Some people buy a sports car or a set of boobs. I decided to spend my first year as a newly minted 40-year-old doing new, exciting, scary, and surprising things. 40 of them to be exact.
Launch a blog about finally doing all the things I talk about doing - DONE!
Live out my secret Nashville (the TV show) fantasy >> DONE
Drag my ass through Tough Mudder Central Florida >> DONE
Devise a series of top secret date nights >> IN PROGRESS
Flex my way through a 30-day yoga challenge
Hike and hide out alone in the Rockies >> DONE
Sign up for kung fu lessons
Indulge in some serious spirit time >> DONE
Have an intimate dinner with a bunch of strangers >> DONE
Grab the mic at an open mic night >> DONE
Edit and publish Charlie's book >> DONE
Invite people who inspire me out for coffee or drinks
Take a family road trip to the Smoky Mountains >> DONE
Conquer my fear of worms. I am really fucking scared of worms.
Learn to ride a motorcycle >> IN PROGRESS
Start a new fiction writing project >> IN PROGRESS
Become an honest-to-goodness Toastmaster
Hike Florida with the family >> IN PROGRESS
Change a tire
Whip up a molecular gastronomy meal
Go one month with no TV or Internet (except work and this blog)
Force my toddler into the water >> IN PROGRESS
Finish Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time
Learn to drive a stick shift
Eat vegan for a week
Go see more live music >> IN PROGRESS
Hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim >> IN PROGRESS
And....there aren't 40 dares on this list yet. That's because I plan to add to it–with your help. Any suggestions for new activities? Anything you'd like to join me on? Most important, are there any dares out there that YOU'VE been dreaming of? Let's share our dares and help get them done! Hit me up with your ideas.