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1.09.2017

40 Simple Things to Do Before Turning 40

In two months, I turn 40. Many of my friends (including my hubs) hit the big birthday already, and we are just in awe of this happening. We don't feel older (okay - sometimes we do). But, when thinking of all I'd like to do this year, I came up with a list of simple things we should ALL do. I plan to get cracking ASAP. It's time to celebrate being 40, fabulous, and FUN.


1. Do a solo photo shoot (see examples - crazy fun).
2. Read a classic novel.
3. Cook a family recipe.
4. Buy a fancy dress.
5. Watch a classic movie you've never seen.
6. Paint a room a bright color.
7. Write a letter to someone you admire.
8. Put a stamp on it and mail it.
9. Go camping.
10. Run a race.


11. Do a wine tasting.
12. Learn a new social media platform.
13. Sing karaoke.
14. Paint a picture.
15. Hang it in your home.
16. Pick a day to never leave the couch.
17. Binge watch Friends in its entirety. Or Felicity. Or Dawson's Creek.
18. Explore hidden gems in your city.
19. Volunteer.
20. Introduce your kids to your favorite movies from when you were their age.


21. Read a daily devotional.
22. Get up earlier.
23. Stay up later.
24. Make a 5 course meal.
25. Save for a fancy camera.
26. Learn how to use that fancy camera.
27. Realize your worth.
28. Stop comparing.
29. Teach yourself to knit and/or sew.
30. Reach out to a long lost friend.


31. Go to the beach for a week.
32. Celebrate a holiday in a new location.
33. Rediscover your worth.
34. Go back to school if even for one class.
35. Set aside time for phone usage.
36. Be kinder.
37. Get on a budget.
38. Incorporate new ways to workout.
39. Appreciate your spouse more.
40. Hug more.

This birthday is a big one, but it doesn't have to be scary. Celebrate. Make necessary changes. Love each other. Realize we all are fighting battles. And just be you. A happy you.

I do not expect 2017 or life after 40 to be rainbows and butterflies, but I do feel a grace and a strength that comes with this milestone birthday. That grace and strength will help me through the rough spots. I have made it this far in a life of loss and worry; I am so proud of that and give thanks to my tribe and my God. I am pretty sure 40 is going to ROCK.

Stay tuned...

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40 comments :

  1. This is a great list! I would love to do all of these before I turn 40.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

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    1. That's why I like the simple things - so much easier and relaxing to do! Thanks for reading!

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  2. Great list! but I'm a bit behind..LOL It'll be my list before I turn 45!

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    1. OH I am too! That's why I made the list simple and doable, especially with kids running around! :)

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  3. Nice! These are all very do-able. Wishing you a most meaningful and happy year.

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  4. Love this list! Felicity was my jam and I also need a fancy camera:)

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    1. Wasn't it the best?? I loved it! Hoping we get those fancy cameras soon!

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  5. You look so cute! Looks like your solo photo shoot was a hit! Great list.

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    1. Your so sweet. Thank you! It was quite fun!

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  6. This is SO great!! I want to do all of these before I'm 30!! (1.5 years.. It can happen..) :) <3

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  7. Love this! I just turned 35 so I need to tackle some things on this list!

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    1. There are some fun things to do - nothing too crazy. Happy belated to you!

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  8. I'm turning 35 this week......I am already half-way through this list! Some great ideas of self love.

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  9. Love this list! I turn 36 this year and I need to cross some things off the list!

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    1. Thank you, Naya! So doable, fun, and relaxing!!

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  10. Great list! I love the idea of doing a solo photo shoot, and your pics turned out gorgeous!!

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    1. Thank you!! I had a blast when I was so anxious at first. I need to do it again.

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  11. I'm turning 35 this year and it freaks me out. I have friends who say their 40s have been amazing, so that makes me feel better. I love your list and I'm happy to say I've been trying to do some of these things myself while I'm in my 30s!

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    1. Happy birthday to you. Getting older can be scary, so I am trying to let some fun in. I love that you've done some of the list - I need to get cracking!

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  12. I love the letter idea, and that a step is to actually mail it! It's a goal of mine to send more physical letters! I just reached 30, so I've got 10 years!

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    1. Isn't it so much fun to find a real letter in a mailbox? I can't wait to do that for someone - maybe more than once!! Happy belated to you!!

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  13. Great list. Will be turning 35 soon, and I think I'll get started on this list ASAP!

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  14. I love the idea of writing a letter to someone you admire and then actually sending it. I'm definitely going to do this this year!

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    1. I do, too. I may do it more than once :)

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  15. I love these and have done most of them already =) I turn 40 in a couple of years.

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    1. That's awesome! They are little things that anyone can do. And things we can do to just be kinder to ourselves and others.

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  16. I love all of these, of course...I'm 36 so am inching closer and closer to the big 4-0! My favorite one listed is to realize your worth. I think that's something each of us needs to strive for every day! And you look beautiful, by the way!

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    1. Thank you so much! I don't like that I've waited this long to realize it, but it's becoming a big priority!

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  17. I love this so much! I'm setting some goals for myself for the next few years and having a boudoir shoot for myself (not for my husband, for ME) is something that ranks for up there! :) I'm also going to adopt a few others from you!! :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I LOVE THAT! I may have to do that too! Thanks for reading!

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  18. I love this idea!! Also, Dawson's Creek!!! Pretty sure my parents didn't let me watch it due to "adult content". Wasn't it pretty racey??

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    1. Thank you!! I remember watching Dawson's Creek in college and a bit after. There were some mature stories, for sure!

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  19. GREAT list!!! I just turned 40 a few months ago! Welcome to the fabulous decade!!!

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    1. Happy belated birthday! I am so excited - I keep hearing how fabulous it is!

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