50 Things to Learn, Accomplish, and Experience Before I Turn 50



I will be half a century old by the end of 2018. The first 26 years of my life were defined by my experiences in school, getting married, and working. The last 22 have been defined by the ages and stages of my children and my parenting at each of these stages. As I head towards completing 50 years on this earth, I want to use my time wisely and expand myself as I never have before. (Not that having three children was not expanding!!) I am not completely sure where I want to end up, but to help me in the journey I have made a list of 50 Things to Learn, Accomplish, and Experience Before I Turn 50.

Other posts and pages mentioned in this article:

50 Books by 50 Years Reading Challenge

Crockpot Meals for Two

20 Recipes for Two

Planning for College Planner

Easter Care Package 

Free College and Care Package Printables



50 by 50: 50 Things to Learn, Accomplish, and Experience Before I Turn 50



I will keep you updated as I work on my list here and by posting on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #50by50. I would love for you to adopt the hashtag as well and post your goals and experiences too.

It was difficult to come up with my list and I have considered it for several months, but here goes…..  (completed items in red) Updated on August 23, 2018

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  1. Take an iPhone photography class
  2. Take a “real camera” photography class (I've started on this one. I have watched one full photography class and started learning the manual settings on my camera.)
  3. Learn HTML (a computer coding language)
  4. Become a DIVI expert. (DIVI is the theme I use on this blog. It has so many possibilities and uses and I want to know EVERYTHING!)
  5. Improve my Spanish to the point I can comfortably have a conversation with a native Speaker. (I went to Guatemala for the fourth time in July 2017 and my Spanish still need a LOT of work!)
  6. Take a cooking class



  1. Publish 50 new blog posts (updating old ones does not count). (43 completed)
  2. 260 Workouts (169 completed)
  3. Teach a class (not including Women's Bible study classes)
  4. Write the College Planner I have been dreaming about (It is NOW AVAILABLE! THE FIRST and ONLY PLANNER for recording and organizing EVERYTHING a high school girl needs to get from her freshman year of high school to her freshman year of college.) See The Planning for College Planner
  5. Read 10 Biography/History books (See 50 Books by 50 Years Reading Challenge for a list of books and reviews)
  6. Read 15 Fiction books
  7. Read 10 Business/Blogging books
  8. Read 5 Other Non-Fiction books
  9. Read 10 Anything books
  10. Financially contribute to my family – LOVING my part time job in a volunteer office at a hospital
  11. Take all my own pictures for my blog (see “To Learn” #1 and #2)
  12. Get all of our pictures digitalized, organized, and stored (All the film pics we took before about 2004)
  13. Grow and harvest vegetables again! (Darn those rabbits who always discourage me.)
  14. Make 10 recipes from “What's for Dinner” by Curtis Stone (3 – Cider-Dijon Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples, Chicken and Chorizo Paella, Grilled Shrimp and Asparagus with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette)
  15. Make 10 recipes from “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime” by Ree Drummond (6 – Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce, Chicken Marsala, Lemony Green Beans, Stove Top Mashed Potatoes, Buttery Parsley Noodles , Beef with Snow Peas- all YUMMY!!)
  16. Make 10 recipes from “The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook  (3 – Pasta e Fagioli, Classic Lasagna (may be the best lasagna I have ever had), Coffee Cake Muffins)(I have these cookbooks already. I have made about 3 things total from all 3.) Need cooking for two recipes? Crockpot Meals for Two and 20 Recipes for Two
  17. Go to a show at the Jenks Planetarium
  18. Go to a fitness class that I have never tried. (I've done yoga, pilates, water aerobics, barre, and weight lifting/cardio stuff. I ran out of a zumba class about 20 minutes into it, so I may count completing a zumba class. The other possibilities at our gym include cycling or something called “piloxing.” I'm not doing cross fit.)

(*I get most of my books free with my Amazon Prime Membership, Kindle Unlimited, or from the public library.)



  1. See the musical “Hamilton” (Summer 2019. Ok, I will be 51 by then, but it is a major bucket list item and it is ON THE CALENDAR, so that counts!!!)
  2. Attend a blogging conference (Went to Focused Blogging Conference in May 2017. Join Me in 2018. It is an awesome conference!!)
  3. See my second child graduate from high school
  4. See my first child graduate from college
  5. Eat at Torero Bar and Kitchen. (This item and the next 9 are restaurants in Tulsa, OK. I found them in the “Tulsa World Best Restaurants 2016 Guide.” We eat at the SAME PLACES over and over. Time to get more adventurous. Torero went out of business, so counting Franklin Barbecue in Austin, TX for this one. )
  6. Eat at Vigola Oysters (replacing this one with Boston Deli. I don't like oysters. No idea why I included the oyster restaurant on my list. Boston Deli is on the updated Tulsa World restaurant guide. I have seen it many times and never been in because of the name, but apparently it is a nice restaurant!)
  7. Eat at D'Vina
  8. Eat at Mix Co (replacing this one with Michael V's. Mix Co. is actually only a bar with a limited menu and we are not into bars. Should have researched this better 😉 )
  9. Eat at Bin 35 Bistro
  10. Eat at Roosevelt's
  11. Eat at Katy's Pantry
  12. Eat at High Tide Seafood Restaurant (High Tide is now out of business, so Ridge Grill, here we come!)
  13. Eat at Paddy's Irish Restaurant
  14. Eat at Roka Bar and Asian Flavors
  15. See Journey in concert (Have the tickets. We have tried to see some of our favorite 80s singers/bands with little success so far. We made it to the Eagles. Sold our Chicago tickets because our child was in a play that night. Did not get to see Fleetwood Mac because the band was sick and they cancelled the concert. Sold our Billy Joel Tickets because one kiddo was singing the National Anthem at one football game and another kiddo was cheering at a different football game. We will have to catch some of these folks on the casino or Branson circuit when we are old. Darn! Had to sell our Journey tickets because it was college orientation for our son!!!)
  16. Actually escape an escape room. (We are 0 for 2. The first one we tried was the night of the Fleetwood Mac concert after it was cancelled. We were depressed and not on our game, I guess. No excuses for the 2nd one. We are just that lame.)
  17. Visit a state I have not been to. Not sure when this will happen, but here are the possibilities: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey (moved our son to New Jersey to attend Graduate School at NYU), North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
  18. Go to a Drive-In Movie (Yep, never been to one.)
  19. Try a “frugally” Pinterest project. (Make my own laundry detergent or something…. I'll be sure to report on the disaster.)


Totally Random and Without Purpose, but would like to do for some reason

  1. Complete an adult coloring book
  2. Finish “Candy Crush” without ever paying any money. How many levels are there?!?? I have made it to level 2852 without paying anything. When will it end?!??


Planned Out Acts of Kindness

  1. Pay for coffee order behind me in the drive-thru
  2. Leave note of thanks and drinks for the garbage collectors
  3. Leave note of thanks and drink for the mail deliverer
  4. Send a care package to a deployed military member – Sent my cousin's son an Easter Care Package like the one I sent my college sons. For care package ideas for all occasions, see all my Free College and Care Package Printables.
  5. Leave money on a vending machine


I am super excited and somewhat scared of my list. I am a truly non-adventurous person – notice no sky diving or cliff jumping. Leaving the house can be an adventure for me. The absolute most scary item is “financially contributing to my family.” I have not worked outside my home in 22 years. Yikes!! Pray for me! I would love to hear in the comment section below what is on your list of 50 Things to learn, accomplish, or experience By 50, or any of your “bucket list” items no matter your age.

Also, check out my progress on reading 50 Books.



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