35 at 35: A Year's Worth of Fun

I can almost hear Aaron's eyes roll when I start a sentence with, "So I heard on a podcast..." It's pretty clear that I'm a podcast junkie and I get way to much inspiration these days channeled through my earbuds. But if you're also a podcast-lover, I'm sure we're in the same boat. It's no surprise then that today's post was inspired by a long-time favorite, Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

At the beginning of the year, Gretchen and Elizabeth shared their 18 in 2018 lists: 18 things they want to accomplish in the year 2018. On another episode they shared an idea for celebrating a milestone birthday: create a list of things you want to do in that year so you can look forward to it.

Today I turn 35. It's not really a milestone, but it feels a bit like one to me. I haven't been dreading it, but I do like the idea of making a list to make the year feel more joyful and less "oh boy I'm getting old." Inspired by the podcast, I created a list of 35 things I'd love to do in my 35th year. This isn't a to-do list and it doesn't include things that I feel like I should do. Instead, it's a fun list. I'm only including things that I truly want to do and that would bring more joy to my life. Things that, if I do them, will make me happy, and if I don't, I won't feel any guilt about.

{35 at 35: my want-to-do list}


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1. Get at least 2 pedicures.

2. Make homemade ice cream.

3. Try a new (to me) ice cream place nearby.

4. Go to breakfast or brunch somewhere we haven't been.

5. Visit a baseball stadium (other than our own Kauffman stadium).

6. Buy new sunglasses.

7. Find a red lipstick I love.

8. Paint my nails regularly.

9. Clean out my closet and make it pretty.

10. Buy a "mix a 6" pack of beer from a liquor store to try some new beers.

11. Go to my favorite local coffee shop for some me time on a weekend morning when Aaron can stay home with the kids.

12. Complete my 2018 photo album.

13. Have a girls' day with my mom.

14. Buy a really great pair of shoes.

15. Take a creative class (photography, hand lettering, etc.).

16. Start a "day by day" book.

17. Spend the day with Jona before he starts Kindergarten.

18. Get family photos taken.

19. Splurge on luxurious hand cream.

20. Watch the first few seasons of The Great British Baking Show.

21. Try Trunk Club.

22. Go to the farmer's market.

23. Have a picnic.

24. Go to an event hosted by a local bookstore.

25. Go to a Royals game.

26. Complete a reading challenge.

27. Make a recipe that came from my mom that I don't usually take the time to make.

28. Take the kids to story time at the library.

29. Read You Are a Badass.

30. Buy a lottery ticket.

31. Take a day off and do ONLY fun things. No to-do list checking.

32. Add to my Nickel and Suede earrings collection.

33. Try sleeping on a silk pillowcase.

34. Do an out-of-the-ordinary date night with Aaron (so not the usual dinner out).

35. Find a new job.


1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday Beautiful! I truly love this little list of goodness and fun. lots of things I’d like to do too. I love my silk pillowcase. Let me give you some honesty the years 35-40 were my BEST! I felt my best, looked my best and grew in wisdom. Age has its advantages and I hope you get to do all these things and let the joy of it all surround you! Birthday Hugs!

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