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Hey guys, I’m 30.


OK, got that out. Seriously though, I’m liking this decade so far. (Meaning, the less than three weeks of it I’ve experienced.) And I have some big plans. I wrote and started working on my 30 Before 30 list six months before I turned 30. I didn’t have much time for any really grand achievements. This time, I have ten years. I can accomplish a hell of a lot in ten years.

So here is my 40 Before 40 list. It may change. I’m open to modifying the list as I grow and evolve. But here’s where I’m starting. I think it’s going to be an amazing and utterly fantastic ten years. Life is good!!

  1. Get a new tattoo
  2. Finish writing a novel
  3. Audit a science class
  4. Take a hot air balloon ride
  5. Join a vegetable and/or meat CSA
  6. Go to India
  7. Live abroad
  8. Do a service trip
  9. Publish a novel
  10. Go scuba diving
  11. Go parasailing
  12. Go whale watching
  13. Run a 5K
  14. Do a meditation retreat
  15. Take voice lessons
  16. Record a song
  17. Go to Asia
  18. Finish reading the Pulitzers
  19. Take a cooking class
  20. Watch AFI’s top 100 films
  21. Go swimming with dolphins
  22. Go to a Broadway show
  23. Climb another mountain
  24. Fund 40 (more) Kiva loans
  25. Ride an elephant
  26. Meditate every day for a month
  27. Go to a burlesque show
  28. Do a gallery tour in the Chicago art galleries
  29. Start backyard composting
  30. Start gardening
  31. Grow something that I can actually eat
  32. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter
  33. Pose for an artist (actually did this in high school, but I’d love to do it again)
  34. Do some public speaking
  35. Teach Adeline to play a musical instrument
  36. Spend at least three months getting myself fresh flowers every week
  37. Go ziplining in Costa Rica
  38. Do the Segway tours around Chicago
  39. Do the full six-week Revive program
  40. Find something to love every day this decade.