50 Things I Want To Do Before I Turn 50 And The Year Of

Margaret Mitchel House
Margaret Mitchell House

I don’t know about you but getting closer to 50 and I realize how much I haven’t done that I very much want to do. You always think there will be plenty of time; I can do it tomorrow, or next week, or next month. What if you don’t have next month. That’s what I’ve been thinking about lately. So many I know are dying younger and younger. I don’t want to die without having done the things that I’ve wanted to do forever and a day. So here are the 50 things I want to do before I turn 50 or if I can’t get to them all by then, then during my 50th year.

  1. Play with paint on canvas.
  2. Self publish Mercury Retrograde: Re-connect and empower yourself to get back on track and stop the chaos.
  3. Self publish 50 Mandalas & Mantras: Connecting with your higher-self and finding the love you have been looking for.
  4. Self publish Wild Woman Waking: A poetic journey empowering the soul, photos by Tui Snider
  5. Create a jar for my fun things I want to do list. I got this idea from Shan Jeniah and her Play Jar.
  6. Take my granddaughters to the Botanical Gardens this spring.
  7. Visit the Monastery in Conyers, Ga.
  8. Create a list of shops to contact to facilitate my workshops.
  9. Complete first rough draft for my food memoir.
  10. Write all of my own recipes down and fill in until I have 50.
  11. Put my published ebook, Dancing Within Shadow, into CreateSpace to create the book in print.
  12. Create an account on etsy for my jewelry and other creations that I make.
  13. Contact women over 50 for contributions to Wise Words from 50 Women over 50.
  14. Buy an RV big enough and in good enough shape to travel all over the U.S.
  15. Have a yard sale. Letting go of everything unless I really love it.
  16. Take my granddaughters to the Southeastern Railway Museum and  on a train ride.
  17. Attend a Writer’s Conference
  18. Make soup and sandwiches for the area homeless.
  19. Apply to a fellowship
  20. Learn Spanish
  21. Dye parts of my hair purple
  22. Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  23. Donate blood
  24. Complete a food challenge
  25. Get my bike in working order so I can use it to go on writing excursions
  26. Get an astrology reading for my 50th year.
  27. Hike the Chattahoochee river trail.
  28. Take my granddaughters to the Georgia Aquarium.
  29. Take a cooking class to learn how to make tortillas.
  30. Take more selfy pics
  31. Play my flute on the Marietta Square just to see what would happen.
  32. Get my hearing checked
  33. Help someone check off something on their list.
  34. Learn how to make gnocchi
  35. Make a casserole for someone going through a difficult time
  36. Try a new restaurant once a month
  37. Learn how to cook one new dish a week
  38. Make cookies for my neighbors
  39. Have a day at the spa
  40. Give myself a hot oil treatment for my hair once a month.
  41. Take my granddaughters to visit a senior citizen home.
  42.  Write new poems and submit to the Poets & Writers Magazine
  43. Record at least one audio a week of my poetry
  44. Enter poetry contests
  45. Write new poems and submit to the Poetry Foundation
  46. Find an Open Mic Night to read my poetry aloud
  47. Ride on a river boat dinner cruise
  48. Go to a bed and breakfast
  49. Food tour either in Marietta or Athens, Ga.
  50. Visit the Margaret Mitchell House

These lists are always harder than I think they are going to be. They are quite a challenge to fill up. Some of these I have done before (only a few) but I tend to stay home too much and this is a way to encourage myself to go out and have some fun in the world and/or bring cheer to someone else.

Calling on Women over 50 to submit quotes, poems, and essays, your wise words are needed for the book Wise Words from 50 Women over 50. I am on my journey into turning 50 this year and this is one of the things I am doing to help myself and others…read more

What would you like to do before you turn 50? Do you have any special plans for your 50th birthday?

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14 thoughts on “50 Things I Want To Do Before I Turn 50 And The Year Of

  1. I love #31! We share some similar goals (which isn’t at all surprising). BIG on my list this year is submitting my work, both poetry and fiction. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you achieve your goals!

    • That’s funny because I almost took #31 out and then changed my mind and left it in. Now I just need to get my bike fixed up so I can ride over there (I don’t have a car and my honey works too far away for it to be economical for me to drive her to work).

      Thanks Amy, and it doesn’t surprise me at all either! Here’s to both of us completing our list this year! These aren’t even the long term to do that I want accomplish, I will have to make a separate list for them. LOL!

    • Thanks Patricia, food is a passion of mine and I really would like to explore it further as well as the fact that I am going to be writing a food memoir and I would like to end every chapter with one of my own recipes. I am an intuitive cook so I don’t typically use a recipe except as a guideline and I am bad about writing down my own recipes so this will definitely be a challenge for me. I will be writing about each of these things as I accomplish them as well.

      So let’s see… that makes four things we have in common so far, reading, writing, cooking, and yarn. 😀

  2. Morgan, I loved this list (and thanks for the mention; it’s always a delight to have unintentionally inspired someone!).

    What an adventurous, generous, and playful list you’ve created here. Can’t wait to hear about the process of making these dreams into reality.

    I read three of my poems – one for each of my children – at the Northeast Unschooling Conference talent show last summer. it was terrifying and profound, and I’m glad I did it. More, I got a very nice compliment which inspired a lovely conversation with someone I admired, but hadn’t known very well.

    I’m just five years behind you, and cheering you on! =)

  3. Hi there, my friend! Sorry it took me so loooong to get over here! I took a long blog hiatus and then got my self super backlogged and have been playing catch up for two weeks – yeesh!

    I love that you want to dye your hair purple! And I do hope you self-pub all the books you’d like to; you’re such an amazing talent!

    • Hi Beth, I understand about taking a blog hiatus, I try to stay off of them as much as possible especially now while I am working on getting my books finished.

      Regarding dying my hair purple, I only want a chunk of it not the whole thing but it is something I have always wanted to do. =)

      Thanks so much for your words of support and encouragement, it means a lot!

  4. Nice list! I’ve been knocking off some of my bucket list. Cooking more often, going on nature walks, and exploring things I never thought I’d want to just so that I can get used to going out of my comfort zone.

    • Glad to hear you are going out of your comfort zone to clear some of your list Obed. That is part of why I created this list, that and I finally decided if I didn’t write them down I wouldn’t ever do them. Thanks for stopping by and sharing word love!

  5. Your list is so inspiring!

    I’d like to make a list like this for myself… soon. For now, I’ll add it to my to-do list. Kinda weird to put that on a to-do list, but I love making lists, so indulge me.

    Shan’s jar idea is great, too. 🙂

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