Before I Turn 40 Bucket List… or Some time in my Lifetime

Before 40 Bucket List

For many, a new year means new resolutions. Well, I do not make resolutions. I feel as though I set myself up for failure if I do. Instead, I simply set goals. I then press on towards those goals as often as I can, as hard as I can. Yes, sometimes I may come up short… but at least I tried.

This year, in August, I turn 40. Now, honestly, age has no relevance on me. It is just another day. Another number.

But, the number is a milestone one.

So, I would like to do a few things in before I turn 40 this year… or at least before the year ends. Some goals are personal whereas others are more professional. Quite honestly though, they both blend together in my world. So, let’s get started on this list.

Before 40 Bucket List

10 Bucket List Things to do Before I Turn 40

  1. Norway. I know. It sounds like a random place to want to go sometimes when I think about it. But, I have a friend over there that speaks very highly of it. Seeing Disney’s Frozen recently only fed my desire to go. I know this Southern girl will freeze her booty off, but I think it will be worth it. This also ties into my #2.
  2. See the Northern Lights. Is there really any question as to why? They are beautiful, mystical, amazing. Period.
  3. Take my husband to New York City. I have been a handful of times and he never has. I can try to explain the allure it has on me but he will never understand until he experiences it himself. (Family road trip to NYC – July 2015)
  4. Lose 30 pounds. Apparently my metabolism IS feeling my age. It has not been nice to me over the past year. Looks like I am actually going to have to get my booty moving in order to start losing a bit of weight. I can do it!
  5. Get published. As in, write an article/blog post that gets published in a print magazine. I have written an online post for… but I really want to be in print. (DONE! I had a post published in iBlog Magazine in September 2015).
  6. Write a book. While I am at it, I really want to write a book. I have wanted to publish a book since I was a child. Not sure what type of book just yet. But this is definitely staying on my list until it gets done.
  7. Go on a cruise. Okay. This should be fairly easy. I won a cruise at a conference this past March. I just need to get it on the calendar! The biggest thing is simply making sure the whole family can go. (August 2014, January 2015 and May 2015)
  8. Have 1 video go viral. But, not just any video. A video of my girls doing what they dream of doing. Whether it be singing, dancing, or just being goofy. They just want to have one fun video on YouTube that people will like and Ellen will notice. Ha!
  9. Fly with Colby. Yes. Isn’t that crazy? In our 22+ years together, we have never flown together. Ever. We have gone on separate trips, but are looking forward to our first flight together NEXT month! Yay! (Repeatedly. Like all the time. Just had to put it out there!)
  10. Start my own company. I know I have this blog as a business, but I really want to branch out with it and take it a bit further. Colby and I have several ideas, we just need to put those plans into action. (We officially became an LLC in 2015!)

As I make this list I realize I want to do A LOT of things before August. Ummm… if I was rich that would be easy. Alas, I am not. So, let’s stick to 10 things before I am 40 and 30 more to do in my lifetime as I can. That seems a lot more doable I think. Go to the next page to see the other 30!

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  1. I turn 40 in August, as well. My biggest thing before then is to buy a house. Renting has gotten very old and I’m done with it.

    I don’t have more that I want to achieve before that milestone, but many I want to do in my lifetime.

    I want to visit Ireland and England to see where my family came from. I want to see my kids go to college, all of them. I really need to make a list. I think I’ll do that now!
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  2. Jane (EJ) Says: January 1, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    WOW! That’s a great list, I have many dreams & goals just not written down. I think it’s time to start. We have traveled up & down east coast, but that’s it. The only plan we do have is tour our great nation in an RV when we retire, but that won’t be for 2 decades. The most Magnificent waterfall I’ve ever seen has to be Niagara Falls. After having 4 kids I’d love a tattoo, just haven’t gotten up the nerve to do it.

  3. Sounds like you have a great year ahead! I always strive to spend more time with my family, since the time goes by so quickly.
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  4. Those are awesome! A few of those are also on my list, some I’ve done, and some others I think I need to add to my list!
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  5. I’ll turn 70 in 2 months. Don’t worry. I love my life even if I find traveling, driving, and entertaining a bit harder than when I was 40! Or when I was 65! You are wise to have a before 40 bucket list. Too many people are so busy working and raising kids to do some pretty important things while they’re still young enough to enjoy them. I traveled extensively in my 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. First as a single girl with my girlfriends and then with my husband. We went to Europe without a tour and without any reservations. We’d hop off the plane and rent a car and start driving! We met the locals, found numerous out-of-the-way places and fabulous food. We always found a hotel. I could go on and on…. Do everything you can while you’re still young! Don’t wait for retirement or even wait to travel to romantic places with your SO while the kids are srill at home. Go and do!!!! At almost 70 I can barely drag a suitcase on wheels through an airport.
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  6. I love this. I did a 40X40 list when I turned 40 and each year since. Found your posts by looking up bucket lists on pinterest because I just finished my 43 list! I might can help some of you. I am a REALTOR. While I service Tennessee, I can help lead you in the right direction where you live. I LOVE helping first time home buyers, even if I am too far away to be your agent. I can certainly guide you and even refer you to someone in your area! Good luck on your list!

  7. Birdiebee Says: March 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I sure love your bucket list. I am in my 50’s and have yet to make such a list. I wish you luck in completing many if all of these.

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