John turns 40 this Friday, and it has me in a contemplative mood.
Most of my good friends are over 40, and I am hurtling towards the day, myself. (18 months from now, to be exact)
I am not sad about that at all, in fact it feels good-like I am coming into my own. Seeing bucket lists around, I decided that was a really good way to be pro-active in embracing my middle-agedness! Since I believe in never shrinking back, but instead always charging forward with joy and determination and great hope in a big God, I made this ambitious list of 40 things to do before I turn 40.
Now, my life is as busy as anyone, and very ordinary, even mundane at times…and some days it is all I can do to get the dishwasher loaded and the kids schoolwork halfway done! So, I won’t let this be anything more than FUN.
I hope to do at least half, but I refuse to sink back into my dangerous “all or nothing” habits. I hereby retain the right to remove items, add items, ignore items and revise as needed.
As I accomplish something, I’ll blog about it. I’ve been needing more blog material, and this ought to be somewhat interesting to at least three of you!
If you see something on here that you are also intrigued by, let me know!…maybe we can team up and accomplish it, together!
1.Take a cooking class, preferably Thai.
2. Go on a family mission trip.
3. Get caught up on the kids scrapbooks.
4. Sit on a jury.
5. Have visible arm muscles.
6. Host a dinner party.
7. go play paintball with John and the boys.
8. Hike to the top of Multnomah Falls again.
9. Find the perfect pair of jeans.
10. Lead at least one more person to Christ.
11. Milk a real cow.
12. Go to a Third Day concert.
13. Have a professional facial.
14. Remodel the house and add an enclosed sunporch.
15. See the northern lights.
16. Tour an art museum.
17. read 50 books.
18. Plant an all white garden as my prayer retreat.
19. Simplify our home further, and get rid of all clutter.
20. Be driving anything smaller than the Suburban. and preferably something red or yellow!
21. Get down to, and maintain, a healthy weight.
22. Brush up on my Spanish, enough to have a conversation.
23. See a live orchestra perform, either Vivaldi or Mozart.
24. Write a good poem or short story or article, and have it published.
25. Help build a house with Habitat for Humanity.
26. visit a National Park.
27. do a Daniel fast.
28. Enter a cooking contest.
29. Run a Half-Marathon in my hometown.
30. Build a fire pit in our backyard.
31. Memorize a new Psalm.
32. Plant three fruit trees.
33. Learn to drive a stick shift.
34. Take an ALL DAY bike ride. preferably with my family.
35. Make getting up early a consistent habit.
36. Learn to identify trees better.
37. Ride in a limo.
38. Sew something I like enough to wear in public.
39. Watch every Cary Grant movie made.
40. Take a self-defense class.