35 at 35

February 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

On February 14th I will turn 35. It’s true; I double checked my birth certificate and did the math. The clerks at the gas station who consistently ask for ID when I buy lottery tickets are slowly becoming more and more appealing. While I am in slight disbelief, I am also excited to move into a new year with a little life experience, lots of learning, and many mistakes behind me.

In honour of my 35th year, I have decided to celebrate with a life/photography project. This year, I will do 35 new things, and I will use a photo to showcase each of them.  I am calling my project 35 at 35.

My 35 new things will be a blend of planned goals, and happy surprises. The planned goals will be a surprise to readers as they happen, but below is a sneak peek at what I have in mind (big and small goals included):

  • Hang a birdfeeder on my very own tree (my goal is to own property, and my very own tree!)
  • Get better connected with the source of my food. This might play out by me milking a cow or gathering eggs (Open Farm Day, here I come!)
  • Volunteer with a new charity, such as CPAWS

The happy surprises will be delightful new things that I experience over the year. To achieve this, I will need to approach the year with openness to new adventures, and mindfulness of both old and new experiences.  For example, the photo in this post is of a delightful pink alder branch.

Over the last 35 years I likely walked past many of these, but last month when I snapped the photo, it was the first time I ever “saw” a pretty pink alder branch. I've seen many similar red or brown branches, but never pink. I continue to be amazed, delighted, and ultimately rejuvenated by the wonderful things we see around us when we choose to be mindful of our surroundings.

Some of the happy surprises that I secretly hope for over the next year are things like; seeing a moose in the wild (fingers crossed!) or finding a bird’s nest with eggs or baby birds inside.

As I write this, thirty-five new things feels a bit daunting, and perhaps even vague.  But I can’t wait to see what happens. The key to success in completing this project will be openness, mindfulness, and of course, following through with goals.

Beginning February 14 I will share my 35 experiences on this post as they occur, so be sure to check back regularly over the next 365 days!

Is there anything you would include on a list if you participated in this project? Is there anything you would recommend I should consider as a local experience/adventure/goal?


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