50 Before 50: The Starting Point

Because a list of 40 wasn't ambitious enough, I'm adding 10 more!

I broke it out by categories this time, just to make it a bit easier for me to handle, and some of them need some metrics developed to actually make them worthwhile and real goals, but for now, this is what I'm starting with. I'll post progress and any changes made on a yearly basis and we'll see how we do from there. So, without further ado:

50 Before 50

Self Improvement

1. Run a 5K

2. Ride the whole week of RAGBRAI

3. Lose 50 lbs and keep it off

4. Hike up a mountain (like a proper, 14er type of mountain, not Everest or anything crazy though.)

5. Learn how to manage money and save

6. Get back into Tai Chi

7. If the kiddos stick with it and I can make it work with my schedule, maybe Taekwondo?

8. Get more intentional with what I eat. I'm a lazy eater and make poor choices.

9. Make exercise (of some kind, any kind!) an integrated habit of my routine.

10. Get better at self-care or at least recognizing when I need a moment.


1. Visit NYC

2. Visit All 50 States (37 states, 13 on the board: WA, OR, ID, MT, ND, MI, DE, NJ, CT, RI, ME, AK, HI)

3. Visit Isle Royale National Park

4. Family Trip to the UK

5. See Angel Falls in Venezuela

6. Take the family to a World Cup game in 2026.

7. See a total Solar eclipse

8. I want to see an Arsenal match somewhere, ideally, at the Emirates, but I'll take what I can get.

9. Greece/Turkey/Cyprus: See the ruins of Troy, Istanbul, Gallipoli, Ithacha, Cyprus, etc.

10. Family Trip to Hawaii

House Goals

1. Put in a pergola/redo the back patio

2. Plant (and maintain), a native pollinator/English garden/paradise spot in the backyard.

3. Create a mudroom/entrance to the garage in the back of the house

4. Put a deck and a sliding door off of the family room

5. Replace carpet in the basement

6. Install solar panels on the roof.

7. Get a really good, lush green lawn going in the front AND backyard

8. Replace the privacy fence in the backyard

9. Make our bedroom an actual bedroom and not just the eye of the hurricane of chaos where we sleep.

10. Get the deck out front stained/protected.

Writing & Reading

1. Publish three more novels

2. Get one short story published somewhere

3. Write a novel that's good enough to query & get trad published

4. Experiment with form a bit: consider an anthology collection, serialized fiction on Substack, audio fiction on podcast.

5. Restart podcast with the Missus.

6. Read at least one Banned Book a Year

7. Read Malazan Book of The Fallen by Steven Erickson (All 10 Books)

8. Read Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, and The Count of Monte Cristo

9. Read The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

10. Read at least 500 books total

Hobby/Foodie/Life Goals

1. Learn how to Golf with the Missus

2. Learn how to Kayak with the Missus

3. Learn How to Use my Heelys

4. Actually use my wood-burning kit to create things

5. Solo trips for one/both of us (holistic retreat, etc.)

6. Visit Nashville and get some actual Nashville Hot Chicken

7. Get a really rare bottle of whiskey for my 50th birthday

8. Expand the flag collections, join NAVA, and get some quality flag poles

9. Drink some Japanese whiskey, and see what it's all about

10. Get better at grilling. (I can do the basic but I could learn how to do more.)


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