I remember my Mom’s 29th birthday. I thought she was soooooo oooooold (said in the most exasperated 8-year old voice you can imagine)!
Well friends, I’m waaaaaaay older than 29–but I feel much younger than my actual years. So what does one do when she looks into the future and sees the ripe old age of 50 staring her in the face? She makes a list. Yes. You heard me. A List! If you know me, you will know that I make lots of lists. It helps me organize my thoughts and even though I don’t always follow those lists point by point, they help me build the bridge between chaos and control and I LOVE THEM!
What list does a 15-months-shy-of-50-year-old make to help her deal with what feels like a pretty heavy benchmark birthday on the horizon?
In keeping with the title of this blog, I was thinking about all of the things that I haven’t done that I want to do in my life. I’ve decided now is a good time to put a timeline on getting some of those things done. 50 things is a lot of things to do in 15 months, so this list is not an all-encompassing bucket-list sort of thing. It is simply a way to push me out of my comfort zone and put a deadline on moving ahead with some of the fun things I want to do, try, and experience in the 2nd half of my life.
50 Things By 50 (in no particular order)
- Release 150 pounds
- Complete at least 4 months on a WFPB SOS free diet
- Pay off all of my consumer debt
- Save 6 months emergency fund = to 6 months living expenses
- Try, document and share one new recipe per month
- Complete the Rouxbe Plant-based cooking course
- Sing Karaoke at a public venue
- Write a hand-written letter to 30 family members
- Write a hand-written letter to 20 friends
- DNA info from Ancestry
- Finish 4 BeachBody programs and submit my results
- Visit the ocean at least once (but more if possible)
- Go camping
- Spend a day at Bear Lake
- Hike the Wind Caves
- Research 30 ancestors and help them get their temple ordinances
- Visit Antelope Island
Donate 50 things I no longer need
- Become an expert shot with a hand gun
- Learn how to shoot a bow
- Take a photography class
- Create and display a piece of original art in my home
- Take a painting class
- Take the cabinet making class at Bridgerland
- Refinish a piece of furniture
- Learn how to play 5 hymns on the piano fluently
- Use my passport to go somewhere
- Blog 30 days in a row
- Finish the Courage Works program
- Finish the blogging course I signed up for
- Read 15 books
- Read the LDS Standard Works
- Read the Book of Mormon following Elder Bednar’s advice to note the enabling power of The Atonement
- Complete Elder Nelson’s challenge to read every scriptural passage about Christ
- Buy a really good chef’s knife
- Become an Argos expert (work related)
- Become an Excel expert (work related)
- Do 50 anonymous random acts of kindness
- Get my photo taken again — near my 50th birthday
- Visit the Grand Canyon
- Make it through a month using only pantry items for meals
- Create an original recipe
- Become a morning person
- Visit the Spiral Jetty
- Go on a date
- Speak at a BeachBody Super Saturday event
- Experiment with makeup and get better at it
- Find a cause I believe in and volunteer
- Create a house cleaning routine/checklist that make that chore more enjoyable
- Set up my estate plan/documents
So there you have it. I reserve the right to change some of these up if something even more noteworthy emerges–especially if it is something that really speaks to who I want to be. As you can see, #18 has a line through it as I have already complete this one. I’ll do a post on that in the near future.
This list makes me happy. I am now looking forward to feeling very accomplished by the time I reach the formerly-dreaded age 50.
What do you think? Good list? What would you add if it were your list? Does it seem to hard? Too easy?