40 B4 40 List

So many of us have made lists of things we hope to accomplish in life. I have a daily to-do list that is constantly being updated and modified. I make lists for groceries, chores,  goals and for pretty much anything you could think of. I also have a longstanding list that I started over 10 years ago. My dynamic list have gotten longer as my interest grew and have gotten shorter as I’ve accomplished some things and lost interest in others. I’ve noticed that as I became older, the things that I really want to accomplish in life cannot be captured in a list. My desire is to impact lives; encourage, inspire and offer hope. Those are the ‘real’ goals that I’m working on. to-do list

The list below is a compilation of things I started to write down when I graduated from Chiropractic school over 10 years ago. After recently revisiting my list, I was overcome with gratitude because God has already blessed me with what I believe to be the most important things. Everything else is just icing on the cake. Whatever I don’t accomplish by age 40, if I’m alive and able to, I’ll just change the name to 45 B4 45 and keep going. And because I’m a list writer, eventually, I may start a whole new list. More important than anything on this list is my personal relationship with God. There are also a couple of  private petitions between me and God not listed here. (*While I’ve had a list for many years, I never imagined sharing it. I saw a few blogs with a published list, but it wasn’t until February when Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama shared her’s than I considered sharing mine…*edited). I decided to publish my list as a challenge and motivation to see if I can actually cross off a few more things before turning 40.

  1. Own my own business
  2. Vacation in Hawaii
  3. Learn to swim – registered for swim lessons this summer at the local YMCA. Yay me!
  4. Complete a Triathlon – once I get the swimming down, I’ll be well on my way
  5. Take piano lessons again- (In high school I knew how to play and read sheet music thanks to the best Chorus teacher in the world (Mrs. Mae Jenkins). Didn’t use it and I totally lost it *sighs*
  6. Visit the Vatican in Rome, Italy
  7. Get married –
  8. Have Children – God blessed me with two beautiful kids
  9. Give birth un-medicated
  10. Run a half marathon: I’ve done 3 and have 3 more schedule
  11. Run a marathon – done and have no desire to run another 26.2 miles straight
  12. Visit London (Buckingham Palace, Changing of the guards)
  13. Participate in a White House tour
  14. See the President in Person: Crossing this off. I saw and heard President Obama speak as a Senator (not sure if it counts, but didn’t get to see Clinton or Bush, so I’ll take it :) )
  15. Start a charity to help children in need and help combat adult illiteracy
  16. Buy a home
  17. Do a radio show
  18. Learn to flip houses for a profit
  19. Visit Switzerland and ascend the Swiss Alps
  20. Lose 20 lbs
  21. Write a book -Gah! Working on this. May start with an e-book first.
  22. Take a photography class to improve on my hobby
  23. Have a sit down interview with my mother – thankfully I was able to interview her before she passed
  24. Have a sit down interview with my father – sadly never got to do a formal interview before he passed. Can’t cross it off. I guess I’ll remove it from my next list
  25. Raise thousands of $ for a charity: Raised $3000 for the American Heart Association
  26. Go skiing
  27. Learn sign language: I’m a bit rusty now
  28. Minister the Word a congregation: I’ve taught Sunday School for many years and often use my health speaking engagements to share the love of Christ.
  29. Go scuba diving: Actually lost the desire to do. Went snorkeling instead
  30. Ride in a helicopter:- Got a chance to view many of the volcanos is Hawaii
  31. Give a generous anonymous monetary donation to someone in need -done several times in the past
  32. Pay for a random stranger’s food in the drive through – The first time I did it, I was so nervous and giddy.
  33. Do something big and challenging right now I’m registered for the Ragnar Relays. I’m going to consider this my challenge if I’m able to complete it
  34. Learn to type – I’m actually a little embarrassed to include this one, but I’m a pretty fast pecker :)
  35. Start a blog
  36. Attend a blogging conference – holding out for a local one (within driving distance)
  37. Go sky diving or bungee jumping – COMPLETELY lost the desire to do after I had children
  38. Grow my natural hair – contemplated for 2 years before I actually did it. Been natural for two years now
  39. Start a second, profitable business
  40. Visit Jerusalem

Do you write to-do lists? Do you actually stick to them? Do you have a standing “bucket” list of things you’d like to accomplish in life?

