Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 - All the Rest

This post is the final in a series of six daily posts where I'm sharing my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list. I put this list together as I neared my 45th birthday last month, choosing goals and things to do in the next five years before my 50th birthday. Many of the items on the list are things I've never done and places I've never been, however the list also includes some items that I want to do again. Some are small, simple inexpensive things to do, while others require a much larger amount of time and/or financial investment. The actual list is in a rather random fashion, listed as items came to me, but for this blog series I'll be grouping similar items together.

Today I'm sharing the remaining 15 items on my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list. Along with all the things I've wanted to do for years, the places I plan to go, the things I want to learn, and my stretch goals, I have several other rather random things on my list. Several of the items involve a healthy lifestyle.

*Lose down to a healthy weight (140-145 pounds) & maintain (1 year+) - I've been steadily working on this goal since the beginning of the year. I've lost almost 20 pounds, with another 12 or so to go. Obviously I want to maintain a healthy weight more than a year; that figure is there so that I can measure my accomplishment and check this item off the list once it's been a year after I reach a healthy weight.

*One minute plank - I've been working out with a personal trainer this year, and I'm building my strength along with losing weight. So far, I can hold a plank for about 30 seconds (on the good days!), but I'm determined to hold it for a full minute!

*Grow my own vegetables - Robbie and I have both had vegetable gardens in the past, and even had a small raised garden a few years in Allen. It's something I'd like to do again.

*Boot camp class - This fall I'll be trying out some of the various exercise classes at our local natatorium and recreation center. At some point, I'd like to try a week-long boot camp class.

It will probably come as no surprise to my regular readers that I have a couple of items on my list that involve reading.

*Read all the Pulitzer prize winners in Fiction (1948-2018) - This is a goal I set at the beginning of this year, and I've read 9 of the 60 winners on the current list (with a new one added most years).

*Re-read all my children's/young adult books - I have two shelves with my collection of children's and young adults books, and over the next few years I'd like to re-read all of these. I'm planning to make a list of the books to use as a checklist.



When Robbie read this next item on my list, he commented that it seemed out of place since most of the items are more FUN. (Of course, I disagreed and said that earning a doctorate and holding a one minute plank might not be all that FUN at times!) However, I left revise my will on the list because it's something that I want to do and something that many people don't bother to think about until it's too late! [I have personally had to settle a couple of estates where there was no will at all!]

There are also a few items on my list that are specifically designed to help me in my spiritual growth and my daily walk with the Lord.
*Keep a daily/gratitude journal for one year 
*Fast for 3 days again
*Read through the Bible again

Several of the items are on my list are just items for FUN! Some of these are things I've done in the past but want to be sure to do again.
*Play all the games in our collection
*Dye Easter eggs again
*Complete 10 scrapbook projects - I'll be compiling a list of projects in the next few weeks.
*Watch all the movies in our collection - What I really mean is all the movies that I will enjoy - skipping over the zombie shows that Robbie has added to the collection!
*Carve a pumpkin

So, there you have it - all 50 items on my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list. I'm so excited to begin working toward these goals, and (of course) I'll share my progress here on the blog!

I want to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone who's left such thoughtful comments on my 50 Things posts! I am truly enjoying reading about the things that you've accomplished and places you've been and the things you might join me in trying to do. It's so FUN to know that when I plan our trip to Niagara Falls, I might also be able to link up with Karen and Lynn. I don't feel bad at all for not remembering much from my 8th grade Spanish class now that I know Beverly had 7 years of French but remembers very little. I think having someone to talk to regularly in the language would help, so I guess Susanne (who wants to learn French) and Sandra (who wants to learn Italian) won't be much help to me. Alexa wants to learn more about her camera, too, and Becky thinks cooking lessons and dance lessons would be FUN! Debbie admits she also needs swimming lessons. Sian confirmed that it is possible to go glamping and have running water. Not only does  Cheri share many of my goals, but she will be able to hook me up with her daughter who can help with applying for a tour of the White House. And I'm excited that Ellyn has started working on her own list of things to do! I truly appreciate everyone who leaves a comment.

Do any of the goals I mentioned today interest you? What additional things do you want to accomplish in the next few years?

(Click here to see all my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 posts.)

12 comments:

S said...

Another great post - you are an ambitious lady to be sure. I enjoyed the recap you did of all of us who chimed in. I highly recommend that you try reading the Bible in 90 days. It proved to be a blessing to me, so I tell people about it often. If you don't have a group to do it along with, there is a website for it. Since you are an avid reader I bet you won't find that part difficult, and reading it all in such a short time span really ties concepts from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Good luck on all your goals.

Jo.C said...

I think this is great and I have enjoyed reading them. After seeing the balloon fiesta at Bristol on Thursday ine of mine is definitely a trip on a hot air balloon too and even though I have had lessons for my camera I keep reverting back to auto.
You have inspired me as I turn 45 soon and think I need a list like this.
Well done you!

Fiona Kennedy said...

A great list.I look forward to reading about, and seeing the photos of how you complete them all.

Sandra said...

I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed reading your list. You've inspired me to think of a few goals of my own

Cheri said...

I am thoroughly impressed that you can hold a plank for 30 seconds. I can barely make 10... but then I don't have a trainer pushing me either. With someone yelling at me, I might make it to... 12?

I can't begin to tell you how inspiring these posts have been. I have an excel spreadsheet in the works to list every online class, along with it's status (completed, in progress, not yet started), the skill set addressed, the web site, and once it is complete I intend to set priorities and start working my way through that list!

I'm also inspired to do a similar goals list. Being past 50 the numbers don't work out as well for me. Hmmm - maybe a short term list for by 55, a mid term list for by 60, and a long term list with some of the travel goals that are awaiting retirement?

LeAnne said...

These have been great posts. I have a few of these items on my list of "what I'm going to do while my kids are in school all day". Top of that list is going through classes, learning more about using my camera, meal planning and cooking new things.
We just got back from a wonderful family vacation to San Diego so that will be one of my scrapbooking projects. I want to do something for the boys so they can remember all the Fun we had.

Sian said...

I love the last bit here which shows just what a great diverse bunch of talents we have to draw on..imagine if we could keep on putting together bloggers who could share what they know and continue to help others towards their goals. Great stuff.

Karen said...

It's a very ambitious list. I think the value of these lists is that you stay focused on things that really matter to you. It looks to me like this might be a 10 year list, rather than a 5 year list, but maybe you work faster than I do! Either way, you're a winner for having it all written down! (I did make a list of all the online classes I want to finish. It was a sobering task!)

alexa said...

I have never really thought about putting together a list of my own, but your sequence of posts has kept it at the forefront of my consciousness. September still has echoes for me of new (school) starts, so this might be a good time to make a list even for the next four months!

Tammy said...

What a fantastic list! I really love this idea. Good luck on all of these accomplishments and goals and fun ideas. I was nodding my head in agreement on holding the plank for one minute. I was up to about a minute and 10 seconds before my surgery. I can hold good form for about 30 seconds before I collapse. I am trying to get back to where I was but after surgery your body has it's own time table! We'll both get there...eventually! :)

Barbara Eads said...

You have quite a list going. While a few things don't seem to be that fun, the satisfaction you get when you complete them will be the reward! Luckily, most of the sound like fun!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I really enjoyed these posts. I believe in you and can't wait to read your posts as you check these things off your list.