40 Before 40

Besides launching a new business, 2018 is a big year for me. While I’ve yet to fully embrace being “middle-aged”, I’m excited for turning 40 – I feel great physically and more balanced than I have in years. I celebrate most birthdays with a fun dinner or big party; every now and again, I get fancy and do a concert with friends or scope out a new destination to explore. I’m one of those people who will claim my birthday week (or sometimes the entire month) if I can pull it off!

So for 40, why not do the year? Starting today, I’m kicking off my 40 Before 40 list. I hope to check this list off, one-by-one in time to celebrate the big day.

In no particular order…

My Tribe

1. Put together my family tree

2. Write a letter to the person who’s impacted me the most

3. Adopt a new puppy

4. Host a dinner party… and do all the cooking myself

5. Create a trust to care for my loved ones

 

Wellness

6. Make fitness a priority – no more falling off the wagon!

7. Finally learn to swim… for real

8. Run a 10k

9. Eat at least one serving of veggies every day (because I don’t always)

10. Go vegan for one week

11. Treat myself to a solo spa day

12. Go 24 hours without technology (I’m sweating already)

13. Clock 40 miles in 40 hours

14. Drink a half gallon of water every day (inspired by Gabrielle Union, who looks AMAZING at 45. She drinks a full gallon a day, so I figure I can shoot for half of that!)

 

Travel

15. Visit 2 new countries, taking my tally of nations visited to 40!

16. Go on a solo trip (for all of my travels, I never been on vacation alone – it’s time!)

17. Plan a staycation (I’ve been around the world, and have yet to experience all that NYC has to offer. I’m going to plan an epic week and experience the city like an outsider)

 

Education

18. Read 40 books

19. Learn French

20. Dabble in Graphic Design

21. Learn some real photography skills

22. Try knitting

 

Philanthropy

23. Find a new charity to support

24. Become a Big Sister

25. Teach something

26. Perform 40 acts of kindness

 

Just for Fun

27. Perfect a signature dish

28. Watch an iconic tv Series I’ve missed or never seen

29. Take a new dance class

30. Snorkel

31. Create a signature cocktail

32 – 37. See Star Wars (bear with me; there are so many iconic films I’m embarrassed to admit I still haven’t seen!)

…and Casablanca

…and ET

…and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

…and the Godfather

…and West Side Story

38. Purge my closet (my friends joke that I still have clothes from the ‘90s! Time to update and upgrade a few things, and have my wardrobe reflects where I am in my life)

 

Business

39. Write a book

40. Start a third business (while we’re out here going for things!)

 

Anyone else with a big birthday this year? Let me know how you’re celebrating in the comments!

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