36 Things I'm Looking Forward to Now That I'm 36 Years Old

I turned 36 years old yesterday. Thirty-six, as in closer to 40 than 30.

Geez, one minute you’re a gawky 17-year-old and the next minute you’re a ma’am who’s 36 years old. It’s not all bad, I mean, I rarely get carded which is equal parts soul-crushing and convenient. I’m maybe even learning to care less about other people think, and hey, once in a while I’m even taken seriously!

While I’m not one of those people who love-loves their birthday, I don’t hate it either. I’m thankful for another year with the people I love and the opportunity to learn more about myself with each passing year.

I figure now is as good a time as any to do the grown-up thing and reflect on what I hope this year will bring. While I’d love y’all to think I’m filled with deep personal goals designed to inspire and encourage, I’m actually just a regular gal with an affinity for lazy days, the smell of coffee, and formulating witty comebacks I’ll never have the balls to use.

Take a look at 36 things I’m looking forward to on this, my 36th year after the jump!

  • Searching for My Sex Drive 1 of 35
    Now this is exciting. I'll be starting a new series on Babble's Strollerderby called (drum roll, please), "Searching for My Sex Drive" where I'll be taking reader recommendations on how to reclaim my lost libido. I hope you'll join me there and offer your tips!
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  • BooBoo learning to read 2 of 35
    As much as it warms my heart to see Boy Wonder read to his little brother, I can't wait until BooBoo discovers the magic of reading for himself.
  • Margaritaville DM1000 Frozen Concoction Maker 3 of 35
    My husband believes the Margaritaville DM1000 Frozen Concoction Maker is nothing but "a glorified blender", little does he know this modern margarita marvel actually shaves the ice. No more ice chunks! This machine will be mine.
    Get it from Amazon (and invite me over), $219.99

  • My bathroom to be finished 4 of 35
    This is my bathroom on a good day. I'm so over this home improvement project and I'm not even the one doing the work.
  • PSL 5 of 35
    Bring back the PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte)! Fall is in the air and this delicious PSL is soon to be in my lactose-intolerant tummy; so totally worth it.
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  • Downton Abbey Season 3 6 of 35
    What will happen to Lord Grantham's valet, Mr. Bates? Oh, I simply cannot wait for Masterpiece Classics season 3 of Downton Abbey to return January 6, 2013!
    Image credit: Amazon.com
  • Another year of marriage 7 of 35
    This November marks our 14th wedding anniversary. If I knew then what I know now, I would have married my husband even sooner.
  • Looking good while Zumba-ing 8 of 35
    I'm a horrible Zumba-er. Really. I have no business moving my body in any Zumba-like fashion. I hope in time my body will learn to embrace Zumba and leave me looking sexy as hell while doing it.
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  • No more training wheels 9 of 35
    BooBoo is this close to riding his bike without training wheels. I'm so excited for his two-wheel debut!
  • Growing my hair 10 of 35
    I had really short hair (click here) and now I'm growing it out which is taking no less than absolutely forever.
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  • Getting involved in church 11 of 35
    Last week I shared that we attended church for the first time ever as a family. I can't wait to see where our spiritual journey takes us together.
  • Boy Wonder making new friends 12 of 35
    As Boy Wonder begins to break out of his shell, he's also making new friendships.
  • Watching my husband race 13 of 35
    My cycling husband has been training hard and we can't wait to see him in action again come racing season!
  • The demise of Google+ 14 of 35
    Look, I don't know if Google+ is really going to fade into obscurity or not, but I sure hope it does and soon.
  • The election to be over 15 of 35
    I know this year's election is hella important. That said, I'm looking forward to this election being over so I don't have to hear my husband talk about it anymore. Seriously, dude.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • More Boy Wonder art 16 of 35
    As Boy Wonder begins his fifth year of art lessons, it's amazing to see how far he's come and what his creative future holds. Check out his amazing progression on my Braggy Mom Alert I and Braggy Mom Alert II.
  • Connecting with readers 17 of 35
    If I'm not connecting with y'all, then I have no business being behind this keyboard. I want to know you and be your best friend because I'm needy like that (in a non-stalker, endearing sort of way).
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • Snow! 18 of 35
    As SoCal natives, we took our kids to the snow for the very first time last winter and now I can't wait to go back!
  • This is 40 19 of 35
    Dubbed a "Sort of sequel to 'Knocked Up,'" I'm stoked about this film's December release. And ladies, tell me this image of Paul Rudd on the toilet, iPad in hand hits as close to home for you as it does for me.
    Image credit: Amazon.com
  • More vlogs 20 of 35
    Here's a sneaky peek of a vlog I did on the treadmill. I'm looking forward to getting my live-action on right here on Babble! Until then, check out my my YouTube channel if you're into habitual eye rolls and heavy sighs.
  • Growing as a writer, err blogger 21 of 35
    Is there a difference? Authors swear there's a difference but words are words. I like words and I'm looking forward to using hundreds of billions more on the internets in the next year.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • Zooey bangs 22 of 35
    Yes, I'm following the hipster crowd with my yearning for Zooey Deschanel bangs. My hairdresser won't give them to me until my hair gets longer because she apparently knows hair better than I do. Pfft.
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  • Reflected in You 23 of 35
    This much anticipated sequel to Sylvia Day's Bared to You is scheduled for release this October and I can't wait. In fact, you should be excited too because it's a naughty erotic treat for you 50 Shades of Grey fans who can do without cheesy inner goddess dialog and poor writing.
    Available for pre-order from Amazon, $9
  • More confidence 24 of 35
    I'm 36 and that means I'm allowed to have an opinion and pretend to not be afraid of what people think of it.
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  • My mom visiting 25 of 35
    My mom lives out of state and while she comes to visit regularly, I wish I could see her more. Everything's just better when my mom's around.
  • Halloween! OK, Halloween candy 26 of 35
    You caught me. Halloween is fun, but Halloween candy is funner.
  • Learning more 27 of 35
    Social media is growing and changing all the time. I can't wait to learn more and then beat myself up over my inability to keep up.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • Yoga with my girlfriends 28 of 35
    My girlfriends and I are taking up weekly yoga because we're tired of feeling "old people sore" when we wake up in the mornings. To flexibility!
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  • BooBoo’s birthday slumber party 29 of 35
    I told you guys that I've never thrown BooBoo a birthday party, that is until now! In two weeks we'll have four pajama-clad kiddies spend the night for BooBoo's 5th birthday! You better believe there's a blog post to follow!
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • My next trip to Vegas 30 of 35
    We go to Vegas at least once a year and I'd say we're due.
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  • BooBoo starting Kindergarten 31 of 35
    BooBoo begins his journey into academia tomorrow when he starts Kindergarten! What a big boy!
  • BlogHer 2013 32 of 35
    BlogHer 2013 is being held in Chicago next summer and I. can't. wait!
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  • Losing weight 33 of 35
    Sigh. I started The Skinny Bitch Diaries on my blog but gave up because I like cheese so much. This year I vow to get back on the skinny bitch bandwagon and conquer my cheese addiction once and for all.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • Going on a cruise 34 of 35
    But not just any cruise, I want to go on a Norwegian Cruise Line for obvious reasons.
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  • Getting stronger… 35 of 35
    ...as in achieving Madonna arms.
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My fellow thirtysomethings, what am I leaving out?

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