32 Things To Do… Before Turning 32!

by Ashley on July 11, 2014

lana del rey well shit you triedToday marks my 31st birthday, and the second year I’ll complete my “Things to Do By #” list.  Last year I didn’t quite accomplish everything on my “31 Things to Do Before Turning 31“… and that’s okay!  Like Lana says… “Well shit. At least you tried.”

And I won’t lie – I’ve been anxiously waiting for my 32nd birthday for about half of my life. It may be my childhood obsession with Sex and the City (see: What Carrie Bradshaw & Friends Taught Me About Aging), but it’s like… “I’m almost there! LIFE.LET’S.GET.REAL.”

Some of these may be repeats from my previous list – maybe this year I’ll try and succeed.

  1. Volunteer for the New Orleans Film Festival.
  2. Write the first draft of a manuscript or screenplay.
  3. Attend a professional sports game (NFL, NHL, NBA, MBA, etc.)
  4. Pick up an unlimited pass for Barre classes & participate actively for one month.
  5. Build up a regular exercise routine of working out 5 days a week, at a minimum of half an hour.
  6. Memorize the major notes on my ukulele, as well as learn to play 5 songs.
  7. Visit Prague and Budapest (bonus: if the trip includes Berlin, Vienna, or Bucharest).
  8. Visit Reykjavik to see the Northern Lights.
  9. Watch 10 of AFI’s Top 100 Films: Singin’ in the Rain, Gone with the Wind, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Some Like It Hot, To Kill a Mockingbird, Midnight Cowboy, It Happened One Night, Taxi Drive, Rocky, and The Sixth Sense.
  10. Read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.
  11. Pay off our car (approximately $9,00o).
  12. Pay off 1 private student loan. (Approximately $3200.)
  13. Take a 6-week long Ballroom or Swing dance class series with Garren.
  14. Purchase a pair of Christian Louboutins.
  15. Go to a shooting range and learn to shoot a gun.
  16. Eat lacto-ovo vegetarian for a a month. (AKA dairy & eggs ok!)
  17. Go to the Roller Derby.
  18. Attend a Mardi Gras Ball.
  19. Attend the World War II museum’s New Year’s Eve party.
  20. Complete the Couch-to-5K running app and run a complete 5k.
  21. Lose 30 pounds (getting back to my weight pre-husband’s unemployment/wedding/honeymoon).
  22. Get out of New Orleans and visit nearby areas: St. Francisville, Abita Springs, Avery Island.
  23. Invest in a great pair of basic, versatile black boots.
  24. Make a $100 donation to a non-profit organization.
  25. Get the dozens of rolls of color and black and white film developed. (They’re like 10+ years old!)
  26. Take a swamp tour.
  27. Take a Ghost/Vampire Tour.
  28. Do a big purge of our house, donating or selling all unused and unwanted items.
  29. Complete reading of one bookshelf of books in my house.
  30. Learn to bake a perfect pie.
  31. Make homemade food/drink items for our local friends for Christmas.
  32. Visit the World War II Museum.

Over the year it’s my hope to share these mini-adventures, excursions, and new experiences– if you have any tips for any of the above, please let me know! I’d love to hear your experiences and ideas.

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