40 before 40

Here’s my list of 40 things I want to do before my 40th birthday on March 15, 2012. To read the full post that went with this, go here. And if you can help with any of these, let me know! Especially the one about the guitar. 🙂

1. 40 days of giving leading up to March 15, 2012 (inspired by Dyana Valentine)

2. Attend a retreat

3. Take private ballroom dancing lessons

4. Learn to play one song on guitar that I can sing along to

5. Get paid to write

6. Throw an amazing party

7. Get rid of every article of clothing I don’t feel gorgeous in

8. Use my china and crystal at least twice

9. Start my legacy cloth (with the help of Wholly Jeanne)

10. Hug, hold hands and have wonderful conversations with as many of my favorite online friends as I can

11. Buy and work through Danielle La Porte’s The Spark Kit. (I’ve been waiting for this moment since it came out and I’m almost ready. I can’t wait to tell you how awesome it is.)

12. Spend a day being pampered at a first class spa

13. Have my first paid speaking gig (okay – scary to say that out loud)

14. Take a raw food class

15. Become a Reiki Master (Reiki I, Reiki II, Reiki Master)

16. Build an altar in my home

17. Turn our bedroom into a beautiful, healing space (buh-bye taupe) – It’s white! Now for the finishing touches.

18. Read at least six books that are already on my bookshelf, cover to cover (60 would be better but I do still have a husband and child, so I don’t know how likely that is)

19. Lose the last 20-25 15-20 10 pounds and feel healthy, fit and comfortable in my body again (I’ve dropped 23 30 40 since I was at my heaviest after Ben died)

20. Take a digital photography class

21. Maintain my 1000 day meditation practice (and buy a zafu cushion)

22. Finish Charlie Gilkey’s Email Triage on both my email accounts

23. Launch the business that is totally aligned with who I am (Final countdown is ON!)

24. Get at least 1 massage every 3 months

25. Go through all of my MA writing and see if there’s anything publishable

26. Have all my art prints and photos framed and hung

27. Go camping

28. Have my web presence professionally redesigned

29. Have fresh flowers in the house at all times

30. Begin every day consciously and with gratitude

31. Learn how to needle felt

32. Re-learn how to use my sewing machine

33. Have date night with Steve once a month

34. Deepen my trust in my intuition  (who knew this would happen so fast – and it will continue to grow – but wow, life is a miracle!)

35. Choreograph a solo movement/spoken word piece

36. Ask more people what their dreams are, because that’s really what I want to know

37. Have more picnics

38. Sell my wedding dress and give the money to a favorite cause

39. Go horseback riding

40. Find joy every. single. day.

What’s on your list?

*I reserve the right to add, subtract or modify said list if any of these things no longer feel like fun.


8 Responses to 40 before 40

  1. Liz says:

    I can help with a few of these. 😉

  2. vera kate says:

    I can help with #10 and #32!

  3. Erica Staab says:

    I LOVE these 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration… and it makes me giggle how many of them we have in common. Now perhaps I will make my list!

  4. I actually have a gift certificate gathering dust for two horseback riding sessions–wanna use one and go together? D

  5. Michelle Deering says:

    would love to be with you for #2 and #27
    You are beautiful my friend and I miss you……the words that flow from your soul have given me the strength to share the pain of losing my son……Christian Wade Deering
    I love you!
    Love Miss

  6. can i make a suggestion about selling the wedding dress. There is also organizations that take wedding dresses and make beautiful loving burial outfits for babies. I believe its called the mary madeline project, and you can also have a memory tag put in the outfit, to honor your loved one.

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