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50 Things to Do Before I Turn 31

I’ve been inspired by some big time blogger idols to create a list of goals and set a timeline for completion. So below, in no particular order, you will find 50 things I would like to accomplish my next birthday (September 15, 2011). And check back for progress reports!

1.) Start a garden. Grow flowers to display on my dining room table and food I can serve to guests.

2.) Have an “adult” bedroom. One with a color scheme, a relaxing ambience, some decorative pillows and a dust ruffle.

We have picked out a theme! Here’s the comforter we picked out. The rest of the plan? Gray sheets, red pillowcases, red night stands, grey dresser, khaki throw rugs & black & white nature shots on one wall with vinyl lettering from Etsy spelling out “Nothing Else Matters” in giant script behind our bed. I can’t wait to put it all together!

3.) Have a guest room that’s truly welcoming for guests – books, towels, magazines etc to make them feel welcome and taken care of.

4.) I want matching towels! 8 bath sheets (GIANT ones!), four hand towels and two wash cloths that all coordinate.

We bought six matching towels and two coordinating hand towels! This is close enough for me!

5.) Change my lancet once a week.

6.) Journal everything diabetes related for at least one week (this means food intake, insulin, ratios, corrections & exercise – and even counting that mini candy bar or late afternoon handful of potato chips!)

7.) Do a boudoir photo shoot

8.) Get a professional makeover (hair & makeup – and pictures!)

9.) Get family photos professionally done (we haven’t done this since my sister’s wedding! My how things have changed since then!)

10.) Successfully care for a houseplant for at least one year

11.) Have guests over for dinner once a month & serve at least one brand new dish.

12.) Volunteer once a month

13.) Run a half marathon

14.) Run a 5K

15.) Have a body AND a bathing suit I am proud to show off.

16.) To update my iPod & online photo albums once a month

17.) To quit smoking (last cigarette: 09/08/10 at 5:30pm)

18.) Read two books a month
       September 2010: “Best Friends Forever” by Jennifer Weiner & “Love The One You’re With” by Emily Giffin
       October 2010: “Can You keep A Secret” by Sophie Kinsella & Unbelievable” by Sara Shepard
        November 2010: “Secrets of Eden” by Chris Bohjalian & “Fly Away Home” by Jennifer Weiner

19.) Get my college degree

20.) Join or start a book club

21.) Organize or participate in a Goddess Swap

22.) Send 10 actual cards a year (via snail mail)
        1.) October 2010 – card sent to friend who lost a pregnancy (x2)
        2.) October 2010 – card send to a friend who announced a pregnancy (x2)

23.) Take a candle lit bath once a month

24.) Write an “It’s Ok” List

25.) Write more poetry

26.) Get something published

27.) Go for a hot air balloon ride

28.) Own some real pearl jewelry

29.) Attend a wine tasting class

30.) Find the perfect red lipstick

31.) Make a real life friend with diabetes (one I can meet for coffee!)

32.) To enjoy therapy & let it serves its purpose

33.) Take a cooking class

34.) Take a yoga class

35.) Try meditation

36.) Try one new food a month

September 2010 – sauerkraut – yum!
October 2010 – lobster – jury still out
November 2010 – guacamole, oatmeal, blueberry muffin

37.) Perfect the strip tease

38.) Successfully, plan, shop & execute a weekly meal plan.

39.) Create (and stick to) a budget for one month

40.) Find a hairstyle

41.) Make pasta AND sauce from scratch

42.) Learn how to pick (and drink!) a good Scotch

43.) Make an apple pie from scratch

Completed 09/19/2010

44.) See 10 movies (that I haven’t already seen) from the AFI list

45.) Use the calendar on my iPhone more

46.) Use the Wii-Fit at least once a month

47.) Take a “real” vacation (airplane, rental car & hotel)

48.) Write more about diabetes & anxiety

49.) Write a song

50.) Write a “real” bucket list

11 responses

  1. I just started my blog and I love this list just thought you should know also if you have any advice for me, I would really like that 🙂 thanks

    September 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    • Welcome to blogging! I’ll take a look and see what I can do 🙂

      September 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm

  2. Pretty good and realistic list. Especially #4. Matching towels in the bathroom. I’m a towel snob and have full length bath sheets though. Longer and fluffier.

    My FIL is a diabetic and makes a great sugar free apple pie. I’ll have to pry the recipe from him and shoot it your way.

    Looking forward to reading more.

    October 8, 2010 at 11:00 am

  3. agree on the hairstyle. Why’s it so hard to find one?
    Good luck!

    October 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm

  4. #42 reminded me that I need to get to the liquor store. I’m a Johnny Black guy, myself (it’s a blend). Goes does smooth, very little aftertaste and bite. It’s also a bit more on the affordable side. Never really got into the single malts, but only because they tend to be hellishly expensive.

    Here’s how to pick one – http://www.ehow.com/how-to_4845361_choose-good-scotch.html

    And more importantly, here’s how to drink it – http://www.ehow.com/how_2304608_drink-scotch.html

    Seriously, perfect this art and it’ll take you places. Nothing screams awesome like saying “I’ll have a single malt, neat.” or “Scotch and a splash, please.” Very refined and sophisticated, but utterly bad ass.

    It’s also an acquired taste, so if you’ve never had good scotch before, it’s going to knock you on your ass the first couple of times you enjoy it.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:52 am

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  8. gregdemetrick

    I can help you with 1, 31,39, 44, and 45. The rest you are on your own. Also, if you don’t have common garden property to start a garden I can probably help you with that too.

    April 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

  9. Great list! I need to do one of these, but probably more along the lines of ’50 Things to Do Before I Turn 35′ or something since I’ll be 30 in just under a year. 🙂

    April 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm

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