By 45

2013 is a milestone year for me. It’s the year I hit the big 4-0. My colleague Leo Lo created a fantastic blog that helps him make sure he’ll get some things accomplished by the time he hits his 45th year. I thought it was such an awesome idea that I have to do the same thing.

Here’s the beginnings of my own list. Writing down what to include is a challenge all on its own! I will finalize this list by February 25, 2013. Final list below (finalized: February 7, 2013).

Deadline for all the following: February 26, 2018.

  • Earn a non-library graduate degree
  • Earn a Certificate of Advanced Study in digital libraries
  • Earn certificate in project management
Health & Fitness:
  • Meet and maintain target weight of 125 lbs.
  • Get off my diabetes meds
  • Visit London, UK with Peter and the girls
  • Tour Japan with Peter and the girls
  • Visit New York City with Peter and the girls
  • Go camping with Peter and the girls
  • See a theater play or musical in West End, London with Peter and the girls
  • Swim in a Japanese hot spring in Japan
  • Visit one of the smaller islands in Mindanao, Philippines with Peter and the girls


Facing Fears:
Personal Improvement:
  • Learn to ride a bike
  • Learn to read simplified Chinese
  • Learn to ballroom dance
Volunteering & Giving:
Creative Endeavors:
  • Write a short story
  • Create a photo diary of an international trip
Domestic Improvement:
  • Build an outdoor living space
  • Plant, grow, and maintain an herb and vegetable garden
  • Watch a taping of Saturday Night Live with Peter and the girls
  • Go to a masquerade ball with Peter
  • Plan and throw a surprise party for someone
  • Cook and eat vegetarian meals for 3 months
  • Finally read Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables (complete and unabridged) from cover to cover, without forgetting or getting distracted

2 comments on “By 45

  1. I just saw this, Melissa, and it makes me so happy! 🙂

    I especially like “Help build a library in a developing nation”.

    Best of luck, and keep us posted on your progress!

  2. Pingback: Win an Elected Office in a Library Professional Organization: APALA Member-at-Large, 2014-2016 | MiscEtcetera v2

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