31 by 32 Birthday Bucket List

I celebrated my birthday this past weekend, and I finished up my 30 by 31 list just in time! My 30th year on earth was pretty sweet. My favorite list items from this past year included raising chickens, taking a pottery class, traveling to Switzerland, doing a 15 day drawing challenge with you all, tiling my backsplash, and making wine (even if it did end up smelling like farts). I also really loved designating one TV/internet free day a month, and I think I’ll keep that habit up. I got so much done on those days and felt refreshed after a break from the digital world. The crappiest thing I did was the 30 day squat challenge. I stuck with it for 30 days, worked my way up to 250 squats a day, and my butt looked exactly the same before and after. You suck, exercising. Oh well, you win some and you lose some.

If you write birthday bucket lists please share your latest list, so we can all be inspired! My old lists are here (28 by 29), here (29 by 30), and here (30 by 31). Without further ado, here’s my 31 by 32 list! This time I left a TBD spot at the end, because halfway through the year I always come up with one more thing I wished I had included.

31 by 32 birthday bucket list

  1. spruce up my childhood bookcasedone!
  2. read a book of poetrydone!
  3. put together a Raleigh guide of my favorite spotsdone!
  4. try beef jerkydone! (eww!)
  5. work my way through this listdone!
  6. take a bubble bath
  7. add at least 3 new art prints to the shopdone!
  8. make a big breakfast for no reason at alldone!
  9. hire someone to paint our great room ceiling (it’s super high and super gross)done!
  10. organize all my favorite recipes in one placedone! (This app is great!)
  11. redo the stone pathway to our front porchdone!
  12. have our old (occasionally leaky) roof replaceddone!
  13. find my dream couchdone!
  14. learn another Christmas song on ukulele
  15. watch a well-known movie I’ve never seendone! and done!
  16. go to The Maker’s Summitdone!
  17. do another drawing challengedone!
  18. make salsadone!
  19. turn the guest room into a nurserydone!
  20. practice yoga consistently (just found this app—love it)done! (until SPD set in)
  21. make travel books for Switzerland, Pacific Northwest, and Norway trips.done!
  22. redesign my business cardsdone!
  23. try to brew kombuchadone!
  24. build a bird housedone!
  25. redo my website so it’s “mobile friendly”done!
  26. after extensive taste testing, choose my favorite local donut shopdone!
  27. tidy & organize my home with the KonMari Methoddone!
  28. go antiquing in Sanford with my pal, Michelledone!
  29. refresh the great room decor a littledone!
  30. travel someplace newdone!
  31. grow a baby and get it out of my uterus in the least traumatic way possibledone!


  1. Rebecca

    Happy belated birthday Amanda!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend celebrating yourself! Love the list — and the idea to include a TBD! I’ve been following your annual bucket lists for a few years now. After attempting a list of my own last year and procrastinating, I’ve started again this year, and I’m determined to complete it! http://rebeccalauren.ca/category/24×25/

  2. Cecile

    Such a good idea. I usually make list for the week. But with this one you can stick to your dreams and goals and invent nice events for the year. I think I’ll give it a try.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Weekly lists are a great idea—then you’d feel even more urgency to get things done!

  3. Heather

    This is a great list! I don’t know if you already have a poetry book picked out(#2), but I recommend Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson. Definitely look into it!

    #26 is by far my favorite though :)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Oh thanks Heather! I didn’t have a poetry book picked out, so I’ll take a look at that one!

  4. Mary

    Have you heard of erin motz 30 day yoga challenge?

    It’s a nice way to challenge yourself into doing yoga for a month. I found once I got into her challenges I loved it so much I do yoga every single day now.

    It may help motivate you to do yoga more consistently. I like at home practice because it’s hard for me to commit to things when I have to leave the home.

    You can google her challenge playlist. It’s on YouTube. She has a different challenge you can try out if you like it.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I haven’t heard of Erin’s challenge, but I’ll check it out. Thanks! I hate exercising in general, but I’m finding that yoga is quite enjoyable. Now if only I could find some sort of cardio that doesn’t make me want to gouge out my eyes, haha.

  5. Jen

    Oh, honey. If you haven’t tried beef jerky, I’ll be happy to send you the best beef jerky I’ve found (and I try every one I see) that’s made right here in Colorado. Also, Perky Turkey Jerky (which you can find at Target) is, hands down, the best turkey jerky I’ve tried. Krave makes some really interesting ones that you can find at Whole Foods. I wrote about one of them here: http://www.jenosmon.com/blog/food-finds-snacking-mismatch/

    Seriously hoping you post about your impression of beef jerky. Perhaps a little weirdly obsessed with it myself. Really rethinking posting this comment…

    Also looking forward to seeing what you do with your business cards. Hopefully you’ll post it here.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I love that you’re a beef jerky connoisseur! I found some Perky Turkey Jerky to try, thanks for the recommendation! Oh, and I’ll definitely post when I get to doing my new business cards. :)

    2. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I tried it… unfortunately I think beef jerky is not for me. I can’t get past the texture! In a post apocalyptic world I could totally choke it down if necessary though, haha. ;)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Excellent list Kate! I love “paint/draw plein air” I’m going to have to steal that one for a future list. :)

  6. Adrienne

    Happy birthday! And I’d loooove a Raleigh guide – I’ll be in town for a wedding over Memorial Day weekend and would love tips from a local :)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Sorry I didn’t get it done before Memorial Day! I hope you had a nice visit. :)

  7. Hollie

    I love the idea of a birthday bucket list! I am turning 30 in 2.5 days and I think I am going to give this a try! I love all the items you choose . I can’t wait to get started on my list now !

  8. Amelia

    Hi Amanda! I just discovered your blog and have already spent too long procrastinating from work reading it! We’re visiting the triangle at the beginning of July to see if we might like to move there (from Dubai!). As we seem to have quite similar tastes I would love it if you ticked the Raleigh guide off your list before I arrived! :) will be checking out Gather for sure.
    Love your writing and your style. Thanks for the great read!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      So glad you found my blog Amelia! I’ve been working on my Raleigh list, so I should definitely have it posted before July. :)

  9. Kelly

    Well I was was searching a way to celebrate my friends for my birthday in the search engine, but just came across this site and it’s the cutest thing ever. Looks like you have a zest for life and I admire that. I turned 51 this today and thinking of things to do would be all work since I had some family issues and let a lot go these last few years, but maybe this is a good start to add both, work and fun new things. And WHAT IN THE WORLD IS A Raleigh???? I have no idea but everyone else knows. Thank you for such a blessing to read and maybe my first thing should be to make a 51 to 52 list. God bless and it’s people like you that keep people like me inspired. 💞💖🌹🌹

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I’m glad you enjoyed my list Kelly! Thanks for the encouragement! Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina—it’s the city I live in. ;)

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