April 3, 2014

So, This is Happening: Forty before Forty

Monday, I talked about Big Daddy and I being in a little bit of transition (and I mentioned that it was good that we are in this place at the same time).  Being in different places regarding transition and staying still can be hard on a couple and it’s hard to balance and compromise with such different desired outcomes.

I told Big Daddy, a few weeks ago, that it feels like something is tugging me toward something big and different.I don’t know what it is yet, but I have this great sense of anticipation towards whatever it will be.  I’m excited, but I’m not sure about what.  That probably sounds slightly insane, but it’s just a feeling.  Change is in the wind.

And somehow, after weeks of anticipation and vague feelings of excitement and anticipation I lit onto the idea of doing a Forty Before Forty challenge.

At first, coming up with forty things to do before I turned forty was difficult.  What should be on the list?  It couldn’t be all travel, I had to be realistic!  It couldn’t be all things I wanted to buy, I’m not a millionaire.  I started the list in Evernote three times and it ended up deleted each time (which annoyed me).  Finally, I wrote it on the laptop, in good old fashioned Notepad and I messaged the list to Big Daddy.  And, frankly, he was a lot less enthusiastic about it than I like!  Of course, I’m the person who would like a parade and some flowers every time I manage to get all the laundry done at once. ;)


And so, with two years, four months,three weeks and six days until my fortieth birthday, I’ve decided to undertake the following list.  The list will appear above in my pages, and I’ll be linking to entries I will write when I complete the task.  So, without further ado

  1. Hit my goal weight
  2. Run a 5K
  3. Run a half marathon
  4. Visit  5 more states (to bring my life total up to 25)
  5. Volunteer 100 hours
  6. Read every book on my shelves (but I can skip those I’ve already read)
  7. Knit through all my yarn
  8. Sell something I made
  9. Write a first draft
  10. Stay at the Drake in Chicago
  11. Stay at the Renaissance in Pittsburgh
  12. Drink 64 oz of water every day
  13. Learn to sleep with the TV off
  14. Give up the phone/laptop for six weeks
  15. Give up meat for six weeks
  16. Give up carbs for six weeks (grain and sugar, not fruit and veggies)
  17. Visit all 5 Great Lakes with the girls
  18. Visit, and camp in, 5 National Parks
  19. Learn and play 5 songs on the guitar
  20. Learn to paint a room correctly and then do it
  21. Learn how to use power tools and then build something all on my own
  22. Walk the Ravenel Bridge
  23. Stay a night on the Battery
  24. Spend a vacation Ocean Front
  25. Get a tattoo
  26. Dye my hair something other than blonde
  27. Donate blood
  28. eliminate all unsecured debt
  29. Plant spring bulbs
  30. grow an amazing garden
  31. have a porch swing on my porch
  32. Submit a picture to a photography contest and win
  33. Suprise #1
  34. Surprise #2
  35. Surprise #3
  36. Finish watching Lost
  37. Watch the top 10 movies on AFI’s 100 Movies list
  38. Spend a whole day paying it forward
  39. finish my degree
  40. Print out photos or put into books so they can be looked at and enjoyed.
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      I’m on it!

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    With regard to #21, go to http://ana-white.com/ Ana White has some great designs and wonderful directions for all kinds of projects, usually with a limited amount of wood. Lots of projects only require just one or two sheets of plywood. Most of her designs are knock-offs of Pottery Barn and other similar store products. DH made our older daughter’s platform bed using her directions.

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    Also, I completely understand about feeling something coming. If that sounds insane, well, you have company. ;)

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      Thanks for confirming I’m not totally insane. Sometimes, it feels like it!

      Ana White is amazing! I’ll be posting some chairs we made from her site soon!

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