The New Year’s List::2010

by Edie Wadsworth on January 1, 2010

There’s something special about the start of a decade. I was born in 1970. I had my tenth birthday and my first boyfriend in 1980. I had my first child in 1990. I turned 30, graduated from residency, married my soul mate and had my third child in 2000. On Monday, I welcome the new decade by turning 40. So I thought I’d make a fun little list—a 40 in 40—but since 40 is the new 30—it only has 30 things on it. (okay, I thought that was clever but in reality, I can’t make that document bigger because photoshop does not cooperate with me). Here’s to the new year. The new decade. New beginnings and another chance to make those dreams come true. Happy 2010!
40in40
What’s on your list?

Post edit: I saw something like this on Meg’s blog and thought it looked like fun.
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1 Cary January 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Under this post, listed in the "you might like" section, was this post:

http://lifeongrace.blogspot.com/2009/02/things-i-need-to-do-before-my-writers.html

I was soooo in love with those boots.

I LOVE your list! And 30 is the new 40!!!

PS: You NEED to start the quilt. It is the single most relaxing thing you will ever do.

xoxo

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2 Tammy at Tattered and Timeless January 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Nice list..
Wanted to let you know that the pictures are getting cut off on the right side when I look at them…
Is it me?

tammy

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3 Angie January 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm

you are so very inspiring in so many ways! i love reading your blog..thanks!

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4 marty (A Stroll Thru Life) January 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Great list. I think I need to formulate one and see how it turns out. Hope your new year is a great one and Happy Birthday. Hugs, Marty

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5 duchess January 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Sounds like a great list. Happy Birthday early!

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6 Gwynie Pie January 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I'm re-cycling some of the "goals" I had on last year's list and never accomplished (for oh so many and varied reasons) —1. Tube another Texas river 2. learn to play my guitar 3. read through the Bible this year 4. Read 24 really good, meaty books 5. learn to back a trailer – successfully! without taking out any fences or barns — and a few more.

I love setting goals – gives me something to keep in front of me and shoot for.

May your New Year be blessed. You and your blog are a blessing to me. I look forward to every post.

Gwyn Rosser @ The Pink Tractor
http://www.gwynrosser.blogspot.com

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7 Jess January 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I love your list and unlike so many resolutions these seem like attainable goals. Happy New year!

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8 LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com January 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Edie,
I LOVE the list…. I turn 40 this July and have TONS of things I want to do….Concerning the adoption I would LOVE to answer any questions you may have. My family and I adopted 2 precious angel babies from Guatemala. They are such blessings to us all….My adoption story is condensed on my blog here:

http://thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com/2009/10/what-happened-to-loulou.html

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9 Shell in your Pocket January 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I would love to go to Anthropolgie…everyone talks about it!

sandy toe

p.s. Happy New Year, Life In Grace!

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10 Nancy January 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Oooohhh. I love how you presented your list. Looks great. What a fabulous year you have ahead of you. Photoshop.. would love to do that too. A marathon or a 1/2 marathon is on my list that I posted today too. Happy new Year!

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11 gina January 1, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I HOPE you prove that 40 is the new 30, because I'm a bit freaked about turning 37 this year and becoming officially in my "late 30's". :) This is a fun list , with some lofty goals… run a marathon! Good Luck and I'll be here reading along.

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12 meg duerksen January 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm

i love it edie! i thought your "sleep till 7" was so funny. how early do you wake up?! and you reminded me that i said Make a quilt. i am running out of time. :)

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13 minnesotamom January 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I'm turning 30 in two weeks…does that make me 20? Rock on!

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14 Stacey January 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I have been reading your blog for a while now. I love it! When I visit, I want to grab a cup of coffee and sit back and enjoy.

Happy Birthday! My wonderful hubby is turning 40 on Wednesday. He has repeatedly told me "NO Surprise party!" Do you have any big plans?

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15 Talysa January 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm

First of all…"Lord please let me look as Edie when I'm 40!"

I love this list…and if you hike Mt. Leconte you will become my new hero. For real.

Let me know about that afternoon in Anthropolgie…I may have to join you.

And mine would have to read "Get UP at 7"

We too have been praying about adoption…I will pray for you and your family as well!

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16 Melanie January 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I love that you made your list because you couldn't make it work in photoshop. LOL! That would be something that I would do. I have seen this on Meg's blog too. I am turning 42 next month and I might just have to do this. I know that it should be on the even year but I don't want to think about 50! YIKES!

