Today, I’m feeling reflective. I’m taking stock of my life and where things are headed. Today is my birthday, my Happy New Year! So instead of being all introspective come January 1st, I decided to start early.

This last year has been quite a crazy one for me. The biggest thing had to be the closure of the network where I’d spent almost 10 years. That changed everything – in a great way. It was the perfect platform for a new beginning. It has given me the opportunity to be a more present mother with my babies. That was still possible, but harder to do when I was working. Everything had to move so fast then. We’ve been able to slow down and really enjoy each other. That’s a blessing.

This year has also seen me get clear about what I want. I have a pretty strong vision for my life and where I’d like to see it going. I’m working my butt off to get it.

When I was younger, I though my 30s were going to be the official start of my “over the hill” years. I pictured 35 as being SO old! I have found that my 30s have been the best decade so far. I’ve learned so much about life, about me and about the world around me. I’ve learned to say what’s on my mind and what’s in my heart. I’ve learned how freeing it is to be exactly who I am, flaws and all. I’ve learned that nobody’s thoughts of me matter more than my own thoughts of me. I’ve learned to live with a boldness and an attitude of “why not?” Being less concerned with what others will think or say has freed me up to live a life that feels true to me. Yes, my 30s have been good to me so far.

Now that I’m coming to the end of my 30s, I’m soaking up the lessons this decade has taught me so far. I’m carrying them in my hearts journal for future reference.

At 38, I know that I am blessed. It has nothing to do with the things in my home, the clothes in my closet or the car in my garage. It has everything to do with the God I serve and the people with whom I share my heart.

I leave you with one of my favorite photos from the photo shoot I told you about last week. It feels like my super hero alter ego or something. It certainly doesn’t bring to mind the old woman I thought I’d be at 38.  LOL!

DSC_0047Shoes: Victoria’s Secret Pants: H&M Dress: Peppermint

*Linking up with Monday Mingle, Real Mom Style + WIWW

45 comments on “Happy New Year – to ME!”

  1. Happy birthday, you look great. I just turned 41 and the last few years have been fantastic, getting older isn’t always a bad thing.

  2. Happy Birthday and Happy New Year to you. 🙂 I like the determination you have in your tone, that really is (coupled w/the hard work you mentioned) what gets the most results.
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  3. I turned 50 this year and if you would have told me that I was loving being 50, I would have laughed. But I truly do! I feel like I’ve come into my own. I’m wiser. I so look forward to this next decade! Happy Birthday to you… you look amazing!
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