Liven Up the Rest of My 30s

I turn 40 in about a year and 4 months. I can’t believe it but I have decided that I want to make some changes prior to that big day. Here are 10 things I want to do before leaving my 30s:

1. Move away

Yes! Denver is on the top of my list but who knows. I have lived in Boston almost all of my life and I need a change and this is a big one.

2. Ask a man out

Yes, I am a big wuss when it comes to men. I think that no one would love me but I tend to talk myself down and now, that must end. If I want to change things, I have to jump into the fog.

3. Learn to swim and skate

I don’t know how to swim. We never went to be beach and I was taller than all of the pools in the neighborhood so I never had to learn. I was too much of a klutz to be given a pair of skates.

4. I want a tattoo.

This is crazy but I want a live, laugh, love tattoo on my foot or shoulder. Like this:


5. See the puffins in Maine.

Atlantic puffins nest on 6 islands in Maine. I could do a day trip before I do #1 or maybe make a weekend of it.


6. Have compassion on a continuing basis for myself

It will be hard but I deserve it. 

7. Go to Italy

I want to go to where it all began for my mother, San Donato Val di Comino.  I am embracing my Italian half.

8.  Get a dog.

If I am going to move, I will get a place where I can have a dog. I grew up with cats, dogs, hamsters, gerbils, iguanas, I am an equal opportunity animal love.

9. Volunteer more

I had thought about volunteering for the hospice service that took care of Mom but I am not sure that would be good for me.

10. Drive across country.

I love road trips and well, I have always wanted to hit the road and see the country.


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13 Responses to Liven Up the Rest of My 30s

  1. Sarah says:

    I love that tattoo! Your list has everything I'd like to do and be. Even the puffins. They are pretty amazing.

  2. Sarah G says:

    Re #4, do it (well…do all of them, but I'm whole-heartedly supporting #4)! My advice on placement: put it where you can see it! I have two tattoos, one is on my back – on the rare occasion that I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, it makes me happy to see it because it has a lot of meaning for me, but it makes me sad because I realize how rarely I actually see it. I guess what I'm saying is go for the foot, because you'll see it and it will make you happy.

  3. I love your list! I need to add some specific things like this to my "before I'm 50" list. I like the tattoo idea on the foot, too. And having animals around just makes life better, I think.

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  5. Sorry about the last comment, I goofed and it had to go :). Anyway, that is a wonderful list and a great idea. I can not wait to see all of that unfold for you.

  6. Jess says:

    I would love to help you with the first part of number 3. I am scarely trained to do such and have a decent success rate.

  7. Jen says:

    You should come with me 🙂 I am so going to do the tattoo.

  8. Jen says:

    Do you have any shop recommendations? I don't know where to go!

  9. Jen says:

    Oh! I would love that.

  10. Jen says:

    I will definitely be writing about it.

  11. Sarah G says:

    Fat Ram's in Jamaica Plain

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