Before 40

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My friend Sarah wrote a 30 before 30 list last year. It’s my inspiration for my “before 40” list here (gulp).

I’ve composed this list of things I’d like to do before I turn 40. These are no in particular order.

  1. Publish a story (fiction or non) in a magazine or journal
  2. Complete and submit a novel for publication
  3. Be paid to act somewhere June 2015 CDC Video
  4. Re-learn Spanish
  5. Learn sign language
  6. Speak at a conference – July 2014/2015
  7. See the Grand Canyon September 2015
  8. Go to Hawaii
  9. Read all the books that have won the Newbery medal
  10. Attend Book Expo America
  11. Lose 40 pounds
  12. Run a 5K (color run, bubble run or similar)
  13. Walk a half-marathon  Done May 2014
  14. Travel to Europe (London and Stratford)
  15. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway
  16. Be debt-free Everything but the house!
  17. Learn to crochet and make something for myself
  18. Go to New York at Christmas December 2017
  19. Get a Master’s Degree December 2018
  20. Become a redhead, even if just for a short while 2015
  21. Buy a fabulous red dress and have professional photos done
  22. Learn how to do eye makeup 2015 (turns out I stink at this one)
  23. Direct a play
  24. Meet Stephen King
  25. Read the entire Bible
  26. Take the train somewhere Chicago, March 2017
  27. Hike in Arches National Park
  28. See another show on Broadway  Done May 2014
  29. Make a Build-a-Bear  Done April 2014
  30. Paint a Canvas Done 2015
  31. Attend a Comic-Con/Sherlock Event
  32. Submit application to be an audio book reader/voice-over artist
  33. Be the lead in a play September 2018
  34. Go to the Indy 500
  35. Drive Route 66 (2/3 done in 2015) September 2018
  36. Speak at a conference as a main session speaker
  37. Join a community board/leadership group Friends of the Library 2016
  38. lead a conference One Girl 2014 and 2015
  39. Take Tap Classes Summer 2015


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