So I'm thirty-eight years old now. My thirties are almost over, and so far, have been pretty sweet. So far in my thirties, I've gotten some nice passport stamps, gone to Broadway shows, made a baby human, gotten tattoos, gone camping, made some fun mistakes--some awesome, some that I'm not proud of. As of today, I have two solid years to round out my third decade.
I had so much fun making this list and am optimistic about making my way through it. I have been a mom the my entire thirties and am excited to focus my list entirely on ME. Not that I don’t love my son, but now that he’s in school after homeschooling I’m like — Oy! How to get to ME?!…and how to get to another baby. I’m grateful for the personal time pause, but I have family hopes and dreams so whatayagonnado.
Each time I check something off my list, I will document it, strike it off the list, blog about it and link it back to this list. A few years ago, I vowed to stop announcing lists of things I planned to do because I rarely made it through the lists. But I'm thirty-eight now. That looks like a grown-up age to me when I see it in print like that. Part of growing up is getting better at the things you suck at, and I am an expert at making lists and revising lists, but truly suck at checking things off lists. I should make a bonus thing on my list-- Be better.
Following is my list of thirty-nine things I plan to do will do before I turn 40.
- Go kayaking.
- Successfully fry chicken.
- Ride a horse.
- Learn to play ukulele.
- Read Malcolm X biography.
- Learn to play Spades.
- Learn to swim properly, including racing skills.
- Knit hats for the homeless depleting my stash of yarn from abandoned hobby.
- Make photo memory books from 15 years of digital photos from honeymoon, family life and vacations.
- Bake something that actually tastes good and share it with other people.
- Get my email inbox down from 74,540 + to zero.
- Watch a sunrise while drinking coffee.
- Watch a sunset while drinking wine.
- Find one of those How To Save $Xk in X Years plans, do it and invest it.
- Go on a silent retreat.
- Declutter our house, for real, including the garage.
- Make another baby (please, Jesus, thanks in advance)
- Submit a story collection or book proposal for publishing (frame the first rejection letter)
- Take a fancy cooking class.
- Learn conversational Spanish (again).
- Learn conversational French (again).
- Earn some type of certification.
- Do ten real, actual push-ups in a row.
- Go parasailing.
- Learn a circus trick.
- Climb a tree.
- Have artsy professional photos taken of me, alone, just because.
- Ski (water or snow).
- Complete an art class.
- Complete a 30 day fitness-related challenge.
- Do school drop-off, run errands and do all my stay-at-home-momming in business casual clothes, makeup and heels one day.
- Do a split.
- Stand up paddle-boarding.
- Get at least one more tattoo.
- Get into a hammock and take a nap.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen that serves families.
- Learn about wine and cheese/food pairings.
- Get in the best shape of my life (please, Jesus, thanks in advance)
- Break at least one bad habit.
That's like 1.6 things to check off per month. This is all totally doable, yes?
I hope this list has inspired you to do something new or cool or exciting or different in the near future. Wish me luck!