35 Before 35

Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many.
~Author Unknown

I will be crossing things off my list and putting the date I did these as I go. I have until 2017 to get these done.

35 Things I Want to Do/Experience before I Turn 35

  1. Try windsurfing at least once.
  2. Find a geoduck on the shore. Maybe even touch it.
  3. Visit Japan.
  4. Have a baby. Completed March 10, 2015
  5. Buy a house with Huzzy. Completed April 5, 2011
  6. Become debt free, except for a mortgage.
  7. Have three months’ worth of expenses in our savings account. Completed March 2012
  8. Visit Western Canada.
  9. Visit Hawaii. Completed November 27, 2016 as annual training for the Navy Reserve.
  10. Go kayaking on saltwater. Completed August 17, 2013
  11. Experience shipboard life for a minimum of two weeks.
  12. Run a 5K.
  13. Run a 10K.
  14. Take a photography class. Completed May 12, 2012
  15. Start and finish my Master’s Degree. Started January 14, 2013… estimated completion December 2015. 
  16. Take a flight lesson and fly a plane.
  17. Skydive (preferably not while I’m flying a plane).
  18. Pay for a military family’s meal (a family I don’t know and without them knowing who I am) while out at a restaurant.
  19. Start learning a third language.
  20. Keep a well-tended garden and can/freeze the results (unless we eat it all raw and fresh!).
  21. Go on a honeymoon with HuzzyCompleted March 2014
  22. Have a standing monthly game night with friends. Started doing this January 2013
  23. Go on a cruise (and no, a Navy ship DOES NOT count for this one LOL). Completed March 2014
  24. Find a church both Huzzy and I are comfortable in. Completed December 24, 2011 (revisiting this)
  25. Tour the White House.
  26. Have 3 percent of my paycheck go straight to retirement for at least a year (I currently only do 1-2%). Completed March 26, 2013
  27. Be comfortable enough again to be proud to wear a bikini at the beach.
  28. Get an “Excellent” score on all PRT scores in the same cycle. (edited October ’11 due to change in PRT categories)
  29. Get an “Outstanding” in at least one PRT score.
  30. Volunteer enough to get a star to add to my Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM).
  31. Ride in a hot air balloon.
  32. Visit Europe… anywhere in Europe. Completed May 31, 2015 as annual training for the Navy Reserve (Spain with a short layover in England)
  33. Get a good, solid job.  Completed March 26, 2012
  34. Become proficient enough to earn a marksman ribbon in both the pistol and the rifle.
  35. Start writing a book.


7 thoughts on “35 Before 35

  1. I just wanted to comment about #18. My husband & I were out to eat one evening with our son and when we went to pay our waitress told us not to worry about it. She said that the older gentleman and his family who had been sitting behind us had paid for our entire meal & even left a large tip. I can honestly say that it was the first time that had EVER happened to us. My husband (a SGT in the Army) even had tears in his eyes when she told us….

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  3. This is a great list. Very inspiring. I think I may make my own. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. I am a new wife to a Navy Sailor. He is currently deployed. I took my niece to the movies just recently and decided I would take her for ice cream after. I was standing in line for ice cream and couldn’t find my debit card and told my niece we may have to go back to the theater. My niece, who is 8, told me not to worry that we didn’t need to get ice cream if we couldn’t that she understands. A gentleman behind us offered to pay for our ice cream right before I found my debit card. I thanked him profuselfy for his generosity but explained I had found my card. The gesture to me was so nice, something you hear in those emails that get sent around…and it touched my heart so I decided I would pay for his ice cream instead without him knowing. He was ordering quite a bit for a party but I told the girl at the counter to pay for it any way with my card and then I left while he was still waiting for his ice cream to be packaged up. The gentleman caught up to us in the parking lot before I could slip away and thanked me and asked to reimburse me but I declined. He asked about the Navy sticker I have in my back window and I explained how I married a sailor. He told me to be sure I thanked my husband for his service and proceeded to explain how he is a retired Navy Officer and that it’s been a long time since he has felt an act of kindness from a stranger.

    My niece, this retired officer and myself all walked away with such a beautiful moment that each one of us will remember for the rest of our lives and my niece will hopefully carry on acts of kindness.

    I learned sometimes some people enter your life for a reason, even if it’s just for a few moments to lift your spirit.

  5. I’m intrigued by #8 (visit Western Canada). It is one of the most beautiful regions on the planet, but I’ve never seen it on anyone’s bucket list of places to visit before. Good for you for being unique and having great taste in vacation destinations! I suggest you combine #8 with #21 and enjoy a romantic honeymoon in British Columbia. It will be an unforgettable experience!

  6. This is a thoughtful, wise, and ambitious list for 35… even 70. Keep up the great work. I stumbled on your wp in search opinions on women in subs. I hope your baby was born happy and healthy.

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