I'm 40 ... and three months

I grew my own mint for this Peanut Soba Noodle dish. [dropcap custom_class="normal"]H[/dropcap]ere we are: three months in, and progress on my #40before41 list has been slow this past month. (We dog sat for a friend's pup for two and a half weeks and that kept my focus elsewhere.) Need to kick it up in the coming weeks.

Turned this into three sections: Done, In Progress, and Ahead of Me Still. Notes intermingled.

• 40 Before 41 • 


• Develop a new website for my blog — Do you like? • Have a tarot reading done — A friend read the cards for me on my birthday. They indicated a lot of challenge over the next year, but lots of potential success too. • Find more opportunities to dance — Tap dancing every Tuesday evening at Ormao. Also making Sunday line-dancing more of a priority. • Visit a hot springs in Colorado — I visited Mount Princeton Hot Springs in Buena Vista, Colorado, with my dear friend Jessica. It rained as we sat in the pools and it was a lovely, sensory experience.

In Progress

• See my byline in a national magazine — I got an assignment and have written and submitted my story! Will see the byline this fall. • Yoga and meditation, daily — I'm pleased with my progress here. I went 23 days without a hitch, then missed a few days, but I'm back into it again. • Blog at least twice a week — Haven't made the progress I'd have liked, but I've joined up with a daily blog project for the month of August, and will see what happens. • Climb Pikes Peak — Walking and hiking. Follow my training journey on my blog in the weeks to come via "#Couch-to-14er." • Read at least 52 books — Still ahead of schedule. Sixteen books down, four in progress. I have to admit though, I've been slowed down some by the 800-plus-page A Game of Thrones. • Send a snail mail letter/card/postcard/gift once a month — On track. Sent a friend's daughter a surprise gift. • Plant and grow something edible outside — One tomato plant, chard, basil, baby lettuce and mint in the pots. Used a half cup of the mint in a new recipe last night. Don't think the tomato plant will actually produce anything even though it's getting tall. • Journal at least weekly — Still working on this. • Invest in a week’s worth of matching bras and panties (foundations matter!) — Five new sets purchased. Lots of lace. • Intentionally play music in the house every day — This has been awesome actually. Somehow it makes the house feel more like a home. • Participate in a stage show (play, musical, etc.) as cast or crew — Still waiting to hear on the audition. Callbacks are soon, and I know it's a long (long, long) shot, but I'm rather proud of myself for going through with it. • Play paintball — Recruiting friends to join in because this seems like it would be more fun with a group. • Continue to reduce my wardrobe, a la Project 333 — It's amazing, really, how much easier it gets each time. • Facilitate and participate in at least one improv writing session a month — This is happening (!) with a group of four friends. • Build a terrarium — Haven't built a full terrarium, but I do now have a mini hanging terrarium with rocks and an air plant. • Learn to bake French macarons — Looking for classes, have one potential option. • Show up (my 2014 “one-word” soul mantra) •

Ahead of Me Still

• Have at least one item of clothing tailored to fit • Visit Ojo Caliente • Take French language lessons • Make new connections with at least three bloggers I respect • Plan my next trip to France • Attend the Santa Fe Opera • Take classes on how to use all the buttons on my DSLR • Figure out my signature style • Skinny dip • Learn to make ginger beer • Find the perfect red lipstick (and wear it) • Add a piece of original art to my collection • Take a trip with a girlfriend • Give generously what I want to receive • Stay up once all night until sunrise • Perform at a poetry slam/open mic • Get will and living will in order • Get make-up tips from a pro • Take performance driving lessons •

What kinds of new activities are you trying out?