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. The actual list is in a rather random fashion, listed as items came to me; and I'm checking them off in a random fashion as well. (Highlighted items are completed!)

1. Hike to the bottom of in the Grand Canyon
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 
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
DONE (November 2017 - read about it HERE.)

9. Read all the Pulitzer prize winners in Fiction (1948 – 2018) (read more here)
(read my reviews of the ones I've read so far 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
DONE (October/November 2017 - read about it HERE and 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
DONE (November 2014 - read about it HERE)

15. See New York from the top of the Empire State Building
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 Adventure
DONE (July/August 2018 - read about it HERE)

19. Take a cooking class
DONE (September 2018)

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

21. Swimming lessons (read more here)

22. Ride in a hot air helium balloon
DONE (September 2018 - read about it HERE.)

23. Have something published (read more here)

24. Revise my will
DONE (October 2017 - read about it HERE)

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
DONE (March 2016 - read about it HERE

28. Travel on a train
DONE (November 2017 - read about it HERE)

29. Mission trip (read more here)

30. Keep a daily diary/gratitude journal for one year 
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
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
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
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
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
DONE (November 2015 - read about it HERE

48. Glamping trip
DONE (March 2016 - read about it HERE)

49. Boot Camp class (read more here)

50. Carve a pumpkin
DONE (October 2017 - read about it HERE)