Before I go even one step further, I must give credit where credit is due- this idea was actually shared with me by my good friend Jennifer Paddack-Hyde, whom I hope is not angry with me for missing her birthday party (sorry, Jen.) She has been doing this for a while, I guess, and it somehow involves scrapbooking. I am not going to be doing the scrapbook thing, but I am a big believer in writing down specific goals as a way to actually get to them. So, thank you Jen, for the great idea!
Today is the last day of my life that I will ever be thirty anything, the close of a crazy, but definitely worthwhile, decade. I have a lot of respect for what happens during ones thirties- it is a beautiful time for most women. You girls getting close to thirty, starting to panic- don’t! The thirties are like the twenties, refined. All of that leftover teen angst and self-consciousness leaves you, and all of the beauty, most of the metabolism, stays. Do not fear your thirties. They are good. It is with deep love that I bid my thirties farewell. They were good years.
Now, looking ahead, Just at the brink of this next decade, I can tell you one thing for sure- this is not at all what I thought forty would look like. I am more excited than ever about my life, and best of all, that excitement has some experience and knowledge behind it. If my thirties were the time of gaining faith and confidence in myself, the time to learn who I really am and how I operate, I think my forties will be the time of putting all of that knowledge into action. What I feel is true is that there are no limits. That anything is possible. That this is the good part. And let me tell you, this girl is ready to jump in.
So, I have decided to make a list- Forty things I will do while I am forty. Some of them will be harder to achieve than others, but I have tried to stay reasonable. Also, I may only be able to come up with twenty today. I already have several rolling around in my head, but it is five o’clock in the morning. Give me a small break, okay? My intention, of course, is to document them for you here, so that, not only can you live vicariously through me (hahaha), but I can be accountable. Having said that, you all know how my intentions often work out. Shut up. I am doing the best I can. I just cannot seem to stop lying today, can I? Sigh. Okay, I do the best I can most of the time. Some of the time, I am just lazy. Without further ado, here they are:
1) Stop being so lazy ( will figure out later how to quantify and monitor this)
2) Get a real, awesome, professional makeover.
3) Have essay published in The Sun
4) Do a mud run
5) Meet Justin. I want to see him in real life (no one else needs to understand this, though a few of you might). He can totally wear clothes.
6) Get a literary agent
7) Attend a literary convention
8) Go to the glass beach in Ft. Bragg
9) Visit Alcatraz
10) Take dance lessons
11) Get my passport
12) Work all Twelve Steps to see if anything actually happens
13) Go to a swanky foodie thing
14) Submit a proposal for a non-fiction book idea. The worst thing they can say is no, right?
16) Take a writing class for fun.
17) Take a jewelry making class for fun.
18) Hike Sobranes
19) Learn to surf
20) visit the hot springs in Sierraville. Love that place!
Okay, like I said, 40 is a lot to come up with in one sitting. Watch for part two! I have to clean my living room before my beautiful mommy comes over later. Oh yeah! Please, if you have any ideas that you think I might like, please feel free to let me know!
Have a great day!
5 thoughts on “40 Things for 40 Years”
Ah Soberanes, that is a great one!! The key to this one is going to a hot springs right afterwards. Oh and the glass beach can you believe I didn’t know about it when I went to Ft Bragg? I love that there are so many writing related goals. 🙂 Don’t forget to add Pantheacon. haha
FYI, if you can go up the steep side to the ridge at Garland you are ready for Soberanes.
Well, let’s try it!
Yes! Oh wait, I need a few weeks to get ready.