40 before 40

Hey Friends!  I was texting with my sister earlier today and my 40 before 40 list came up.  It reminded me that I would like to share it with you ❤

If you don’t have a 40 before 40 list or a 30 before 30 list or a 20 before 50 list… you get the idea… (it definitely depends on how old you are and what age you want to complete your list by) I encourage you to make one. I will be 35 this year, so I have some time to work on mine.

Before I made my list there were SO many times I would say…. I’d love to do that someday!  And then I would go on about my crazy day and forget all about it.  So, I decided to make a list of ‘those’ things I want to do so I don’t forget them (those of you with small children, well…. with any children at all, may be able to relate to the scatterbrained life of motherhood).  Before I made my list I decided that:

  1. I would put both big dreams and achievable goals on my list.  Putting achievable goals on your list will encourage you to continue moving forward.  It’s always a great motivator to mark things off your list and to visually see your list changing shape.
  2. I decided that I am not going to go crazy trying to achieve every single thing on this list.  It’s really just a list of things I would like to do.  I don’t feel pressured to accomplish them asap…. for me, that would turn my -mostly just fun- list into a work list.  I have enough of those already!  And besides, the ones that don’t get marked off will surely be moved to my 50 before 50 list!  Ummmmm…… OK.  That’s a little further ahead than I am comfortable thinking about right now…. but you see what I mean.

*Just to clarify – I live in a house full of boys…. So when I say’boys’on my list, I’m referring to my hubby (whom I also call Papa Bear) as well as our three children.

  1. Learn to play the piano
  2. Take a walk in the rain
  3. Have an all-day movie marathon with my boys
  4. Go to Washington DC
  5. Take my kids to see the ocean – (Any of the oceans will do)
  6. Take a girls trip – Pigeon Forge with my mom and sisters Dec 2016
  7. Vacation somewhere new with my boys
  8. Have a picnic at the park – Summer 2016
  9. Take the kids to a Reds game
  10. Visit my Granny’s grave
  11. Take my boys to a planetarium – Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Spring Break, Mar 2017
  12. See a play or symphony
  13. Take a trip with Papa Bear – San Antonio, TX Jan 2017
  14. Volunteer
  15. Sell our house – July 2016
  16. Find our ‘Forever Home’ or at least one that we can settle into until the boys graduate high school
  17. Visit California – June 2016
  18. Go back to Las Vegas
  19. Learn to speak Spanish well
  20. Read more
  21. Get a tattoo – or not…. just decide already!
  22. Complete Financial Peace University….. again 😉
  23. Get out of debt – stay that way!
  24. Build a savings account
  25. Go to the zoo with my boys
  26. Take each son individually on a mommy date ❤
  27. Host a Murder Mystery dinner party
  28. Get on a better sleep schedule
  29. Become more knowledgeable about Essential Oils
  30. Decide what I want to be when I grow up
  31. Go to a hockey game
  32. Take a family trip with family friends – Chicago, Spring Break, Mar 2017
  33. Learn to budget
  34. Get my nose pierced – Dec 2016
  35. Start a blog March 2016
  36.  Go to a drive-in movie
  37.  Cut sugar from my diet
  38.  Take a road trip with my bestie
  39.  Fly First Class
  40. Tour a castle

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my list and are encouraged to make a list of your own!

What types of things would you put on your list??  Leave your comments below ❤

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