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
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