40 toward 40…

We were SO inspired by one of our young friends who just turned 30.  She created a wonderful list of 30 challenges to complete during her 30th year.  We are avidly cheering her on from the sidelines. Go Alana!!!  However, it also planted a seed in us to do something similar. I am a veteran list maker at heart.  Confession:  I sometimes put things on a list that I’ve already done, just so I can check them off.

This gives us a wonderful excuse opportunity to make a list together.  Instead of marching toward our goals individually, we wanted to challenge ourselves as a couple.   In September, we celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary, so we are on the road to 40!  Rather than waiting, we decided to get started and tackle our own set of challenges, affectionately monikered:  40 Toward 40!  Why not strike while the iron is hot, we say.

Here is our list.  We are publishing it because it is important when you set goals to write them down, which we had done, but this is more official.  This was underscored recently in #2.  It is harnessing the power of intentionality.  We also want to feel accountable by having others know them too.  We will continue to edit and highlight in GREEN what we accomplish.  Since we are a month into our journey, we must get busy.  We hope some of you will be inspired to make your own list .  : )  Please check back on our progress!

  1. Find a way to pay forward our Blessings in hopes that we can encourage others to do so too.
  2. Attend a workshop for improvement as a couple
  3. Dress up for Halloween
  4. Volunteer with a non-profit that serves the Athens Homeless population
  5. Go to 3 UGA events on campus that do not involve sports
  6. Enjoy an Historical Atlanta day visiting sites we missed growing up there
  7. See Rock City
  8. Visit a National Park
  9. Learn about and then visit a Civil War site
  10. Reconnect with an old friend from our college days
  11. Spend a day with a couple further down the marriage road and ask them their advice for success.
  12. Adopt a family for Christmas
  13. Take Emmaline on an adventure, assuming her parents will let us!
  14. Leave a treasure someplace for someone else to find
  15. Create a new tradition for US – it involves Christmas  : )
  16. Put our own love-lock somewhere
  17. Climb Stone Mountain
  18. Run a race for a cause
  19. Create a book of OUR Athens – photography w/stories
  20. Do a 30 day Fast
  21. Discover a sport we can do together
  22. Attend a live musical event: concert, musical theater, symphony etc. 
  23. Do something wild and crazy to remind us of the youth we shared : ) 
  24. Take a Road Trip
  25. Go 3 places we’ve never been as a couple 
  26. Show our support for the military/veterans in a significant way
  27. Make significant lifestyle changes that will result in greater financial margin
  28. Maintain our standing weekly date for Navigator’s Council
  29. Invite a couple that we don’t know very well to dinner every month
  30. Perform (at least) one random act of kindness per week
  31. 40 Pieces of Gratitude
  32. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
  33. Create a Road Map for our grandchildren
  34. Plant a Tree
  35. Choose time to Unplug each week
  36. Pray consistently for each other
  37. Take a trip down Memory Lane
  38. Create a #hashtag
  39. Renew our vows
  40. Create a book about our 40toward40 Adventures

#40-tude!  #Treestar

** We had to make a few changes in our challenges due to a knee injury and subsequent unplanned surgery, but being flexible in marriage is what it is all about.



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6 Responses to 40 toward 40…

  1. alanasaul says:

    I love this! So happy for you guys!! For 19 please please please consider Gettysburg, it’s the place that cemented my love for history. Also, for 31, if you want to get out of your comfort zone you should run the Army Ten-Miler with us next year 🙂 Love you guys and so looking forward to following this adventure of yours!


  2. Laurin says:

    Y’all are so fun!!


  3. Absolutely love this list, Pam! Makes me think Danny and I should do the same. We will celebrate our 12th anniversary this coming April, so we would have a shorter list, that’s for sure, but we also have lots of time to think about it. Say hello to Steve for me! Blessings!


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