50 by 50

So – last year, a friend of mine was working on a 30 by 30 list.  She was in her last year of her twenties and she wrote down 30 things that she wanted to do before she turned 30.  This inspired me and got my juices flowing.  Now – I am well past the age of 30, so clearly I had to do something different.  I decided to do a 50 by 50 list – while 50 is the next big birthday for me, I still have several years left (just in my young 40s), so this would give me room to hopefully get 50 things done and to make them big, things that you really dream about.  Kind of like a bucket list – but with a deadline – I think that makes it more real.  If I want to get any significant part of this list done before I turn 50, I actually need to plan my life to do so.  I don’t know that I’ll get this all done, it’s a pretty ambitious list – but that’s okay – the shape of the list will head me in the right direction, doing the things I love:  traveling, challenging myself, building relationships, and continuing to strive to be a better me.

50 by 50 list (updated July 2013)

  1. Win an age group award in some running race.  DONE  4/22/12 (Run for the Music)
  2. Run a half marathon in 1:40
  3. Run a 5k at an average 7:30 min/mile pace DONE 6/29/13 (Beach Paper Firecracker 5k in Rehoboth Beach, DE)
  4. Complete a triathlon, any distance
  5. Ride a century
  6. Run a marathon DONE 1/13/13 (WDW Marathon)
  7. Qualify for the Boston marathon
  8. Complete a half ironman
  9. Run 13 half marathons in 13 months
  10. Win a national championship in curling DONE!!! March 2013 US MIxed National Championships
  11. See O in Las Vegas
  12. Swim with dolphins
  13. Cruise on the Disney Fantasy DONE (sort of – took a cruise on the Disney Dream May 2013)
  14. Spend two weeks down in Disney World
  15. Do a safari trip somewhere in Africa
  16. Do a trip to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and/or Vietnam (or some combination)
  17. Go dog sledding
  18. Eat fondue in Switzerland
  19. Bike the big island of Hawaii
  20. Go hot air ballooning
  21. Go para-gliding DONE 10/2013 in WDW
  22. Learn the quick-step
  23. Go sky-diving
  24. Dine at Victoria and Albert’s DONE 5/7/2012
  25. Knit something I actually wear
  26. Finish the first course of Chinese in Rosetta Stone
  27. Finish the first course of Spanish in any language course
  28. Read 10 books from the 100 great novels list (Radcliffe version) (Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  29. Read 10 books from the 100 great novels list (Guardian list) (Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe – cheating to double count?)
  30. Read a biography each year (8 total) (Steve Jobs, Meb Keflezghi)
  31. Listen to all 9 of Beethoven’s symphonies
  32. Listen to all of Mozart’s symphonies (all numbered)
  33. Watch at least 16 more films on the top 100 American Films (AFI) list, so that you have watched at least 50 total
  34. Make a bread pudding  DONE  4/21/12
  35. Make a new dessert each year (2012 Bread pudding, 2013 Artisanal Ice Creams)
  36. Go vegetarian for a week
  37. Build three close, local friendships
  38. Maintain at least five close friendships (can be anywhere in country) DONE (Peacocks rule!; Sherri & Emilia; Sarah)
  39. Have a curling team that is fun and stays fun the whole year
  40. Enjoy a curling season with all its ups and downs
  41. Meditate every day for 2 weeks (at least 10 minutes)
  42. Write in a gratitude journal every day for 2 months
  43. Call or write an old friend – a new one each week for 2 months
  44. Live without worry for a week
  45. Try a new food each year (2012 – Ceviche, 2013 – Raw Oysters)
  46. Teach yourself how to write a blog and publish a blog for a year DONE (maintained this blog for a year – although some of the times got a little thin)
  47. Learn to do something new each year
  48. Finish a New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle
  49. Enjoy a trip without worrying about money
  50. Reach my 20th anniversary with my husband loving and appreciating him more than I did when I married him

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