Inspired by Lindsay Smallwood, a friend who did this last year and blogged about it. I have decided to create my own to do list.
You can check out her blog here. http://30for30pro.blogspot.ca/
What is it? It is a list of 38 things I WILL accomplish by my 38th birthday on August 19, 2015.
Without further delay, here is the first 18 things on my to do list. But first a Picture.
1. My first Tattoo by my friend and artist Ashla Bee.
Ashla works for Atticus Tattoo and I have seen her work online and love her talents. I want to support friends in their endeavors and her work is amazing. I recommend you check it out their Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/atticustattoo
2. Complete my first Half Marathon post Heart Attack.
My goal is the Melissa’s Half in September. Physically I am ready for this. Mentally, I will be strong enough. I love running and love the half distance. This will be more challenging than the first one I ever completed.
3. Take a homeless person to lunch.
I actually have a particular homeless person in mind that I saw everyday close to my work downtown. I want to do this to be able to share an experience with someone who may not get a chance to have a “Fancy” kinda meal and actually listen to whatever they wish to talk about. There are so many stories behind people’s eyes.
4. Photograph and interview 10 random people who I do not know.
On the spot interview. This may be more difficult than I think. I wish to do this to test my ability to connect my passions of photography and people. I will only grow as long as I keep being comfortable approaching new individuals.
5. Take a Sushi making class.
I have wanted to do this for ages and just never got around to it. I would love to be able to make sushi from home but I want to learn from a sushi chef first.
6. Kiss a girl underwater.
Yep, you read that right. Whether in a pool or lake or ocean, I want to do this. Being single may make this tough to achieve. Any women I know want to attempt this with me? I think this would be just a fun thing to do.
7. Bake a birthday cake for a friend.
OK, I am no baker and I have attempted this and failed once. I want to try this one more time.
8. Celebrate my 37th birthday.
Those who know me well, know I hate doing things for my birthday. Not sure why but I just do. I hate the attention I think. After having a Heart Attack, I have reason to celebrate this next one for I almost did not get to my 36th.
9. Volunteer at a race.
I love race volunteers and I know how much many of them have meant to me in the brief moments I see them when I am running. Whether it be at a water station or giving out a medal, I want to experience the other side of a race.
10. Write 2 articles for www.mindbodygreen.com .
I love this website and read it regularly. I find the articles fun and inspiring and interesting to myself in creating a healthy me. I want to be a contributor at least twice.
11. Write 3 letters to friends and mail them.
Letter writing is a lost art nowadays and I cannot remember the last time I did this. So now I want to send three friends a letter with a little something special inside. I am curious as to whether they will write back.
12. Spend a night at the Palliser Hotel.
I have always wanted to do this for as long as I can remember. It is historic and a big part of Calgary. I want to feel like a king for a night by staying there. It is a hotel that is out of my price range usually but I am going to save to experience The Palliser in all her glory.
13. Say yes to everything for one day within reason.
There will be no shenanigans that will endanger or humiliate myself or others but I will accept challenges throughout the day and absolutely write about it.
14. Buy a completely tailored suit.
I have lost weight and become healthy. My current suits are too big and I wish now to buy my first completely tailored suit to match my body type. Trust me, buying a suit regularly for a guy my size is always a tough thing to do. I am awkward and I am ok with that.
15. Walk to Banff National Park and back.
Crazy idea ? Absolutely ! This is a personal challenge. I want to test myself and this is a somewhat safe way to do this. I may never walk or run across Canada ( or maybe I will ) so this is my physical challenge to me. May turn this into a fundraiser.
16. 1 month, 1 random act of kindness per day.
I am a giver, it is what is in my nature. I have been blessed many times in the last year so I want to pay it forward. I want to be anonymous and hopefully not found out
17. Read 25 books to completion.
I love reading and sometimes I will start a book and forget to come back to it. My goal is to finish each book in full.
18. Hike Sulphur Mountain in Banff.
I have not done this since High school but remember how much I enjoyed it. It is physical challenge #2 on my list.
19. Disconnect from all social media and non work related email for one week.
I am a self confessed Social Media whore and spned more time online than is probably healthy. When I went to Cuba in April, internet was limited and I loved the few days I had with no outside contact. I found it enabled me to ease some stress and really pay attention to what was around me. Including the people who were with me. 7 days. I can do that right ?
What you have read here are the first 19. Stay tuned tomorrow for the next 19.
Life is about adventure my friends and now it is time for me to experience a little.