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
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!