The other day, my husband asked me what I want for my birthday. I just rolled my eyes at him, because my birthday isn’t until August. But he said he wants time to prepare. I love how he always says he needs to prepare, like I’m going to ask for something enormous.
Seriously, I’m pretty easy to shop for… a gift card to the book store or craft store, and I’m a happy camper. Heck, for Mother’s Day we went on a drive… and I had so much fun with that.
But all of this has me thinking… I’m turning 32. I really wanted to do a 30 by 30 challenge… but I didn’t find out about it, until 6 months before I turned 30. So rather than give up entirely, I’ve chosen to create a list of 35 things I’d like to do before I turn 35 (in no particular order).
As I accomplish each of these, I’ll create a blog post about it, and link them back here. 🙂 But for now, in no particular order here’s the list, followed by the detailed breakdown.
- Attend a Broadway play
- Learn how to swim (well)
- Swim in a BioBay
- Successfully complete a 30 day challenge (with no catchup days)
- Pay off our SUV
- Crochet an afghan
- Knit a sweater
- See the Giant Pandas at the National Zoo (or the Atlanta Zoo)
- Visit Boston
- Visit Asheville
- Have a real vacation
- Learn Spanish to reasonable fluency
- Learn how to dance (tap, clog, or ballet)
- Attend the symphony
- Go to a planetarium
- Go to the Met or the Smithsonian (any of them)
- View a War Memorial
- Learn to play piano, violin, or guitar
- Spend a week at the beach
- Complete NaNoWriMo (it doesn’t have to be good)
- Finish a cross stitch project
- Go to a convention (in any of my interests)
- Enjoy a couples massage
- Set Phillip free from his job
- Have our honeymoon
- Learn a sport (volleyball, softball, etc.)
- Create garden
- Enter a photography competition
- Learn how to drive stick
- Sponser a child through Compassion or World Vision
- Have at least $10k set back in savings
- Be in marathon shape
- Stay in a cabin somewhere snowy
- Visit New Hampshire or Vermont in the autumn
- Learn to sew (bonus: and quilt)
1. Attend a Broadway play
I’ve wanted to attend a Broadway play for years, because I’m kind of obsessed with musicals. I grew up on a healthy diet of Sound of Music, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof, and Thoroughly Modern Millie… just to name a few. If you give me a movie that has singing, dancing, or both… you’ve probably sold me.
2. Learn how to swim (well)
I can kind of swim. And by kind of, I mean it’s slow, and it’s ugly. But I can get from one end of the pool to the other without drowning. Scoooore.
3. Swim in a Bio Bay
Some years ago, I learned about something called a bio bay…. it’s a body of water that has bioluminescent creatures in it, and they glow when you swim through the water! And there’s a gorgeous bio bay in Vieques, Puerto Rico.
4. Successfully complete a 30 day challenge (with no catchup days)
I LOVE challenges. I sign up for so many it’s not even funny… no really… it’s not funny. At the beginning of the year, I sign up for so many reading challenges that there’s no way I could ever finish them all. I sign up for lettering challenges, photography challenges, squat challenges… and I never make it through all 30 days.
5. Pay off our SUV
6. Crochet an afghan
Crocheting an afghan has been on my crochet bucket list from the get-go. But I’ve never actually made one yet. It’s time. 🙂
7. Knit a sweater
This is sort of a measure of my knitting education. If I can knit a simple sweater, I’ll be pretty darn proud of myself.
8. See the Giant Pandas at the National Zoo (or the Atlanta Zoo)
I really don’t have to explain this one do I? Paaaaaandas.
9. Visit Boston
Boston in the fall. I know *valley girl voice* it’s like… omg suuuuch a cliché. But it’s a cliché for a reason.
10. Visit Asheville
We were originally going to move here, but we changed our mind for several reasons… but I still want to see SO MANY things in the area.
11. Have a real vacation
I’ve never been on a real vacay, ever, in my entire life.
