A few days ago I celebrated the “Big 5-0” in grand style! Since I’m all about celebrating a birthday week instead of a birthday day, I figured this milestone deserved an entire year’s worth of celebration! So in the true spirit of “Why Not?”, here is a list of 50 experiences that may just make this year the best yet!
But first, let’s be clear on what this list is NOT:
- It’s NOT a Bucket List. That’s way too morbid; I don’t plan on kicking said bucket anytime soon. This is a “Let’s Have Some Fun!” list!
- It’s NOT encompassing. I wanted a list of things I could actually accomplish during the next 12 months. As incredible as climbing Mount Everest would be, it’s just not going to happen before next September.
- It’s NOT a “To Do” list. Almost everything on here is experiential, relational, or involves learning something new. Everything has that “Why Not?” element! I do have the ongoing “To Do” list just like everyone else, this just isn’t it.
Now that we know what this is not, what exactly is it? Quite simply, it is an outline for pushing procrastination aside and living with purpose over the next 12 months. Squeezing all of this into existing life and other goals means I will have to be intentional, but well, I’m kinda all about that here. 😉
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50 Experiences for the 50th Year
- Plant a tree.
- Read 50 books.
- Kidnap my husband for the weekend! I’ll make all the plans, and won’t tell him where we’re going or what to expect. You’ve been warned, Sir, so you might want to start watching your back!
- Send a message in a bottle.
- Greet an Honor Flight to welcome and thank the veterans visiting their memorials in Washington, DC.
- Reconnect with an old friend in a meaningful way.
- Visit Hawaii (a perfect escape from the typical February winter storm, don’t you think?).
- Host someone in my home at least once a month.
- Try 50 new recipes.
- Learn to decorate a specialty cake.
- Be a hometown tourist: spend several days exploring the Newseum, the International Spy Museum, and other Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC.
- Take a photography course.
- Take a drawing or painting course.
- Start or join a Bible study.
- Once a month, dine in a restaurant I’ve never tried.
- Make homemade bread. My sister-in-law gave me this book, The New Artisan Bread In 5 Minutes A Day, and I’m excited to try my hand at this!
- Take a cooking class.
- Get together with friends for a double date at least once a month.
- Spend a day paddleboarding or kayaking on one of the many bodies of water in this beautiful region. It's not a #BucketList, it's a #Celebration List! 50 #Experiences to make this the best year yet! Click To Tweet
- Fly fish in the Shenandoah River.
- See a performance at the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theater, or a similar venue.
- Take our chances on a military hop and visit Europe (and hope we can get a flight home!).
- Spend a day photographing one of the many photo-op locations in my area: Washington, DC, Annapolis, St. Michaels, Harper’s Ferry — the list could go on! I may have to take more than one day. 😉
- Tour a winery.
- Go on a walking history tour of Annapolis, Maryland.
- Stay at a classy Bed and Breakfast (we tried a B&B once before… “classy” is not the word I would use to describe it! 😯 ).
- Take the bus to New York City.
- Attend a live sporting event.
- Compile a collection of family recipes.
- Enjoy more regular dates with girlfriends.
- At least once a quarter, get spiffied up in a dress and heels for me, a coat and tie for him, and enjoy a special night out.
- Create a treasure hunt for a stranger in my local library and sit back and watch! Leave $1 in a popular and prominently displayed book with a note telling the finder it is his to keep, or he can continuing “playing.” The note will provide clues to other great books, where the reader will find more rewards. Hopefully, he will find a few intriguing titles to read, too!
- Invite someone for a cup of coffee or lunch whom I’ve never had coffee or lunch with previously.
- Participate in Operation Welcome Home, greeting returning military from overseas tours. I’ve had the honor of flying on several military flights with service members either leaving for an extended tour or returning from one. There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when an entire planeload of people erupts into spontaneous cheering the moment the wheels kiss the ground “back home.”
- Buy a pair of distressed jeans (or two or three!).
- Make a dramatic hairstyle change. Well, as dramatic as I can get with my short hair.
- Try Stitch Fix.
- Take more opportunities to do a good deed for a stranger.
- Learn how to sew on buttons the right way (safety pins simply don’t qualify as “the right way” 🙄 )!
- Make a homemade pie crust (and of course, the pie to go with it!).
- Remake my office into my own little sanctuary.
- Make an ottoman! Tufted, perhaps? 50 #experiences to make turning 50 the best #birthday ever! #Celebrate all year! Click To Tweet
- Plant roses in my yard.
- Try archery.
- Grow tomatoes and strawberries in a container garden.
- Learn to shoot a gun.
- Take advantage of a least one military resort or accommodation (not always “resort-ish,” but usually affordable).
- Watch at least one season of Downton Abbey and decide if I’m in for the remainder of the series (am I the only woman on the planet who hasn’t watched this show?).
- Finish one of the quilts I started.
- Give yoga and pilates a try!
What about you? What will you do to make this your best year ever? Please tell me in the comments! 🙂 “Why Not?” find little ways to make your everyday ordinary…everyday extraordinary!
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