Birthday Bucket List

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Today I turn 36.

For some reason, this age feels huge to me. I’ve never had a problem with getting older. Thirty five was easy but now I’m on the other side, getting closer to 40.

How did I get this old?

In my teens, I thought people in their 30s were ancient history. Now I don’t think “old” is till you at least hit 75.

It’s funny how we put so much emphasis on age that somehow we magically will feel older the day of our birthday. I’ve never felt any different on my other birthdays so I suspect I won’t today, either.

Since I’ve already shared with you life lessons learned from running and my reverse bucket list, I thought I’d go about this year a little different with a bucket list of things I’d like to accomplish in my 36th year. A birthday bucket list of random things that I’ve been meaning or wanting to do. Nothing is too tiny or huge. Most are easily achievable with a couple of bigger dreams.

The passing of the years are inevitable but each year holds lots of potential.

Here goes nothing on making this year marvelous

36 for 36 Years

  1. Do a proper handstand.
  2. Take my kids camping.
  3. Find my knitting needles again and finish a project.
  4. Make the perfect hard boiled egg.
  5. Get a new bed.
  6. Get a manicure/pedicure at least 3 times.
  7. Run another marathon.
  8. Start a journal.
  9. Rent a house at the beach for a week.
  10. Try oil pulling.
  11. Lift heavier weights and more consistently.
  12. Be present.
  13. Get more freelance writing gigs.
  14. Run a 24 hour relay.
  15. Master baking bread.
  16. Be more spontaneous.
  17. Get at least 6 massages. More when in marathon training.
  18. Register for Yoga Teacher Training.
  19. Print pictures rather than hoarding on my computer.
  20. Send cards just because.
  21. Spend an entire weekend with NO social media. No Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, the blog.
  22. Swim in open water.
  23. Submerge my whole body in the Atlantic (i.e. freezing New England Atlantic Ocean).
  24. Learn to frost a cake without tearing the cake into pieces.
  25. Read 12 books.
  26. Try SUP Yoga
  27. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  28. Extended family vacation.
  29. Trip to NYC.
  30. Save more.
  31. Attend at least one concert in the park this summer.
  32. Take the kids to the aquarium and the children’s museum.
  33. Hike Mt. Washington.
  34. Skydive.
  35. Master making the perfect omelette.
  36. Live intentionally with a smile on my face everyday.

Have you ever done a Birthday Bucket List?

What would you put on your list?

85 comments on “Birthday Bucket List

  1. I think you are going to be able to cross off #23 after ZOOMA this year! This screams ambassador plunge! Happy birthday Angela!!! This is a great list and I know you are going to have an amazing year crossing all of these off!!

  2. Happy Birthday πŸ™‚ Okay, so dont judge me, but when I first read your list, I thought the first one said “do a proper husband”, I was wondering what the heck that means!!! Hahahah then I re-read it and it said handstand….ahhhhh that makes sense!

    I think thats a great list, but you have also achieved so much! Cant wait to follow you as you cross them off! Great idea! I wanna give it a try!
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  3. Happy Happy Birthday!! Love your birthday list, especially a trip to NYC!! I feel the same way. For some reason, I felt particularly old when I turned 37. I remember thinking that was SO OLD when I was younger. Hope you have a wonderful birthday!
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  4. Happy Birthday, Angela!! Hope you have a wonderful day, filled with the luck of the Irish, loved ones, and lots of ice cream!

    Love this idea for a birthday bucket list! So many great things on this list. I can’t wait to read all about them…and see the pics! Especially of skydiving!
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  5. Happy birthday! What a list you have…some fun things and some scary things (skydiving!). I love that you put frosting a cake on there–seriously, why is it so hard?! Have a great day and fantastic year!
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    1. Thanks Amanda! I had to put skydiving on there just because. It scares the pants off of me so maybe I should save it till my 40th birthday? Or maybe 50th? I just had a friend do it for her 60th. Maybe I’ll wait till then….*cough*cough* STALLING! πŸ˜‰

  6. Happy Birthday! If I could be any age, it would be 35. But since time marches on, we learn to embrace every stage of life.

    No more bucket lists for me…I’ve done all the “big” things I’ve wanted, so now I’m just trying to enjoy the ride!
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    1. Thanks Wendy! I’m trying to make the ride more enjoyable by making a bucket list. Even the small stuff like learning how to frost a cake will keep me entertained!

  7. Happy Birthday!! What an awesome bucket list! I can help with #4 – do them in the oven!! Yes, I’m serious. Let eggs warm up a little while you preheat your oven to 325. Put the eggs in a muffin pan, one egg per cup. Bake for 25 minutes, let sit for about 5, and then submerge in ice water. One other hint, don’t use fresh eggs – use ones that you’ve have for about a week or so. Good luck!!
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  8. Happy birthday!! I know the feeling… just the other day I realized I am turning 46 this year. Then thought, “ugggghhhh. 46 sounds soooo old! How the heck did that happen?”. But, I’m very grateful that I love my life and am in better shape than I have ever been (and am fit enough to be training for a marathon!), so it’s all good!

    I hope you are enjoying a great day!

  9. Happy BDay! I turned the big 3-0 in October and my significant other turned 4-0 in January. It’s crazy how fast time travels as we get older and technology makes us so much more connected. Make the most of each day and do the best you can, no one could, or should, ask you for anything more.
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  10. Happy Birthday beautiful! Mine is coming up in a few weeks, I may need to one myself. I like your “master bread baking” It’s an art, yes? Hope your day was perfect!

  11. I love bucket lists and honestly it is the only reason I run. My daughter had a list of thirty things to do before she turned thirty and one was running a half marathon….that was over three years ago and and last weekend I qualified for Boston…..the race that I grew up with, handing out oranges to the runners on marathon Monday. My favorite on your list is climbing Mt. Washington….I never did that, but hiked alot in New Hampshire!
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  12. I hope you had a great birthday! I love your list & how there are big goals as well as smaller, everyday goals on it. You have inspired me to start thinking of a “list” of things to do before I turn 40 (eek!).
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  13. I bet you are having a sensational day, you rock it girl.

    Anyway I’m reading your list and I’m like wow I’ve done a lot of these. Like bake bread (yes I mastered that in my 20’s).
    Perfecting the hard boiled egg, bake them instead, works a treat for me.
    Oh and I’ve already read over 12 books this year. Yeah book nerd (never use to be though).
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