40 by 40 Update: #40 Give $10 to Charity for Every Goal Not Completed by August 17, 2009

(Back in May of 2007 I noticed that a bunch of people in the blogosphere had created lists of 101 things to do in 1001 days. I was intrigued by the notion but felt I needed to change the parameters. So I created my 40 by 40 list. 40 things I wanted to do before I turned 40. Well on August 17th I turn 40, and I need to give $10 to charity for every uncompleted item. So it is time to see how I did.)

40. Give $10 to Charity for Every Goal Not Completed – COMPLETED
Final Tally: $190.00 to charity.
Thankfully the 40th goal was to give money to charity. Any other goal probably would have put my success/failure rate at 50%. At least this way my failure rate was just below 50%. Some of the goals were good ones, even if I didn’t complete them. And others were the victim of changed priorities. It was a fun experiment. But kind of glad I am done. I don’t really want to contemplate the next milestone (50). I still have 10 years for that.

I am actually going to give the money to two different charities.

Washington Animal Rescue League: A really wonderful animal shelter here in DC and the place where we will hopefully find a nice pound dog next year.

Alzheimer’s Association Southwest Chapter: My dad puts a lot of time and effort into a practically full time volunteer job with the Alzheimer’s Association chapter in Phoenix. Honestly, he puts in too much time and effort. He is supposed to be retired after all. At any rate, his efforts and the cause deserve support. Among other things, they provide Alzheimer’s information and referrals for friends and families of people with Alzheimer’s.

2 thoughts on “40 by 40 Update: #40 Give $10 to Charity for Every Goal Not Completed by August 17, 2009

  1. Anonymous August 15, 2009 / 6:34 pm


    Ernie in Peoria.

    PS It was fun to re-visit your goals and your report card.


  2. juliebean August 15, 2009 / 10:39 pm

    I loved reading the updates on your 40×40. I, being a much more lazy blogger, kind of commented on the ones I completed, but that's about it. I'm still working on my list, actually, but have also given money to charities. I haven't tallied to make sure I'm square. Guess I'm in denial that I am almost to the 41st.

    Happy Birthday! – j.


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