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Forty-Four Wishes 

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Yep… today I am 44 years old. I can't believe it. I honestly have to do the math every time the subject of my age comes up. But perhaps 44 will be an easier number to remember…..  double 4's and all. :)

I'm taking cues from Xanthe..and many bloggers out and about….and making a birthday list… of 44 wishes…dreams… goals…… 44… yikes… it'd be a little easier if I were turning 30.

If you've been following my site for awhile…you know I believe in writing things down… it makes things happen…. So enough said… Here is….

My 44 Things - in no particular order.

  1. see my kids find their way to what they love.
  2. make the white room a semi-official photo studio….. take out the bed and add a lovely pouffy….white sofa. Take time to just BE in that space.
  3. continue to grow and evolve in my art and photography.
  4. touch people's hearts.
  5. connect in person with many of the amazing people I've met through my site and Beyond Layers.
  6. paint more of our old home white….it makes everything prettier.
  7. paint the kitchen cabinets, get new countertops and an apron front sink.
  8. visit NYC.
  9. visit New England.
  10. visit Europe - so many places i want to see and photograph.
  11. plan a family trip somewhere dreamy and awesome.
  12. meet Phoebe in person.
  13. live in a loft.
  14. travel and teach.
  15. start an outreach program in my community.
  16. go to Alt Summit.
  17. go to this conference.
  18. journal gratitude daily… I'm so random about it.
  19. create an iphone texture app.
  20. live fully…. not frantically.
  21. visit the east and west coast of Canada.
  22. Spend more time in real life with my fellow sisters.
  23. continue to love my work.
  24. drive a mini cooper? perhaps?
  25. perhaps a larger studio? maybe? maybe not? 
  26. take people pictures.
  27. build my faith.
  28. own time…rather than it owning me.
  29. live fully…with purpose. 'do my one life well' ~ Ann Voskamp
  30. nourish my relationships.
  31. take time off to just BE.
  32. buy this lens
  33. laugh more…. serious less.
  34. have a book published.
  35. learn inDesign, illustrator, FinalCut
  36. organize my digital files.
  37. hire a VA (virtual assistant)
  38. be less freaked out about the businessy part of my business. trust the right person, grow organically.
  39. license my photos more extensively.
  40. print more of my photos, frame and appreciate them.
  41. paint one wall of the studio with chalkboard paint.
  42. be fully open to the possibilities.
  43. make more films.....
  44. sit on a beach with other creatives and just soak up the energy.

It doesn't have to be your birthday to make a wish list.....  Why not make one today? And if you do.... be sure to pop by and share a link... I'd love to read your list too.


p.s. wise words -

The best in life isn’t somewhere else. It’s right where you are, at this moment. There is nothing better than exactly that.

Pause for just 10 seconds, and notice where you are, what you’re doing, who you are, at this very moment. Notice that you are breathing, and how lovely that is. Notice that you can smile, and feel the joy in that. Notice the good things around you. Give thanks for the people you’ve seen today. Celebrate the perhaps not altogether insignificant fact that you are alive.

This moment, and who you are, is absolutely perfect.

~Leo Babauta.

Reader Comments (47)

Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a wonderful day.
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA Garden of Threads
Happy Birthday! I love lists too, and am closing in on you birthday count wise. Would be happy to help you cross #37 off of your list when you're ready.
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
Oh Kim... I feel the magic of the list happening already... when we do #22, you can do #26 of us and of course can't wait if #10 happens and oh so many more things from your list. Happy day to you!!! x.
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterXanthe
Happy Birthday Kim! And may all of your bday wishes come true!
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWendy Ramis
Happy Birthday Kim with my wish's for a year filled with daily blessings!
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah
Happy Birthday dear Kim! Love, love your list and may all you wish for come true :)
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnia
Happy Happy Birthday Kim! Thank you for sharing your lovely self with us. Thank you for inspiring and encouraging. You are a wonderful person, so real. I can relate to you. You are a BIG part of my journey as a photographer and blogger. You definitely can teach and move lives all over this WORLD. I believe you can. I wish you all the best, lots of happiness. I wish that you travel and share with us so that we can see through your eyes and appreciate all the beauty there is in this world :)
My birthday is coming up. Maybe I will write a list as well. I wrote down some big stuff after last week's Beyond Layers :)
Sending you many hugs and pots of love.
Gitanjali (geetlee)
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergeetlee
Happy Birthday and hope you can realize one maximum of wishes !!!
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenise
Happy Birthday Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOOOOOVE your list!!! I turned 44 this past Wednesday myself. Hello fellow Taurus! :)
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTinachicky
Happy Birthday Kim, I could be your mother!
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBetty
Happy Birthday Kim! I could be your much older sister!
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Hart
happy birthday, i hope all your birthday wishes come true, my birthday wish is much like yours! so many places to see and photograph, develop my studio, organize my photos etc, I love your blog and your work - it is so inspirational - thanks so much for sharing your work, your soul and your wishes with us!
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjmeyersforeman
Happy birthday, Kim! What a lovely list! I am going to take a few minutes and try to write my own. Thanks for the inspiration!!
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaryann
Happy Birthday Kim - Love your list - We all have lists of things to do and to see - I always set priorities (which can change from year to year) and try to make some of them to come true - Have a wonderful year ahead - Thanks so much for all you do already...
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRose
Happy Birthday! And wonderful to see you!
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
What a grand way to celebrate our birthday, by making a list of wishes! I love how you do it ... All of it. Self-divulgence. Teaching what you love. Creating beautiful pictures. Bring together a worldwide community!! Just love watching you grow. ;->
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaf @ lafcustomdesigns
Happy Birthday, dearest Kim!!! This is late, almost tomorrow, and almost belated! May all your birthday wishes/dreams/goals be fulfilled! They are worthy indeed...just like you! Bless you, Sister Friend!
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherrie
Happy Birthday Kim ♥ For a moment I thought I was looking at a photo of myself (well at least the eyes and hairdo!) We're sporting the same "do" these days. You are much younger than me however and have lovely long fingernails (I bite mine...LOL). So perhaps that should be the first thing on my list, to stop biting them!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading through your list and it helped me to know a bit more about you just reading your dreams, wishes, goals and wants. (Now, that is SOME lens!!!)

