50 to 50
I've been working on a project that's been ruminating in my heart for quite awhile. The beginning of 2020 seemed like the perfect time to bring it into fruition and share it with the world. For one, it makes it more real and two, it makes me accountable to really putting this plan in action.
So here it goes....
I turn 50 in 2020. The end of August, to be exact. It's not a number that scares me or makes me rush into an anxiety of a mid-life crisis. But it does make me reflect on life. See, I've realized I want to be more intentional with my time, talent and treasures. So starting in January, I'm implementing a project I'm calling #50to50. It's 50 things I'd like to accomplish before I actually turn 50.
Let's be clear though. This IS NOT a Bucket List. Although, some of the items on this list are actually Bucket List like items I've always wanted to do (like go to Italy). Some of the items are Dreams. Some are Realistic. Some are Self-care. But most of them are things that will bring me Joy or allow me to Serve others.
I believe strongly in volunteering. In fact, I've volunteered at a local ministry for over 5 years. I go once a week for 3+ hours and serve people that are in crisis and need hope. Don't get me wrong, I'm not making this about me. I'm no different than anyone else. I just decided I was going to follow my heart, get involved and make a difference.
This brings me back to my #50to50 project. I want this list to inspire you. I hope it makes you think about being Intentional about the things in your life. Why not do it with me? You don't have to do everything on the list. You can make your own. Or you can do just a few of items. Checking off the list, really isn't the point. I hope you hear my heart on this. Remember it's about being Intentional, finding Joy and Serving Others.
So from now until the end of August, I'm going to work my way through the #50to50 list. Will I get them all done? I'm not sure. (The challenge is there isn't 50 weeks until my Birthday, so most weeks I'll have to double up.) But I'm going to do my best .
I'd love for you to join me on this fun project. I'll be blogging and posting on social media with the #50to50 hashtag. Follow along, cheer me on and more importantly, get involved. There will be times that I ask for your help. It will be like we're doing it together virtually.
I know you've been patiently waiting to see my list. It's in no particular order and it might evolve somewhat as the year progresses. I'll be coming back here and adding checks next to the ones I accomplish.
Creative Handwriting class
Weston shopping trip with friends
Can strawberry jam
Volunteer at a Food Shelter
Sing on a big stage
Speak on a big stage
Hand write thank you cards
Dates with Norman
Watch the sunset at Longview
Girls breakfast / bless the wait staff
Date with Mara
Date with Daniel
Date with Levi
Italy with Norman
Family trip to Indiana
Girls craft night
Get a Grown up Facial
Floating Water Massage
Prayer breakfast with friends
Surprise dinner for a friend
Watch a live Musical
Diaper Drive for Rachel House
Write a Poem
Family Motto Sign
Hand out Gift Cards at the NICU
Purge my closet
Go on an Archeology dig or Go Metal Detecting
A Cave Tour
Redecorate the boys room
Take a Pottery class
Free Hugs on a street corner with Miss Vanessa
Ancestry.com DNA test
Quarters in Aldi Carts
Volunteer at Agapa Pamoja
Volunteer at Antiques Roadshow in Nashville in May
Donate to the Food Shelter
Purge the boys dresser and closet
Plant flowers for a friend
Send a package to our World Vision sponsored child
Take Gift Cards to the Veterans Hospital
Good grief, this feels a little scary putting it out for you to read, but really the overriding feeling is excitement. Let's do this!