40 before 40

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My inner GPS is an erratic mess. During my 20’s it led me down some questionable paths. It evened out in my 30’s, but it still seems like I am fickle with many things in life. Maybe, it is simply a problem of too many interests. However, I stand by my GPS and trust it fully, because most of the paths turn out wildly memorable! This list is simply here to remind me of where I’ve been and what I want to do, big and small. I have a few more years before the big 40, and this list is bound to evolve:

1. Start a blog (and keep at it)
2. Learn to speak and read Chinese
3. Live in Asia
4. Get past my fear of driving in NYC
5. Be part of a dragon boat team
6. Maintain a daily yoga practice
7. Learn to speak French
8. Live in France (to learn the wonders of French Pastry Arts)
9. Become an interior designer
10. Be my own boss
11. Travel solo
12. Leave home and become a New Yorker
13. Publish something
14. Live simply
15. Find my self-esteem
16. Grow an herb garden (and use it)
17. Be a student of tea
18. Experience life on a tea garden
19. Help others and be of value
20. Build up strength to make it across the traveling rings in Santa Monica
21. Get certified and teach aerobics
22. Learn how to sing
23. Bust out of “The Waiting Room”
24. Experience corporate office life
25. Work in the kitchen of a 3*** Michelin Restaurant
26. Dance often (i.e. Daily!)
27. Play cello in the park
28. Learn how to snowboard
29. Be a regular at some establishment
30. Really settle into my own personal style
31. Ski in Hokkaido
32. Perfect my chiffon cake recipe
33. Learn Chinese calligraphy
34. Try windsurfing (and get past my fear of water)
35. Make a stop-motion video
36. Learn Kung-Fu
37. Star gaze and know the stories of the constellations
38. Visit Australia
39. Experience Kurokawa’s hot springs
40. Live my values, and always choose kindness



My avatar is crushing this thing called LIFE!






  1. Joni March 24, 2016 / 9:47 am

    1. The Squishy Waltz is ADORABLE.

    2. I don’t know if this comment box takes HTML markup, but “Help others and be of value” should have a strikethrough (and maybe a parenthetical to update it like #1). You’re already of value!!

    Looking forward to reading about your tea journey and all the big, valuable things you get up to!

    • mingxingers March 24, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      Thanks! The waltz was a lot of fun to make. Not sure if I will ever strike through #19. There is always more that can be done, you know? It’s kinda stuck there and will repeat on my “before 50” list. Haha!

  2. Janine March 24, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    I got over my fear of driving in NYC by driving in Athens, Greece (I had to). I’m telling you, something snapped in my brain, fuses rewired. Perhaps you can find a similar experience on your journeys!

    • mingxingers March 25, 2016 / 12:44 am

      Wow! Athens Greece sounds exciting! I hope to have a similar brain rewiring moment. Sounds like a good way to make it happen.

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