I’m not 40.  Yet.

Before I get there, I’ve got some stuff to do.

Here’s my list of 40 things to do before I turn the big four-ohhhhh:

  1. Eat a donut from Gourdough’s.  If you know me at all, you know I start any list with something I can cross off. I ate there today!
  2. Hike at least 25 miles of the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park
  3. Do a solo weekend backpacking hike (at least 1 overnight)
  4. Write a book (What the hell, why not, right!?!) It was an ebook, but that counts, right?
  5. Travel the US in an Airstream interviewing strangers for my blog
  6. Be a part of a Flash Mob  Hooray! Thanks to brother Luke for inviting me. Pics or it didn’t happen? Here you go!
  7. Learn to speak conversational Spanish
  8. Meditate for at least 15 minutes every day for a month
  9. Fire a handgun
  10. Win a Halloween costume contest
  11. Play laser tag
  12. See a live taping of Austin City Limits TWICE! Beck and Ed Sheeran…not together of course, although that would be interesting.
  13. Attend SXSW
  14. Travel to Costa Rica – I get extra credit for this one since I MOVED there for five months!
  15. Join (or start) a Book Club
  16. Attend a Meetup
  17. Host a dinner party
  18. Complete a Century (100 mile bike ride)
  19. Ride a horse
  20. Learn to snowboard
  21. Attend a yoga retreat
  22. See the New England fall foliage
  23. Visit the Museum of Modern Art
  24. Take a writing course
  25. Couchsurf
  26. Unplug completely from the internet every weekend for a month
  27. Visit Portland, OR
  28. Donate blood
  29. Take a cooking class
  30. Invent something
  31. Participate in a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat
  32. Attend a live TED talk
  33. See a Broadway play (hopefully Book of Mormon) I am possibly the only person on the planet who didn’t love this show.
  34. Get a tattoo on my foot
  35. Get to 40 WITHOUT taking a Zumba class
  36. Sleep in a treehouse
  37. Take an art class
  38. Visit San Fransisco
  39. Do a Random Act of Kindness every day for a month
  40. Have a cup of coffee with someone famous

One thought on “40×40

  1. Hi Melissa. I LOVE what you are doing with your “Coffee with a Stranger” project. It’s so heart-warming to meet other strangers who are working on inspiring projects. I learned about your blog from Misty Funk (http://www.drmistyfunk.com/), who is also an amazing visionary friend of mine in the Austin area. I now live in Issaquah, WA (near Seattle), but if the treehouse sleepover is still on your “Before 40 Bucket List,” then you’ll love this place: http://www.treehousepoint.com/!

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