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40-at-40… the final results

25 Mar

Now that my birthday has come and gone, it’s time for the final roundup of my 40-at-40 list. I really loved tackling this project; so much so, I’m already working on my 41-at-41 list. It made me a little more mindful as I went through my life and I think it stretched me in a couple of areas. As I work on my 41 list, I think that I’m going to put a little more bravery in my list and push myself a little outside my comfort zone.

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Completed:

1.    paint the master bathroom
2.    paint my office
3.    have a zip line adventure
4.    build a web-site
6.    create and use a weekly menu plan
7.    plant spring bulbs
10.    clean out & organize all closets (I went through them all at least once… not all of them stuck!)
12.    finish small dresser*
13.    finish Alex’s quilt*
14.    plan a weekend getaway for Mark and me
15.    start a date night habit
16.    clean out kitchen
17.    use our Metropolitan Grill gift certificates (finally – they’re years old!)
19.    knit a sweater (finished this week! see photo above)
20.    make strawberry jam
21.    move my month-by-month album to 12 x 12 (I actually decided to nix this one and go in a totally different direction)
23.    use the fire-pit
24.    make Jello shots
25.    schedule a Bunco night
26.    schedule a massage
27.    catch up on laundry
28.    take a hike
30.    take a class
31.    teach Alex organization
32.    go to the coast
33.    scan at least 10 albums
34.    have a party
35.    finish a Disney album
36.    add a stamp to my passport
39.    drive the trailer for at least an hour

Incomplete:

5.    run a 5k (I’m looking forward to THIS run in May)
8.    plant a garden (this will go back on my list this year)
9.    learn Spanish
11.    make a quilt for the family room (in progress!)
18.    start a yoga practice (I’d gotten into a good habit, but it all fell apart in October)
22.    finish my “Me: The Abridged Album” album
29.    create a video tutorial
32.    go to the coast (not complete, but scheduled for June!)
37.    build a blogging habit
38.    knit socks
40.    plant the front yard

I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, but will be looking for better than 75% completion this coming year! Stay tuned for my 41-at-41 list.

10 things that could have been…

10 Mar

I’ve been plugging away on my 40-at-40 list (see my last update HERE). It’s been a really great experience and something that I plan on repeating next year for my 41st birthday, but while I was reviewing my list, I realized that there were quite a few things that have happened this year that could have made the list and I thought that for this month’s installment of “10 Things” I would list them here.

1) Be in a parade: One of my stores participated in a parade in their community and I got to tag along and hold the banner. It was a fun day with nice weather and lots of happy coffee fans!
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2) Make cake pops: I tried these out only once, but as you can see from the photo, they weren’t exactly a success.
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3) Take a rafting trip: We had a great float while in Leavenworth this summer. Alex had a great time and even rode right in front through the waves!
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4) Go water skiing: The last time I water skied was more than 20 years ago. This summer, we spent a week on a lake with some friends and spent lots of time on the water. Skiing might be like riding a bike – I was able to get up on the first try! I also had some spectacular spills, but that’s a story for a different day.
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5) Have a family photos taken: Our last family photos were taken when my darling eight year old son was two months! It was long overdue and so much fun! I’m glad that we finally took the time.
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6) Break a toe: OK, so this wouldn’t have made my list, but breaking a bone was a first for me and this year was all about firsts!
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7) Have a reading with a famous psychic: This really deserves a blog post all on it’s own. What a great experience.
me & mom & James Van Praagh

8) Sing karaoke in a foreign country: On our recent trip to Mexico, we had one crazy night out that involved dancing, singing and generous amounts of tequila, not necessarily in that order.
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9) Pet a whale: On that same trip to Mexico, we went on a whale watching trip. Unlike whale watching trips here, in Mexico we got up close and personal with the whales. It was pretty unbelievable.Apetting a whale

10) Take nearly 6,000 photos: As I was going through my photos looking for these, I realized that my photo count for the year is at 5,928. Plus, I still have a couple of weeks to go!

To see more about 10 Things, check out Shimelle’s blog HERE.

month-by-month – November

4 Jan

November always feels a little like the calm before the storm. A great time to connect with some family and friends before the craziness of December hits.
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Although it never feels very “Novembery”, we always try to see Santa early when the lines are short. We’ve seen the same Santa every year since Alex was born and it’s one of my very favorite traditions.

