35 Things before I’m 35

My 35th birthday is coming up on December 18th.  That’s 71 days from now.  It would have been much better if it was 70 days because then that would have been 35 x 2, but I’m not that anal retentive about stuff like that… (or at least I pretend not to be).

This birthday will perhaps be the first birthday in many years which I approach from a good place in my life.  I am happy, I am healthy and I am calm.  It’s not a fluke that I am approaching my birthday with these feelings, it’s a product of a lot of hard work, both mentally and physically.  It’s a product of having people in my life that are supportive and loving and encouraging.  It’s a product of removing from my life people who are NOT supportive, loving or encouraging.

The last birthday that I remember being happy for was in 2005.  That’s 8 years ago.

To celebrate and to hopefully enhance the feelings of happiness and joy in my life, I’ve made a list of things I’d like to achieve in the next 71 days.  It’s kind of an offshoot of the Journey Plan I do every year, so some things will be the same… and then there are fun new things. I realize that usually people make these types of lists years before milestone-esqe birthdays, but I had other things on my mind in the last few years… So I’m making a modified, achievable version… altho not without some challenges! 

Mail 35 postcards/greeting cards/post it notes to friends and family

Get a ‘makeup makeover’ at MAC

Run 60 miles

Finish reading a book (any book will do!)

Be the subject of a photo shoot

Get a facial

Write another Future Me letter

Get two massages

Write a thank you letter to three people who helped me out of my dark time and into the light

Dial down the potty mouth (that’ll be hard to measure…how DO you measure that?)

Take out the compost weekly

Go on Snowshoeing adventure

Plan the continuation of my tattoo

Take a bubble bath once a week

Make two skirts

Reconnect with an old friend… I’ve got a few candidates in mind

Fill out daily postcards

Join ‘The World Needs More Love Letters’ and then write love letters

Shoot guns

Play in the studio

Knit a pair of mitts

Do one Whole30 (at minimum… keep going for as long as you can)

Get a haircut

Drink at least 30 oz of water at work and 30 oz of water at home.  Per day.

Wear jewellery every day

Get a manicure 

*UPDATED ITEM*  Do the ‘Plank Challenge’ and be able to plank for 8 min by Dec 18th

Okay… this is 26.  I have 9 more spaces, so if you have any suggestions, bring them on!

Early Fall 30 Day Tune Up

Sometimes September is the unofficial start of a ‘new year’.  This year I was quite enjoying September being a continuation of what was an excellent summer and much as I tried, I couldn’t muster the ‘fresh start’ feeling.  That said, last week, a six month chapter in my life came to an end and I’m feeling very ‘fresh startish’. 

October 7-November 5th will be my 3rd Whole 30.  It’s time to cleanse the summer madness out of my body and get back to being 100% tuned up.  I don’t regret much of what I did this summer and I still managed to continue to lose weight and tone up my body but now it’s time to get serious for a month and jump start my system again.

Along with the Whole 30, I am going to take this same 30 days and get some other things tuned up as well. I’m calling it the Early Fall 30 Day Tune Up.

      One of the things I plan to do on my W30, which is what I did the last time too, is limit the amount of sugar items.  Of course W30 is no added sugar or sugar substitutes of any kind and that goes without saying, but I know I even have a great sensitivity to sugar in its natural forms, so fruit, kombucha, coconut water will all be limited.  It’s not to say they’re completely off limits, but I will be very mindful of my consumption in order to make sure I feel the best I can at the end of this 30 days.

       I want to run 10 of the days of the W30… that works out to a little less than every M-W-F.  My regular run is 2.5 miles.  On two of the days, I’d like to run my 5 mile route, which would bring my miles logged for the 30 days to 30miles.  That almost seems to work out like fate, doesn’t it? 

       I want to take my Florasil supplements and liquid iron supplement every day for the 30 days.  I know I feel better when I take them… especially the iron, so it stands to reason that during my 30 day Tune Up, I’d include that. 

      I want to be in bed by 830pm and lights out by 10pm.  I spent all summer on a completely whacked out sleep schedule (totally of my own doing and totally enjoyable!) and now I need to get it all reigned back in. 

      I want to be on the bus on the way to work by 6:53am.  That means getting up at around 6:15… which, if I’m lights out by 10pm means I’m getting a full 8 hours of sleep and I won’t have to deal with school children on the bus in the morning, which will make my mental health much better!  I do not enjoy feeling like I take a school bus to work! 

       For the full 30 days, I want to consider everything that I do and measure it against whether it’s going to make me feel the best that I can feel.  If that is cleaning the house instead of watching some PVR, then I’ll clean the house.  If it’s PVR, then it’s PVR.  If it means laying on the floor in Savasana while the cat licks my cheek, then that’s what it will be.  I want to make ‘rules’ for my spiritual and mental health during these 30 days also but I honestly feel that just approaching every decision from whether or not it’s going to improve my life/health/wellbeing is a ‘rule’ enough. 

I weighed myself this am and will remove the batteries from my scale and bring them to work for the next 30 days so I can’t check in on myself but the weight doesn’t matter.  Much the same as why I started this journey, and why I continue down this path is because I want to FEEL better.  And FEELINGS can’t be weighed on a scale or measured with a tape. 

Anyone who wants to join in the Early Fall 30 Day Tune Up with me is more than welcome!  Leave a comment and let me know what you’ll as part of YOUR 30 Day Tune Up and if you want to blog about it and link up, tag your post with 30daytuneup.