40th Birthday Bucket List

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Landmark decade birthdays seems to call for deeper reflection, and warrants making a bucket list.  Since I turn 40 next summer, I whipped up a 40th birthday bucket list of things I’d like to do before I turn 40.

40th Birthday Bucket List

I’m actually pretty excited about turning the big 4-0!  I’ve had a little bucket list in my brain of things to do in the next year before I turn 40, but I thought it would be fun to make an actual printed list of 40 by Forty…and check it off as I go, and share them with you when I do!


I love life. It’s treated me well, despite whirlwinds and heartache at times. I believe whole-heartedly that we are given challenges to stretch us; To shape us into something beautiful, that can bless the lives of others if we allow it to.

Where to begin on making a list though? I’ve recently been thinking that I need to make a travel bucket list. How can I do that when I want to go everywhere??? But I really want to nail down 10-20 places that I REALLY want to go, so that I can start working towards it. That will wait…first the 40th birthday bucket list.

My 40th birthday Bucket List:

My bucket list is not a “wish list” of life goals, but more of something I actually THINK I can attain before my 40th birthday next July.

  1. Run another Mud Run or an obstacle course race
  2. Surprise my Family with a Trip (DONE! Kauai July 2018)
  3. Start a podcast series (DONE! Beyond Good Intentions started January 2018)
  4. Reach 100k on Facebook–not gonna happen…I tried all the tricks!
  5. Run a 5k with my kids–How about a triathlon instead??
  6. Watch Downton Abbey (at least 3 episodes) See what the hype is all about (DONE! I’m on season 4!)
  7. Have a consultation to have my varicose veins treated (DONE! 11/17)
  8. Remove that giant corn on the ball of my left foot
  9. Get STRONG!: My personal trainer is my husband
  10. Do a cartwheel
  11. Do a headstand for 5 seconds (does THIS count?)
  12. Test drive a Jeep (my dream car)
  13. Epic and unique family photo session (CHECK! Vintage red Jeep)
  14. Speak at a conference (DONE! The Happy Healthy Mom Summit May 2018)
  15. Do a triathlon (projected May 2018)
  16. Run a 10k–not gonna happen! How about a triathlon?
  17. See a stage musical–DONE! Saw Hamilton a trip to Chicago the day after I turned 39!
  18. Get an accountant–DONE!
  19. Major declutter in the house–will this ever actually be done?
  20. Choreograph and video a dance with my girls
  21. Take just my boys (and some friends) on an adventure–SOON
  22. Take a trip with my girls to somewhere new
  23. Go on an epic adventure each month: July // Aug // Sept // Oct // Nov // Dec // Jan // Feb // March // April // May // June // July
  24. Photo shoot with bathtub/pool full of candy
  25. Paint a color wall in my town–Need to scope out a great building and get permission
  26. Family paddle board in downtown Austin–not gonna happen due to hubby’s 2 surgeries
  27. Try 5 new restaurants in Austin
  28. Plan a tree
  29. Read a book from the stack I’ve never read
  30. Touch a new temple
  31. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  32. Transform guest room into white wall space
  33. Give blood
  34. Reach out to someone that intimidates me–DONE!
  35. Finish typing my love story DONE! (Read my love story here)
  36. Play a hymn well on the piano
  37. Memorize the proclamation–working on it with this free printable
  38. Give yoga a try: Every day for a week
  39. Take a trip with my girls–PLANNED!
  40. Make a “next 40 years” /advice video for family

Is there anything on my 40th birthday Bucket List that you’d add to your list? Have you accomplished any of these? Are you 40 yet??? I’d love to hear something that might be on your birthday bucket list!

40th Birthday Bucket List

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If you love birthdays as much as I do, you may enjoy perusing my birthday section on my site. All kinds of fun ideas!

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  1. Bonnie says:

    40 in six months for me. I’m not really sure how I got here. I’m trying to embrace it, but I always pictured my life at 40 with a husband and kids and never expected to be single and still looking. So, I do what I love the most, which is traveling and seeing the world. I’m hoping to go on a safari in Tanzania with my friend who is also turning 40 some time next year. I like this idea of 40 by 40 bucket list.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Tanzania sounds so fun! I also love to travel and see the world as much as possible.

      • Bonnie says:

        So, I’ve been trying to come up with a bucket list, and all I can get are 5 for now. This is HARD!

        1) My 40th birthday trip has happened or is on the books
        2) Another half-marathon
        3) Pin-up girl photos
        4) Declutter my apartment (clean out the laundry basket catch all!)
        5) Improve my engineering analysis skills. (practice calculations and ANSYS)

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  3. Kymberli says:

    Please move number 35 up on the list! Thanks in advance! 😀

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Just one last chapter–our wedding day! It’ll for sure be there by the end of 2017!

      • Kymberli says:

        Hooray! I have enjoyed reading each installment. Thank you for sharing your story. <3

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  6. Great list! I don’t turn 40 for two more years but it’s something to think about! On the yoga front, I highly recommend Yoga by Candace on YouTube. She’s got a great voice, explains the moves and dresses modestly. I also highly recommend Crossfit for strength training! Keep us updated on your bucket list 🙂

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  8. Kerry says:

    I turned 40 about 2 years ago. I had goals for that whole year. I called it 40@40. I focused on mind, body, & spirit. For my mind I read 40 books or articles. For my body, I worked out (at least) 40 minutes 4 days per week. And for my spirit I attended the temple 40 times that year. It wasn’t easy and honestly the only goal I fully accomplished was going to the temple. I think about the all the things I achieved that year & know that it was the right time for that to happen. I’m now making a list I call “Alive @ 4-5.” Things I’m going to do to improve (to feel more alive) for myself, home, & family before I turn 45.

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  10. Kasia says:

    I’m not 40 yet but I created Birthday Bucket List (on my birthday I do something from my bucket list). The idea came 2 years ago after being disappointed every year when my husband and kids forget my birthday. So far I’ve done skydiving and shooting range with my girlfriends. I have so many ideas on my list I will have to start doing this more often. My motto is: ” You only live once but if you do it right once is enough’ – Mae West

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