I’ll be celebrating my 35th birthday in just a few days. I’m not one of those people who freaks out about getting older (unlike my husband). I have a theory – if you’re not getting older; you’re dead. Honestly, I don’t feel 35. I wish I was still skinny like my 18-year-old self. Maybe in the next five years, I’ll accept the fact that God gave me hips.
As I thought about this milestone the other day, I realized there are several things I want to accomplish before I turn the big 4-0! These things aren’t going to change the world. They aren’t serious goals. They are just things I’ve always wanted to do. Dreams I’d like to see come true.
I’m a huge fan of Elin Hildebrand’s books. Each of her novels is set on Nantucket Island. The more I read about the island, the more I want to experience it for myself. There’s a chance I could make it there this summer if we go to Boston. I’m crossing my fingers! I’m also praying I don’t get seasick on the ferry ride over.
Take Jackson to Disney World
I want Jackson to experience the most magical place on earth, just like I did as a kid! We’ve had to be patient and wait until he’s ready for such a big trip. Disney World is the definition of sensory overload! We are hopeful he’ll be ready to go by the end of the year (for his sixth birthday). I can’t wait for him to meet all his favorite characters! The boy loves Cars, Planes and Toy Story. I know the waiting will be well worth it when we finally make it to Magic Kingdom!
Swim with Dolphins
This is a dream I’ve had for as long as I can remember. I love dolphins. I still remember the first time I ever fed one as a young girl visiting Sea World. Last summer we saw dolphins at the aquarium in Destin, Florida and I felt like that little girl again. I was so excited to see them up close. I was even more excited when we spotted a few wild ones out in the ocean. These animals fascinate me. I think it would be amazing to swim with them.
Return to Hawaii
I’ve gotten to travel to some pretty cool places in my (almost) 35 years of life. I’m thankful for parents who took us on yearly family vacations and a husband who also makes them a priority. I’ve seen mountains and the ocean. I’ve camped in a tent and stayed in the heart of New York City. But my most favorite spot – the one I didn’t want to leave- was Hawaii.
I can still taste the pineapple.
John and I got engaged in Maui. I pretty much think it’s heaven on earth.
Our plan is to return for our ten year wedding anniversary.