My birthday bucket list revealed!

My birthday bucket list revealed!

As many of you know, a few weeks ago I turned 35. Kinda a big deal for me! I love celebrating birthdays, however this year I’ll admit it made me feel a bit old. And so while I wanted to shy away and pretend it wasn’t happening, I am trying to embrace it!

To that end, I got excited about creating a birthday bucket list. 35 things I want to do in my 35th year.

Thank you to those of you who contributed to some of these ideas!


  1. Learn ‘Happy Friday’ in 12 different languages (one per month!)
  2. Plant a tree
  3. Learn the Rubik’s Cube
  4. Sign up for and learn a new word every day
  5. Learn choreography for ‘Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)
  6. Go to a big concert
  7. Learn a song on the guitar
  8. Perform at an open mic night
  9. Cook 35 new recipes
  10. Send 35 letters using a wax seal
  11. Learn the first module in Dutch
  12. Host a themed dinner party
  13. Attend ‘The Move’ on a Friday night
  14. Go to a painting class
  15. Do a patio pub crawl
  16. Have a picnic in a park
  17. Go axe throwing
  18. Participate in a proper wine tasting course
  19. Complete a new running race (Colour Me Rad, perhaps?!?)
  20. Host a girls’ sleepover
  21. Visit a new country
  22. Go to an art exhibit
  23. Buy something expensive
  24. Apply to volunteer regularly at a shelter
  25. Make a new friend
  26. Go fencing
  27. Write a book
  28. Take a dance class
  29. Go skydiving
  30. Go on a solo hike deep into nature
  31. Learn how to fold a fitted sheet
  32. Read War and Peace
  33. Attend a poetry slam night
  34. Hold a Women Living BIG Full Day Live Event
  35. Go to a race track


Okay there you have it. Now you can hold me accountable!

And, I invite YOU to think about your own bucket list… birthday or otherwise. What are some things you would be excited about writing down on a list with an intention to be able to cross them off?!? (rest assured I will keep you posted as I go!) When are you going to do it?

 Have a FAB week, everyone!

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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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  1. Lou-Anne Balodis says

    Hi Carol

    I liked your bucket list except for one item – volunteer at a shelter. All of the other items are things which can be tried one or more times. If you try it and don’t like it c’est la vie. Volunteering at a shelter is different. Whether it’s an animal shelter or a “human” shelter they require people who believe in their work and are willing to put in the time and dedication on a regular basis. These places have trouble enough attracting volunteers and the last thing they need is someone who shows up to volunteer not because they want to be there but because it’s something they can cross off their bucket list and feel good about themselves for a few hours. If you try it and it’s truly not for you that’s fine -just be sure you went in with an intention more than an item to be crossed off a bucket list

    • admin says


      Thank you very much for taking the time to read my happy friday and bucket list, and moreover for sharing your thoughtful comment. You are so right ~ the last thing shelters need is someone who wants to ‘check something off their list’ as you said.

      I should have been more clear. I do know how important it is to have people who are willing to put in the time and dedication on a regular basis. I lived in Thailand and volunteered at an HIV+ orphanage for 9 months, and then for a few months in Calcutta with Mother Teresa’s Missions of Charity, volunteering at the Home for the Dying and the orphanage for sick children. I certainly came across my fair share of people who wanted to come in for a day and feel better about themselves. I actually do want to be involved on a more regular basis at a shelter; something I have wanted to do for a while. I used to volunteer regularly for a program called ‘Out of The Cold’ for a Men’s Shelter in North Toronto, however have not done so recently, and miss being more involved in the community.

      Again, thank you very much for taking the time to share your important insights; I can assure you I feel the same way!

  2. Linda Sztanko says

    Carol, I can help with the following:
    6. Go with you to the big concert
    8. Come watch you perform at open mic
    9. Teach you 35 new recipes and MORE……….
    11. Take Dutch with You
    13. Go to a movie on a Friday Night (Single Girls is playing – Kelly Giroux says its hillarious)
    20. Attend your sleep over party
    21. Visit a new country
    23. Buy something expensive
    24. Volunteer at a shelter
    27. Write a book
    31. We Rocked It!
    34. Help and Attend your Women Living Big One Day Event!!!


  3. James Britt says

    Hi Carol,
    sorry for the delay in responding to you the past few months…have been busy with travel and work. Your site sure has changed.
    Happy belated Birthday wishes to you and you are the prettiest 35 year old I know……
    Facebook Jack English state Farm and google it. You can reach me there and I would love to talk to you sometime.
    Your friend and still wanna be country singer cowboy, James Britt from Charlotte NC.

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