October 25, 2016

40 by 40


My 30th birthday recently came and went. Unlike a lot of people, I was really looking forward to turning thirty. Honestly. I had zero anxiety about getting older or about entering my thirties. On the contrary, I am quite looking forward to the next decade. Over the next ten years, I get to grow as a wife and mother. I am also in a job that I adore and I cannot wait to see what my career looks like by the time 40 rolls around. 

For my birthday this year, my co-workers put together some "words of wisdom" for me to use over the next decade. One co-worker in particular suggested I make a 40 by 40 list and try really hard to finish it. After I started working on the list, Adam further suggested that I break the list down by how complicated or costly a particular task was in order to have the best chance of successfully completing everything. In other words, if I saved all the most expensive and difficult things for the last few years, I wouldn't probably be able to do them all. So, after much thought, I have finished my list AND have divided it into Four Levels. Level 1 being the least costly and least complicated tasks and Level 4 being the most. If I strive to complete 4 tasks a year -- one from each Level --  then I will be on track to realistically complete all 40 by the time I'm 40. 
In the spirit of staying on track, I thought I'd post my list -- just to memorialize it for everyone to see (and to keep me accountable). Here's to the next decade y'all. This should be fun! 

Level 1:
1. Find and regularly participate in a local nonprofit cause/organization
2. Write a (good) short story or novel
3. Attend service at a house of worship of a religion I am not familiar with
4.  Read 3 “classics” I haven’t read before
5.  Keep a garden alive for one full season
6. Wear (and rock) red lipstick
7.  Put a wild color streak(s) in my hair (even if temporary)
8.  Perfect a homemade biscuit recipe
9. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
10. Write a letter to myself that I can read at 50

Level 2:
11. Go 48 hours without technology
12.  Get a Holland related tattoo
13.  Go zip lining
14. Write/Send letters to 3 mentors who have impacted my life
15. Participate in a podcast
16. Ride a horse again
17.  Take a dance lesson
18.  Renew wedding vows
19.  Purchase and display original artwork from a local artist
20. Visit a fortune teller or psychic

Level 3:
21.  Curate and maintain a stylish and versatile wardrobe that compliments my body type
22. Walk the red carpet at an event
23.   Meet 5 “Internet Friends” in real life
24.  Be featured in a local publication
25. Give a loved one a very extravagant gift
26.  Have a romantic in-state weekend getaway with just Adam
27.  Take a girls only vacation
28.  Invest in luxury bedding
29.   Leave a 100% tip for great service
30.  Become a regular financial contributor to a worthy cause

Level 4 : 
31. Pay off all student debt
32. Skydive
33. Celebrate New Year's Eve in a big city
34. Visit three countries in Europe
35. Tour wineries on the West Coast
36. Become proficient (er, conversational) in another language
37. Stay the night in a castle
38. Go scuba diving
39. Participate in a local theatre event -- even a small non-speaking role
40. Do an unassisted pull-up 

7 comments :

  1. Love these! Too funny- my 30 Before 30 check-in is going up tomorrow- great minds :)

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  2. I love these! I'm a huge bucket list maker but I love the idea of breaking it down like that!

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  3. This is so great! I love how you organized it and made it attainable but challenging. I was just thinking "oh, a 30 before 30 would be fun!", then I realized that I only have until February. Looks like I'll be going you're route instead!

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  4. These are great. I am working on a 40 by 40 as well, but I am a little late to the game as I am going to be 34 this year.. I started blogging at 31 so I missed the initial thought on this, but am happy to be able to at least cross a few of these things off my list right away as I have accomplished a few of them already.

    I see you rocking that red lipstick ringing in the new year in a big city! I will say, Nashville isn't huge, but it was amazing to ring in the new year (I even blogged about it). I did NYC once as well and it wasn't as fun. I am a new years eve baby so as a life bucket list I am working on ringing in the new year in as many cities as possible.

    Good luck with your list! I can't wait to read about it!

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  5. I love lists like these. I think you will be able to knock out a lot of the level one and two once fairly quickly. It's so funny how you made levels, ah our personalities sink up well. Keep us posted on your updates and good luck!

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  6. Luxury bedding sounds divine and I love the this list! Happy, happy belated Kate!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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