Thursday

43 days.. the countdown has begun.....

Recently, I found a list in the front of my journal of things I wanted to accomplish by certain ages.. I made the list in 1991. (for those of you who are wondering, I was 10/11 years old) I must say it was a true treasure to find, and after reading and sharing with some friends, I tucked it back into the journal to "find" again at a later point in time. With the big 3-0, approaching in 43 days, it could not of come at a more perfect time..

While I don't remember updating the list.. I must of done so at some point in highschool, as there were things added to the "to do before graduate college" list in a different color/handwriting...

I am happy to say that I accomplished everything on the "To do before graduate college" list with the exception of going to the top of the capital of Florida .. Yes I know, I live in Tallahassee, and I am sad to share that I have still not been.. I think I am going to make it a point to do this before my birthday
http://www.pictureninja.com/pages/united-states/florida/tallahassee-state-capital.jpg

I also had a list of things to do/accomplish before I was 20, 30, 40 and 50.... Some of the things that stand out to me, both accomplished and not are below:
  1. Go to Europe- My favorite trip was in 05? when I traveled to France/Spain for 3 weeks to visit friends. I was able to meet up with a sorority sister living in London, we traveled Paris, several cities in south France, and Spain.. Such amazing memories.. I will have to do a post soon with some of my favorite spots to visit, places to eat etc.. It will be a trip down memory lane, and will perhaps encourage some readers to make a trip
http://www.mentalfloss.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/435_Mt%20Rushmore.jpg 
2. Go to all 50 states.. I am in the high 30's and just tonight booked a trip to North Dakota with my BF, to visit his granny.. I am pushing to make the drive to South Dakota to visit Mt Rushmore while we are there... (has anyone been to this area.. advice/tips would be appreciated) I will do a seperate post on this soon as we hammer out details, destinations, etc..

3. Own a car, that I fully paid for... Yes it may be a Honda Civic, but it is fully paid for, sporty, reliable and gets amazing gas mileage.. Additionally, I have many memories from road trips, and travels in the car.. While I look forward to getting a new car, a part of me will miss the Civic

4. I had a list of books to read, places to visit, and things to accomplish, own etc.. The list was quite interesting.. and it makes me smile as it was obvious when I made the list I had no clue how much things cost... example: own a 3 karats of diamonds.. I mean why 3 karats.? did I plan on buying these? what type of jewelry did I find important. OR there was the be married had have 3 kids.. or the go to Australia, buy mom ______ (I'm leaving blank in case I one day surprise her with it)

Overall the list brought a smile to my face. While the list lay in my journal unknown to me for the best part of a decade, many of the things on the list were very relevant. many were accomplished, and many were still goals today.. Note: the list was nearly an entire notebook page long.... I must of put a ton of thought in in...

well... for the next 43 days.. I am going to make it a point to accomplish some of those lingering things on the list.. and perhaps make an updated list with personal goals, dreams, and thoughts to accomplish in "my 30's"

3 comments:

  1. Okay, getting married and having two kids is good, for the future, but if you'd done that by 30? You wouldn't have done all that other fun stuff. :) I'm glad you didn't check off that thing on your list and you enjoyed your life while you were young! woo hoo!

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  2. I want to go to the capitol with you!! I never went either... I should hear back from FSU in early Nov about my graduate application (boy do we need to catch up) & Matt should too.. so we'll be around to look at houses most likely if we decide to go that way... hopefully i'll make it before your bday!

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  3. Jenn- I know crazy right.. good thing it has been tucked away for who knows how long.. it might of given me a "I need to check this of my list" stress.. now it is fun to see all the things I have checked off

    Maddy- cant wait to see you.. fingers crossed for both of you.

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