More Than Halfway to 40...

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It's official. As of today, I'm more than halfway to 40. For the next six months, I get to coast down the hill toward my birthday in May.

In honor of the final leg of the ride, I thought it would be fun to update you on the progress I'm making on my 40 Before 40 list -- 40 things I want to do before my big day.

40 Things to Do Before Turning 40

1. Pay off one student loan - on schedule to complete this in December
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2. Go to the beach - completed in August

3. Visit with a girlfriend I haven't seen in a long time - completed in July

4. Volunteer locally - scheduled to complete later this month

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5. Attend an orchestra concert

6. Freshen up hairstyle - completed in July

7. Try something new

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8. Plan another mother-daughter trip with C

9. Plan a special mother-son outing with J

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10. Attend a Red Sox game at Fenway Park - completed in July

11. See a favorite artist/band in concert

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12. Attend a theatre performance - completed in August

13. Plan a staycation at a local B&B

14. Buy a nice pair of shoes without worrying about the price - completed in July

15. Schedule another family session with a photographer

16. Get a manicure/pedicure

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17. Start growing herbs at home - completed in July

18. Visit the zoo

19. Buy a lottery ticket

20. Perform one random act of kindness every day for one week

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21. Hire a cleaning service to do a deep clean of the house

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22. Learn how to bake bread

23. Go to the movies - completed in August

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24. Visit an art museum - completed in October

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25. Visit a local vineyard/winery

26. Go to a planetarium

27. Buy a piece of art I love - completed in May

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28. Go on a hike

29. Plan an outing with my sister

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30. Spend an afternoon reading

31. Take a cooking class

32. Buy something at the flea market/antique store

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33. Sign up for a fitness class

34. Finalize will - almost there!

35. Hire a financial planner

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36. Get a massage - completed in November

37. Do something good for someone who doesn't know who I am - completed in May

38. Explore a new city - completed in October

39. Make something creative with my hands

40. Visit a new area of Connecticut

So... That brings me to 13 out of 40 items completed in full. I'm a little behind where I'd like to be (I was hoping to have completed at least 20 items by now), but with the holidays coming up, I should have some more time to devote to my list of goals.

*fingers crossed*

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Do you have a similar leap list? What items do you have on your list?


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