My 35th year…

I don’t know if I would call this an “obligatory” post. I don’t know why at the moment it’s feeling like it’s the hardest thing in the world to write. I just don’t know.

But what I do know? It’s my 35th birthday. Today. October 1. (Edited to add: And yes, I realize I just published this by accident on September 30. Oops.)

Yay me.

And while I feel like not writing what I feel in my heart to write, I know I must. Then I will print it out and carry it around with me for the next year. I’ll read it every single day.

Because I can’t have another year like I did in my 34th year. The wanting change, but it never really coming. The wanting a different life, but not knowing how to get it. The wanting something new and not seeing the fruit of it.

So here I am. I’m speaking what will take place. Maybe it’s a little “Secret” like, maybe it’s just wishful thinking… but I need a place to start and something to look forward and grasp onto. I was going to have 35 things… but I just couldn’t come up with that many things I was willing to commit to {or didn’t want to spend any more time on it.} Many of these things are very general. But sometimes you have to start with the general to be able to move to specifics. {Hence the last item on the list.} :)

The things that are going to happen in my 35th year…

  • I will smile each day. Even if it is forced.
  • I will be honest about my feelings.
  • I will finish reading the Bible in 90 days. And then I will continue to read the Bible.

  • I will lose weight.
  • I will exercise more.
  • I will eat better.
  • I will take a road trip to visit friends again.
  • I will express my creativity more.

  • I will find a job I love.
  • I will move to a new place.
  • I will take lessons to learn something new. Cooking or guitar are at the top of the list.
  • I will watch the rain fall.
  • I will start a 365-day photo project of myself.

  • I will watch tv less.
  • I will clean regularly.
  • I will donate blood.
  • I will purge things that I bought because I “needed” them.
  • I will take a picture of a sunrise and a sunset. Maybe or maybe not on the same day.
  • I will write and edit at least a novella (or maybe a book). And then put it up on for sale.
  • I will take more pictures of the things and people around me. {Not just of my nephew.} :)

  • I will see an adventure through to it’s conclusion.
  • I will pay down (or pay off) my debts.
  • I will read one book (that I already own) each month.
  • I will sit down with my uncle and go over the family history research he’s already done.
  • I will add or take away from this list as I see fit.

I guess I can call these my birthday wishes for the year.
Have anything for me to add?


  1. Congratulations! Happy 35th birthday! I’m just a few months older than you, I wrote a 40 before 40 list for my birthday. It helped me put some stuff into focus. Good luck on your list, I think smiling everyday is a wonderful way to start. I look forward to reading about your progress.
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  2. Happy Birthday!

    I know exactly where you are coming from because on my 35th birthday I made the same sort of list. I had to have something {anything} to focus on that year since it seemed like so many other things weren’t going the way I had hoped or planned. I put a mix of serious things and fun things on my list and while I didn’t get them all done you would be surprised at the ones that DID get done. I think you’ll find the same for your list.

    I have to share the most random one I put on the list that actually happened in the oddest way- I put “win a trophy, medal or ribbon for something” on my list, which is nuts since I never enter anything to ever win but just two months later I was in the running for a trophy for bowling {of all things cause I am so NOT a bowler} at my office’s league. I don’t think there was a happier trophy recipient there that night and honestly I think the enthusiasm rubbed off on my team. They were NOT going to let me down. We got 3rd place. Long story short- if you think of a couple of way off, random things put them on the list too because you never know what can happen. And really it was knowing my team was behind me and wanted the trophy more for “my list” and me than anything that made it so special.

    I hope you’ll keep us all posted on your blog about how your list is going over the year. I have faith that you will accomplish everything on your list…and more. I love your first thing- smile more. If you ever feel like not smiling {as I sometimes do myself} listen to the song “Hold On” by Toby Mac. More than one day that song has lifted me up and encouraged me to just keep going even when all seems to be hopeless.

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday full of possibilities and fun!

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  3. Whew! That’s quite the list!! Good thing you added that last item.

    Smiling more is always a good thing. :)

    Happy Birthday!!!
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  4. Happy Birthday!!! I will try my hardest to make you smile on twitter :)
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  5. Happy 35th Birthday, Julie! You’re poised to make the 2nd half of your 30s your best years yet!
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  6. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this list. ALL of it. SERIOUSLY. Happy birthday darling :) I know you will acomplish all that you have set out to do. I know it. I can feel it in my bones. I love the fact that I “know” you. I love the fact that you are in my world – even at a distance. I love the fact that you inspire me every day… even when I fail to mention it. I hope you have a wonderful day… BIG HUGS
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  7. That is a wonderful list. And printing it out and reading it everyday will keep you focused. Just remember not to be to hard on yourself on the hard days. You met my husband at BBCVegas, he suffers from severe depression and that is his biggest enemy those darn low days. I love that you added that you can add to or take away from the list that makes it managable. I’ve followed your blog for a while I’m sad it was my husband and not me who sat at your table.
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  8. Since I am late saying “happy birthday”, I will say Happy 35th Year!! Your list is pretty massive, but I think it’s a lot of stuff I would want on my list too. I would have added “meet Brandie” on your list, but you already did that. I loved meeting you at the Mirassou dinner!
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