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17 Micah January 1, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I posted my list on my blog also…it is so simple and so hard all at once. I want to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness…I really want this year to be a demarkation in my life of consecration.
Praying for you in 2010 Edie. Many Blessings for you and your family. Happy New Year!

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18 Michele January 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I LOVE your list!! You have such GREAT things on here!!! I love how clever you are with your 30 things. . .ha!ha!

Probably the #1 thing on my list is to be nicer to myself and give myself a little more grace. . . to not expect so MUCH from me!! It's amazing I am my own worst enemy!! Happy New Year!!

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19 Sarah January 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Hey Edie…Happy New Year to you and your gorgeous family! Wow…looking great at 40 ~ Happy Birthday! xxx

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20 Sarah January 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Hi Edie,
I've loved every post since I started following your blog… has it almost been a year?! Happy birthday and God's blessings on you as you accomplish every-single-item on your list. :) The one I'm most excited to hear more about is your prayers on adoption. We are in the process of adopting, after finally listening to God's calling. You can follow our journey at http://hernamewillbeemilymargaret.blogspot.com/
God's blessings on your New Year! Sarah :D

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21 Julie Magallanes January 1, 2010 at 9:45 pm

You are such an inspiration to me Edie, I love your blog and I aspire to be like Edie when I grow up (I am 37 ;-) I love the way you have a great knack for layering clothes and looking awesome in them, I love that you are a southern girl (I am originally from GA), I love that you are so crafty and share it with us and mostly I love that you adore our wonderful savior and are such an incredible mother to your children. You ROCK, keep doing what you do! Thanks for sharing!
PS. a friend of mine has cancer and started a blog a few yrs back, she is such an incredibly spiritual person and reminds me a lot of you in that sense. You might enjoy reading her blog sometime. http://sandyboulware.blogspot.com/ …check it out

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22 Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster January 1, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Very Cool! My list contains Menu plan faithfully. I want that to become a habit. The second thing on my list is to listen to the daily audio Bible to hear the Bible in one year. My list is short.
Blessings,
Nancy

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23 Michelle January 1, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I L-O-V-E IT!!!!! Happy Birthday!!!

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24 TheOldPostRoad January 1, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Wowwee! That's inspirational. (I will be 41 on 01/10/10. Time flies.)

Will be writing my goals this weekend. Looking forward to your book suggestions – I am currently reading "The Magnificent Obsession" by Anne Graham Lotz and am about half-way thru – I am really enjoying this book. She mentions her own good habits and that is always inspirational (like your blog and your goals) – simply to hear what others do and use their ideas as inspiration.
Thanks!
-Trish

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25 Sheri January 2, 2010 at 12:49 am

Copy cat! LOL Altough your 40 is much prettier than mine, I may have to redo mine to make it fun and pretty!
http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-tour.html

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26 These Are The Days January 2, 2010 at 1:07 am

Love your collage Edie. I didn't know you were considering adoption but it's funny I'm reading these comments now because. For the last several minutes (before I saw this post), I've been sitting here w/ Sophie and having some overwhelming feelings of gratitude. I can't even tell you what a blessing and miracle our adopting her has been. No words can describe it. 3 years later, I get emotional just thinking about it. I can't believe she'll be 3 next month. Good luck in your decision. :) Hope Philly was fun and w/out incident. :)LOL

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27 Nocona January 2, 2010 at 2:20 am

I love your blog! I love to meet othere women with goals and are always striving to be better. I sat down last night and made affirmation statements of the woman and I want to become in 2010 in the different areas of my life. Spiritual, Home/Family, My buisness and Personal. Then I broke them down into goals on how to get there. There are so many bloggers out there that their blog is a place to complain, gripe and vent about their lives. I am so glad to find blogs that are uplifting and real.

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28 Julie Harward January 2, 2010 at 2:50 am

YES, THIS IS A CUTE WAY TO DO A LIST OF GOALS…IT JUST MIGHT MAKE US ALL ACCOMPLISH OUR GOALS TOO! COME SAY HI

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29 Melissa Stover January 2, 2010 at 4:04 am

i was born in 1970 too. married in 1990. had my second child in 2000. will turn 40 on march 10th. one thing on my list: meeting you in february.

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30 Brooke January 2, 2010 at 4:46 am

Wow. Love this. Thanks for posting. I am in Gatlinburg right now and I hiked Mt.Leconte last time I was here. Coldest I have ever been :) Also want to take a sewing class, live with reckless abandon (YES! Jesus calls us to this!), and spend an afternoon in Anthro. Working on a trip to Atlanta now. Also need to learn photoshop. Kind of intimidating.

