On the grand life change end of things, when I was laid off two years ago this month, I decided to start my own business in a totally different field in which I had no formal training, or any training in running a business for that matter.
On the overcoming phobias front, I appeared on live TV doing a demonstration to promote my new business - me, the person who failed public speaking in high school because I preferred to take the F rather than speak in front of people I had known for years, that's how shy I used to be.
Personal appearance-wise, I cut about a foot off my hair (halfway down my back to nearly pixie) before I went off to university, and my hair has been just about every shade imaginable except pitch black.
Things still on my to-do list: a polar bear dip, petting a big cat (a tiger or lion, not my roly poly Winnie
, learning to play the violin (I'm in my thirties, and will probably be in a class with 7-year-olds)...