A Lot Can Change in a Year, Let It!

Happy Birthday to Me! Y’all are so blessed!

Turning 50 was scary, but awesome!  I went in fearless and bold! Eyes w i d e OPEN!  I thought getting older would make me feel older, but it didn’t.  I mean 50 years, ½ a century, closer to death? That’s some scary stuff.

But this year was going to be different,  I was going to be different! I made some great new close, best friend friendships, I became healthier and younger looking.  I paid closer attention to things that really matter, like time, memories and people. And my favorite was, I went on adventures. I love adventures.

This year, I will continue these new traditions with the same goals in mind, adding more adventures with my new close best friends and my family.  Time isn’t always on our side, so when we have opportunities to engage in activities that allow us to laugh, cry, hug, look at the stars, and talk, we should do so with no expectations and no timeframe.

I want to make as many memories and take as many pictures and go on as many adventures as possible.  Life is to be lived doing the things we love with the people who will put up with us the most. ( and I mean that in the nicest way)

So Happy 51st Birthday to Me!  May all of my dreams come true! ( I do believe in fairy tales)

Advice Through the Decades

I have only lived four actual decades, but I’m starting on my fifth.  When thinking about what got me through each one, I thought I would share them with you.

Decade one:  Believe in who you are!  You have great abilities that you don’t even know about yet.  Just do you and trust in God’s plans for your life.

Decade two:  It’s okay to be different!  Follow your own path and heart!  You are made for greatness. Just do you and trust in God’s plans for your life.

Decade three:  Life is hard. Sometimes you already know what decision you need to make before you actually make it.  Set goals and go after them no matter who is against you. Always believe in yourself. Just do you and trust in God’s plans for your life.

Decade four:  Dream! Dream BIG!  Let God change your heart to serve others, not yourself.  Don’t be materialistic! Share your stories with others. Become a light in the darkness so that others can find their way.  Just do you and trust in God’s plans for your life.

Decade five:  Have fun! PLAY!  Believe you are created for much more than where you are and what your doing now!  Believe in people, not things. Create an environment in your life that invites others to want what God has placed inside of you.  Set goals bigger than what you could ever hope to accomplish on your own because you know that God will go BIG on you! Just do you and trust in God’s plans for your life.

As the decades grow, so does the advice.  It grows because your wisdom has grown. You know more, therefore you can accomplish more and create more.  I pray that you will have many years to know how much God loves you and wants to create in you great advice to give to others who will need it.  Just do you and trust in God’s plans for you life!

Turning 50

In one month from today, I will turn the big 5 0 (May 7).  I am very excited! I know there are alot of people who wouldn’t be, but I have a lot of reasons for being excited!

Age 0-20

I had an awesome childhood.  I grew up in big family with two parents who lovingly cared for us. We traveled to different places, played outside with friends, went to church, ate dinner at home. Learned respect and social skills, how to fight, cry when I couldn’t fight, fall in love and out of love.  Made an awesome circle of friends, went to college, learned to drive, learned to work.

Age 20-30

This was not the greatest time of my life.  I made some bad choices (children, marriage, divorce), in that order. Things I’m not real proud of. But if I had not made these choices, I wouldn’t have my two wonderful daughters and grandson.  I wouldn’t have learned what I like and don’t like in a relationship.

Age 30-40

Life is hard as a single mom with two small children.  But I was always independent and positive. I went back to school (Teacher), I worked two or three jobs( workaholic), I provided for my girls, raised them to believe they could be anything they wanted as long as they worked hard for it and did whatever it took to make sure we survived.  

Age 40-50

This is the best part of my life so far.   My girls grew up, I was blessed with a wonderful grandson, I became a great teacher ( with experience, of course), I worked as a summer camp counselor (which I love, 5 years), I became a Children’s Author (published), I take adventures, go places, travel out of the country (Honduras mission trip).  I make sure to be intentional with everything I do; consistent, routine and self-discipline.

Age 50+

I want to make an impact!  I want to make someone feel like their the most important person in the room at that very moment.  I want to encourage, inspire, love, motivate, influence, share wisdom and knowledge, play, be bold, fearless and brave!

 

Turning 50 will be so awesome most importantly because  I don’t look 50 and I certainly do not feel 50. I believe the latter part of my life will be so awesome and I’m glad you’re a part of it.  Thanks for sharing it with me!