As I marked the one year anniversary of the blog and was looking back I also decided to stop and look forward. I am 40 years old, but in so many ways feel it has been a drop in the bucket of time. When I look at returning to paid work I remind myself that I still have a good 20-30 years of work ahead of me – plenty of time to do great things. When I look at my family I see 18 years with my husband, children settled in primary school, newly received citizenship grounding us for the first time. And yet along with the grounding I see potential, dreams, possibilities.
I often see 30 before 30 lists and even some 40 before 40′s for ambitious souls facing a fast approaching birthday. I decided I wanted my own life list, but one focused on the after – there is no pressure to get things done before a certain age, life is a journey and I just want to list some of the destinations I have in mind. I have even left openings at the end of the list for those things I cannot even conceive of just now.
I think the theme for me right now for the second half of the year is slowing myself down and setting intentions. No pressure, no rush, but stop letting the days fly by. Here is my list and I am starting with making my own sushi (#16) and finally picked up the mats yesterday along with some pickled ginger for hubby. I got the final push to do it when my current issue of Australian Good taste magazine arrived on my ipad and had a huge feature on making sushi. When the universe pushes I agree to jump.
- Take glass blowing classes
- Travel through Russia
- Visit Morocco
- Brush up on my Italian, French and Spanish (so much lost already from those years of study), preferably on future trips to the In-laws and friends, possibly from a period of living in Europe
- Fill an entire art journal – no expectations, freedom and possibility
- Go on a bike ride with hubby and the kids -have not been on a bike in 10 years
- Sew a skirt, curtains for my office and comfortably craft at last
- Finally figure out my “apple” products –I refuse to be technology challenged forever
- Get eye laser treatment and be free of glasses and contacts
- Post- eye treatment finally try water sports with my husband
- Show the girls where my husband and I met (Israel)
- Write a book on Post Natal Depression (and get it published)
- Decide what I want to be when I grow up – and do it!
- Volunteer in Africa, and travel overland throughout in old Land Cruiser
- Cruise around Alaska
Make my own sushidone Sept 2012
- Perfect making Asian dumplings (in progress – have made them several times now, not quite done learning, but getting there)
- Travel through the Rajasthani region of India
Sing Karaoke and not die of embarrassment – I am 100% tone deafdone Nov 2012 and again February 2013.
- Drive around Australia with the family (6 months out of school)
- Run 10km – in a race or on my own
Adopt a dog (or 2) from a shelter -done January 2013 and we love Evie so much.
- Live in a house with a wrap- around porch + porch swing
- Indulge in a helicopter tour of somewhere fabulous – over NYC, a volcano, the Great Barrier Reef or somewhere I have yet to discover
- Set foot on all 7 continents (2 to go)
Visit 9/11 memorial sitewith my Uncle done November 2012 (not with my Uncle unfortunately)
- Try geocaching with the kids
- Go on a holiday alone with my husband just like when we were young
- Witness the turtle nesting and hatching that happen here in Queensland
- Complete 5 full embroidery projects to display at home or give as gifts
- Find a hairstyle I can actually maintain AND love
- Buy a hammock and spend countless hours swaying with my hubby and kids or in solo contemplation
Take my kids to see snow for the first time while they are still young enough to be mesmerized and have fun until they are soaking wetdone December 2012 – on our trip to the States it actually snowed during dinner on Christmas Eve and my kids ran outside in bare feet they were so excited to build the world’s smallest snowman (and do snow angels on a cm of snow)
- Try hypnosis
- Learn to speak less and listen more
- To be
- As I grow
- And set new goals
What would you put on your life list? have you created one?
Find your simple,