40 (well, actually 38) before 40

Guess who's turning 40 this year? Yep! It's me! I know, I know, I don't look a day over 39...I'm one of the lucky ones...ha.

Actually, it's a pretty weird thing to think about...I mean, I don't feel almost 40...but then again, what's a 40-year-old supposed to feel like? I just know that I feel better now than I ever have...and I look forward to the decade ahead of me...

Here are some of the things I wanna get done before November 3rd...my 40 Before 40...(in no specific order)...

1. Finish the guest room/office
2. Make myself some ruffle pants
3. Drop 10 pounds
4. Read Atlas Shrugged
5. Crochet an afghan
6. Finish my first quilt
7. Learn to knit - make a hat or scarf or something
8. Finish rehabbing the "barn dresser"
9. Get the kitchen/living room trim painted
10. Get new hardware for the living room windows
11. Sort/Organize fabric stash
12. Write love notes to the kids
13. Teach Gray to tie his shoes
14. Bake a pie and bring it to a friend
15. Send birthday cards to friends and family (something I always forget to do)
16. Go out for a fancy dinner with the whole family
17. Learn to use my DSLR in Manual Mode
18. Take 1 photo each day for a month...make a mini-book
19. Clean out basement
20. Go to dentist (this is something I'm soooo bad at...sorry, Jaime-girl!)     DONE!!!
21. Make sheers for the living/dining room I ended up buying these, but...DONE!!!
22. Plan a little garden...and actually plant it.
23. Repaint the house
24. Organize the kids' memory boxes     DONE!!!
25. Take a weekend family trip
26. Start a "Gratitude Book"
27. Reupholster arm chair - 3/20 started doing this...man, it's harder than I thought it would be...
28. Organize my computer files
29. Use my cookie press to make cookies
30. Host an ice cream party for the kids and their friends
31. Complete at least one scrapbook page per month
32. Get a pedicure
33. Spend one week without TV
34. Make myself a bag
35. Spend a day reading   DONE!!! (The Hunger Games)
36. Make a slipcover for the blue recliner
37. Organize Pinterest boards
38. Get better about returning emails (oh man, I am sooo bad at this...)

I'm leaving the last two open for two reasons: one; I can't think of a darn thing more that I want to do right now, two; I'm sure I'll come up with a couple more things sometime in the next few months...

I'll be leaving my 40 Before 40 button up on my sidebar all year...so, if you suddenly get the urge to check on my progress, you can just click on it...I'll keep this list updated throughout the year.

I can't wait to see how I do...(smile).

What are some of your "now" goals? I would love to hear...


  1. Those are awesome ... and a few of the same goals I have for the year. Too bad we're not neighbors - we could reupholster our chairs together! :)

  2. Age means nothing, it's just a way for people to pigeon hole others. Keep up the good work (besides, since 60 is the new 40 you've actually got a long way to go before you're "40").


  3. Miss Maggie-Where is your goal for that great hubby of yours? What could you accomplish for or do to him before you're 40??
    My 40 has come and gone, so we old folks are just bitter! ;o)
    Love, LIZ M.

  4. Happy birthday, my dear! You've got some great goals there . . . I think I might steal a few ;-)

  5. Great list Maggie! Like I told a girlfriend around our birthdays last year...50 is the new 40 so we're still in our 30s. See... you're just turning 30! Seriously, I haven't minded getting older because with it comes a lot more confidence to just be myself.

  6. I love the list! I am turning 40 on Sept 19. You have inspired me to make a "40" list :)

  7. I love your list Maggie dear! Although I think "get together with some blog friends and become real life friends" sounds like a good one to add too :o) Andddd I am proud that going to the dentist is on your list---TRUST me NO ONE likes going to the dentist----I hear it EVERY day! I always feel so bad about that! Let me know if I can help! :o)

  8. what an AWESOME list!! i love that you've sets such great goals :)

  9. I concur...great list! And very inspirational since I'm not quite 2 years behind you! :) Personally, I can't wait for updates when you tackle upholstery/slipcovering. I would love to make a slipcover for the settee in my living room, but too scared to just go for it! BTW, Atlas Shrugged is one of my favorite books!

  10. That's a great list!!! :) I have a 30 Before 30 page... http://www.trulylovelyblog.com/p/30-before-30.html. Now that it's been over a year since I made my list it might be time to re-evaluate.

  11. Girl this is an awesome list and something I too have been thinking about... but I turn 40 (yes I know no need to rub it in) months before you! I thnk you may have inspired me to make a list for myself... and the year of 40! :)

  12. I agree! great list, also an ambitious list...Jennifer

  13. #1 should be "VISIT AWESOME AZ FRIENDS" heehee! OR if you go to SNAP in April you can meet me too! Think about it!! (:

  14. Looks like a great list! I love that you left yourself a couple of spaces to fill when the you think of some more. My kids like to go to the dentist...if it gets them out of school :)

  15. You've come up with a great list. I love this idea and was inspired to put up a 30 by 30 list on my blog today. Good luck!

  16. That is a great list. Lists are great because it feels so good to cross things off. You can do the manual mode thing, get a Dummies book for your camera. They are easier to understand then your manual sometimes.

  17. I'm turning 30 this year (ugh. Did I just admit that?) and I keep thinking I should makeup a 30 before 30 but Im afraid I wont accomplish everything and then that would be worse, lol. Im thinking about it though. Your list is great!

  18. I too am turning 40 this year woohoo go 1972!!! I have lots of similar items on my list that's in my head...what a great idea to write them all out! Good luck with yours!

  19. You've inspired me to create a 40 before 40 list too. I turn 40 in January of 2013, so just right behind ya. Thanks for all the inspiration today! Glad I found ya and I am now following along.


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