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August 28, 2018

A 40 in 4 Update

The 40 in 4 is still slow going and I'm finding that I'm not longer excited about some of the things on my list.  I know it's only been a year and a half (and 4 days!), but I'm just not as excited about some of these anymore so I may end up astericking them or something because it's not something I'm focusing on... however, I did accomplish a couple new things...

27. Get out of the minivan.
Two weeks ago, David brought my car into the shop for some repairs and the bill was much more than we planned on putting into our old van.  We bought the van 4 years ago and it was already 9 years old at the time.  It had low miles and was used by a much older woman so it was in great shape but 4 years of wear and tear from my kids was more than enough for it. I'm happy to say I upgraded to a Nissan Rogue so no more minivan in this house!

28. Take a calligraphy class.
I'm cheating on this one because honestly, it's not worth $100+ for me to go do this sooooo instead, I ordered a couple of hand lettering books online and have been working on it myself! I'm loving how it looks and want to invest in a few new markers to really keep playing!

31. Work on our kitchen: backsplash, new desk, new table...
This one has been so fun. It's not completely dont but I did purchase a new dining set and a big white desk so the kitchen looks more open.  I'd still love to buy a new rug but we're taking a break from any big purchases and home upgrades right now.

Additionally, I'm going to pull out a few:
20. Get professional head shots for the blog.
           - I really hate pictures and since my blog is my family, I don't need headshots when we always use family pictures!21. Sew Emma a matching dress for her and her dolls
           - We've moved out of the doll phase for a bit. She's completely obsessed with LOL dolls so the American Girls haven't left their bunk beds lately.22. Consider selling the custom shirts I've been making for the kids...
           - What a giant no. I'm so invested in my career and the opportunities that are coming.  I am in awe of other moms who do the work from home hustle, but I really don't think I want to do it. 
32. Buy a jacuzzi and redo the back deck.
33. Fence in our yard.
34. Landscape.
          - We still want a jacuzzi but our back yard, including the deck and more landscaping just aren't a priority for us anymore.
35. Finish the basement
           - We've fininshed it as much as we need it to be right now. We're not really interested in putting up walls or developing it since our house is already at the top of the market for our neighborhood.  Adding more won't give us any ROI. 

So it leaves me with this:

1. Run a 5k
2. Have my palm read.
3. Weekend in the Vineyard with my family.
4. Buy a bicycle.
5. Wear a bikini to the beach, no cover up.
6. Put my toes into the Pacific Ocean.
7. Go back to Disney
8. Go to Universal Studio
9. Get a job in Higher Ed
10. See another Broadway play
11. Fit into a size 8.
12. Travel to Europe, ideally London or Rome.
13. Get another tattoo (or two).
14. Be debt free, minus student loans and mortgage.
15. Put away a 4 month emergency amount.
16. Begin working on an administrator's license or a PhD.
17. Take a photography class.
18. Travel somewhere tropical.
19. Go camping.
20. * Get professional head shots for the blog.
21. * Sew Emma a matching dress for her and her dolls
22. * Consider selling the custom shirts I've been making for the kids...
23. Take a cooking or baking class.
24. Take a cake decorating class.
25. Go to Ireland.
26. Find a local church to belong to/Baptize Tyler.
27. Get out of the minivan.
28. Take a calligraphy class.

29. Participate in Restaurant Week in Boston or Providence.
30. Go to Disney Land.
31. Work on our kitchen: backsplash, new desk, new table...
32. * Buy a jacuzzi and redo the back deck.
33. * Fence in our yard.
34. * Landscape.
35. * Finish the basement.
36. Attending the NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade
37. Create a real vegetable garden for an entire season/year.
38. Spend the day at the spa, getting pampered.
39. Splurge on our 10 year anniversary.
40. Save $10 for each accomplished task and spend it on something extravagant.

And I am so excited about all that is still on it. We have a few of these things planned already so I'll be excited to share when they happen!

xo, Heather

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