50 x 50

Below is a list of the 50 goals I’d like to complete before my 50th birthday in 2029. The project was begun on my 42nd birthday, giving me a full eight years to complete all 50 goals. More information on the project and why I began it can be seen at my original 50 x 50 blog post. However, I’ll keep track of the individual goals and progress on this dedicated page, for ease of use. As I complete items, I’ll cross them out below and add a completion date, and link out to individual blog posts (when applicable). Periodically, I’ll update the photos below with updated versions for visual progress. The originals can always be seen at the above link.

Completed: 1 of 50

  • Visit a new-to-me National Park
  • Take a belly dancing class or video instruction
  • Go on a cruise
  • Read 50 nonfiction books: 8
  • Hang birdhouses in my yard
  • Enclose our back porch
  • Visit 5 of the 15 US States that I have not been to yet (5)
    • Possibilities include: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming (most wished for bolded)
  • Learn basic ASL
  • Grow my hair out (continuing to shave the undercut is fine though!)
  • Take an aerial yoga class
  • Pet an elephant
  • Complete a mud run with a group
  • Patronize 50 small businesses (no repeats): 24
  • Lose 50+ pounds
  • Go on a yoga retreat
  • Use a climbing wall
  • Attend dinner theatre
  • Travel to another country (outside North America)
  • Take a Bikram yoga class
  • Finish xeriscaping our front yard
  • Watch 50 new-to-me movies: 7
  • Get a new tattoo
  • Complete my Running Bingo
  • Complete my Hiking Bingo
  • Go grape stomping
  • Experience a Monster Truck rally
  • Shop at a farmer’s market
  • Take a pole-dancing class
  • Meet up with a longtime friend that I’ve never met in person before (hello bloggers!)
  • Eat at 50 new-to-me restaurants: 10
  • Plant a succulent garden
  • Learn to use a camera in manual mode – done
  • Travel to at least one of my longterm destination wishlist spots
    • Possibilities include, in order of when I became interested in them: Indonesia, Austria, Jordan, Prague, Avignon, Florence, Turkey, Zambia
  • Play badminton
  • Go to a wine tasting
  • Learn to create macrame
  • Paint your pet for Nimi, Jojo, and Atticus (3)
  • Go to a Renaissance Faire
  • Complete a half marathon
  • Hike 50 different parks: 12
  • Go through an escape room
  • Volunteer at the library
  • Go bowling
  • Build a gingerbread house