40 by 40


I’ve been vacillating between whether or not to create another 101 things in 1001 days since completing my first one in December. Instead, though, I’ve decided to incorporate a big upcoming milestone birthday and focus on 40 items to complete by 40 — which just happens to be 937 days from today.

In creating my list, I browsed the items on my 101 list that I didn’t complete, reviewed my “someday list” and also, because I was curious, researched a bit on what others have on similar lists. What I found is that 1) skinnydipping is on EVERY list (why is that?)  and, 2) I’ve actually completed many of the items others have listed, a realization that brings forth so much gratitude for the life I’ve lived so far. With that being said, there’s still so much in life I’ve yet to experience and I’m going to do my best to knock out these 40 items by Sept. 25, 2020.

  1. Visit 50 states (two remaining)
  2. Travel to five new countries
  3. Write a book
  4. Get married
  5. Read 100 books
  6. Return to the nonprofit BOD world
  7. Meet my 40-year retirement goals
  8. See the Northern Lights
  9. Dine at a three-star Michelin restaurant
  10. Learn to stand up paddleboard
  11. Write letters to the five people who have most impacted my life
  12. Grow my own salad
  13. Answer “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”
  14. Expand my investment knowledge + take my chances on the stock market (beyond just ESPP)
  15. Complete a physical challenge
  16. Do something good (and big) for a stranger
  17. Mentor
  18. Eliminate plastic from my personal/beauty routine
  19. Read all of the books I currently own — and then donate all but my favorites
  20. Learn a new skill
  21. Get to my goal weight
  22. See one of the wonders of the world 
  23. Visit Niagara Falls
  24. Go whale watching
  25. Give five “just because” presents
  26. Build a snowman
  27. Do one thing from my “someday list”
  28. Meditate daily
  29. Host a writing retreat
  30. Get a promotion + take on a new career role
  31. Present at a conference again
  32. Learn how to better use my camera + post one photo monthly to blog
  33. Take a class in something unique/weird
  34. Read + complete The Artist’s Way
  35. Plant peonies
  36. Cross the equator
  37. Leave a note inside a book for someone to find
  38. Write a letter to myself to be opened at 50
  39. Take two writing classes
  40. Go somewhere amazing to celebrate my 40th birthday

Feature image courtesy of https://thedrewmoody.wordpress.com/the-40-list/.

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