Have I mentioned that I'm TOTALLY looking forward to being 40? I know that may sound strange to some people, but I think it will be a fantastic age. I know some fabulous woman who are in their 40's and they have shown me how great it really is. I have nothing to fear.
But in order to get there I have to still live through my 30's. They don't seem all that bad either. But before any of that, I need to finish my 20's. They say 30 is the new 20, so that means I'm basically still a teenager. Hmm. That may explain a lot! Ha!
I like the idea of living a full life. Trying new things and pushing ones self. I love being home with my girls, but sometimes I forget to live outside of the feeding, changing, cleaning, laundry routine. Sometimes I need a purposeful motivation to remember to do other stuff. Fun stuff.
So I created a 30 Before 30 list. These are not resolutions but things that I want to do. Things that are fun, or a challenge, or just sound yummy (a lot of them are food related. You shouldn't be surprised). Some of them are to help me develop a skill, or prove something to myself. But all are things I WANT to do (so there is no marathon running or skydiving here!)
I was going to wait until the 26th to post this list, because then it would be exactly 28 months until my birthday, but then it feels like I have to wait to start on the list until its posted and I'm itching to start. I'll update you on where I'm at with the list as I go. I need to do about one thing a month so if you haven't seen a post about it in a while, kick my butt, okay?
So, here we go.
2 finish all the Jane Austen books (0/8) (I've started a few times, need to finish!)
3 plant a vegetable garden that actually produces something (hopefully the squirrels and bunnies won't feast on it)
4 cook/bake through a cookbook (I haven't picked one yet. I'll take suggestions. Either all the recipes if it's small, or 3 from each section if its bigger)
5 Go on an overnight trip without my kids
6 Make a fondant-iced cake
7 make something successful with a candy thermometer
8 Learn Chopin's Minute Waltz on piano
9 Finish the Wilton classes (1/4 done)
10 eat something I've never tried before
11 Go a week without going on-line (0/7) Mark doesn't think I can. He obviously hasn't seen my determination out full force. Ha!
Make an entire meal using only food from the farmer's market Completed July 2, 2011, posted about here.
13 Go tobogganing, you know, like in the cold
14 Give blood (haven't been able to since my first donation because I keep having kids!)
15 Go to a spa and have a facial
16 Make ice cream
17 Host a girls dessert night
18 Go berry picking
19 Make care packages for unsuspecting people
20 Finish decorating 3 rooms in my house (help me! I'm decorating challenged)
21 memorize 30 Bible verses
22 Go door to door Christmas carolling (I need some friends to do this with, let me know if you want to!)
23 Take my kids to the Stampede Parade (where does one purchase tickets? I don't want to drag preschoolers downtown at 6am)
24 send homemade birthday cards to my family for a year (0/20)
25 Go see live local music
26 Eat dessert first
27 Build a snowman, you know, outside, in the cold
28 Make really awesome shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse
29 Do 30 random acts of kindness (big and small) and document them (0/30)
30 Throw myself a hardcore 30th Birthday party!
Do you have a similar list? If so, I want to see it!