In a few hours I’m turning 33, not a huge number, but for the first time in years (since my 25th birthday in fact), I feel like I’m ‘getting old’, whatever the heck that means anyway. I want my life legacy to be more than; she was a diligent worker and never put her smart phone down, or man that girl sent a lot of tweets – it’s a shame she never visited the Great Wall of China.
Hence the 35 before 35 list. It’s a little narrower than the life list I once did, and a lot more realistic. While I know that trying to complete 35 tasks in 24 months is a bit crazy, everything I’ve chosen represents fun, family, and self-love so I’m sure it will be worth effort…so here we go!
35 Before 35 List:
- Make a fascinator and wear it somewhere fancy
- Print and organize our family photos – started, maybe 20% complete?
Make a video of my best in the world chai recipeDone!
- Become a really good conversationalist (like really listen to what people are saying) – always working on this!
Host a New Year’s Eve party
- Grow a kitchen garden or keep a plant alive – epic fail, killed 4 plants
Learn to make macarons– Done, I took a class! Repair a broken relationship (there is one person I’d like to make amends with)
- Take an outfit photo at the Eiffel Tower
Launch my super secret yet so awesome biz project (sorry, no details yet!) Buy a real painting – not a print Create a new family tradition– Done x 3
- Write a book proposal/find an agent
Teach my kids conversational Punjabi– Started, but a long ways to go Personalize my home
- Complete a Project 365
Learn to do a smoky eye Start a journey of self-love
- Get wrist tattoos
Take really special family photos
- Run in a 5K – had to let this one go because of the arthritis in my feet.
- Print my own fabric
Take a family vacation Find my signature cocktail Watch the Nutcracker Ballet– I went to see Romeo & Juliet by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet instead 🙂 Unplug for a whole week
- Make a personal brand website
Go to a wine tasting Have High Tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria– update Jan 17 – I did this finally after my 37th birthday though!
- Write letters to my kids
Take updated photos in my wedding outfit– update Aug 17 – I ended up re-inventing my wedding outfits for my cousin’s wedding and doing this!
- Buy a new tea set
- Get business cards I love giving out
- Take a Greek cooking class
Complete 35 random acts of kindness
So now I’m scared, but a good kind of scared…the kind that comes with excitement too! The goals that make me most nervous are; hosting a New Year’s Eve party – I only have two shots at that one, making macarons – I can’t bake to save my life, getting wrist tattoos – I’m a chicken, unplug for a whole week – I’m addicted to being connected. The ones I have no idea how I’ll measure completion for are; being a good conversationalist and truly embracing self-love, I guess I’ll just have to use the honour system when checking those off!
The hardest one though will be #8 – repairing a broken relationship. There is someone in particular that I really want to fix my relationship with and have them back in my life, that may not be a conversation I share on the blog, but it’s one that I definitely need to have.
With that it is time for me to pour myself a glass of wine and put on my fuzzy pj’s so I can wake up one year older and slightly wiser tomorrow!
PS: I also did a 40 by 40 list after finishing this one!
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