Thursday, October 7, 2010

Birthday List

For my birthday I was going to gift myself with a list. I am a chronic list maker
so it should be no problem to write out a simple little list.
Ends up, this list of mine was quite the challenge.
I turned 39 with an incomplete list.

The list? 

40 by 40
(yup! a to-do list of things to accomplish by my 40th birthday)

I thought if I gifted it to myself for my 39th birthday, I would have a whole year to complete the list.
"The list" will be used as a motivational tool to act on what I want from life. 
To be able to say I have done "x", "y" and "z" by the age of forty would be fulfilling.
I would enter my 40's feeling accomplished
and ready to take on 40+ more years!

Should I psycho-analyze the fact that I failed to complete the list in time?
I'll just mark off number 7!
One down, thirty-nine to go!

At least now I know what to add as #1!

1. finish my 40 by 40 list
2. get in shape
3. visit the west coast
4. conquer NaNoWriMo
5. express fearlessly
6. re-learn algebra
7. keep my sense of humor
8. practice yoga/meditation regularly
9. journal regularly
10. thank-you project
11. experiment with henna tats
12. master my breath
13. photo shoot
14. visit 1/2 dozen authentic delis
15. take better care of my Etsy shop
16. have steady income
17. make time for my art
18. get published (again)
40. accept and embrace 40


rachel awes said...

it looks like
you have some
very sweet
heavenly dancers
behind your
40 list.

nacherluver said...

Thanks Rachel! The cupcakes are actually a cheat. They were from my daughter's birthday. I didn't do cake for my day as I don't like cake! I know, strange, right?
But they're not a total cheat, as I did make them!

John said...

The cakes do look yummy.

Always remember everyone is born with a lifetime, some shorter, others longer. So enjoy every moment and when you get to 80 make sure you've done eveything by then becuase you probably will not be able to read the list anyway.....

lori vliegen said...

this is the perfect gift to give yourself.....said from one list-maker to the other!! enjoy the process!! xox, :))

beth said...

happy birthday to youuuuuuuuu......

and we don't do cake either....we do "cookies by design".....have you heard of them ?

AND.....can you belive our weather ?????

nacherluver said...

Thank you all for the birthday wishes!! And to Beth, I know! Isn't the weather incredible? Amazing! I'll take it. ;)

Kristin Dudish said...

Happy Birthday! I love lists too (and I love your sense of humor!)

Caroline said...

Happy birthday!!! Great list. ;) Here is my thought on 40... You are 18 with 22 years of experience. :)

Jess said...

Ooooh. I do love a good list. What's your definition of "photo shoot" for number 13?

nacherluver said...

Thanks all for the comments :)
Jess - By photo shoot, I mean having photos taken of me. Something tasteful but perhaps a bit sexy? Something to make me feel good about me. Perhaps a gift to my darling husband of a decade and a half! Something to time trap the remainder of my youthful looks. :)
Something like that. Thanks for asking!

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