40 things to do before I'm 40

I'm a goal-oriented person.  At least I'd like to think that I am.

I have always had career-minded goals.  Professional goals.

I've had personal aspirations and dreams.

As a wife there are certain things that my husband and I wish to accomplish.

As parents we have goals for our children.

As homeowners, we have projects and plans for our home.

I also have to-do lists.  Everywhere.

And never-going-to-be-finished lists.

And oops-I-forgot-to-do-that lists.

They all tend to go hand in hand, especially when it comes to parenting and household management.  Think about all of the never-ending cycles of cleaning, dishes, and laundry.

There was a time when I viewed my goals and to-do lists very similarly.  Things either checked off as they were done or looming out there somewhere in the distance and somewhat unattainable.  Lofty, even.

This all changed a bit when I had my most recent birthday.  I realized on that day that 40 wasn't an age that was way out there in the distant future.  It was coming pretty quickly.  In December I turned 38 and ever since then I've been mulling this idea over in my head and considering the best way to approach 40.

So I decided to do something somewhat cliché and make a "bucket list".  And naturally since I have a blog, I thought I would garner a little community support and perhaps inspire you to do something similar.

I think that goals are important at any age and any stage...so today, I wish to share with you the 40 things I hope to do before I am 40:

40 things to do before I'm 40

  1. Try something new every day
  2. Climb Mt. Katahdin
  3. Take a random weekend trip with my family – just pack our bags and drive
  4. Go whale watching
  5. Learn to can veggies
  6. Learn to make jelly/preserves
  7. Learn to kayak in fast water
  8. Write the book that has been on my heart and submit to a publisher
  9. Run a 10K
  10. Run a half-marathon
  11. Make my goal weight of 135
  12. For 30 days – cut out all processed foods
  13. Take dance lessons with my husband
  14. Learn how to sew
  15. Learn to make sushi
  16. Teach the children to prepare a meal from scratch
  17. Teach my husband to prepare a meal from scratch
  18. Get to know my neighbors better
  19. Take golf lessons
  20. Learn to fly fish
  21. Go ice fishing
  22. Save at least 3 months’ salary
  23. Take a photography class
  24. Write a letter to 5 people that have impacted my life
  25. Help someone else achieve their dream
  26. Be able to do 5 pull-ups
  27.  Start a side business doing something I love
  28. Memorize scripture
  29. Do one random act of kindness each week
  30. Surprise my kids
  31. Surprise my husband
  32. Take a new way home from time to time
  33. Visit New York City with my family and attend a Broadway show
  34. Read 5 classic novels
  35. Go 48 hours without technology (computer, iPhone, iPad)
  36. Give a speech in front of a large group of people
  37. Volunteer for a cause on a regular basis
  38. Plan a party in someone else's honor
  39. Get my Passport and travel out of the country
  40. Keep a journal

Some of these goals scare me a bit because they are way out of my comfort zone. Some are things that I've always wanted to do but never really took the time to do.  Some will take some planning and some I would just like to begin incorporating into my everyday life.

I hope to accomplish as much of this list as I can before I'm 40.  I have 20 months or so to give it it a shot.

I am more afraid of regret than I am of failure.  

I don't want to look back on this time of my life and wish that I had done more or made better use of my time. Sometimes all it takes is to see things down on paper in front of us to get things started.

I'll be updating this list from time to time as things are checked off.  I'd love for you to follow along.  I'd really love for you to join in with your own list.

I hope you can stick with me through this journey.  Follow along on the Graceful Mess Facebook page... and here.

Should you decide to join me, why not let me know?



Jennifer Collins is a Graceful Mess.  

Living a messy life, full of grace.  




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