Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Suggestions For Forty Things To Do Before Forty List!

Been having a hard time coming up with your forty? Me too! I got this list from Live The Charmed Life- maybe this will help us! Tell me what's on your list!

1. Drive a different way home from work today
2. Volunteer at the Olympics, if you live in the UK
3. Buy an amazing new cookbook and try recipes from it for a week
4. Wear a colour you never thought you’d wear, even if it’s only in your tie
5. Try that new ethnic restaurant around the corner
6. Take Merengue lessons
7. Tell a secret to someone you trust
8. Attend the opera
9. Watch a movie that everyone is recommending, even if you aren’t enthusiastic about it
10. Pick up a bestseller that’s the exact opposite to the genre you always read
11. Pack a picnic, get in the car, and just drive
12. If you aren’t a writer, write 500 words on a topic that interests you
13. You know that little local town you’ve been meaning to explore? Explore it.
14. Take a photography class at a nearby community college
15. Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, and help build a home for someone
16. Redecorate, or rearrange a room in your own home
17. Try Tai Chi
18. Learn a new language with your significant other and speak it at home
19. Join the local community theatre, and fulfill your dream of becoming an actor
20. Train to run/walk a marathon
21. Learn to play a new musical instrument
22. Restart the ballet lessons you stopped as a child
23. Go camping in the backyard
24. Explore a bit of the city you’re in on your next business trip
25. Join Toastmasters, and learn the art of public speaking
26. Take a painting class
27. Let the kids decide what’s for dinner tonight
28. Plan an around the world trip with your family, and let each member present on the country they’d most like to visit…even if you can’t afford to go
29. Write a memoir so that your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will know where they came from
30. Change your haircut/colour
31. Choose a DIY project for your home that’s a bit out of your comfort zone, and try it
32. Stay at a hostel on your next weekend away
33. Smile and say hello as you pass people on the street
34. Volunteer at your local zoo, and learn about the exotic places the animals come from
35. Make Julia Child’s Coq au Vin
36. Walk in the rain, and jump in all the puddles
37. Order something different than “the usual” at your favourite cafe
38. Wear red lipstick
39. Make eye contact with someone you have a crush on
40. Climb a tree
41. Make a list of the 10 things you’d like to do in your lifetime and start planning when you’ll do them
42. Grow orchids
43. Take a surfing lesson
44. Accept that great new job opportunity and move away from your home town/country
45. Fall madly in love and hold nothing back
46. Stop saying “no” just because it’s easier
47. Say yes whenever it’s possible
48. Start your own business on the side around something you love
49. Learn how to swim the butterfly
50. Ask the perfect girl out on a date
51. Join a bowling league with your girlfriends
52. Ask what you need to do to reach the next step in your career
53. Introduce yourself to your neighbours
54. Think of something to do with only the cash you have in your wallet right now (no debit or credit cards allowed)
55. Host a game night for friends
56. If you normally drive, take public transportation
57. You know that great outfit that’s hanging in the back of the closet? Find a reason to wear it.
58. Take Italian cooking lessons
59. Join a local hiking club
60. Go out to dinner alone
61. Talk to strangers
62. Write a love letter
63. Learn how to invest in the stock market
64. Start a neighbourhood book club
65. Try escargot
66. Turn the television off for a weekend
67. Book only your airfare and hotel this holiday, and just explore/ask for recommendations from the locals
68. One word: Karaoke
69. Stop worrying
70. Plan a romantic night in
71. Make Sangria
72. Make breakfast for dinner
73. Kiss that someone special in public
74. Go to a movie alone
75. Finger paint on your next date
76. Write an article for the local newspaper on why you love where you live
77. Only use your mobile phone for emergencies while you’re on holiday
78. Let it go already
79. Commit to trying one new thing every day
80. Change jobs, if it’s time
81. Eat the local cuisine
82. Take a kick-boxing class
83. Dare to dream
84. Stop listening to naysayers
85. Take golf lessons
86. Host a whiskey tasting event in your home
87. Go back to college
88. Try one more time
89. Learn how to make wine
90. Learn how to fly fish
91. Learn how to hula dance
92. Learn how to belly dance
93. Stay at non-chain hotels
94. Make a curry
95. Kiss in the rain
96. Take an improv class
97. Write to someone you admire, and ask how they’ve achieved their goals
98. Learn how to kayak
99. Don’t ask for directions
100. You know that thing you’ve always wanted to try? Try it.


  1. Did you have go to a strip aerobic class on a list somewhere? Everyone should try the pole once(I know, so LA in the year 2000 but still, something you should try before 40)! It's pretty hard!

    I use the crockpot almost daily, this is the family's all time fave(crockpot chili verde):


  2. Fantastic suggestions! These work for those of us who have left our 40's too! Thanks for sharing these suggestions!

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  4. Love these! Some great ideas here!