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31 thoughts on “40 B4 40 List

  1. Michelle

    Love your bucket list! You’ve done some pretty cool things!! I used to keep a New Year’s Resolution list of things I wanted to accomplish in the coming year…and back when I did that, I actually accomplished them. I need to get back to this. I think if you take your lists seriously (and it helps to write them down!), it holds you more accountable.
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      I absolutely agree with you Michelle. For me, writing them down, reviewing them form time to time, definitely makes me more accountable and as I result, I accomplish more of them. New Years resolution list is a great idea. You get a whole year to accomplish things.
      Thanks for sharing Michelle

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  2. Ariana

    Great list! You’ve done some much and have inspired me to create one of these lists. I can add some amazing things that I have already done like hear and see president Obama speak in person. I especially like the interviewing of your parents. I know would love to do this with my parents especially my dad I feel like there is so much I don’t know about him. Its a good way to look back at life’s journey and reflect on the great experiences and the ones we have yet to experience.

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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thank you Ariana. It’s great that you actually had an opportunity to hear a sitting president speak. I learned so much from my mom about her childhood and our relatives. it was an amazing experience. I think you’ll enjoy the interview process with your dad. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady

    Yes to all your questions! I scratch off and analyze the list each year for my birthday. I don’t know that I’m brave enough to post it on my blog though. Hum, this is the first year I’ll have an oppourtunity. I might copy you and leave off the private stuff. We have so many similar things on this list! The photography issue for one….I’ve had an online course that I’ve ignored for over a year now! You are doing great! I’m so confused how you blog pecking, lol!

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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Birthdays are a great time to update “life’s” list. I’ve seen a few bucket lists on people’s blogs, but after seeing Nellie’s I decided to post mine too. My list is longer than 40 items. You share what you’re comfortable with. Right now, I wouldn’t be able to come up with a 50 b4 50. lol. Most of my list was accomplished b4 I turned 32.
      I type using 2 fingers on each hand.lol. Looks really weird and my fingers cramp up very quickly :)

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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thanks Chris. It’s been a while in the making. I’ve always had a list, but I got the idea to post it from Nellie from BrooklynActiveMama.com (I forgot to mention that in my post..will edit). Anyway, I think a list before 50 would be awesome. You’ve already accomplished sooo much. I’m excited to see it…if you chose to post it 😉 Have a marvelous weekend Chris.

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  4. Michell

    Hi Hope! Love your list! I agree with Chris…you’ve pretty much scratched off everything! I Kudos to you for doing yourself well lady! As far as list are concerned( an everyday one that is)…EVERYONE in my family does them, except me…go figure! I’m funny that way. My parents always said I was little eccentric, lol! You’ve inspired me though to get out my bucket list and dust it off! Thanks for stopping by and linking up Hope…have a wonderful evening! 😉
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thank you Michell. There’s nothing wrong with being a little eccentric. It make you YOU :) When you dust of that list, you might discover that you’ve already accomplished more than you realized. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Rum Punch Drunk

    Now that is what you call a list and you’ve managed to actually do quite a few things from it. Good for you and keep it up. It’s good to be focused in such a way.

    Although I have plans, I’m a bit nervous to actually write it down because I feel that if I don’t cross anything off it within a given time, I will become deeply depressed by just looking at it, knowing that I wasn’t able to achieve anything or very little. Silly excuse, but that’s how I feel right now and if the list is in my head, then I can easily change it without having to delete it on paper :/
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thank you! I hear you…I sometimes get that feeling of not wanting to fail or disappoint myself. Thank God lists aren’t like contracts where there’s a consequence if they aren’t accomplished within a certain time frame. Lists on paper are just as flexible as the ones in your head.

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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Hahaha !! Josie, you know 50’s is the new 40’s. Home gardening and canning is great, but with your fit and fabulous self, you can accomplish anything else you wanna add to your list :)

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  6. Raven

    What a great post. I do try to write and check off a daily to do list. I also have a bucket list. Just the other day I told my hubby I need to look at my bucket list again. For awhile I forgot about it. I love making list. I just need to learn to balance my time to accomplish everything.
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  7. Kita

    I don’t have a bucket list because I would probably never get to half of them I just do what I can when I can but you are doing great with yours. Keep up the good work

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