50 Things

I remember my Mom’s 29th birthday. I thought she was soooooo oooooold (said in the most exasperated 8-year old voice you can imagine)!

Well friends, I’m waaaaaaay older than 29–but I feel much¬† younger than my actual years. So what does one do when she looks into the future and sees the ripe old age of 50 staring her in the face?¬† She makes a list. Yes. You heard me. A List! If you know me, you will know that I make lots of lists. It helps me organize my thoughts and even though I don’t always follow those lists point by point, they help me build the bridge between chaos and control and I LOVE THEM!

What list does a 15-months-shy-of-50-year-old make to help her deal with what feels like a pretty heavy benchmark birthday on the horizon?

In keeping with the title of this blog, I was thinking about all of the things that I haven’t done that I want to do in my life. I’ve decided now is a good time to put a timeline on getting some of those things done. 50 things is a lot of things to do in 15 months, so this list is not an all-encompassing bucket-list sort of thing. It is simply a way to push me out of my comfort zone and put a deadline on moving ahead with some of the fun things I want to do, try, and experience in the 2nd half of my life.

50 Things By 50 (in no particular order)

  1. Release 150 pounds
  2. Complete at least 4 months on a WFPB SOS free diet
  3. Pay off all of my consumer debt
  4. Save 6 months emergency fund = to 6 months living expenses
  5. Try, document and share one new recipe per month
  6. Complete the Rouxbe Plant-based cooking course
  7. Sing Karaoke at a public venue
  8. Write a hand-written letter to 30 family members
  9. Write a hand-written letter to 20 friends
  10. DNA info from Ancestry
  11. Finish 4 BeachBody programs and submit my results
  12. Visit the ocean at least once (but more if possible)
  13. Go camping
  14. Spend a day at Bear Lake
  15. Hike the Wind Caves
  16. Research 30 ancestors and help them get their temple ordinances
  17. Visit Antelope Island
  18. Donate 50 things I no longer need
  19. Become an expert shot with a hand gun
  20. Learn how to shoot a bow
  21. Take a photography class
  22. Create and display a piece of original art in my home
  23. Take a painting class
  24. Take the cabinet making class at Bridgerland
  25. Refinish a piece of furniture
  26. Learn how to play 5 hymns on the piano fluently
  27. Use my passport to go somewhere
  28. Blog 30 days in a row
  29. Finish the Courage Works program
  30. Finish the blogging course I signed up for
  31. Read 15 books
  32. Read the LDS Standard Works
  33. Read the Book of Mormon following Elder Bednar’s advice to note the enabling power of The Atonement
  34. Complete Elder Nelson’s challenge to read every scriptural passage about Christ
  35. Buy a really good chef’s knife
  36. Become an Argos expert (work related)
  37. Become an Excel expert (work related)
  38. Do 50 anonymous random acts of kindness
  39. Get my photo taken again — near my 50th birthday
  40. Visit the Grand Canyon
  41. Make it through a month using only pantry items for meals
  42. Create an original recipe
  43. Become a morning person
  44. Visit the Spiral Jetty
  45. Go on a date
  46. Speak at a BeachBody Super Saturday event
  47. Experiment with makeup and get better at it
  48. Find a cause I believe in and volunteer
  49. Create a house cleaning routine/checklist that make that chore more enjoyable
  50. Set up my estate plan/documents

So there you have it. I reserve the right to change some of these up if something even more noteworthy emerges–especially if it is something that really speaks to who I want to be. As you can see, #18 has a line through it as I have already complete this one. I’ll do a post on that in the near future.

This list makes me happy. I am now looking forward to feeling very accomplished by the time I reach the formerly-dreaded age 50.

What do you think? Good list? What would you add if it were your list? Does it seem to hard? Too easy?