Reposted from my Facebook
Can I just say … YOU PEOPLE ROCK! Thank you for all the fab bday wishes!
This year has been a good year. Today I turn 49. I’ve lived a rich life not in wealth but in love. I’ve been through many hardships as well as had many blessings! I’ve met some of the most amazing people throughout my life and I am so blessed to have them.
I remember in my 20’s how I had so much to look forward to: college, creating a career, becoming a wife and mother.
My 30’s were spent caring for my family including my parents. I remember during my 30’s some days were especially difficult and thinking they’d never end.
In my 40’s I decided to reinvent myself. I started my own business and am loving it!
I figured out that life is a series of choices and the choices that I make will determine my future for better or worse. No one is going to come along and save me from me. I must be the one to stand up and say this is how it’s going to be because this is what I want and I alone can make that happen. There is no prince charming ladies, that’s the stuff of fairy tales. I must stand up and be strong and do what I do for myself and my children.
I learned it’s okay to ask for help, and it’s okay to receive the blessings of others whether it be a simple smile and compliment or something much bigger. Who am I to refuse a gift of love? If i receive it with humbleness and a grateful heart it will bless me in ways I can’t imagine.
I learned love is often hard but also comes with many blessings. I can’t be afraid to love for fear I will be hurt but I must embrace the love and allow it to reside in my heart as well.
I learned trust is hard to get back once it’s been lost but everyone is redeemable and I must forgive them.
I learned what true loneliness is and how to overcome it.
I learned to forgive even in the most difficult circumstances.
I learned some hard lessons when I died after giving birth to my first, my baby boy. God’s love is always present even when I separate myself from Him. He is waiting on me to return and that light I lost sight of is still there at the end of the tunnel I have to keep crawling and/climbing until I reach it.
I learned giving up isn’t an option if you want to live a happy and fulfilled life you must stay strong. I learned on those days when I felt like giving up to take a deep breath, smile and simply do the next thing.
I learned life has seasons and seasons always change so I must embrace the change in order to grow. I must embrace the hardships and be grateful for them as they are part of what made me who I am today.
I learned it’s not always about me but also those God has blessed me with in my life. There is a far bigger world out there than myself and I learned to see it and all the blessings it has to offer me in all of its beauty.
I learned the truth often hurts, but that we can change that truth and become a better person.
I learned that LIFE IS TO SHORT to spend it on yesterday’s junk but to focus on the here and now and simply be present in this moment.
I have many scars both seen and unseen from my journey and I embrace them all because they are where all the lessons were learned and thus I received huge blessings to follow!
Even with all my grey hairs, the extra weight, and sagging body 😉 I am grateful to still be kicking and am looking forward to turning 50 next year and creating an even better decade than the one before.
Thank you all for being a part of my life! You are a blessing to me.