Today is my 37th birthday. Thirty Seven. It seems unreal to me.
I know that it was just yesterday that I was fresh out of college and eager to tackle the world. I was the baby in the office for a long time – sharing college experiences as if they were relevant to the business world, wearing the “youngest employee” badge with honor. Wow, has that changed. I’m now a veteran employee, with the growing veteran cynicism and outlook to go along with it.
I also know that it was a few days ago that I got married. Living in a small apartment for a year, before purchasing our first home. Enjoying the freedom that the dual-income-no-kids lifestyle allowed – painting walls, taking trips, being in young love. And then came J – that was just a week ago, right? Having a whole new person in our lives, who filled us with happiness that we didn’t know that we were missing.
And now, D and I have been married for 12 1/2 years, J is almost 8, and we’re in our second new home, which is 1,000 miles from where we started. So much has happened in that short few days between 21 and 37!
I know that 37 isn’t commonly known as a milestone year, but I’ve been dreading it. I’m no longer in my mid-thirties and I’m no longer the baby of the bunch. But I’m also still young – many years ahead of me to make goals, wishes and dreams come true.
So this year, I will be working on Project 37 – a list of things to achieve, to make me smile, and to have a frequent reminder that I am just as young as I feel. I hope that you’ll follow along.
Project 37 – The List:
- Run a 5K race without stopping
- Take a romantic weekend getaway with D
- Meet up with a faraway friend in person
- Reach 150 Sales in the PeetSwea Shop
- Take my mom on a trip to Pittsburgh for her genealogy research
- Bike on the W&OD Trail with D and J
- Learn to make Prime Rib (D’s favorite)
- Make my sewing room the studio of my dreams
- Take a class
- Research work-from-home motivation techniques and write about it
- Share a project management skill with the handmade community
- Try another Craft Show
- Spend hours alone in the National Gallery of Art
- Have a spontaneous coffee or happy hour “date” with a neighbor friend
- Finish a big craft project with J – her choice
- Have tastings at five local wineries
- Buy an antique piece of furniture
- Fit into a Size 10 pair of jeans
- Let J paint my toenails
- Learn to French braid hair
- Read three classic novels
- Plant a tree
- Finish our home library
- Frame the pictures that my dad drew
- Find a way to support a small business
- Have family portraits taken
- Try a yoga or Pilates class
- Go for a mountain hike
- Attend a professional project management networking event
- Have the PeetSwea website redesigned
- Try cuisine from a new country
- Send more mail to family and friends
- Learn a new sewing technique
- Spend more time spoiling my nieces and nephews
- Collaborate with another handmade business owner on a joint creative project
- Host a dinner party
- Lighten up!
Tell me what you think. Do you have a favorite? Is there any item on the list that you’d like to help me cross off?