31 while 31

I’ve loved cake ever since my first birthday.

What now seems like a very long time ago, I made a list of 30 things that I wanted to accomplish before turning 30. I didn’t get all of the items completed, so I converted it to a 30 WHILE 30 list. I still haven’t gotten all of the items checked off, so I am turning it into an ongoing project. I’ll carry the list over each year, crossing off the things I finish and adding new items to fill out the list to match my birthday number — this year, 31!

It may get a bit unmanageable when I turn 100, but until then, I’ll keep it up…

31 things to do while 31:

Visit the Museum of the City of New York.
Experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans!
Eat the Moules Frites at Balthazar.
Learn to tell a really funny, family-friendly joke.
Stop biting my nails. For good.
Redesign the Swap-bot homepage.
Get super-comfortable using our DSLR camera.
Be noticeably sweeter to my husband.
Visit The Cloisters.
Lose 15 pounds. (Isn’t this on everyone’s list?)
Make marinara sauce from scratch.
Visit the Bronx Zoo.
Make Crusher a super-cute Halloween costume.
Try to live in the moment.
Start taking a weekly yoga class. Changing this to: Cross train once a week.
Figure out how to style my hair in loose waves/curls.
Do all of my mending!
Make cupcakes with some sort of filling.
Reduce my internal negativity.
Call my brothers and sister-in-law every week (or at least more frequently).
Read a novel. (Maybe this one?)
Promote peace.
Get a unicorn face painting!
Run a sub-2-hour half marathon. (This may be impossible.)
Set up an online Swap-bot merch store.
Eat less candy.
Run the San Diego Marathon. For the second time.
Attend a taping of the Wendy Williams Show.
Visit the New York Transit Museum.
Bake a loaf of bread from scratch.
Become an adult.

Completed items:
This list could get really long!

Take an overnight trip with my husband that is not at a relative’s house.
Take my donation pile to the thrift store. Housing Works got a big pile!
Buy a really beautiful and practical dress. Thank you Rebecca Taylor!
Go to dinner at Al Di La.
Run the NYC marathon!
Watch every episode of Tosh.0.
Make blueberry pancakes.
Get the Florence + The Machine album on vinyl.
Watch Meet Me in St. Louis again.
Drive upstate to see the autumn foliage.
Visit all five boroughs in NYC (should happen during the marathon).
Get a new laptop. Love my Air!
Reduce the amount of time I spend on Facebook. Done, except for today.
Vote! Always.
Buy awesome, new, flattering jeans. These from J.Crew.
Force Travis to watch Star Trek: Generations with me. He loved it.

What do you think? What else should I add to my list?

14 Replies to “31 while 31”

  1. I love these lists!!! All sounds amazing! Esp. the food related ones, can’t wait to read more…..

    oh and of course…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  2. Great list! Now I’m inspired to create by own 40 by 40 (5 years to go!) list. Too bad you aren’t closer to North GA, or I’d have you over to bake a loaf of bread from scratch; we’d even grind the wheat and everything!:)

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