50 Things To Do Before I'm 50

I put together my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list as I neared my 45th birthday in July of 2014, choosing goals and things to do in the next five years before my 50th birthday. Many of the items on the list are things I've never done and places I've never been, however the list also includes some items that I want to do again. Some are small, simple inexpensive things to do, while others require a much larger amount of time and/or financial investment. 

1. Hike to the bottom of in the Grand Canyon
(read more here) 
DONE (March 2016 - read about it here)

2. Learn to speak(basic conversational) Spanish
(read more here)

3. Take piano lessons
(read more here

4. Learn to ride a horse
(read more here)

5. Hike to the top of a mountain in the Canadian Rockies 
(read more here) 
DONE (July 2014 - read about it here)

6. Lead someone to Christ 
(read more here)

7. Lose down to a healthy weight (140-145 lbs) & maintain
(read more here)

8. Travel to Paris
(read more here)

9. Read all the Pulitzer prize winners in Fiction (1948 – 2018)
(read more here)

10. Re-read all my children’s/young adult books 
(read more here)
(read my August 2015 update here)

11. Tour the Anne Frank house & the ten Boom home
(read more here)

12. Make a quilt
(read more here)

13. Play all the games in our collection
 (read more here)

14. Visit Harry Potter World in Florida
(read more here)
DONE (November 2014 - read about it here)

15. See New York from the top of the Empire State Building
(read more here)
DONE (June 2016 - read about it here)

16. Earn a doctorate
 (read more here)

17. Buy a camper & use it often
(read more here

18. Alaskan cruise
(read more here

19. Take a cooking class
(read more here)

20. Go snow skiing one more time (at least)
 (read more here)

21. Swimming lessons
(read more here)

22. Ride in a hot air balloon
(read more here)  

23. Have something published
 (read more here)

24. Revise my will
(read more here
DONE (October 2017)

25. Learn to make Mama’s biscuits so they taste as good as the ones she & Robbie make
(read more here)

26. One minute plank
(read more here)

27. Dye Easter eggs again
(read more here
DONE (March 2016 - read about it here

28. Travel on a train
(read more here)  

29. Mission trip
 (read more here)

30. Keep a daily diary/gratitude journal for one year 
(read more here) (read about my start to this project here)
DONE (January 2017 - read about it here)  

31. Learn to use my DSLR camera on manual (& auto!) mode
(read more here)

32. Dance lessons (with Robbie, of course)
(read more here)

33. Fast for 3 days again
(read more here
DONE (February 2016 - read about it here)  

34. Take private singing lessons
(read more here)

35. Visit Washington DC & tour the White House
(read more here)

36. See Niagara Falls
(read more here)
DONE (May 2015 - read about it here

37. Complete 10 scrapbook projects
(read more here)
   #1 DONE: 10th Anniversary Cruise albums
   #2 DONE: Summertime Scavenger Hunt photos
   #3 DONE: 2011 Visits Photo Album Scrapbook
   #4 DONE: Gross Family 2014 Vacations & Visits Photobook
   #5 DONE: 2015 Texas Spring Break Vacation Photobook

38. Buy or start a business
(read more here)  
DONE (2016 - read about it here

39. Review all paid for scrapbook classes
(read more here)
(read my September 2014 progress update here)
(read my May 2015 progress update here)

40. See some holiday fireworks
(read more here)  
DONE (November 2014 - read about it here)

41. Learn to French braid my own hair
(read more here)

42. Improve photo editing skills
(read more here)

43. Buy and use a flower field/identification guide
(read more here)

44. Go fishing again
(read more here)  

45. Watch all the movies in our collection
 (read more here)
 (read my August 2015 update here

46. Grow my own vegetables
(read more here)

47. Read through the Bible again
(read more here)
DONE (November 2015 - read about it here

48. Glamping trip
(read more here)  
DONE (March 2016 read about it here)

49. Boot Camp class
 (read more here)

50. Carve a pumpkin
 (read more here)