Click any layout to see it larger. If you want to see the full year of month-by-month, click the link to the right.

a big 40-at-40 update…

17 Dec

I have about three months left to accomplish what’s left on my 40-at-40 list, so I thought it would be a good time to update my progress and take stock.

1.    paint the master bathroom – this was one of my first accomplishments, actually finished before I completed the list
2.    paint my office – not yet, hoping for some motivation after the holidays
3.    have a zip line adventure – although it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I added this to my list (think an hours-long, nature-filled journey) we did indeed have a zip-line adventure! We were in Las Vegas for Mark’s birthday last weekend and we ventured downtown to Fremont Street. If you’ve been to Vegas and not been there, you are missing out. So much to see and so much fun! Part of what they have to offer is a zip line that travels about 800 right under the huge light canopy that covers Fremont Street. It’s decidedly not “nature-filled” nor is it hours long, but it is an adventure.
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4.    build a web-site – again, not precisely what I had in mind when I made this list, but umm… doesn’t this count?
5.    run a 5k – I’ve been out of any workout habit since I broke my toe in October. Anxious to get back to it and check this off my list!
6.    create and use a weekly menu plan – this one still haunts me! I still have three months, right?!
7.    plant spring bulbs – Alex helped me tackle this one. We didn’t get them in the ground until November… almost too late! Hopefully we have lots of nice, red blooms come spring.
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8.    plant a garden – didn’t happen and now it’s way out of season. Maybe next year?
9.    learn Spanish – I got as far as downloading Rosetta Stone onto my laptop. I do still have three months!
10.    clean out & organize all closets – getting there, just one to go!
11.    make a quilt for the family room – barely started but really hoping I finish
12.    finish small dresser* –  this one has been finished and acting like a nice side table for my chair in the family room. Sadly, I don’t have an “after” shot and the chair and dresser are now displaced by the Christmas tree. Here is a “before” shot:
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I think all told, there were five or six layers of paint on this thing that I stripped off. I love the look of refinished furniture, but I’ve learned that I really don’t like doing the work. I’ll post the “after” shot once it’s back in place.
13.    finish Alex’s quilt*finished and being used nightly
14.    plan a weekend getaway for Mark and me – Mark’s birthday was last weekend and I planned a trip down to Las Vegas! One of the best parts of our trip? We got photos of us together that turned out! That almost never happens!
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15.    start a date night habit – this stemmed from an anniversary gift to Mark in October. I’ll share that project soon.
16.    clean out kitchen – with the help of a a girlfriend, some wine and some fruit flies (long story), this was accomplished!
17.    use our Metropolitan Grill gift certificates (finally – they’re years old!) – we shared the most amazing steak dinner with friends last month finally using these gift certificates! I got them as a Christmas gift for three years in a row at work about six years ago.
18.    start a yoga practice – although I’ve been sidelined with my broken toe, I had started a weekly practice and will get back to it asap!
19.    knit a sweater – not yet, not sure about this one!
20.    make strawberry jamdone!
21.    move my month-by-month album to 12 x 12 – I made the decision not to do this. I’m going to attempt Project Life next year as my “daily life” record.
22.    finish my “Me: The Abridged Album” album – in progress!
23.    use the fire-pitdone!
24.    make Jello shotsdone (and thinking of making them this weekend!)
25.    schedule a Bunco night – scheduled for January
26.    schedule a massagedone (with another scheduled this month!)
27.    catch up on laundrydone and in progress. I don’t know if I’ll ever master laundry, but it feels like less of a monster.
28.    take a hikedone, and we hiked again in the Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas.
29.    create a video tutorial – not yet
30.    take a class – I’ve taken a couple of classes… Exposure and Capture Your Holidays 2011 with Katrina Kennedy and The Photographer’s Workshop with Karen Russell (sensing a theme this year?).
31.    teach Alex organization – he is eight… this may have been wishful thinking
32.    go to the coast – we haven’t gone, but we do have reservations for next June. Since this is my list, I’m counting it good!
33.    scan at least 10 albums – done! I’ve found some great old photos. This project will take a while, but will be really worth it in the end. Here are a couple examples:
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34.    have a party – done a couple of times, but no photos! I’m having a Christmas party this weekend, I’ll have to be sure to capture it!
35.    finish a Disney album – done! I used a photo album from Disneyland to match one from our last trip and kept it really simple. I did created journaling blocks in Photoshop, added a few words cut from my Cricut and called it good!
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36.    add a stamp to my passport – I’ll also call this one done, although we’re not traveling until February the tickets are purchased!
37.    build a blogging habit – I’m working on it, but certainly not where I want to be yet.
38.    knit socks – nope, not yet
39.    drive the trailer for at least an hourdone!
40.    plant the front yard – not yet, but hopefully in the spring.

