Before My Birthday (BMB) 2015

Birthdays can be a great time to celebrate. For me, my last birthday in early May spurred me to create a list of things that I want to accomplish before I reach my next birthday. I’ve decided to create a sizable of things that I’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet prioritized. Now that they’re on the list, I’m going to find time to accomplish them.

Of course, I have spent about a month of time to create this list. Ambitiously starting the project a week before my birthday, I expected that I would be able to finish creating the list. But creating a list of actual significance took on a life of its own, and I took time to organize and categorize the types of challenges I will be undertaking. You don’t think I would go about something like this lightly?!

So, I started with Easy, Medium and Hard challenges, and categorized them as follows:

  • Culture/Fun
  • Health
  • Career

I’m working to quantify success in each of the categories; for some of the more complex challenges, success is trickier to define but it can be done.

Additionally, I was inspired by a some of these awesome websites:

30 Before 30 Project's website

The 30 Before 30 Project, which inspired me to start my own challenge.

In any case, my list is just about finalized. I’ve already been able to tick off a few (which has been pretty awesome) so we’ll see what kind of crazy journey I embark on while accomplishing the rest of them.

Is this something that anyone else is interested in? I’m curious to know if it’s just a certain list-obsessed segment of people that gravitates towards activities like this….

Jen Burstedt

I’m Gonna Run A Marathon…

One of my bucket list goals is to run a marathon in my life. After much pondering and deliberation, I realized that running a marathon at this point in my life would be a great idea: I can continue my current half marathon training in the months leading up to my planned August vacation, take a 1 – 2 week break, and then come back to training in full force.

I decided that running a marathon is something that I want to do before my next birthday – and the California International Marathon in Sacramento this coming December gives me just enough time to train.

Below is my race confirmation – non-refundable and no exchanges allowed.

I’m going to run a marathon!


My race confirmation for the California International Marathon, taking place December 7, 2014.

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