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The List: Brought To You By The Year 40 (errr- 42?) UPDATED

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Updated 4.21.16: It was time to revisit The List. I updated things a bit- crossed some items OFF! Huzzah! But this was a good reminder as I revisted that I still have work to be done. Carryon, Shenanigans, Carryon…

I gotta be honest.? Since I turned 40 in February I haven’t noticed a whole lot of change in my life.? In fact, it’s been pretty easy as far as age is concerned.? Makes me wonder if this is true:


In my head though, 40 is a big deal. I’ve heard the saying that everyone has goals: the difference in goals and accomplishments is action.? Dreaming about things I’d like to see, do or have will only get me so far.? It’s time to act.

I’ve got a list of things I want to accomplish.? Some small, some large.? Some I’ve already started on and some are out there just waiting for me to attack.? People often call these types of things Bucket Lists or Life Lists but I’m not really a fan of those terms.? I’m just going with The List.

These goals aren’t all as huge as running a marathon.? Some are simple and maybe should just be filed under Crap I Need To Do As A Parent.? But I’m throwing them on The List.

Ready to hear them? I’ve got 40 For 40


  1. Lose 40 pounds or wear a size 8 pant.? Whichever comes first I’m counting it as a win.
  2. Run a marathon. ?DONE! ?No, really… I DID IT.
  3. PR my half marathon.
  4. Potty-train #OhLucy?
  5. See the Grand Canyon? DONE!
  6. Re-brand blog
  7. Move blog to self-hosting Word Press (sorry Blogger!)? DONE!
  8. Stop eating fast food for any reason except an emergency (defined as head about to explode from children whining on car trips.)
  9. Create a cleaning schedule rotating rooms to clean every day.
  10. Utilize cleaning schedule.
  11. Chore list for the kids so they can particpate in the cleaning schedule. ?DONE!
  12. Wash more dishes.
  13. Schedule my blog posts. Farther out than the night before. ?hit and miss here. More hits than miss, so crossing it off!
  14. Get more sleep every night, not just one night a week. ?Buying my FitBit Charge helped with this. TOTALLY working.
  15. Lift weights.? Big, heavy, manly weights.
  16. Tell my family I love them every day.? Yes- I do actually forget to do this. ?Easy one to do. <3
  17. Get paid.? With any luck, as a writer.? DONE!? Go buy some Jamberry, won’t you?
  18. Read a book.? Once a month.? Internet and Audible doesn’t count.
  19. Meal plan.
  20. Grocery shop from a list and only from a list.
  21. Learn and use the essential oils effectively.
  22. Visit 5 museums in the local area (Phoenix and Tucson included.)
  23. Run 3 local races.? I tend to stick to Disney a bit much!? (In case you didn’t notice. Ahem)? Two down, 1 to go!? Esprit de She and Surf City? Done! ?I’ve added at least 3 local races every year.
  24. Hike a mountain. ?Picacho Peak made me her bitch. But I got it done.
  25. Take the kids to a University of Arizona basketball game.? DONE!? Sorta- I cheated.? I hate basketball.? So we went to the football game instead. ?*follow-up: basketball game achieved!
  26. Start a new blog series.? (Any suggestions?)
  27. Walk the dog regularly.? Or run with him if he’s feeling froggy. ?RIP, sweet Ranger. Sniff.
  28. Floss twice a day.? You know you don’t do it either.? DONE!
  29. Volunteer at the kids school. ?Nailed it.
  30. Clean my car often.? It’s gross.? Always.? DONE!
  31. Celebrate in a most epic way my 20 year wedding anniversary with Mr. Shenanigans.? DONE!? 4 days in Vegas.? It. Was. AWESOME.
  32. Get a passport.? You never know…
  33. Apply to the Disney Parks Moms Panel…again.? DONE!? Annnnddd… well, I didn’t make it.
  34. Learn some Spanish.? Looking at you, DisBroad Tania.? I’ll need lessons.
  35. Do an unassisted pull-up.
  36. Run a 5K without walking or intervals.? DONE!
  37. Cut down my internet time.
  38. Visit family in California and Texas just because.? Partially DONE
  39. Ride Splash Mountain.? Eeek!?? DONE!? with an epic selfie to prove it!
  40. Pray more. ?Hitting my knees every night. #Blessed.

There’s my list.? What’s on yours?? Will you share one thing you hope to accomplish this year?

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Vanessa @GlitterGirlRuns

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

LOVE LOVE LOVE your list! cant wait to watch it all happen!

Niquole Abram

Monday 23rd of June 2014

You've inspired me to create my own list, thank you! A couple things on it are becoming financially stable, actually putting money in savings, learning personal finance and leading a more active lifestyle.

Friday 9th of May 2014

Let me tell ya, moving to WordPress from blogger was one of the best decisions I made, and it was crazy easy. And I am planning o PR my half this year.

I love your list, and there is a lot on there that I want and need to work on as a 26 going on 27 year old, too. :)

We Run Disney

Thursday 8th of May 2014

I will be rooting you on to make the Mom's Panel this year Patty. Your list made me laugh, the flossing, the fast food oh and the cut down on internet time. Good luck with all of those!

Veronica Lee

Thursday 8th of May 2014

WOW! You do have a long list! Yep, get a passport! I wish I had travelled more when I was younger. Visiting more countries is on my bucket list.

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