After an exciting year of radical obedience when it comes to food, exercise, and change, I am more ready than ever to follow my 2015 Manifesto. I am claiming Joshua 1:7-9:
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
When we radically obey the Lord and follow His word, not looking away from what He is commanding – it gives us the ability to be strong, be courageous, and head out on the adventure He has for us in 2015. So I am claiming this passage. I will keep the Book of the Law always on my lips as I jump into my journey.
I am willing, ready to jump in, embrace change, face fear, and be brave.
40 things to do in the year I turn 40
The Year of the Brave
So this year I turn 40. It is so exciting to reach this milestone in my life. I am not afraid at all to enter this new time in my life. Some people dread getting older. I love every minute of it.
My mom challenged me to think of 40 things I want to do in this year of turning 40. So here is my list. I am excited to venture out, be brave, and embrace what 2015 has in store for me.
Here it is. I’m sure you’ll be seeing some of these in the weekly Plunges I put out.
- Ride in RAGBRAI (July 2015 – 500 mile bike race)
- Do an Endurance Race (Bike, Hike, Kayak)
- Watch a football game from beginning to end
- Ride a motorcycle
- Blow things up (pumpkins, bottles, etc. – don’t worry, out in the country :))
- Read the Bible entirely through
- Meet a new neighbor and do an act of kindness
- Leave a letter in a library book
- Milk a cow
- Choose a word to actively never use again
- Listen to war stories
- Karaoke with friends
- Simplify my entire house
- Give up my seat
- Go horseback riding
- Climb something (rock, mountain, tree)
- Write a letter of appreciation to a former teacher
- Prom Dress Pool Party
- Prom Dress Bowling
- Prom Dress Color Wars
- Finger Paint
- Road Trip with no destination in mind
- Grow an edible plant
- Attend a festival
- Pay it forward at a restaurant/coffee shop
- Ride 3000 miles on my bicycle in the year
- Ride a century (hundred miles in one day)
- Make a snow angel in shorts and a t-shirt
- All food I eat has to start with my initials for an entire day
- Work at a grocery store until they notice I don’t work there and ask me to leave
- Memorize the Apostle’s Creed and the Beatitudes
- Serve at the homeless shelter
- Give a $100 bill to someone in need
- Get 1,000 hits on a blog post
- Teach 1,000 miles on my bicycle (Cycling Sessions)
- Sleep under the stars
- Learn to shoot a bow
- Ride a mechanical bull
- Commit acts of kindness on a weekly basis
- BONUS BOX! I’m leaving this one open to all the other great ideas I come up with. There could be 10 more, there could be 20!! Woot! Can’t wait for my year!