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  • 39 before 39

    Today is my birthday. I’m 38. And it’s great. I love growing older. Frankly, I just love living. Leave it to cancer to make you happy when birthdays come along. So here are 39 things that I want to do off of my list before I turn 39. I sincerely hope to complete 100+ items off my list, but here are the 39 that I’m committed to making happen this year.



    Run a half marathon 
    Read through the bible – in progress, read here
    Attend the Olympic Time Trials for swimmingcompleted,  read here
    Visit NYC and dance with strangers 
    Complete my 52 cupcake journey- in progress, read here
    Make 12 mini books – in progress
    Get scuba diving certification 
    Hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim – coming October 2012
    Take kids to see Wicked - completed 3/1/2012, read here
    Start piano lessonsongoing 3/8/2012, read here
    Make a quilt for each kid – in progress
    Learn to do a back flip on the trampoline – in progress and hilarious!
    Achieve my project health goals – in progress
    Take Sam to Disneyland to meet Mickey Mouse and the Princesses- completed 2/3/2012, read here
    Have family portraits taken for first time evercompleted, read here and here 
    Learn cookie decorating – in progress
    Befriend a resident from the nursing home – in progress
    Make homemade refried beans
    Dance at a Greek Festival
    Attend an Outstanding in the Field Dinner
    Attend a Storytelling Conference - completed 6/26/2012, read here 
    Start tradition of hosting the Annual Meyerson Hot Dog Eating Contest
    Buy a Ms PacMan arcade game
    Rediscover my double dutch jump roping skills and teach the kids
    Whisk away Jeff on a surprise weekend trip
    Go spearfishing
    Continue my Project Life family album - in progress, weekly posts every Tuesday, read the latest post here
    Host 52 different families over for meals (including shabbat dinners)- in progress, read the latest post here
    Go to 2 new water parks 
    Attend a Family Young Life camp – coming Labor Day weekend 2012
    Travel internationally once
    Go camping
    Eat crawfish 
    Make gratitude and character keys for the kids- completed 2/4/12, read here
    Help the kids host a lemonade and cupcake stand and donate the $- completed 1/26/2012, read here
    Tailgate at the U of A – coming Fall of 2012
    Learn how to reupholster a couch
    Dance with Ellen Degeneres (anyone know her? I kind of have a crush)
    Take the kids to the circus completed 6/29/2012, read here

    Looking forward to an amazing year of life, learning, experiencing, and recording. Thanks for following along with my journey.

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    Life is good. 




    I want to dance on the Ellen DeGenere’s show too!!! I love her!!!! I’m so going with you on that one…..like hiding in the suitcase going with you if you don’t take me!!!!

    20 November 2011 at 12:09 am Reply

      Let’s go! I’ve got my dancing shoes right next to me friend. It’s going to be a fabulous year for both of us. I feel it.

      20 November 2011 at 6:58 am Reply

    I’m super emotional today and this has me teary :-) My next birthday,I’ll be 39! Yikes.I think you’ve inspired me to work on a list of 40 for 40.

    20 November 2011 at 7:00 am Reply

      You should make a list and please, please share. I always find inspiration and great ideas from others. Hang in there and hope your day improves!

      20 November 2011 at 7:19 am Reply

    i’m up for a half marathon…let me know if you want to train together!!

    20 November 2011 at 7:54 am Reply

      Yes Julie- let’s do it. I think you are a little ahead of me, but I’ll get there in the next couple of months.

      22 November 2011 at 6:44 am Reply
    Juli Smith

    I’m willing to hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim with you. It has always been a “to do” on my list!

    20 November 2011 at 6:29 pm Reply

      Let’s do it end of September when it’s a tad cooler. Plan on it. So excited- life is good.

      22 November 2011 at 6:45 am Reply
    bridget {bake at 350}

    Wow…that is a great list!!! Happy, happy birthday, Jenny!

    21 November 2011 at 8:27 am Reply

      Thanks Bridget! This is my year to tackle those cookies. Nervous and excited, but I plan on watching those cookie university videos this weekend. No time like the present to get started.

      22 November 2011 at 6:46 am Reply
    Jeri Ann

    What a great, ambitious list! I hope you do every one of them things! :-) =

    21 November 2011 at 2:38 pm Reply

      Thanks Jeri! I’m beyond excited to get started.

      22 November 2011 at 6:47 am Reply

    Hey..you should tell your story and post the famous dancing video on her website. I checked out and it looks real easy to do. I know she would be interested in hearing your story.http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/respond

    21 January 2012 at 7:36 pm Reply
    Jill C

    I like your list of things to do before your birthday. I saw make re-fried beans on your list and I too did this this year from this recipe below. And they are awesome. And I may never buy canned re-fried beans again!!

    Have fun accomplishing your list!!


    4 February 2012 at 2:16 pm Reply

      Thank you so much Jill. I’m wanting to try a couple different types and share them on my blog. I will most definitely give these a try. I have heard that same sentiment that once you make homemade refried beans that you can never go back. Looking forward to that.

      4 February 2012 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Let me know when you come to NYC…2 hours away from me. I’ll meet you there! :)

    13 February 2012 at 4:37 pm Reply

    :) I just “pinned” this post on Pinterest! I’m so happy to have found your site! I read this to my husband and he laughed as hard as I did! Thank you for your candid and fun approach to everyday basic lessons!!

    14 March 2012 at 7:11 pm Reply

    thanks for the inspiration once again, i finally posted my very first bucket list, 32 before i’m 32 thanks to you!


    13 June 2012 at 8:36 am Reply

    I finally posted my first list! My birthday was actually in April, but I didn’t share it online until today. 31 Before I’m 31 (http://scraps-a-little.blogspot.com/2012/07/31-before-im-31.html)

    6 July 2012 at 7:32 pm Reply
    Cindy Lou

    I have not made a list but this year I turned 57 in January. I was born in 1957…..this is my Golden Year. So this year I am celebrating every 57 days. I began the year with a photo scavenger hunt in Apalachicola, FL with my five siblings, daughter, grands, nieces and nephews. This week it is a lunch celebration with a high school friend followed by a birthday celebration for a sister in law and niece. My word this year is “reconnect” and I have been busy doing just that. Thank you Jenny for reminding me to always love life.

    24 February 2014 at 3:06 am Reply

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