The 40 by 40 Project is written by Angie Teater, a New York-based interior designer & travel writer. The Project begins on Angie's 39th birthday (March 11, 2017) with only 365 days to accomplish everything on the list before turning big Four-Oh! 

Forty goals. One year. Endless possibilities.

#23: Win Something

#23: Win Something

I have won a few things in my lifetime: $90 at the craps table in Vegas, a cake in 4th grade, $2 on a scratch-off ticket, and...something from American Airlines today! 

I love the "eek! I won!!" emotional rush, even when it's something small. But I usually forget to play games or raffles or contests which means I rarely win anything. I needed motivation! So I decided to make it a priority and add it to the birthday bucketlist. It's a good thing I did, too, because that's what prompted me to not only attend the 2017 Travel Fair last week but it's also why I put my name in the drawing. 

And then today, I got this email:


YES!!!!! There's that lovely winner's rush!! What could it be??? My mind raced with all the possibilities. Maybe a trip around the world? Or a free night in a hotel! Or an all-inclusive weekend at a fancy resort with a luxe spa and unlimited margaritas!! Am I really that lucky???? 

I waited until 4pm and made my way to the location indicated..

...I was handed a bag from American Airlines...

...and I excitedly tore into it.

Inside was a box. A very pretty box! 

I opened the box.

What did I win, what did I WIN????

I won:




I won soap.

Hm. Ok. 

Hey, it's fancy soap by CO Bigelow Apothecaries  - and also lotion! They smell really good and, ya know, Winter is coming (read in Game of Thrones voice) so good-smelling lotion will be handy. 

True, it's not exactly a free flight to anywhere my heart desires. But oh well. I still enjoyed the little "Hooray!!!" rush in winning anything at all. And I ended the day with a little more than I started it with. So you know what? Winning soap is still winning!! 

Now I think it's time to play some craps and buy a scratch off ticket...

#33: Explore a Castle

#33: Explore a Castle

#16: Afternoon at Coney Island

#16: Afternoon at Coney Island