50 Things to Do before I’m 50!

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On my 45th birthday I began my adventure of “50 things to do before I’m 50”.  I got the idea from a friend, who recently did it, but she did all her 50 things in one year – so I will have no excuses if I do not get my list completed in these next five years.

As I prepared my list, it reminded me of how many wonderful things I have experienced in my life and how much I have to be thankful for.

My life is blessed because I am surrounded by wonderful, caring and loving people – my husband and two daughters, my family and all the amazing friends that I cherish and feel so fortunate to have in my life.

I’ve lived abundantly through travel to several countries and have experienced hiking in the Austrian and Swiss Alps, riding a gondola in Venice and seeing an opera in a coliseum in Italy, the northern lights on the Arctic tundra, swimming with stingrays in the Caribbean, sailing in the Baja, visiting the Acropolis in Athens and the Sagrada La Familia in Barcelona, wine at harvest time in the south of France, the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and along with these are many other countless memories I treasure.

I have also sat at the bedside of a dying friend and experienced great sadness and loss. Walked with friends and family through times and heartache and have also had the privilege of taking part in celebrating happiness and incredible miracles – my own included.

I understand how precious life is and how little time we have and I believe that if we don’t “go confidently in the direction of our dreams” that life will pass by all too quickly.

So this is my invitation asking you to journey with me for these next five years by engaging in some of my ventures, encouraging me along the way, giving me feedback and new ideas and challenging and supporting me as I move closer towards my 50th year.

I purposefully have not completed my list of 50 things so please help me by inspiring me to explore new ideas and possibilities along the way. I can’t wait to update my blog and share my pictures and experiences with you.

I look forward to having you journey with me on this adventure!

Love Carolyn

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  1. dragon says:

    This is sooo cool. K – got one for ya. “Stand Up Comedy” !!!! Find an open mic session – and try your hand at comedy !

  2. stephenrobb says:

    The site, your video, this idea…all fantastic.

    I just hadn’t realized you were 5 years older than me.

    My favorite destinations (ones that have left an impressionable mark) so far have been the Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos, the UAE (loved skiing in the mall, taking a desert safari and having tea in the Burj Al Arab), a visit to St Petersbourg, Russia (l’Hermitage Museum), and seeing a live performance at the Sydney Opera House.

    I love that you are thinking not only of the exotic travel destinations though, but also life experiences that can be done much closer to home.

    How about a craft project…like paper toll…lol…just had to throw that in.

    But I will indeed give this some thought…cuz it’s making me suddenly think about the same thing (of course, I have 10 years for this project so I needn’t rush).

    • Carolyn says:

      Ya – good try, you’ve got 5 years to go to the big 50, just like me! Wow all your ideas sound great – what wonderful experiences. Thanks for your ideas – paper toll…it’s been a while…

  3. nickie.power says:

    You are one inspiring woman. I’m excited to follow along as you reach all these amazing goals. I’m starting my own list today 🙂

  4. Nikki Croft says:

    Hey Carolyn, what an inspiring idea, it makes the reader think and nudges me further in the direction of gratitude and wonder every day. I’m reading a book about Kabbalah right now–it’s endorsed by Madonna no less (!), and parallels some of the aspects of your blog, most notably sharing light. Thank you, Nikki. (p.s. I’m also a Scorpio!)

  5. jreadwin says:

    Very cool idea, very ambitious, I love it !

    I think you have just inspired me to create my own list!

    one idea (for now) that may end upon my own list as well!

    White water raft through the Grand Canyon

  6. christakmoore says:

    I think you should do a professional photo shot with your family.
    We did our 1st family pictures last year and they have quickly become one of my most precious possessions. I still tear up when I see the shot of my girls hugging that I got printed on a canvas. Plus the last picture I had of your family was from when Aleia was a baby.
    I say put this idea on this years list, so you can look back at the pictures and smile when you turn 50!

  7. Carolyn says:

    Great minds think alike….I already have it down as one of my 25 items. It is LONG overdue for us. Your pictures turned out SO awesome! Can you provide the link to your photographer – she is in Sandpoint, ID, right?

  8. rekateleky says:

    As long as I’ve known you… (nearing 20 years) I’ve always thought of you as one of my most inspirational friends. You embody the ‘Carpe Diem’ mentality as your love of life, generosity, kind spirit and honesty leaves me thinking how lucky I am to have you and your beautiful family in our lives. So…if you thought of putting ‘inspiring others’ on your to-be completed list, then you may just want to add the green check mark and ‘done’ added to it.
    Maybe I could share a few items from my ‘to do’ list’ which so far does not have a completion date set.
    -To finally visit the pyramids outside of Mexico City (as Gary and were on the way there 12 years ago when we got robbed and never made it there).
    -To hike the two northernmost volcanoes on the island of Hokkaido – as again, we were going to embark on that adventure when we lived in Japan when Gary broke his arm and we had to indefinitely postpone our trip.
    Thank you for sharing your list with us and I’d loved to be part of some of your adventures……… (I have some great fundraising ideas!)
    IF you have something you’d like to complete in Eastern Europe this summer, let me know…. I may be able to help…

  9. 6Bucks says:

    As life is an adventure, let’s do some together! One thing that has been on my list for the last 5 years that I haven’t gotten to yet is a CMH heli-hiking extendo-weekend. If it fits into yours, maybe late this summer?

  10. corbin says:

    Spend all your money at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles parting !! Last person standing wins!!

  11. Susan Ferner says:

    Hi Carolyn!

    I love your idea of 50 things to do before you’re 50. I’m in favour of the Eco-Lodge in the Amazon, Ecuador. Looks amaaaazing. AND warm! 😉

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