Happy Friday! Today is going to be a great day, not only is it Friday (T.G.I.F.) but yesterday they started playing Christmas music on 100.3 WNIC (Christmas all the time, wahoo!!,) plus it’s my birthday today and to top it all off I get to head over to Starbucks this morning for my birthday latte! This girl couldn’t be more excited.
Yeah, so, you read that right. Today is my birthday.
Today I woke up another year older and, perhaps, another year wiser (hey, I said “perhaps.”) Here I am, now 38 years old (shit, I’m on the downside of my thirties!?!?!!) Happily married. Homeowner. Mother of two beautiful, sweet and spirited little souls. How did that happen? I remember turning 30 like it was yesterday. I was convinced that I was going to live my life as an old spinster (maybe I watched a little too much Bridget Jones during that time of my life.) Of course, 3 short months later I met my now husband and just like that, all fell into place and made sense.
As I reflect on the past 8 years I just have to smile. While this year isn’t unlike any other year, I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m thankful to have two amazing little girls who are reminding me to slow down a little, feel the autumn breeze and sunshine on my cheeks when we walk. Thankful that they’re healthy and happy. Thankful for a husband who is supportive and understanding, especially during this season of change in our house. Thankful to feel happy and at peace with who I am, the woman I have become and the woman I will continue to evolve into. I smile because I have co-built this beautiful life and I couldn’t have dreamt up anything more perfect that this. When I sit back and look at the last few years, my thirties have been pretty damn good to me and for that I am thankful. I am blessed.
So who is this now nearly-40 year old woman?
I’m just another girl and her blog. I’m a feisty ginger who’s a perfectionist at heart. I’m loyal as hell. I’m crafty and love all things Pinterest. I love chocolate and wine. I worked in advertising for over 15 years. I was good at my job and truly enjoyed the people I worked with. Now I spend my days finding the missing glue-cap, taping broken crayons back together, making playdates, researching fun (yet educational) activities to keep my kiddos busy during the day, and doing my part to raise good humans. I love Oberon in the Summer and Starbucks Salted Carmel Hot Chocolates in the Winter. I overthink things, a lot. I probably spend too much time on my phone (social media) and definitely not enough time on the treadmil. My favorite restaurant is the Slanted Door in San Francisco. In my twenties I lived for flip flops and country concerts in the summer, but now in my thirties I live for SPF 50 and better bra support (laugh until you have two kids.) I love Serendipity – the word and the movie. And the best sound in the world is the sound of my kiddos laughing, those belly giggles get me every time.
So tonight when my kiddos sing me “happy birthday” I will be glowing – not because of all the candles on the cake – but because I am thankful for this beautiful and amazing life. This is me. This is what 38 looks like.