40 Before 40

On my 29th birthday, I made a list of things that I wanted to do before I turned 30. By the time I reached my third decade, I had only achieved about 1/3 of the things that I set out to do. It didn't matter--I was thrilled with my personal growth over the year and the fact that I did so many cool things.

Naturally, I had to make a list of things to do in the next ten years. I based this format off my friend Angela's 30 Before 30 list, mainly because I couldn't think of 101 things that I particularly wanted to do like my friend Karen. It's a mix of things to do, places to go, stuff to learn. Some of it is for personal growth, some of it is just for fun, some of these are ways to fulfill lifelong dreams. Either way, I've got ten years!

  1. Publish a book traditionally (depending on the meaning of "traditional" by the time I get around to doing it)
  2. Upcycle a piece of furniture
  3. Ride in a hot air balloon
  4. Participate in community theater
  5. Ride a Vespa
  6. Spa weekend!
  7. Take a cruise
  8. See the pyramids
  9. Take a creative writing class
  10. Finish the girls' baby books
  11. Rewrite my will
  12. Finish funding our emergency fund
  13. Decorate my home the way that I like it
  14. Tour Napa Valley 
  15. Vacation on the Eastern Shore
  16. Tour the White House
  17. Bungee jump
  18. Attend my 20-year high school reunion
  19. Own land
  20. Own a minivan
  21. Own a final (for now) home
  22. Own a pair of Louboutins
  23. Go to South Africa
  24. Go to Australia
  25. Go to the remaining states that I haven't seen yet (Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming)
  26. Go to Mt. Rushmore
  27. Go to Yellowstone National Park
  28. Go to Alcatraz
  29. Go to Atlantic City (completed May 25-27, 2012)
  30. Go to Boston
  31. Go to Montreal
  32. Go to Vancouver
  33. Go to Preakness (or another Triple Crown race)
  34. Go to Key West
  35. Go to Scandinavia
  36. Go to the Museum of Modern Art
  37. Go to Oktoberfest in Munich
  38. Learn conversational German
  39. Learn to paint
  40. Learn self-defense with my girls
Bonus: ride in a helicopter

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