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.
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.
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
19.) Get my college degree
20.) Join or start a book club
21.) Organize or participate in a Goddess Swap
22.) Send 10 actual birthday cards a year (via snail mail)
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!
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