sometime toward the end of 2014 i decided to make a list of 35 things i want to do before i turn 35. in the 12 months prior to my 30th birthday i made an ill-fated attempt to complete a list of 30 things, but i quite simply ran out of time. this time around, rather than only 12 months, i decided to give myself the better part of 3.5 years to complete my list.

my list is constantly evolving, but this is what it looks like for the time being. as i complete tasks and post about them, i’ll link back here so that i can see at a glance how i’m doing.

  1. go to a packers game at lambeau field.
  2. visit one new country each year[sri lanka in 2015; malaysia + cambodia in 2016; portugal in 2018]
  3. be vegetarian for one month.
  4. complete the st jude half marathon.
  5. see a show on broadway.
  6. attend the candlelight vigil at graceland.
  7. read a book that intimidates me.
  8. treat myself to a proper spa day.
  9. buy a house.
  10. take a spontaneous trip.
  11. try at least 2 new foods.
  12. learn to [properly] drive a stick shift.
  13. visit a new place in india[pondicherry + mussoorie]
  14. drive along the scottish, welsh, and / or irish coastlines.
  15. take a cross-country train journey.
  16. spend an entire weekend watching the star wars, indiana jones, and the godfather trilogies.
  17. see a lifelong favorite in concert.
  18. go unplugged and off the grid for one week.
  19. take a cooking class.
  20. go on a blind date.
  21. publish a piece of writing.
  22. pay for a stranger’s meal.
  23. drive the pacific coast highway.
  24. take a new-to-me fitness class.
  25. cross the 850-mile mark on the nike+ running app. [made it to 810-ish]
  26. host a fancy dinner party / murder mystery party.
  27. see a ballet.
  28. join an adult sports team.
  29. go ice skating at rockefeller center.

check this page every few months to see what new thing i’ve crossed off my list!


[updated november 2017]

8 thoughts on “35before35.

    1. veen83 says:

      Yeah, I know. But it’s my mother’s favourite book and was the first book she read when she moved to the States. And when I was growing up, the two school nights I was allowed to stay up late were the nights TNT showed the movie. So it’s got a bit of nostalgia to it for me.


  1. Shalini says:

    Haha, ok. Tell me when you read it. We can have a conversation about it’s rascist, anti-feminist rapey vibe. Also about Rhett Butler 🙂


    1. veen83 says:

      Most definitely. I watched the movie a few years ago after more than 10 years, and it was crazy how different my perspective was. It makes the prospect of the book just a little bit intriguing.


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