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40 by 40

My 30th birthday recently came and went. Unlike a lot of people, I was really looking forward to turning thirty. Honestly. I had zero anxiety about getting older or about entering my thirties. On the contrary, I am quite looking forward to the next decade. Over the next ten years, I get to grow as a wife and mother. I am also in a job that I adore and I cannot wait to see what my career looks like by the time 40 rolls around.
For my birthday this year, my co-workers put together some “words of wisdom” for me to use over the next decade. One co-worker in particular suggested I make a 40 by 40 list and try really hard to finish it. After I started working on the list, Adam further suggested that I break the list down by how complicated or costly a particular task was in order to have the best chance of successfully completing everything. In other words, if I saved all the most expensive and difficult things for the last few years, I wouldn’t probably be able to do them all. So, after much thought, I have finished my list AND have divided it into Four Levels. Level 1 being the least costly and least complicated tasks and Level 4 being the most. If I strive to complete 4 tasks a year — one from each Level —  then I will be on track to realistically complete all 40 by the time I’m 40.
In the spirit of staying on track, I thought I’d post my list — just to memorialize it for everyone to see (and to keep me accountable). Here’s to the next decade y’all. This should be fun!
Level 1:
3. Attend service at a house of worship of a religion I am not familiar with (Update)
4.  Read 3 “classics” I haven’t read before (Almossst)
8.  Perfect a homemade biscuit recipe
9. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
Level 2:
11. Go 48 hours without technology
14. Write/Send letters to 3 mentors who have impacted my life (1 of 3 done)
16. Ride a horse again
17.  Take a dance lesson
18.  Renew wedding vows
19.  Purchase and display original artwork from a local artist
Level 3:
22.  Walk the red carpet at an event
23.  Meet 5 “Internet Friends” in real life
24.  Be featured in a local publication
25. Give a loved one a very extravagant gift
29.  Leave a 100% tip for great service
30.  Become a regular financial contributor to a worthy causeLevel 4 :
31. Pay off all student debt
32. Skydive
33. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in a big city
34. Visit three countries in Europe (2 of 3 visited)
35. Tour wineries on the West Coast
36. Become proficient (er, conversational) in another language
37. Stay the night in a castle
38. Go scuba diving
39. Participate in a local theatre event — even a small non-speaking role
40. Do an unassisted pull-up 

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  • Reply Kaity

    Love these! Too funny- my 30 Before 30 check-in is going up tomorrow- great minds 🙂

    October 25, 2016 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply Angie

    I love these! I'm a huge bucket list maker but I love the idea of breaking it down like that!

    October 26, 2016 at 3:13 am
  • Reply Erin Zauner

    This is so great! I love how you organized it and made it attainable but challenging. I was just thinking "oh, a 30 before 30 would be fun!", then I realized that I only have until February. Looks like I'll be going you're route instead!

    October 26, 2016 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Trish @ The Trish List

    These are great. I am working on a 40 by 40 as well, but I am a little late to the game as I am going to be 34 this year.. I started blogging at 31 so I missed the initial thought on this, but am happy to be able to at least cross a few of these things off my list right away as I have accomplished a few of them already.

    I see you rocking that red lipstick ringing in the new year in a big city! I will say, Nashville isn't huge, but it was amazing to ring in the new year (I even blogged about it). I did NYC once as well and it wasn't as fun. I am a new years eve baby so as a life bucket list I am working on ringing in the new year in as many cities as possible.

    Good luck with your list! I can't wait to read about it!

    October 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog

    So fun!!! Good luck!

    October 26, 2016 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Ashley Ponder

    I love lists like these. I think you will be able to knock out a lot of the level one and two once fairly quickly. It's so funny how you made levels, ah our personalities sink up well. Keep us posted on your updates and good luck!

    October 26, 2016 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    Luxury bedding sounds divine and I love the this list! Happy, happy belated Kate!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

    October 31, 2016 at 12:25 am
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  • Reply Lena LK

    This is awesome. It has truly been a while since have sat down and wrote out my dreams and goals. 40 is creeping up. Perhaps it’s time to reststart the soul searching. Thanks for the read, love. PS: you’re kicking butt!

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