Love your blog. Loved the 12 days of Christmas. Helped me a lot with my Christmas crafts. I LOVE your homeschool room, your beautiful cabinets, need I go on?? Thanks for sharing this!

PS….how did you make this…with the boxes? This is probably an ignorant question…but I have to ask.

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31 Catherine Anne January 2, 2010 at 6:12 am

Great List!!!

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32 Kathy January 2, 2010 at 8:35 am

All I was was YOU ARE THINKING OF ADOPTING!!! EEEK!!! YAY!!! WOW!!!!

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33 pattihiidreth January 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Love love love your blog. I think I have read through at least a dozen and half of the entries. I really connected with your heart. I am a retired teacher in Texas and a southern girl at heart. A christian and a blogger, guess that is enough reasons to feel connected. I am still trying to figure out the technology of blogging. Oh my, maybe after a 200 posts I will have it. Loved reading your 100 list, was it a bit short????

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34 kimber January 3, 2010 at 1:28 am

Patty recommended your blog and I am hooked; I am trying to get mine going again. I think we have met, I work in healthcare here in m'town. I love your kitchen, I think I have a new project now LOL

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35 patty January 3, 2010 at 2:04 am

it's saturday night… hope you are having fun! :) i will help you with the flea market, and sit with you while {we} knit, and eat your bagels! :) love the look of your list/collage?

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36 Sherri Jorgensen January 3, 2010 at 2:53 am

I love your list of things to do.
I just stumble on your blog and boy am i ever glad.
I think you said you were looking into adoption, and you already have 8! WoW You are a special women. I have 5 and would love more..but it is not every day that you find large families. I am 3rd of 12 and I can tell you it only get better. i love it! We are all so close!
One more thing…YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

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37 My name is PJ. January 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Reading through the bible in 3 months is a CHALLENGE!!!!

That's quite some list, Edie!

Happy Birthday tomorrow!

My list has one thing on it: peace.

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38 Lanie's Life January 4, 2010 at 2:57 am

{{{{HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDIE}}}} You make 40 look hot! I have to admit that I have been dreading the big 40 since I turned 30 4 years ago. LOL

Hope you day is wonderful!

Lanie

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39 jen January 4, 2010 at 3:14 am

happy birthday – very creative — my husband made a 30 list for me when turned 30 – but i turned up pregnant two months later with twins so there went that list! good intentions!

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40 Gina January 4, 2010 at 3:43 am

Great list! I saw this on Meg's blog when she posted it too…and here's the response I had to it!

http://reformationtheologyandcheerios.blogspot.com/2009/11/list.html

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41 Pru January 4, 2010 at 11:26 am

As I write my comment you have 40 comments already. Its Monday the 4th so I wish you every happiness for your birthday. I came to your blog from Darby's blog during 12 days of Christmas and I am hooked.

40 is the new 30 and I wish you every joy throughout this year.

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42 Ruth January 4, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I did a list something like this a little while back. It was 39 things to do before turning 39. Your list is great. I have some similar things on my list.

I had hoped to get some things accomplished during the Christmas holiday but things were turned upside down when our family suffered a big loss. I keep reminding myself of what the Bible says, "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."

Ruth

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43 thedomesticfringe January 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm

What a great list!!! I wish you all the best as you check them off. My list is full of stuff like writing a book, finishing my house, and opening a little boutique.

-FringeGirl

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44 Ellen January 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm

love this post and find it very inspirational….so much so, I made my list too!

http://shimmerandtulle.blogspot.com/2010/01/32.html

oh and def take those salsa lessons! That is how my husband and I met… :)

ellen

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45 Playing Sublimely January 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Oh Edie, how I love you :)! This is such a fun list…I just want to spend 10 minutes in Anthropologie without three kids with me while I am telling them, dont touch that, put that down, I dont want to have to pay for that, etc, etc. Check out my last post when you get a chance, its on scripture memorization, you will get a kick out of my 6 year old!
Happy B-day!
Blessings,
Amy

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46 Be A Saint January 8, 2010 at 4:55 am

Wow, I am going to be 40 in 2010. I had a baby in 1990. I want to be healthy in 2010. I want to run a marathon. I have so many hopes and dreams, and can't seem to get off the ground. What is stopping me? I don't want to live the life I am living. I don't want to be tired and slow because of the stupid food I eat. I want to be healthy. I hope I can get the inspiration I need to get up and live life more fully! Thanks for the eye opener.

