Shannon’s 40 Before 40


I meant to write this post a long time ago, but time got away from me. Time’s a funny thing. You can’t get it back. It’s precious. My 20s were full of ups and downs, of unexpected and expected things. I did a lot of things on my Bucket List, and there are things I still haven’t done. So in order to be a little more intentional, I’m creating and posting my 40 Before 40 List… since I’m already, ahem, in my 30s.

  1. Start my own business. – Completed February 2016.
  2. Learn how to use a DSLR camera.
  3. Plan a Charleston wedding. – Completed September 2017.
  4. Visit Charleston. – Completed August 2017.
  5. Visit Spain. – Completed October 2016.
  6. Visit Costa Rica again. – Completed June 2017.
  7. Buy a house. With a yard. – Completed June 2016.
  8. Read the entire Bible.
  9. Grow a garden of vegetables. – Completed June 2017.
  10. Pay off my car. – Completed March 2017.
  11. Develop my own personal style.
  12. Drink a glass of really nice, expensive wine. – Completed February 2018.
  13. Spend all day at a spa.
  14. Take a giant leap of faith. 
  15. Grow a strong team for Bespoken.
  16. Go on an exotic, tropical trip.
  17. Visit New York City.
  18. Visit Los Angeles.
  19. Go wine tasting in Napa Valley.
  20. Visit Greece.
  21. Organize my photos and be more intentional about them. – Started December 2017 and an on-going process (with the help of Nancy Ray Photography!)
  22. Have a wedding featured in Martha Stewart Weddings.
  23. Plant dahlias, anemones, and peonies.
  24. Find a signature drink.
  25. Skydive
  26. Zipline – Completed April 2014 and June 2017.
  27. Get married.
  28. Start a family.
  29. Own a dog.
  30. Re-read the Harry Potter series.
  31. Get a tattoo. – Completed April 2016.
  32. Fly in a hot air balloon.
  33. Run a race. Any length. Just do it.
  34. Try hot yoga again.
  35. Find a signature scent.
  36. Plan, and pull off, a big surprise. – Completed Summer 2015.
  37. Learn how to use a grill.
  38. Host a dinner party.
  39. Take a spontaneous weekend trip somewhere.
  40. Take a floral workshop. – Completed November 2016 with Urban Petals!

Anyone else have a “40 Before 40”? Or a “30 Before 30”? “50 Before 50”? What’s on your list?


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