40 By 40

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40 THINGS TO DO BEFORE MY 40TH BIRTHDAY.

1. Find a form of exercise that I truly ENJOY and do it habitually.

2. Start and maintain a car replacement fund.

3. Keep some higher-maintenance plants alive.

4. Take a class with Daniel.

5. Start planning meals monthly instead of weekly.

6. Give away something really expensive, anonymously.

7. See one of my favorite bands live in concert.

8. Master the basics of another language.

9. Spend a minimum of two weeks traveling in Europe.

10. Take a sister trip with Robyn.

11. Make at least three recipes from every cookbook I own.

12. Identify mentors in my life, and make time to meet with and learn from them.

13. Set up a home office space.
Hahahaha….did NOT think this would happen as a result of a global pandemic and subsequent quarantine, but here we are!

14. Send more birthday cards, thank-you cards, and just-because cards.

15. Read at least 30 new books.
1. It by Stephen King, finished in 2020
2. The Reason for God by Tim Keller, finished in 2020
3. The Mystery of Marriage by Mike Mason, finished in 2020
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 2020

In progress:
Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller

Enjoyed again:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling, 2020
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling, 2020

16. Make a food passport and fill it with “stamps.”

17. Unplug as often as possible. Schedule weekly device-free time and stick to it.

18. Go sky-diving.

19. Make my own pasta.

20. Spend intentional time nurturing the marriages around me.

21. Pay it forward at least once a month.

22. Make peace with my body’s ‘flaws.’

23. Celebrate 10 years and 15 years of marriage.

24. Take another friendscation.
1. Definitely did not expect to be able to check this one off so soon – my surprise 30th birthday trip to NYC was the best kept secret ever!! I’m 100% convinced I have the best husband and the best friends in the entire world. ♥

25. Do something risqué.

26. Come up with a system to keep track of when food goes bad and stop throwing away so much freaking produce.

26. Break out of my comfort zone and do adventurous things just because I can.
1. Tried authentic Chinese barbecue in Chinatown, NYC
2. Stopped being intimidated by homemade pie crust and made a freaking BALLER chicken pot pie

28. Read at least one book out loud with Daniel every year.

29. Save up for something expensive.

30. Do some real landscaping in our front yard.

31. Spend one year doing a “month without:” a month without Netflix, fried food, biting my nails, dessert, etc.

32. Make a calendar for all family/friend birthdays.

33. Host a beauty swap or clothing swap party.

34. Start recording my prayer requests.

35. Write letters to the 10 most influential people who have impacted my life.

36. Play the piano every single week.

37. Remodel our downstairs bathroom.

38. Sponsor a child, and maybe even go meet him or her.

39. Invest in quality skincare and use it consistently.

40. Host a backyard dinner party, with multiple courses and everything.

*Bonus: Each year, visit a new place I’ve never been before. On my wishlist:
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Grand Canyon
Lake Moraine and Lake Louise in Banff, Canada
Switzerland
Redwood National Park

  • 2020: Back to NYC for the second time, but this time around, we ate at lots of new restaurants, saw a lot more of Central Park, went to the New York Public Library, Chinatown, and Little Italy, and watched Phantom of the Opera, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Drunk Shakespeare
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To find out why I decided to do “40 By 40,” click here!
To read my original “30 By 30” post, click here!