By my count, I’ve got 12 items left on my list. Considering the items, I think this puts me a bit behind, but I’ve still got energy for this project! I’ll keep plugging along and keep you posted as I finish up my year. Thanks for following along on this journey and for your support. It’s been awesome!

40-at-40 update

14 Nov

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my 40-at-40 progress. It struck me back in September that my 40th year was half over and I wasn’t yet half complete with my list. It certainly spurred action on a couple of projects!

One of those projects was to finish Alex’s quilt (#13). I actually had to go find photos from when I started this project because I couldn’t remember how long it had been. Apparently, it had been since December of 2008. Here’s what the project looked like at the beginning:
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I fell in love with these fabrics and knew I wanted to use them. Here’s what they look like now:
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This finished project now resides on Alex’s top bunk and he loves it!

A couple of my to-do’s are so ridiculously simple that I can’t believe it took so long to complete them. Case in point, schedule a massage (#26). Really? It took me until nearly the end of September. That’s crazy-talk! I believe fully that we should all take care of ourselves so that we can in turn take care of those in our lives. It’s a shame that it took me so long. Here’s where I went:massage
I had a gift certificate from my mom for a seated chair massage which I’d never done before. It was nice, but I think I prefer the full-body variety. Next time!

We had a party (#34) with my team from work to celebrate the end of summer and, believe it or not, I have no pictures! I have no idea how it happened. I even remember taking pictures but they aren’t on any of our cameras or any of our computers. Hmm… if there are no pictures did the party really happen?

While we were on our summer vacation, we did take a hike (#28). We were in Coeur d’Alene Idaho and took a great hike on Tubbs Hill. It was a pretty warm day, but the hike was beautiful with great views of the lake. My battery died shortly after we started off, but I got a great photo of the map of our hike:
hike

I have made some additional progress on a couple of other items… I’ve scanned a couple more items (#33), I had a pretty good weekly yoga practice going (#18) but then I broke my toe and have had to take a break. Hopefully I’m back to that in a week or two. I will have more updates soon after I get a couple of more photos uploaded.

I’ve never taken on a project quite like this before. I’ve found that I really enjoy it much more than I thought I would. I think at this point that I might make this an annual tradition. It’s fun to get creative with the list and see how it really works on you as you work through it. I’m certain that there are things on this list that I wouldn’t have accomplished without it and I’m thankful for taking the steps to complete them.

  1. paint the master bathroom
  2. paint my office
  3. have a zip line adventure
  4. build a web-site
  5. run a 5k
  6. create and use a weekly menu plan
  7. plant spring bulbs
  8. plant a garden
  9. learn Spanish
  10. clean out & organize all closets
  11. make a quilt for the family room
  12. finish small dresser*
  13. finish Alex’s quilt*
  14. plan a weekend getaway for Mark and me
  15. start a date night habit
  16. clean out kitchen
  17. use our Metropolitan Grill gift certificates (finally – they’re years old!)
  18. start a yoga practice
  19. knit a sweater
  20. make strawberry jam
  21. move my month-by-month album to 12 x 12
  22. finish my “Me: The Abridged Album” album
  23. use the fire-pit
  24. make Jello shots
  25. schedule a Bunco night
  26. schedule a massage
  27. catch up on laundry
  28. take a hike
  29. create a video tutorial
  30. take a class
  31. teach Alex organization
  32. go to the coast
  33. scan at least 10 albums
  34. have a party
  35. finish a Disney album
  36. add a stamp to my passport
  37. build a blogging habit
  38. knit socks
  39. drive the trailer for at least an hour
  40. plant the front yard

40-at-40 update…

20 Jul

I’ve made some progress on my 40-at-40 project in the last few weeks. It’s fun to get things crossed of the list (because really, isn’t crossing things off lists one of the best feelings ever?)

