40 Before 40 List

I’ve done some pretty awesome things in my 30 years. Some highlights include: meeting Jane Goodall, getting married, graduating college and moving across the country. That doesn’t mean I can stop living.

Thanks to Audrey and Brita who have attainable 30 before 30 lists for giving me the confidence to try to complete a 40 before 40 list after I epically failed my 30 before 30 list.

I’m being a bit more reasonable this time. For starters, I’ll have 9.5 years to complete this list. Secondly, I’m giving myself permission to change things as I see fit. I am giving myself permission to take longer than 9.5 years. If I don’t complete something, it’ll just be added to my 50 before 50 list. I’ve taken the time to put things on my list on a whim, then completely erase them the next day when they just don’t feel like ‘me’. I also realize that a list like this can show my privilege. The mere fact that I can make a list like this because I am comfortably middle class is not lost on me. I have tried to make my list a reasonable list that isn’t too extravagant. Lastly, there are some things that aren’t included on this list, that might not be a given that I haven’t added, that I’d love to happen but are more determined by circumstances such as getting a pet from the Humane Society, getting my full license and having kids.

1. Read a book that changes my perspective.
2. Join/Create a mystery book club.
3. Reread 10 of my favourite childhood books.
4. Read 250 books. – 4 of 250 read as of May 4, 2017

1. Go on a honeymoon.
2. Ski Whistler mountain.
3. Take an Alaskan cruise.
4. Visit the Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park.
5. Visit Tofino, BC.
6. Visit Victoria, BC.

1. Feed a penguin.
2. Go whale watching.
3. See a Kermode bear in the wild.

For Fun
1. See Matilda the musical.
2. See Once the Musical.
3. Go to a Blue Jays World Series game.
4. Watch the Blue Jays play at another stadium other than Rogers Centre.
5. Go camping with The Mister.
6. Meet a Canadian prime minister.
7. Join a postcard swap.

1. Learn to fold a fitted sheet.
2. Write down our earthquake emergency plan and practice it yearly.
3. Finish our wedding photo book.
4. Take vitamins every day for at least a year – calcium, magnesium, probiotics and vegetarian omegas.
5. Take a CPR/First Aid course.
6. Take an archery class.

1. Donate $400 worth of gluten-free food to a food bank.
2. Volunteer 400 hours of my time to one organization.
3. Do a charity walk and raise $400.
4. Donate $400 worth of books to a school.
5. Host a charity dinner and raise $400 and donate the money I make.
6. Buy a stranger’s groceries.

1. Try 3 cuisines that I haven’t eaten before.
2. Have a 3 month food supply.
3. Learn to make gluten-free tourtiere from scratch.
4. Go without soda for a year.
5. Learn to make my Nan’s chili sauce.
6. Learn to make a gluten-free version of my Mom’s lemon cake.
7. Go apple picking and make an apple crisp.
8. Find a gluten-free English trifle recipe, perfect it, and make it a Christmas tradition.

I plan on reviewing regularly, changing as I see fit. I will never let my bucket list go empty. There is absolutely no reason why your bucket list should ever be empty. There is such an incredible abundance of things to learn, events, activities and experiences to witness or go through in life that it’s impossible that we will ever be done with living.

So tell me, what’s on your bucket list? Have you ever completed a 30 before 30 or 40 before 40 list?

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10 thoughts on “40 Before 40 List

  1. Jerry and I love cruising and an Alaskan one is our dream cruise. It looks incredible.

    I saw Matilda and thought it was a lot of fun and also saw Once and it was one of my favorites. I hope you get to see them! My aunt and I have season tickets to our local theater and it’s a blast!

    Good luck!


  2. Learning to fold a fitted sheet should be on my list! I’m working my way through my 30 by 30 list. I better kick it into high gear.


    1. Haha…I have watched no less than 10 videos on how to fold it and it NEVER turns out. I also worked as a hotel housekeeper so it’s extra shameful that I can’t fold a fitted sheet.


  3. These are perfect for you! (We are definitely lucky that these goals are attainable for us! You are so right!) I hope you get to meet the current Canadian PM 😉 He’s a cutie!


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