- Stay cigarette free. (Over one year and counting!).
- Finish the Chicago embroidery project.
- Have the embroidered cities framed and hung.
- Fill a box of socks for me (with at least three different patterns).
- Knit a sweater.
- Organize the photos I have printed.
- Practice unapologetic self-confidence.
- Reframe my mom’s graduation picture.
- Hang pictures in upstairs hallway.
- Get a mole screen.
- Get a mammogram.
- Tend the garden.
- Go to Michigan.
- Take a one week family vacation, just the four of us.
- Go on a one-on-one weekend with each of my kiddos.
- Take a one week vacation for myself.
- Get a (paying) job.
- Complete the bathroom remodel.
- Host Champsgiving-Thanksgiving.
- Keep practicing manicure skills.
- Complete a 100 day project.
- Reach my goal for the 2021 goodreads reading challenge.
- Fill a sketchbook with creative messes.
- Celebrate mistakes (mine and others).
- Switch my office/Violet’s bedroom.
- Take a downhill skiing lesson.
- Do a kitchen cupboard/cabinet purge.
- Go to a theater performance.
- Return the dining room-school room back to a dining room (but with a bar cart full of games/puzzles).
- Buy myself a pretty pair of not drugstore/gas station/Target sunglasses.
- Take impeccable care of my skin.
- Try something new in knitting. (Bobbles?)
- Cultivate a comfortable, welcoming home.
- Establish (at least) every-other week dates with Jesse.
- Purge/Recycle excess technology.
- Update the family recipe box/binder.
- Get at least a silver (15 active days) in my monthly activity challenge every month.
- Zero pop.
- Put together/refine the home maintenance binder & checklists.
- Celebrate my people.
- Learn how to use the boat/backup the trailer with proficiency.
- Relish everyday accomplishments.
Birthday posts from 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42. (I guess I was too busy celebrating 41.)
Happy Birthday, Katie! I love lists like these.
I’m going to start using “go fill a box of socks” as a swear word.
Thank you, Kari!! It was a wonderful day! Love the idea of “fills box of socks” as a swear. I may copy you.
Happy birthday, Kate! I love your list—it inspires me to make my own, which would be easy because I could just copy about half of yours. 🙂
I’m curious about #34. From what you share of your home, it seems it must already comfortable and welcoming. I’m wondering how you might like it to be different?
And sending you strength for #42. In a previous life, my husband and I owned a boat with a trailer. I never did really get proficient at backing up the trailer, and it always felt like a failing to me. I could do OK if there were few/no other people at the ramp, but if I had any sense that others were waiting on me, I lost all confidence (and skill). I also hated being the one to drive the boat onto the ramp, and I hated being the kind of woman whose husband had to do both tasks. I love being a woman who doesn’t own a boat!
Wishing you a happy day and happy year. I can certainly understand why there was no list for 41. On to better days!
Hi Rita! Love the question about 34. I feel like our home is cozy and welcoming to US, but as pandemic restrictions lessen, I want it to be a place where friends feel welcome and where my kids’ friends hang. I have a hard time relaxing into that and I want to get better – especially as my kids are getting older.
You made me laugh with the “I love being a woman who doesn’t own a boat.” Isn’t nice to know (and live) what we love whenever possible?
May your 43rd be magically fabulous!!! Looking forward to seeing favorite photos of your birthday trip with your family soon.
Thank you, TD!! It’s been LOVELY!
Ally Bean says
I saw your birthday photos on IG and I love your list. This is a wonderful birthday tradition. Ditto what Kari said about “go fill a box of socks.” That phrase will come in handy– and baffle the heck out of whoever hears me say it. Win-win
It IS a win-win and am so glad Kari suggested its alternate use. 🙂