40 Before 40

November 30, 2016
I'm too old to make a 30 Before 30 list, so here's my 40 Before 40 one, even though just typing out the numbers 4-0 is a bit scary to me now! I do have plenty of time to work on these goals, although who knows if I'll even still be blogging by the time 40 hits. Anyway, here goes nothin'...

1) Take a course to keep my teaching license valid. 
2) Pay off my entire surgery. So far, I've paid off $2,000, but still have a long way to go. 
3) Ride in a hot air balloon. Sorry if this one is cliche and on everyone's list, but it just sounds FUN.
4) Dye my hair pink. I've been interested in changing it to a really wild color, but couldn't because of my jobs...Maybe I'll figure out a way. 
5) Take a language course in Italy. This is something I've always wanted to do just as a hobby. I know some conversational Italian, but would love to improve.
6) Go on an epic road trip. I've been on some great ones in the past, but I want to drive around in the Western part of the USA.
7) Get a phoenix tattoo. I was going to get this over my scar where I had my surgery as a way to cover up the ugly mess it left behind. I'm not sure it's such a good idea now. Because I had complications with my wound healing, there's an indentation and now I'm not sure I want a tattoo there. I'd also have to find someone who has plenty of experience working with scars, so I probably would have to wait to get this done in the States instead of in China. I opted for a phoenix because I couldn't walk for weeks, and eventually I was able to "rise again." These mythological birds symbolize strength and healing. Also, I watched a lot of Harry Potter in the hospital.
8) Get my own dog. This is something I've yearned for as long as I can remember! I want a dachshund or a mini poodle.
9) Learn to drive stick shift. It just makes sense since I travel a lot.
10) Get more fit. The other day I stood on the scale and saw the fattest number of my life, so yeah...I don't want this trend to continue.
11) Attend another blogger meet up. I haven't heard about anything in Shanghai, so this might have to wait.
12) Read 100 new books. I'm back on a reading kick again, and it's a cheap hobby so of course I want to get lost in more books!
13) Join a club. I actually really like clubs...I just need to find one that matches my interests.
14) Take a DNA genealogy test. You know the ones that cost about $100 from Ancestry.com? I'm so interested to know more about my heritage!
15) See a burlesque show. I found out that there will be one in Shanghai next weekend! Is it cheating to add this to my list, knowing that I might get to go soon? ;)
16) Get good at making a signature dish and cocktail. I'm not the best cook, but I am capable of perfecting a dish or two. At get togethers, I want people to ask me, "Lisa, did you make your ______?"
17) Take a cruise to Antarctica. It's so expensive, but truly would be a once in a lifetime experience.
18) Get a nice family portrait taken. My immediate family hasn't been all in the same spot for years. When we do get reunited, I think it would be nice to have a recent professional picture of all of us together.
19) Go to a black tie event. I've never worn an evening gown in my life. The most dressed up I've ever been was when I was a bridesmaid my sisters' and friends' weddings.
20) Watch a roller derby match.
21) Take a flower arranging course.
22) Visit Central America.
23) Host a Christmas party.
24) Go on a cruise.
25) Eat at 3 restaurants with a Michelin star or stars. I just found out that one of the cheapest restaurants in the world with two Michelin stars is right here in Shanghai! It's called Canton 8, and I want to go with my co-teacher!
26) Go on a hike more than 5 miles long. I've done this before, but it's been awhile.
27) Camp in a national park. I've never been camping in the US and have always wanted to!
28) Raise money for charity.
29) See the Northern Lights.
30) Try surfing. This one is going to be really hard for me, but a close friend of mine started a few years back and now she's really good! She has offered to teach me. (I hope she has a lot of patience).
31) Go zip-lining. While I can't do anything too adventurous this year since my back is healing, I hope that I can try this eventually.
32) Contribute regularly to a retirement fund.
33) Visit New England in the fall.
34) Complete my bucket list for China.
35) Go vegan for a summer.
36) Get a chemical peel.
37) Get my teeth professionally whitened.
38) Start swimming on a regular basis.
39) Refurbish a piece of furniture.
40) Go a week without technology (tv, phone, computer, i-Pad, etc).

There you have it! Some of these will be easier than others, that's for sure.

Do you have a signature dish? Any suggestions or tips as to what I can use as mine? What's on your 40 Before 40 list?
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