said this, I should have said that, I should have done it that way, I should have asked for this or that and something else.

But missing the moment doesn’t really matter… what matters is that something triggered a deeper sense of thought however creative, intuitive, meaningful or existentially directive.

Chemistry and timing are tricky devices, but they’re always working in our favor. At least I like to believe it is so. In other words, everything is as it should be and the universe is conspiring with us and not against us.

Could this pertain to something as trivial as a Christmas Wish list? Sure it could. It is Christmas after all. And, although I’m not into buying a lot of unnecessary this and that, if someone were to ask me, “what are the things you would have put on your Christmas list?”, well, here they are…

A little list of Christmas ‘would haves’:

1. A box of kittens.

2. A life-size storm trooper.

3. A 365-day vacation.

4. An endless supply of hugs.

5. A bubble bath with Noam Chomsky (no sexy stuff—pure foreign policy).

6. Lessons to learn the entire Thriller dance sequence.

7. Tom Waits to read me a bedtime series, starting with H.C. Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling”.

8. The James Bond theme song to spontaneously begin every time I hop on my bike (stereo in the clouds type of thing).

9. An invitation from a friend to make a documentary film of their life (including a one-way ticket to Hawaii).

10. A judgment-free ticket to get that mohawk I’ve been dreaming of since the 80’s and 90’s.

11. A sleepover in the world’s oldest and biggest library.

12. An entire rainy day spent in a forest—alone with my camera.

13. A year of no inescapable situations a.k.a. no time wasted.

14. To backpack across an entire continent with a handful of amazing compadres.

15. To not be afraid of the gigantic, mysterious, mothering ocean so that I can dip in more than just my tip toes.

16. A jar of sparkly forgiveness dust concocted by a dozen dreamy fairies to use on myself and others on request.

17. The skeleton key that opens the treasure chest containing creativity beyond my conscious imagination.

18. Freedom for all—without rules because they wouldn’t be necessary with mindful hearts full of compassion.

19. No more violence—for all earthlings, including branches, paws, dorsal fins and everything in between.

20. Truth—to know it, to speak it and to feel it.

21. Heaven on Earth.

What’s on your ‘would have’ list?



 {Wishes without boundaries.}


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Tanya Lee Markul
Co-Founder and Chief Editor of Rebelle Society (you are here). She’s convinced that she once swam the depths of the deepest ocean and in the next round, grew over two hundred feet tall. In this life, she’s a vulnerable creation in process. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism & a Master’s in Business. In 2009, surrendering to the good fight within, she became a certified teacher of yoga. Now a full-time devoted student to the sacred art of self-discovery and creative expression, she spends her days on her yoga mat, in wellness experimentation and tilling the fertile soil of Rebelle Society, sharing bouts of black sheepish rebellion, self-acceptance and the beauty of darkness and well-being. Tanya is the creator of ThugUnicorn.com and Yoga.Write.Now.org. She is also the co-founder and Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness. Get to know her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and at Yogacentralen.dk. Sign-up for her free, weekly Newsie and contact her via email: tanya@rebellesociety.com.


  • Michael Beck commented on December 25, 2012 Reply
    1.box o puppies 2.a life size partypooper 3.continue happy work(ad infinitum) 4….and wet kissys 5.bubbly-bath with kate moss(monkey bizzness,pure rocknroll) 6.Tango lessons 7.Bukowski readn me bedtime story, possibly”the Decamerone” 8.YES! Bond bicycle music from the clouds!!! 9.Sandwich Island film project”TanyaLee learns to surf”. 10.bad hair cut. 11.roaming stacks; @Alexsandria,234B.C(tag)#Me,,TanyaLee,Bukowski,A.Balt,T.Waits,Dr Suess andMarilyn Monroe. 12.an entire day hunting mushrooms in a rain forest(danm! forgot my camara!) 13…. well thats impoossible 14.jesuschrist! let me buy you a fuckn pony! 15 yes,that motha scary, but once you learn to surf youll be junky 16.O god! What ARE you smokin!? 17.I’ll lend you mine(its more frieghtning than the sea) 18.freedom just a another word for… 19 that wouldn’t be our fair fanged planet( now would it?). 20.yes,Truth(and Love)most of all 21How boring! 22.bongo solo at the Russian Tea Room.
  • Jennifer commented on December 18, 2013 Reply
    1. A large selection box of baby animals including little snorkley elephants, kitties, squirrels, puppies, bunnies, big pawed tiger cubs, a baby lion, a baby bear & possibly a miniature reindeer & a little squeaky hedgehog (all the babies please). 2. To work at The Orangutan Rescue Centre in Borneo for 6 months, my heart would break & bloom all at the same time. 3. Take my gremlin crew to Iceland to see the northern lights. 4. Become a horse whisperer & go riding in the Andalusian Mountains, bareback, free as the wind – to a back drop of wild desert music. 5. Trek to Macchu Picchu & subsequently all the ancient sacred sites. 6. Perfect a style of Latin Dancing & choreograph a bespoke dance routine with a professional dance partner. 7. Have my own band & go on tour. Alternatively just some dude that plays a guitar & we go buskin’ ;D 8. Build a roundhouse/yurt/tipi in the woods. 9. Build a large natural thermal-heated forest pool for my Mum to swim in. 10. A jar of star dust to awaken the star seeds in everyone who is sprinkled in it, to become the best versions of themselves. 11. To have a never-ending supply of magic fairy dust, for healing & opening hearts. 12. To select magical earth guardians to protect all the beautiful wild places, the animals & the people – so they no longer have to suffer. 13. Fresh coconut water (in coconuts if you please) & soft fruit delivered to my door every morning (including strawberries, blueberries, redcurrants & cherries :’) ) 14. To learn the piano. 15. To have the power to unlock my creativity & get it all down on paper. 16. Speak with the ancient medicine peoples & native american tribal elders. 17. To have a rainbow shower every morning 18. To go surface digging for gemstones/crystals 19. Take a VW Camper Van & turn it into a travelling smoothie bar. 20. Spend lots more nights sleeping under the stars, dancing around camp fires & skinny dipping in oceans, under a full moon. ALONE. hehe. 21. Become a leader of my own reLOVEution.
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