Things to Do While I’m 36

The list, updated December 2012: another year older and the list has to get longer. Even though I didn’t accomplish all 35 things I wanted to last year, the year was awesome enough that I’m cutting myself some slack – rolling a few things over, deleting a few others as I create my list of 36 things to do by December 2013. The trouble with this year is that there’s going to be a lot of amazing things happening that I didn’t necessarily “want” to do, but I’d never say no to. Like a week on the French Riviera. But if they weren’t originally my idea, they’re not on this list. Instead, here’s my goals for 36 (and yes, I do see a water theme here – something to contrast the fire of last year’s dragon year):

  1. Learn how to swim like an athlete and not like grandma trying to not get her hair wet.
  2. Africa.
  3. Get Scuba certified.
  4. Know how to read a nautical map.
  5. Sail the Greek islands.
  6. With the mummy tummy gone, it’s time for a six-pack (!)… or at least a stronger core.
  7. Run a 10k in under 1 hour.
  8. Lose 5 more k.
  9. Eat intentionally – no sugar, no chocolate.
  10. Visit Switzerland (still).
  11. Get over my fear of flying (and not the Jongian variety either).
  12. Commit to running 3-4 days a week.
  13. Sell and write the book.
  14. Upgrade my German accent (ah ha ha ha).
  15. Learn French.
  16. Reach my earning goal by getting 3 new clients.
  17. Read 10 new books (suggestions still welcome).
  18. Write and sell one essay each month.
  19. Surf.
  20. Learn rock climbing technique.
  21. Pitch once a week.
  22. Update the blog bi-weekly.
  23. Run a half-marathon.
  24. Sign the divorce papers.
  25. Get a proper desk/office space.
  26. Dress like a proper lady (black turtleneck, anyone?).
  27. Pay off my student loan.
  28. Teach a creativity workshop.
  29. Take voice lessons.
  30. Learn ballet with the babe.
  31. Redo my professional profile online (ugh, google, you suck)
  32. Save money for a down payment on an apartment.
  33. Get out of town once a month.
  34. Be on time. Every time. This is so tough but it’s gonna happen.
  35. Take a solo vacation.
  36. Organize my life.

11 thoughts on “Things to Do While I’m 36

  1. Riayn January 5, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    I’m doing #15 starting in Feb after my B1 German exam if you are looking for a French language learning buddy or someone to keep you motivated.

    A great list. I look forward to reading how you do with accomplishing everything on it this year.

    • Milly January 26, 2013 / 2:31 pm

      Good luck with the French lessons. I find it ridiculously hard to do while living in Germany so I’m doing an immersion in the Riviera with a friend of mine in April. Will let you know how it goes. And good luck on the B1 exam! I never have properly studied German so I’m waiting for the “German for Quereinsteiger” course to come around…. I have the pathetic ability to read, listen, and translate at a C2 level but sound like a toddler because of my grammar mistakes.

  2. Mandi January 7, 2013 / 5:18 pm

    An awesome, challenging list that still seems doable! I have no doubt you’ll achieve those running goals. 🙂

    • Milly January 26, 2013 / 2:32 pm

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. … Wasn’t anticipating being sidelined so soon but I still have a month before the half-marathon training has to officially begin. When does yours start? Soon, non?

      • Mandi | No Apathy Allowed January 28, 2013 / 6:56 pm

        A month is a solid amount of time to recover and get your body strong again. I’m crossing my fingers for you!

        My training will start in mid-February. The plan I’m going to use is actually much longer than any plan I’ve ever trained with before, so it’ll be a challenge to keep my motivation levels up and not to burn out before raceday arrives!

  3. Roving Altruist (@rovingaltruist) May 26, 2013 / 4:33 pm

    I love this and will be doing a similarly-inspired list this year for my 30-something(ish) birthday. It’s never too late…right? 😉

    • Milly May 26, 2013 / 4:34 pm

      The point is to do one thing for every year you’ve been on earth… so the older you are, the more you’ve got to do 🙂 Get started (says the slacker extraordinaire)!

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