40 x 40

Help me keep track of my progress!

40 x 40
  1. Run a half marathon
  2. Get a PhD
  3. Write a children's book
  4. Learn how to use my DSLR
  5. Read Atlas Shrugged (it's 1,168 pages!)
  6. Become a certified yoga instructor
  7. Take a 3-4 week trip abroad with the kids
  8. Enjoy a glass of wine in Napa Valley
  9. Complete a sprint-length off-road triathlon
  10. Take a beach vacation with Ben (children optional)
  11. Visit the Grand Canyon
  12. Learn how to play guitar
  13. Knit something
  14. Serve on the board of directors for a non-profit
  15. Learn how to use a sewing machine
  16. Make a quilt with my mom
  17. Visit New York City
  18. Master the art of the French press
  19. Learn to say "hello" in 20 languages
  20. Become a rock star chef on the grill
  21. Take a tap dancing class
  22. Go white water rafting
  23. Climb a rock wall
  24. Ride in a hot air balloon
  25. Learn to play poker
  26. Read every book that has won a Pulitzer Prize in the fiction category
  27. Give a speech in front of a large group of people
  28. Visit the White House
  29. Participate in NaNoWriMo
  30. Perform in a community theater production
  31. Win an award for personal or professional achievement
  32. Donate $1,000 to a non-profit I care about
  33. See the redwoods in California
  34. Go skiing in Colorado
  35. Take surfing lessons
  36. Give blood
  37. Join the National Bone Marrow Registry
  38. Host Thanksgiving dinner
  39. Get a tattoo
  40. Be part of a flash mob


  1. Did I already tell you that I want to see you combine some of these goals? For example, when you do 31, 27 can be your acceptance speech (whether you've been asked to give one or not!). 40 at a 36 (flash mob a blood drive with MJ's Thriller - DO IT!!!).

    I'm going to make one of these immediately. Love it so much. Let's try to figure out a way to check one off together. I'm already on the bone marrow registry and I have no desire to EVER go to New York City thankyouverymuch, but a girl's weekend in Cali could certainly go a long way to accomplishing 8, a portion of 26, 33, 35, and if we are feeling particularly brave, maybe 39.

    1. Um, yes. I think we should absolutely do a girls weekend trip to Cali.

      NYC totally freaks me out (so much concrete!), but I have this overwhelming urge to see Ellis Island. And eat all the pizza.


Thanks for reading!