We have yummy local strawberries available this time of year, making it the perfect season to make strawberry jam (#20).  At the local produce stand, they pointed me to the best jam berries and I was ready to go. Some friends came over to share in the experience and at the end, we had about 20 jars of jam and a lot of fun.
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Even though the calendar says it’s summer, the pacific northwest hasn’t gotten the memo. Nonetheless, Alex has been a little obsessed with the fire-pit so we have had a couple of opportunities to use the fire-pit (#23). Typically we’re using it to warm up just as much as to enjoy the s’mores, but we’re getting it used!
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We just returned from a week-long camping trip. We had a wonderful time, enjoyed some actually summer-like weather, and I had the opportunity to drive the trailer for an hour (#39). For the sake of full disclosure, it was a little less than an hour, but I also backed it into a spot, which I decided counts for extra credit! Luckily, the man at the KOA was very patient and talked me through the whole backing procedure; made it into the spot in one shot!
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So, I’ve been 40 for almost four months now and I’m about 25% through my list. I’m feeling pretty good about my progress so far. I’m realizing a couple of these times might not be happening this year and I’m OK with that… I may change up the list a bit. I’ve decided to reevaluate half-way through the year; it’s my list after all. I get to make the rules!

  1. paint the master bathroom
  2. paint my office
  3. have a zip line adventure
  4. build a web-site
  5. run a 5k
  6. create and use a weekly menu plan
  7. plant spring bulbs
  8. plant a garden
  9. learn Spanish
  10. clean out & organize all closets
  11. make a quilt for the family room
  12. finish small dresser*
  13. finish Alex’s quilt*
  14. plan a weekend getaway for Mark and me
  15. start a date night habit
  16. clean out kitchen
  17. use our Metropolitan Grill gift certificates (finally – they’re years old!)
  18. start a yoga practice
  19. knit a sweater
  20. make strawberry jam
  21. move my month-by-month album to 12 x 12
  22. finish my “Me: The Abridged Album” album
  23. use the fire-pit
  24. make Jello shots
  25. schedule a Bunco night
  26. schedule a massage
  27. catch up on laundry
  28. take a hike
  29. create a video tutorial
  30. take a class
  31. teach Alex organization
  32. go to the coast
  33. scan at least 10 albums
  34. have a party
  35. finish a Disney album
  36. add a stamp to my passport
  37. build a blogging habit
  38. knit socks
  39. drive the trailer for at least an hour
  40. plant the front yard

40 at 40 update

11 Jun

40logoWell, I’ve been 40 for a little over two months now; a good time for another 40-at-40 update. I’m feeling fairly successful because I’ve got a couple more things ticked off my list, including one that I wasn’t sure was possible.

First, I’ve scheduled a Bunco night (#25) with some girlfriends for later this month. I’ve also played Bunco with my neighbors twice since I made this list, so that counts as well. By the way, if you’ve never played Bunco, I highly recommend it. A great way to blow off steam with a group of girlfriends.

I’ve also got a good start on my closet project. When I listed#10 “clean out & organize all closets” I specifically meant the linen closet in the master bathroom, the walk-in closet in the master bedroom, my son’s closet and the hall closet. I’m halfway there! Here is the linen closet:
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I actually purged a ton of stuff from this closet; sheets that were worn out, a bag of hotel samples, expired stuff. A big garbage bag to the trash and a box to donate. Felt great!
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My son’s closet. I totally blew the ‘before’ picture and didn’t remember to take it until I was about halfway done, but all that stuff spilling out on the floor in front of the closet? That was all in the closet, along with about 15 more stuffed animals and six pairs of shoes. I also purged a bunch of stuff from this closet (six boxes worth!).

So, the closets are half-way done. I’m dreading the master closet. What a mess! I’m thinking maybe the end of summer for that one. We’ll see how it goes.

