LIFE + LOCAL,  Will Run for Pasta

And then she turned 34

Or 29 for the sixth time, same diff.

I’m a Peridot, but I was born a month early which I think explains my love of Sapphires. Not to get down on the Peridot, it has its place, I’ve just always been drawn to the blue of the Sapphire.

I got my first Sapphire from Mr. Won’t Run as a Christmas present the first year we were dating for that holiday. We had finally and officially gotten together that February so by December I was ready to make it even more official because I knew he was it. So when I opened up my gift and it was a ring box you can imagine what I was thinking, right? RING!!!

But he wasn’t on his knee. He wasn’t launching into a speech listing out all the ways he loves me. We were just in his living room, not a fancy restaurant or flower covered gazebo with twinkle lights surrounding us. Nothing to indicate a proposal except what I thought was a ring box so I decided it was probably earrings.

Nope, it was a ring. A beautiful, gorgeous, stunning ring! Just not an engagement ring. It was a pear shaped Sapphire and I’m pretty sure it was surrounded by little diamonds too. It wasn’t my style at the time so he let me exchange it for a simpler ring that I picked out which was just a band of small Sapphires and Diamonds. I love my ring and still wear it every day but my style and tastes have changed over the years and I often think about that gorgeous pear-shaped original. Goodness, that was ten years ago.

Our friend Melissa recently commented that “the days are so long, but the years are so short” and I couldn’t agree more. The older I get the faster time seems to fly. It’s a little bit crazy.

I turned 34 on August 21st and it’s got me thinking. Birthdays make me reflect and I don’t always like that. It needs to be done but I usually focus on the things that I still want and need to do, the things I failed to do or change since the last birthday. Then I’m hit with the fact that I have one less year to do them.

Forget New Year’s resolutions, let’s do Birthday resolutions!

I’m making a list. Things to do before I turn 35. Hey, how about 35 things.

Some are specific one-time things and others are goals in general. I’m posting them here for all to see and hoping that makes me feel more accountable and motivated.

So, in no particular order, here we go…

35 things to do before I turn 35

1. Get a passport

2. Run a 5k (3.1 miles)

3. Run a 10k (6.2 miles)

4. Run a Half Marathon (13.1 miles)

5. Run a Marathon (26.2 miles)Ha! Just kidding, not sure I can do that w/in a year, maybe before I turn 36, we’ll see.

5. Get fitted for (and then purchase) running shoes

6. Attend a blogging conference

7. Go Bungee Jumping

8. Go skydiving indoors

9. Go skydiving outdoors

10. Hike Mt. St. Helens

11. Hike Three Sisters

12. Hike Dog Mountain

13. Go SUPing, maybe in Bend

14. Sell my car (2007 Mazda 3, S Grand Touring, 4-Door Hatchback, 78K miles – Interested?)

15. Buy a Dave Ramseyclunker

16. Take a cooking class

17. Disneyland

18. The Color Run

19. Explore OR – Crater Lake

20. Explore OR – Ashland / Medford (Harry & David, Rogue Creamery)

21. Explore OR – Mt. Hood

22. Explore OR – Mt. Bachelor

23. Explore OR – Lost Lake

24. Zip Line

25. Make freezer jam

26. Learn to sew

27. Find THE coconut cream pie recipe – if you have a good one please share!

28. Replace Mr. Won’t Run’s wedding ring (he lost it twice, both times in a batch of muffins)

29. Attend a book signing, even if I have to go by myself

30. See a trainer about Koko Puff (she’s not mean or bitey, but very protective when it’s just me and her and I need to learn how to handle it better)

31. Make and share a new recipe on the blog once a week. I’ve been lacking motivation and creativity in the kitchen lately so I’m hoping that committing to a once a week recipe will help me branch out and get inspired. It’s not like I don’t have enough cookbooks and pinsto keep me busy for a while. And we have to eat so I don’t think once a week is too much to ask of myself.

32. Read one book a month. I miss reading and should really make time for it and tackle the books by my bed. Instead of TV before bed I think I’ll switch to literature. Fiction is my favorite because reading is an escape, and Young Adult fiction is ever better, especially if it’s sci-fi/fantasy. Let me know if you have any recommendations!

33. Organize my files. I’ve been saying this for years, time to actually do it.

34. Get make-up lessons. Yes, I’m 34 and never really learned how to put make-up on so now when I want to step it up I’m not sure what to do and anything I try feels silly and I’m not sure I did it right.

35. Get Christmas gifts / cards / letters mailed out by December 15th at the latest.  Mr. Won’t Run always gives me a hard time about this so let’s make him proud this year!

I’ll be sure to post updates as these get crossed off the list and I also created a 35 Things page as well.

So how about you, what’s on your to-do list before your next birthday?

Hi, I'm Sarah, a 30-something wife, doggy-mama, beginner runner (still), wannabe cook, and 9-5 cubicle farm worker, just trying to enjoy life in beautiful Portland, OR!


  • Carrie

    I want to do #34 with you!!! I know my skin has changed as I’ve aged (ugh) and need something new. Plus, I’ve been doing the same thing FOR YEARS. Oh And #16. And #25. 🙂

  • Shannyn (@FrugalBeautiful)

    So funny, the guy I’m dating now and I seem to have these moments as well! I would love to have a piece of jewelry, a ring specifically- but I don’t want to freak him out (it probably wouldn’t) by asking for one… then again, if I saw a ring box I’d probably do a touchdown dance and THEN he’d freak out and remind me it’s not a proposal!

    I love your 35 list. I am SO not ready for a marathon either but will totally be doing a few 5ks and a half marathon before my 27th bday in July…by that time I’ll be running for a year when I hit my birthday (ahhh, so crazy to think I beat the couch potato lifestyle FINALLY)

    Also- getting fitted for running shoes is a weird Cinderella experience. I’ve been to the Christian LouBoutin store in NYC and the people at Fleet Feet in Chicago gave me more attention to find the right shoe, ha! You will love getting fitted, and best part…you can always get distracted by the rest of the apparel afterwards! 😉

    • Sarah

      Hey Shannyn – love your boy story, glad to hear I’m not the only one with ring box excitement, LOL! Yes, saying goodbye to the couch potato lifestyle is awesome, my fitness Pinterest board is actually called “Get off the couch!” 😀

  • Kayla

    I love your list! There are a lot of things on mine that are also on yours – like explore Crater Lake! How have I lived in OR (near you! Beaverton) and not have been there before! Let me know when you need a partner for a run, make up of an exploration!

    • Sarah

      I know, right?! I’m kind of ashamed about all the great Oregon places I haven’t experienced yet so it’s time to make it happen! That would be so fun to get together sometime, Beaverton is too close not to!

  • wifemeetslife

    This is quite the ambitious list! I am with you on the coconut cream pie, and the running shoes, and the 5k, and (oddly enough) the wedding ring. My husbands band broke a few weeks ago. What’s with these guys?

    Good luck with your list! Birthdays are a perfect time to re-evaluate!

  • Jessi

    My next birthday is a big one… gulp… 30! I want to have a 30 bucket list, but every time I try and write it nothing seems to fit. Your list made me smile. Maybe it’ll get my creative juices flowing =)

  • Bee (@TheSpicyBee)

    These are all great great goals!! I would (if you haven’t already) print these in colorful fonts and put them EVERYWHERE….next to your bed (on the wall), at your desk at work, in your car. This way you see them every day multiple times. It will keep you on track! I also suggest maybe joining us for the Shamrock Run in March! That’s all sorts of K’s–I think we are doing the 15K….I think I may be crazy.

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