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41 things to do before I turn 42

By spotogspindel | November 5, 2009

I got this idea from Michelle, and thought that since I just turned 41, maybe I should try making my own list.

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(Yes, I know I´m not 40 anymore, but that´s when I made the background for this page…)

1. Travel to a country I´ve never visited before.

2. Do something for charity. Lots of volunteer-time for the local culture.

3. Make a new business card.

4. Re-decorate a room.

5. Learn encaustic.

6. See San Francisco.

7. Make/install some guerilla art. I put up a sign at my local shopping mall, with a “please take one” and then lots of small notes saying things like “you look great today!”. The notes were all gone by the next day. I want to do more of this!

8. Build a bird house… I did start redecorating a new one…

9. Enlarge my blog readership. I believe I have. Thank you so much!

10. Make art postcards to send unexpectedly to friends.

11. Design Apple-drink labels for my home-made apple-drink!

12. Paint cabinet in hallway.

13. Make a family portraits wall in the hallway…first portrait

14. Make a Teesha-journal.

15. Have a day out just with my Mom.

16. Sew curtains for Karoline´s room.

17. Send anonymous gifts to 3 people.

18. Make 10 more pictures in my childhood-book-series. Have made appointments with some new people.

19. Offer monthly giveaways on my blog.

20. Participate in a swap of some kind.

21. Try screen printing with my new mystical machine.

22. Go to a flea-market… Chicago

23. Host a craft-weekend at my house.

24. Have a midnight-margarita all-girls party!

25. Go to a concert.

26. Taste something I´ve never tasted before…

27. Take a hike to Preikestolen… Oh no! Rain all summer!

28. Make a pirat-costume. Well, the hat is in place!

29. Make more DAS-paper-maché figures.

30. Learn how to make glass-beads.

31. Give away lots of stuff I don´t need. Done! Salvation Army got my old clothes.

32. Take on a class or workshop.

33. Learn a little Spanish… emphasis on a little! I´ve an audio-book.

34. Sew something out of kimono-silk.

35. Grow potatoes in the garden.

36. Draw more. Ok. Done. Still could do more.

37. Make a family-picture for my best friend.

38. Sing!

39. See a Cirque du Soleil-show

40. Apply for an art- institutional exhibition

41. Swim in the ocean. In Norway… too freaking cold this year!! I did go skiing in the winter though. That´s even rarer. Maybe I could swap them, and say it´s ok?

If you want to make your own list, tell me about it, and I´ll link it here!

Michelle´s 37-list

Jane´s 49-list

Maria´s 44-list

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Topics: Diverse | 17 Comments »

17 Responses to “41 things to do before I turn 42”

  1. lisa mertins Says:
    November 5th, 2009 at 20:05

    janne! you will love learning encaustic — but it can be vexing. i really think this piece is terrific. your style is very appealing to me.

  2. Bella Sinclair Says:
    November 6th, 2009 at 08:50

    Wow, you create such fabulous art! Wonderful diversity and colors. Your skinny frog is a delight, dangling his skinny legs. Oh, speaking of legs, your skinny bird is adorable, too!

    This is a great list. You are going to have an incredible year!

  3. Jennevieve Says:
    November 7th, 2009 at 22:09

    ok, I love your sending anonymous gifts and tasting something you never tasted before (I wish I had thought of that!)

    and as for expanding your blog, I have posted your link on my blog! 🙂

  4. lulu Says:
    November 13th, 2009 at 07:22

    Janne, First of all I can’t even believe you’re forty let alone going on 42! Your list is inspiring – I may have to write one, too (but then I’d have to think of 51 things…!) I adore the quote on this piece, and the art you did fits the quote beautifully! You’re an amazing artist!
    : ) lulu

  5. Emma Says:
    December 17th, 2009 at 19:59

    I accidentally happened upon your website today via another blog. And what a happy accident! I love this list idea. I turned 30 in October and now I want to make a list!!! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Happy holidays!

  6. Christmas is… white | Spindelmaker Janne Robberstad Says:
    December 29th, 2009 at 13:53

    […] As I said, enough with the romance. I went to a concert tonight. A Pink Floyd  tribute band. Boy, those guys didn´t PLAY rock-stars! The concert was great! I mean, not just did they play great, but they had a whole concept. Lights, lots of lights, a film set-design, part live and part pre-recorded, sometimes at the same time. It was just way cool. Loud enough to totally get absorbed into the music, but not so loud that you couldn´t hear the details of all the instruments and voices and sound-effects. So I´m totally putting this on my 41 things-list! […]

  7. Celebrating the new year | Spindelmaker Janne Robberstad Says:
    January 1st, 2010 at 15:31

    […] I´m gonna spend some time thinking about that one, but I know already now that there are some friends I would like to re-connect with. Other personal plans of action are on my 41-list. […]

  8. Celebrate January! | Spindelmaker Janne Robberstad Says:
    January 2nd, 2010 at 17:29

    […] 1. A new year has arrived. Time to reflect and contemplate. Sum up all the good things that happened last year, and leave the bad things behind. Make a list of what you want to do this year, before your next birthday! or ideas, click here! […]

  9. Jane A. Strand Says:
    January 3rd, 2010 at 12:59

    Hi Janne!

    I just love your creativity! this blog is wonderful, the illustrations inspired me and i will have this as one thing i would like to learn more about… in 2010. Working on my list…. Happy New Year ! 🙂

  10. soraya nulliah Says:
    February 12th, 2010 at 04:03

    Wow-loved reading your list! Now I am inspired to make my very own-I am a total list-maker so it will be SO fun! Love reading your posts-great artwork-Your blog is so amazing-lots of inspiration/ideas/thoughts! Soraya

  11. soraya nulliah Says:
    February 12th, 2010 at 04:04

    Wow-loved reading your list! Now I am inspired to make my very own-I am a total list-maker so it will be SO fun! Love reading your posts-great artwork-Your blog is so amazing-lots of inspiration/ideas/thoughts! Soraya


  12. IF – linked | Spindelmaker Janne Robberstad Says:
    April 19th, 2010 at 23:08

    […] This week´s theme at IF is Linked, and when I googled for quotes, I found this one about Chicago. Since this is where I am this weekend, I thought it might be good to have a go at it. The photos are taken today, in the neighborhood of my friend: Andersonville. We´ve been visiting vintage-shops and even found a flea-market! (another check on my 41-list). […]

  13. IF-ahead | Spindelmaker Janne Robberstad Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 15:33

    […] is a picture I made for a friend of mine. She took the photo at Preikestolen (On my 41-list. I´ll have to go here this summer. Yay!) On her photo it says: Ain´t no mountain high enough. She […]

  14. Maria Says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 00:16

    I love this whole idea! You have inspired me to make my own list. Some of your ideas will show up on my list, I love them!

  15. Maria Says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 01:05

    Ok, here is my list…thanks for the inspiration and great ideas! http://thequeenoftides.blogspot.com/2010/06/44-things-to-do-before-i-turn-45.html

  16. Tyler Says:
    August 1st, 2010 at 17:59

    seriously…I thought you were like 30!!! really geez…! I have a birthday coming up…I think I might have to do a journal page like this, maybe putting it out to the universe may help get “things” done! xo

  17. andrew finnie Says:
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:24

    ahh you are a whippersnipper Janne 🙂