If you’ve been with me for a while, then you know two things. One, last year I sat out to complete 39 fun things while 39 years old. Two, tomorrow I turn 40. I’m excited to say that I’ve completed 39 things!!! I’ve actually completed a lot more than that, but I finished my list. You will note that my list changed throughout the year. This is a reflection of my own personal growth throughout the year. My most important takeaway has been that it is okay to change what you want in life because that is a sign that you’re growing! I’m so happy with how much I’ve grown over the last year and how much I’ve begun living by my priorities. I could get very philosophical about this, but instead I’ll share my accomplished list!
✓ Ride a roller coaster – rode a couple of them at Dollywood. Wooden roller coasters are still my favorite!
✓ Ride a train – also happened at Dollywood! It was beautiful looking down at all the Christmas lights!
✓ Finish the green and gold dress – I started creating this dress in 2012 when we still played Amtgard. When we stopped, I stopped. Now it is finished, and it is beautiful!
✓ Take a vacation – We took several! Made it to Pigeon Forge area twice, America’s Historical Triangle, Nashville, and Rough River. Looking forward to more travel this year!
✓ Sushimas – First once since 2019! I loved seeing all of our friends and bringing back traditions!
✓ Bet on the Derby – Felt so grown up to bet on the race from my phone. Looking forward to getting my $9 check!
✓ Go kayaking – Nothing like being out on the water to make you feel one with the universe!
✓ Finish Baby Books – LilKsby is turning 4 soon, so I’m elated to say I finally had time to finish his books!
✓ Play pool – I love playing pool! Did this on my birthday last year and in Gatlinburg!
✓ Go to a cave – We had the wonderful opportunity to take our nephew to Mammoth Cave last summer.
✓ Enter a competition for creativity – I’ve always wanted to enter a Christmas tree competition! I came in like 12th out of 31!
✓ Calendar Album – Made an album out of all the calendars LilKsby has made for presents.
✓ Complete 1 Year Frame – I had bought one of these my first year frames before LilKsby was born. Finally completed it!
✓ See Dr Strange 2 – Fun movie!
✓ See Thor Love and Thunder – Great movie!
✓ Read 12 Books – Finished 13 and have started 14!
✓ Watch Young Sheldon 3 and 4 – Glad I did because Seasons 5 and 6 have been amazing!
✓ Watch Step By Step – Great throwback to my childhood!
✓ Go to GenCon Online – Gaming is fun in person and online!
✓ Wedding Scrapbook – After almost 11 years, mine and Mr Kisby’s wedding scrapbook is complete!
✓ Order a t-shirt quilt – Wanted to do this for years! Can’t wait to get it back!
✓ Go to an art museum – Virtually visited the Van Gogh Museum!
✓ Make a state fair entry – have a few ready to go!
✓ Go to Gatlinburg – Great trip! Highly recommend Cade’s Cove!
✓ Go to the Tulip Farm – Beautiful local farm! Love supporting friends!
✓ Complete 10 Coursera Classes – took classes for fun and business!
✓ Complete 5 paintings – painted for myself and Christmas gifts!
✓ Go to JR Neighbors – I’m proud of us for trying something new.
✓ See the BSB DNA Tour – Amazing show with amazing people!
✓ Complete NANOWRIMO – Loved starting this book! Can’t wait to edit and publish!
✓ Go to a winery – Not only did I go to one, I also became a member!
✓ Write Letters for Book – Completed a book with letters from me to Lil Kisby!
✓ Watch The Game Season 2 – This show is epic! There needs to be a Season 3!
✓ Finish a Bible Study – Learned about love being the greatest gift of all!
✓ Go to a pumpkin activity – We went to the Pumpkin Wagon!
✓ Try a salt cave or salt room – So relaxing! I’ve been twice now!
✓ Write 10 fan letters – This was so fun! I never got any responses, but it was fun to do!
✓ Get a Casey’s Taco Pizza – My favorite pizza! I only get them when going west. Hope yo have another soon!
✓ Go to the State Fair – worked it and went as a guest! Love it!
Not on the list? Transitioning from full time working mom to stay at home/work from home mom. Hands down the thing I did while 39 that has helped me be a better wife, mother, and person while also improving my mental and physical health. I challenge all of you to take risks, do things you enjoy, and make your next year the best year!
The Great Kaysby