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47 Mary Jean Taylor January 28, 2010 at 3:31 am

This is so awesome! It is my 40th year as well and I feel FABULOUS! I might just copy this idea from you!!! LOVE IT!

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48 Monica April 6, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I just found your blog and LOVE it already! We share a few commonalities! I was born in 1970, had my first blessing in 1990, had my 2nd blessing in 2000 and of course, am turning 40 this year! Thank you for encouraging me!

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49 JoAnna Brogdon October 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Actually, I heard 40 is the new 26 and I’m running with that….I am turning 40 next week and I would like to end childhood obesity. Why not dream big?

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50 Crystal December 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I just found your blog and have really been enjoying it. I always know when I have found a new favorite because I start exploring the archives. These blogs are usually of people who inspire me to do and be better. Thank you!!! So…I was wondering…were you able to read through the Bible in 3 months? I haven’t been able to in 3 years. I need to get busy. :)

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51 SUMMER December 26, 2010 at 5:58 am

MAY THE GOOD LORD BE WITH YOU DURING THIS MOST TRYING AND DIFFICULT TIME ….. I HAVE NEVER SPOKEN TO YOU HOWEVER I CAME ACROSS YOUR BLOG THIS CHRISTMAS EVENING AND AS I READ ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR HOME ALL I COULD THINK OF IS HOW BLESSED YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND AND CHILDREN ARE TO HAVE BEEN PROTECTED AND SPARED BY THE LORD ……..TRY TO TAKE COMFORT IN THESE SCRIPTURES THAT CAME TO MIND FOR YOU TO GO TO :PSALM 31:1-3,14-15 …..PSALM 46:1-3, 10-11 …….JOHN 14:27 …… ROAMNS 5:1-5 …….PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 ……. ALSO IF YOU GO TO http://WWW.CROSSROAD.TO…….. THIS IS A GOOD WEB SITE TO TAKE COMFORT IN SOME OF THE ONLINE BIBLICAL STUDIES (THE STUDY ON THE ARMOR OF GOD IS GOOD )…….TAKE CARE, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND YOURSELF IN THE WORD OF GOD AND I WILL PRAY FOR YOU PROMISE .

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52 SUMMER December 26, 2010 at 5:58 am

MAY THE GOOD LORD BE WITH YOU DURING THIS MOST TRYING AND DIFFICULT TIME ….. I HAVE NEVER SPOKEN TO YOU HOWEVER I CAME ACROSS YOUR BLOG THIS CHRISTMAS EVENING AND AS I READ ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR HOME ALL I COULD THINK OF IS HOW BLESSED YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND AND CHILDREN ARE TO HAVE BEEN PROTECTED AND SPARED BY THE LORD ……..TRY TO TAKE COMFORT IN THESE SCRIPTURES THAT CAME TO MIND FOR YOU TO GO TO :PSALM 31:1-3,14-15 …..PSALM 46:1-3, 10-11 …….JOHN 14:27 …… ROAMNS 5:1-5 …….PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 ……. ALSO IF YOU GO TO http://WWW.CROSSROAD.TO…….. THIS IS A GOOD WEB SITE TO TAKE COMFORT IN SOME OF THE ONLINE BIBLICAL STUDIES (THE STUDY ON THE ARMOR OF GOD IS GOOD )…….TAKE CARE, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND YOURSELF IN THE WORD OF GOD AND I WILL PRAY FOR YOU PROMISE .

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53 Marilee January 2, 2011 at 12:07 am

I heard about your loss from The Magic Brush blog. So very sorry. Very happy that your family is safe and that the community is helping to provide for you and yours. What a blessing to have friends and family at your side. I understand the grief that you are going through and maybe God has a special plan for you in the days to follow.

God Bless you and your family always!

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54 Almostbilingual March 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm

i know that you’ve been doing this for awhile and i hope that you were able to succeed. I adored the book ’til we have faces’ by Cs lewis. i think this is a great idea. i am now 31 and it was a little bit ‘traumatic’ for me to turn 30 so perhaps being 32 next year i should consider an awesome idea like this. thanks for sharing your goals. how did it go.

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55 Almostbilingual March 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm

i know that you’ve been doing this for awhile and i hope that you were able to succeed. I adored the book ’til we have faces’ by Cs lewis. i think this is a great idea. i am now 31 and it was a little bit ‘traumatic’ for me to turn 30 so perhaps being 32 next year i should consider an awesome idea like this. thanks for sharing your goals. how did it go.

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