By far, the most exciting thing is this:
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Those are our laundry baskets. Our mostly empty laundry baskets. There are a few towels waiting to go, but not enough for a full load. In other words, I AM CAUGHT UP ON LAUNDRY (#27)! This is the one I really wasn’t sure was possible, but it has happened. I have a big secret weapon that I wasn’t expecting back in March and that’s this:
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Ahh… aren’t they lovely? Meet my new washer & dryer. Our nearly 11-year-old set decided to give up the ghost and it was time for new. These are amazing… they have a bigger capacity (fewer loads), 3.2 million different settings (although, let’s be honest, we’ll use like two) and best of all, the doors open the right way. Our old pair, both doors opened to the right which was a pain. Now, the washer door (on the left) opens to the left and the dryer door opens to the right. Genius! I am very aware that there is a possibility that this may slip. I’ll keep you posted!

Here is my full 40-at-40 list. If you want to see previous updates, they’re here and here or check the category “40-at-40” on the right.

  1. paint the master bathroom
  2. paint my office
  3. have a zip line adventure
  4. build a web-site
  5. run a 5k
  6. create and use a weekly menu plan
  7. plant spring bulbs
  8. plant a garden
  9. learn Spanish
  10. clean out & organize all closets
  11. make a quilt for the family room
  12. finish small dresser*
  13. finish Alex’s quilt*
  14. plan a weekend getaway for Mark and me
  15. start a date night habit
  16. clean out kitchen
  17. use our Metropolitan Grill gift certificates (finally – they’re years old!)
  18. start a yoga practice
  19. knit a sweater
  20. make strawberry jam
  21. move my month-by-month album to 12 x 12
  22. finish my “Me: The Abridged Album” album
  23. use the fire-pit
  24. make Jello shots***
  25. schedule a Bunco night
  26. schedule a massage
  27. catch up on laundry**
  28. take a hike
  29. create a video tutorial
  30. take a class
  31. teach Alex organization
  32. go to the coast
  33. scan at least 10 albums
  34. have a party
  35. finish a Disney album
  36. add a stamp to my passport
  37. build a blogging habit
  38. knit socks
  39. drive the trailer for at least an hour
  40. plant the front yard

40-at-40 update

16 May

So, I’m just starting my adventures with my “40-at-40″list, but so far, so good! I’ve got a couple of things crossed off the list and I even managed to scrap one of them for today’s LOAD challenge. Here’s #24, make Jell-o shots, recorded:

Lemon Shooters

This was really, really fun. I first say the idea at Bakers Royale. I don’t even know where I came across the site, but these were just too cute to pass up! I’m really not ever creative in the kitchen, so this felt like a stretch for me, but how adorable are these things?!? And, by the way, so tasty and refreshing! They will definitely be making a reappearance this summer!

I’ve also made my way through one closet of four that I’m planning on tackling. Feels great to have that underway but I’ll post photos when they’re all done. To see the whole list, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.

A couple of other LOAD layouts to catch up on. From yesterday:
TrainThis was a quickie from a trip we took last year. I’m using way more yellow/orange than usual during this challenge. Right now Alex’s favorite color is orange. Maybe he’s wearing off on me?

In LuckyThis is a pretty awful iPhone photo, but I am so lucky to have great in-laws. I wanted to make sure to document it.

First FishI was flipping through one of my storage binders and came across these photos. I absolutely could not believe that I hadn’t scrapped this story so I had to get right on it!

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  1. paint the master bathroom
  2. paint my office
  3. have a zip line adventure
  4. build a web-site
  5. run a 5k
  6. create and use a weekly menu plan
  7. plant spring bulbs
  8. plant a garden
  9. learn Spanish
  10. clean out & organize all closets
  11. make a quilt for the family room
  12. finish small dresser*
  13. finish Alex’s quilt*
  14. plan a weekend getaway for Mark and me
  15. start a date night habit
  16. clean out kitchen
  17. use our Metropolitan Grill gift certificates (finally – they’re years old!)
  18. start a yoga practice
  19. knit a sweater
  20. make strawberry jam
  21. move my month-by-month album to 12 x 12
  22. finish my “Me: The Abridged Album” album
  23. use the fire-pit
  24. make Jello shots
  25. schedule a Bunco night
  26. schedule a massage
  27. catch up on laundry**
  28. take a hike
  29. create a video tutorial
  30. take a class
  31. teach Alex organization
  32. go to the coast
  33. scan at least 10 albums
  34. have a party
  35. finish a Disney album
  36. add a stamp to my passport
  37. build a blogging habit
  38. knit socks
  39. drive the trailer for at least an hour
  40. plant the front yard

*items in progress

Let The Fun Begin!

