My April Fool’s Day 40th Birthday Celebration

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40th Birthday Celebration

You know what? I woke up at 6 am my bday morning to draft this 40th Birthday Celebration post to no avail.  I had been compiling a list of 40 things I’ve learned in 40 years….totally random and ranging from “Take the Risk,” “Wear your SPF,” “Love happens when you least expect (or want) it,” and “Wait tables at a restaurant” to “Time truly does heal,” “Say Hi to Strangers,” “Pay it Forward,” and “Admit you’re wrong,”  “Cut out the Cancer,” “Call your Family,” and “Take the Girl’s Trip.”  The list was extensive and random and I had spent quite some time working on it but something just wasn’t jiving as I typed out numbers 1-40.  It felt long winded and preachy for some reason–ironically it was the first time in writing this blog, I had LEGIT writer’s block.  After seven amazing years of blogging, y’all have heard me yap enough and it occurred to me this week as it was hanging over my head I had yet to complete this post, YOU ALL should be a part of this most celebratory time!!!  YOU ALL are a huge part of WHY this particular bday is such a special one….I’m in a wonderfully blessed season of life, so excited for what this next decade holds, feeling beyond thankful for my family and friends, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t include y’all in this special post.  So when I randomly asked what this particular decade means to you back in March, here’s what y’all had to say:

“Personally 40’s are the best.  A true appreciation for what matters in life–finally figuring it out and the best is yet to C O M E!”

–@thecarriemer***

“My best decade so far and I’ve never felt better in my skin!  Here’s to #FAB40!”

–@fauxfoodieg***

“Being in my 40s has been my favorite age so far.  So much more comfortable with who I am and what I want for my future.  Way less caring about what others think!”

–@lana_moor***

“Embrace and release is what it’s all about.  Embrace yourself, life, the journey and release all negativity surrounding you.  Don’t sweat the small stuff!”

–@jagz***

“Forties are so good!  You get a new confidence and comfort in your own skin and don’t give a SH**….it’s so freeing!”

–@houseofhous***

“I just turned 40 in January and I’m really digging it.  It’s like certain things that I’ve been unsure of within myself have melted away–what a blessing!”

–@stephbraw***

“I finally feel like me!  #40”

–@4girls_mo***

“In my forties and wide-eyed at life!”

–@j_lee***

“I’m loving being in my forties as I’m finally feeling comfortable being me and not worrying what others think.”

–@alli_becker***

“Forties are worth celebrating!  I feel great, have great friends, DO NOT care what others think and feel empowered by that….but beware…the hangovers are WORSE!”

–@melissamcdanie***

So the overwhelming theme seems to be….Forties are badass.  Embrace YOU.  Soak up Life.  And don’t give a rat’s arse what anyone thinks!!  Sounds like the formula for a fabulous decade if you ask me!!  Thanks for sticking along for the bday ride, gang!!  The birthday wishes were plentiful and my gratitude to this amazing community is endless!!!  Cheers to enjoying whatever season of life you’re in and embracing aging like a boss!

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