12. Learn Spanish to reasonable fluency
I’m trying to learn right now, but I need to up my game because I am soooo slow. Ha!
13. Learn how to dance (tap, clog, or ballet)
I’ve wanted to learn how to dance since I was a little girl. Tell me I’m not too old?
14. Attend the symphony
15. Go to a planetarium
16. Go to the Met or the Smithsonian (any of them)
I’ve been to a few small museums, but never any of the biggies.
17. View a War Memorial or Ground Zero or Arlington Cemetery
Phillip and I are both former military, so this has been on our list for a while.
18. Learn to play piano, violin, or guitar
I own all 3. I can’t play 2, and I can only kinda play the other.
19. Spend a week at the beach
I’ve never had an enjoyable experience at the beach. I’ve been there in February, March, and October. Those are TERRIBLE times to be dragged to the beach… unless you live somewhere tropical where it’s gorgeous all-year round. I finally fell in love with the sight of the ocean when we went to Chincoteague, but now I need to properly experience it.
20. Complete NaNoWriMo (it doesn’t have to be good)
Remember what I said about challenges? Yup. This is like a challenge for me. And I’ve never finished it.
21. Finish a cross stitch project
Honestly, this is kind of in the same vein. At this point, it’s a matter of honor. I know you may not have realized that there is honor in cross stitch, but now you know. The reputation of future generations rests on this…
22. Go to a convention (in any of my interests)
Conventions have been on my list for a while, and oh my goodness there are so many to choose from. Comic Con… Planner conventions, book conventions, blogger conventions.
23. Enjoy a couples massage
I’ve never had a massage. I’ve never had a couples massage.
24. Set Phillip free from his job
I’ve been very blessed to have a husband who supports me in my business and artistic pursuits. Unfortunately, in his quest to care for our family, he’s been unable to pursue his own dreams. He’s had to take on really terrible jobs, just to keep our family secure and comfortable. My biggest dream is to get my business to the level where he can have a job that really enjoys, or go back to school, or start his own business. Or all of the above.
25. Have our honeymoon
We never got a honeymoon… in fact, we stayed the night at a Bed & Breakfast, and we had to leave before breakfast. Ha!
26. Learn a sport (volleyball, softball, etc.)
My first opportunity to be a part of a sport, was in the military. Unfortunately, the sergeant running the team was kind of a snob, and wouldn’t let anyone join who wasn’t already excellent at the sport, even though these teams were supposed to be an opportunity to learn the sport.
27. Create garden
I want vegetables, and fruit, and flowers. At least 3 of each. Plus herbs.
28. Enter a photography competition
I don’t have to win. I just want to enter one. 🙂
29. Learn how to drive stick
They say if you can drive stick, you can drive anything. I’m a very nervous driver, due to a car accident I was in. I think learning to drive stick would make me a better driver overall.
30. Sponser a child through Compassion or World Vision
Such a small thing financially, but what a difference it makes in their lives.
31. Have at least $10k set back in savings
Another long-time dream of mine… having a nice little savings account in case something goes awry with our house, the washer, the SUV, etc.
32. Be in marathon shape
I don’t know that I’d ever actually want to run in a marathon, because at this point in my life, I think running is awful. But I’d like to be in the condition to run a marathon. Once, I was a fitness instructor.. I’d like to be in shape I was in then, or better.
33. Stay in a cabin somewhere snowy
Vermont… Connecticut…I don’t have a specific on this. But it sounds so picturesque and romantic.
34. Visit New Hampshire or Vermont in the autumn
Autumn leaves. That is all.
35. Learn to sew (bonus: and quilt)
I can sew by hand, but I don’t know how to use a sewing machine, and I’ve never made a quilt.
So there you have it! Thanks for making it through the list. If you have tips on how to accomplish any of those, I’d love to hear them! And I’d love to know what’s on your list. 🙂