August begins my countdown to the forties

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It is hard to believe that August is already here — naturally it signifies various important dates like first day of school, end of pool season, and most importantly MY BIRTHDAY!!  In June I started thinking how this will be my last 30-something birthday and I will have about a year until I enter the so called dreaded 40’s.  Even though I’ve done quite a bit these past 38 years I have more I want to do and experience and I’m ready to start it fresh and full of excitement.  I know that some of these things on the list might be impossible to achieve but hey what doesn’t get accomplished can transfer over to my constantly growing bucket list.

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Here it is my 40 X 40 List:

  1. Cook a Julia Child recipe
  2. White water rafting
  3. See the Northern Lights
  4. Make scrapbooks of memories
  5. Learn a new art medium
  6. Visit two other countries
  7. Write a book
  8. Do another half marathon
  9. Get a lotus flower tattoo
  10. Get a Kimono robe
  11. Take girls to Rochester, NY
  12. Take a cooking class (sushi)
  13. Have a yummy crepe
  14. Ride a train
  15. Eat at a nationally recognized diner/dive
  16. Lose arm flab (do a chin up)
  17. Do a mission trip
  18. Convert my pendant to a ring
  19. Learn Spanish
  20. Eat something never had before
  21. See an opera
  22. Go snorkeling
  23. Embrace Love
  24. Bake a cake from scratch
  25. Decorate our home
  26. Write a letter to those that impacted my life
  27. Hot air ballon ride
  28. Get on a surfboard
  29. Holiday event in NYC
  30. Get a professional boudoir painting
  31. See a magical sunset
  32. Make pasta from scratch
  33. Stay a night at 21C Museum Hotel
  34. Write my French family
  35. Finish art projects (Mother/Child quilt; memory quilts)
  36. Read a classic
  37. Snow shoe
  38. Drive a unique car
  39. Give back often
  40. Visit the New England Region

To hold myself accountable I made this decorative list today and the plan is to put a check next to items as they are accomplished 🙂 Unlike last year where I had particular things that I wanted to do during my birthday month — I am going to focus on the 40X40 list and ry to achieve a few other things.

Now it’s time to work on marking off the list!

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