So here we are- I, along with my two besties, barrelassin' Amy and barrelassin' April are turning forty very soon. Amy in November, myself in January and April in February, and we're planning a big celebration together in January! I recently made the decision to stop stressing over the number and embrace it; find a way to look forward to it for my own sanity.
I've been lucky enough to do many things I've enjoyed throughout my life, but there's a lot I haven't done, and I'm tricking forty. Forty is now working for me! I'm not simply making a bucket list. I'm challenging myself to a bucket list; a bucket list of things to accomplish in my first year of forty. Perhaps I'm not very realistic with the items on my list, but they're certainly not going to happen if I just give up, settle, or simply accept that I will never do these things. I want to make a real effort before it's too late. I would like to avoid looking back later in life with regrets that I cannot do anything about. I hope to accomplish certain things while I'm still young enough to enjoy them. And to get myself warmed up for the challenge, I'm starting now by working on myself a little, to make sure I look great the day of my party! That will be my pre- forty warm up. Then on to the list.
I am using forty to my advantage from here on out...I hope. So here's hoping, against all hope, that I don't lose hope.
At forty I will...
|1) Fly on a plane for the first time|
|2) Visit California for the first time|
|3) Try Seafood and add some to my diet|
|4) Get my mom to Hawaii- her dream vacation|
|5) Add a closet to my bedroom|
|6) Swim with Dolphins|
|7) Finish the laundry room|
|8) Read at least two classic novels|
|9) Be more successful in a career|
|10) Finish dental work in to order smile|
with more confidence :D
|11) Sing Happy Birthday out loud with|
everyone else instead of lip synchronizing
|12) Get more organized with paper|
|13) Write into Shark Tank with my great|
ideas, even though I have no money or
clue how to come up with prototypes
|14) Take a class; any class|
|15) Practice more patience|
|16) Pay off a debt|
|17) Give the kids more space.|
Let them at fail at something in order
to learn how to succeed.
|18) Volunteer- make a difference|
|19) Attempt to cook my way through|
one of Bethenny Frankel's books
|20) Stop and actually smell the roses.|
For real. Really smell the roses.
More than once.