You must, must drive a mini cooper, if only for a test run. I did several years ago and even the dealer told me to go faster - he said that way I'd appreciate the "fun" of driving it...He was right!

You do touch many hearts with your beautiful work! Keep it coming...

Big Hugs!
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeri
Happy Birthday Kim!
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGodelieve
Happy Birthday and may all your wishes come true.
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarijke
Happy Birthday Kim! Your list is such a great idea and oh so inspiring (as usual). I think you have already done more with your life than most people I know. I really admire you and how you still want to continue to grow and learn new things. You truly live your life to the fullest and yet you can still appreciate the need to be still and happy in those quiet moments. You have painted such a beautiful life and you dream so big...I hope you get to fulfill all of your wishes and more :)

(btw one of my wish is to someday meet you)!
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbigail Walker
I'm sure I'm not the first nor will I be the last to mention, on you 44 looks good. Thanks for sharing your special day with us. Hope the day was a fun filled day.
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWayne Townley
Happy Birthday Kim. I hope you had a Fantastic Birthday Dear!
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterheather
happy belated birthday Kim! what a lovely list! i'm so happy to have found your blog, you are a very special lady.
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTish
Happy Birthday, sweet lady!
Thank you for your texture gifts & the inspiration you spread.
I love your list -- and I hope every wish comes true.

I made a little list of my own. xo
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBella
Happy Happy Birthday, Kim! That's an ambitious list--ambitious in the good sense, and I hope you can do all of it, but especially #27 and #35. And when you learn Illustrator and inDesign, will you please teach them?
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Smiley
Happy birthday from the UK!
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulia
A day late, but Happy Birthday Kim! You deserve everything on your list, and I hope it all comes true for you! (It's a fabulous list.)
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly
A day late too! Sorry! But a well meant Happy Birthday!
Quite a list you have there :-) I think you achieved some important ones already. Nr 4 f.i.
I believe you already are very inspiring to many people.
I had my birthday last Friday, April 27th and it's a nice idea to make such a list too... Mine would be considerably longer than yours, but it's worth a try :-) What seems nice is to compare those lists a year later and see what's been accomplished.

Have a nice day!
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarl1's Images
Happy Birthday Kim! Love the fab photo of you! 44? You're just a baby!

Loved your 44 list! Mine would be a lot more LOL
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy
HBD Kim! It's my bday this week and you've inspired me to make a list! thx!
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShawna Lemay
Happy Birthday Kim,

I hope that you get all of your 44 wishes and more. I loved being 44 and 45 was my very best year. Enjoy this chapter, it is truly the best!

P.S. I just turned 63!

May 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkaren
Belated Happy Birthday Kim!
I love the idea of making a list.
I drove a 1968 mini (in 1986), it spent more time at the garage than at home! Top of my list is a Nash Metropolitan.
What is it with old(er) women and cute cars?
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi M.
this may be belated but it is no less sincere....Have a wonderful year Kim!
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGailO
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES Kim ♥ Great 44 list! I turned 52 this year and to Celebrate I decided to treat myself to a little something each week (keeping with the 52 theme) :-D
Hope all your Birthday Wishes come true.
May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeb
happy birthday sweetie....44 looks marvelous on YOU !!!
May 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbeth
I turned 30 just yesterday and, like you, make a list. i'm not sure it's any easier, though. See at 44, you have that much more experience to put into it. Different things matter. Cheers to a happy year filled with wonder!
May 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter~Kristina
You make me feel connected to possibility, and all that that word encompasses. I really needed to read this right here right now. And I'm not only grateful to have received it, but so thankful for your openness and willingness to share. I'm a living testament that you are successfully accomplishing #4..."touching people's hearts."
May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessie
A very happy birthday to a special lady. I don't think I appreciated my 44th at the time,but I would be happy to be there again". Actually, I love where I am. Each age brings exciting new experiences? If yoU experience even half of your 44 desires, you will have the best year ever!
May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn Gallas
Happy (belated) Birthday Kim! You inspire me! Thanks! :)
Happy belated birthday Kim! I just recently became a list maker. Now it seems my lists have lists ;-) A couple of months back I made a "Life List" ~ It was alot of fun to make. I think everyone should have one....XoXo
May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
La misma edad que yo!!. Hiciste un gran lista! Me has inspirado para hacer la mía.Un abrazo grande.
May 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergeorgia
May 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergeorgia
birthday, kim!

{there!... now you have 44 comments for your 44 years on your 44 wishes post!. you had 41, so i had to leave three more to complete it!}

happiest of birthdays, to you. may your entire list be fulfilled!

May 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergeorgia
Happy belated birthday, Kim! And I want to be your virtual assistant!
May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Wibowo
Happy Mid-Birthday Kim....someone said they could almost be your much old sister, well I could be your really young mother but I'd rather just be your friend...sorry I missed this great event and I hope it was a perfect day for you...Oh the Places You'll Go and the Things That YOu'll See...your journey is just beginning.
August 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

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