40 things I want to do before my 40th #bucketlist

30 June, 2017


Emma Weise


I’m creeping closer to 40… to be exact [at the time of writing this on a balmy Friday]

… I have 52185600 seconds,

… or 869760 minutes

… or 14496 hours

… 19 months

… or 86 weeks

… and finally  604 days left.

Basically, I have enough time to add a little bit of fun to my life.

So I thought… what are 40 things that I want to do before I turn 40?

And it’s totally doable… If I just did about two things each month… that would get me there!

My list of totally random [and not really work related] things that I want to do for my 40th bucketlist:

1// Capture Aurora Boreolis

2// Enjoy tuscan wine, in a tuscan villa, eating pasta made by a local italianmama

3// Drink starbucks in Seattle

4// Attend a business retreat in an exotic location / have a workcation somewhere interesting

5// Run my own business retreat in my home

6// Eat authentic italian gelato in italy

7// Drink a glass of dom perignon

8// Eat something I’ve never eaten before

9// Walk in the high street of New York

10// See a broadway / theatre play [in a pretty dress]

11// Attend Adobe Max Conference in October in LA!

12// Take up surfing again

13// Run 5 km with friend

14// Plant lemon tree

This lovely lisbon lemon tree was bought in Fort Beaufort [from the awesome baddaford farm stall], and is now nestled happily between my pear tree and apricot tree… with a gorgeous jasmine + plumbago bush backdrop!

15// Have an established herb garden

16// create my “restoration garden”

17// Re-upholster my couch creatively

18// Salvage and repurpose something cool

19// Buy another antique piece

20// Take the strengthsfinder test


My strengthsfinder test results… have you done yours yet?

21// Develop design skills further 

I love how design is constantly evolving, and so am I.

  • Technical Skills have been sharpened
  • The Business skills have been sharpened even further
  • Processes have been assesed
  • Clients have been reviewed

Here are my first Double Exposure attempts:

22// Create: Do a 100 day sketch/art/creative project

23// Create: Make 12 pieces of art

24// Create: write 19 handwritten notes [one a month]

25// Create: Make a colouring book

26// Read: Big Magic [in progress]

27// Read: 31 days of prayer for the dreamer and doer [to the end this time]

28// Read: Nelson Mandela – long walk to freedom

29// Read: The monk who sold his ferrari

30// Take an art class

31// Take a cooking class

32// Visit a famous art gallery

33// Go to a book signing

34// Join a flash mob

35// See something in a theatre

36// Do something crazy with my hair [short / color]

[November 2017]

37// Have another professional photoshoot

38// Learn how to create the perfect smokey eye

39// Own a pair of designer jeans

40// Random acts of kindness for strangers

Full disclosure… I found it harder to come up with these [instead of all the awesome things I want to do, create, and experience in my biz], but I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with this list!

Ok, your turn! What’s on your bucket list?

Do we have any in common???

Written by Emma Weise

Emma believes that everyone has a calling / purpose + that they need to share that AwesomeSauce with the world. She works with women entrepreneurs to create a brand experience - so that they can confidently show up in their brand, stand out online + be seen by their ideal client.



  1. Jaime

    Love Love Love…

    Seeing as my 40th is in 26 days, I’m not going to try to get there this time around!

    Can’t wait for you to cross #3 off that list (because that means we get to meet each other in person!!)

    • Emma Weise

      I can see a 45 things before 45 then 😉

  2. Janice

    I think this is inspirational. I’m going to crate a list and get my boys to each do the same. We will start with a “10 things I want to do this holiday” list.

    • Emma Weise

      Love that idea!!! What a great family project Janice!

  3. Jenn

    I loved Big Magic and took Strengths Finder a while back. I don’t remember what Restorative is- did you find it accurate?

    I turn 40 in 16 months, and this might be a great thing for me to try!

    • Emma Weise

      Sounds like we have a bit in common Jenn!
      I’m going to have to go and look Restorative up now #CantRemember
      and YES!!! You should totally get your bucketlist going!

  4. Melissa

    I’ve been wanting to take the Strengthsfinder test (mentor recommended it).

    Also, colouring book *heart eyes*. When you do, I’m there!


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