40 Before 40 Bucket List


40 Before 40 Bucket List

I’ll admit one of my guilty pleasures is clicking on all those “30 things you should do before you’re 30” articles that pop up in my facebook feed constantly. They’re fun to read, even if that particular milestone has come and gone for me. It really could turn into one of those situations where social media just makes me feel bad about myself, but I got to thinking. I’ll be turning 35 this fall, so why not be extra ambitious and make a 40 before 40 bucket list? So I sat down and thought about things I’d really like to do by that point. I’ve got just over five years, so I think I should be able to get through most of it. If not, that’s ok too. This is just sort of an exercise in being mindful about doing things I enjoy and not getting quite so caught up in day to day stuff. 

Another small confession: I actually wrote this list a while ago, so a few things are already checked off. Let me know if you want to hear more about any of them!



  • Go to a Broadway show (NYC, June 2018 – The Play That Goes Wrong)
  • Get a rib cage tattoo
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Go to a show taping
  • Go to an opera
  • Go to a major sporting event (London, UK April 2018 -FA cup semi-final)
  • Explore a cave
  • Go for a hike
  • See a famous piece of art (Paris, April 2018 – Louvre & Musee D’Orsay)
  • Pick apples
  • Have a picnic
  • Throw a party with the help of party hire Melbourne
  • Go to the Kentucky Derby
  • Do a color run
  • Eat fancy chocolate
  • Wear a fun wig
  • Go skiing
  • Dress up for cosplay or a costume party


  • Make macarons
  • Get gardening equipment from Whatforme and plant a flower garden
  • Buy wood fence screws and build a fence around the garden
  • Make a piece of clothing


  • Take a business class/first class flight (April 2018 – home from Paris)
  • Visit 40 cities as an adult (I’m not counting places I visited before college)
  • Ride an off road express route 8 around the city
  • Take a winery tour
  • See the Northern Lights
  • See cherry blossoms in Japan
  • Take a trip with no planning
  • Get a massage at a hotel spa
  • Visit Hawaii
  • Visit Italy
  • Go to a beach (October 2018 – Clearwater, FL)

Cities visited so far:

  • Bloomington, IN
  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Clearwater, FL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Gatlinburg, TN
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Kansas City, MO/KS
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Louisville, KY
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Nashville, TN
  • New York, NY
  • Orlando, FL
  • Paris, France
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Juan, PR
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Valencia, Spain


  • Run another marathon
  • Do a bike century
  • Hold a plank for a minute
  • Start blogging full time


What things do you have on your bucket list?

40 Before 40 Bucket List


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