2 May

I got started with LOAD (layout-a-day) today and really went the easy route. I took a layered template that was a freebie this weekend at Designer Digitals, paired it with some great photos that our friend Wes took of Alex and me yesterday, one sheet of patterned paper (also from Designer Digitals) and done. I love it when a layout comes together without a lot of fuss!

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I also started to tackle one of my 40 at 40 goals today (scan 10 albums). My dad passed away in 2009 and when my mom was able to sell her house, she had to downsize a bit. I ended up with 17 boxes of photo albums dating back to 1970. Problem is, many of them are in those awful magnetic albums and I need to get the photos out. Also, I was trying to figure out how to share them with my family. I was really nervous about sending them away to a scanning service, so I just made the decision to scan them myself, one album at a time. I tackled the first album today! Not nearly as painful as I thought, although it is a bit time-consuming. I found some real gems, though:

Scan 18Scan 25(That’s my first birthday!)

Scan 71Scan 88(My dad & me on the lake, my mom & me on the merry-go-round)

Scan 41Scan 53(My dad & me at the lake and me wearing his sunglasses)

My original idea was to burn the photos to disc for my family, but I’ve decided to upload them to Flickr. That way, people can download the photos they want and leave the rest. Aside from scanning them, my goal is to enter in the description any notes that my mom wrote on the back of the photo or on one of the tags that are included on some of the pages. Luckily there is no great hurry because this project is going to take a while, but I’m happy to have it under way!

40 at 40

20 Apr

I’ve been 40 for nearly a month now. So far so good. I think I have more gray hair, but it just might be past time to visit the hairdresser.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to accomplish this year. Somehow, 40 makes it feel as though I should be more mindful of what I spend my time doing. With that in mind, I made a list of, you guessed it, 40 things I’d like to accomplish this year. I started this list a couple of weeks ago, so one item is already crossed off (is there any better feeling than crossing things off a list?) and a couple of my items are simply finishing various works in progress. Others might seem silly, but having them in black and white makes them all feel more significant.

  1. paint the master bathroom
  2. paint my office
  3. have a zip line adventure
  4. build a web-site
  5. run a 5k
  6. create and use a weekly menu plan
  7. plant spring bulbs
  8. plant a garden
  9. learn Spanish
  10. clean out & organize all closets
  11. make a quilt for the family room
  12. finish small dresser*
  13. finish Alex’s quilt*
  14. plan a weekend getaway for Mark and me
  15. start a date night habit
  16. clean out kitchen
  17. use our Metropolitan Grill gift certificates (finally – they’re years old!)
  18. start a yoga practice
  19. knit a sweater
  20. make strawberry jam
  21. move my month-by-month album to 12 x 12
  22. finish my “Me: The Abridged Album” album
  23. use the fire-pit
  24. make Jello shots***
  25. schedule a Bunco night
  26. schedule a massage
  27. catch up on laundry**
  28. take a hike
  29. create a video tutorial
  30. take a class
  31. teach Alex organization
  32. go to the coast
  33. scan at least 10 albums
  34. have a party
  35. finish a Disney album
  36. add a stamp to my passport
  37. build a blogging habit
  38. knit socks
  39. drive the trailer for at least an hour
  40. plant the front yard

*items in progress

**OK, this may never happen, but it keeps me working

The one item that I’ve finished, painting the master bathroom, has been a project I’ve wanted to tackle since we moved into this house six years ago. The former owner had the bathroom painted purple and there was a Thomas Kincaid style wallpaper border around the top of the wall. Not our style at all. We tackled that project two weeks ago and it felt awesome! I’ll have to post some before & after shots.

As for the rest, I’ll keep you posted. When I was working on this list, I wanted to have a healthy mix of realistic goals and some that are much more challenging. I have this in writing right now and plan to make a couple of copies; for me, in order for something to be front of mind, it also has to be a bit in my face. So, I’ll probably post something on my bathroom mirror (anyone else do that?) and I’ll have it in my purse, maybe my work bag. Somehow, just having this down on paper makes me feel really optimistic about the coming year. Forty will indeed be fabulous!