A little older, a little wiser.

It’s been a pretty busy time for me, and I’m sorry that I’ve neglected JLYBM the past couple of weeks.  Being more regular at posting on this blog is one of my goals this year, so there’s time to improve ;).  Aside from other types of running around, birthday celebration seems has come in different forms, on different days over a few weeks.  A big step in our backyard project was completed a couple Saturdays ago, so it’s fun to say that my husband built me a pergola for my birthday.  We had a bunch of friends over for a backyard launch bbq, which was also something of a birthday party.  Don’t forget day-of festivities, including the traditional gourmet hamburger dinner!  Also, a good friend of mine went into labor on the morning of my birthday, and gave birth to a baby girl, which I consider part of my celebration story this year.  So much excitement!  Nothing like an action-packed month to make you feel your age!  All good stuff, though, as being busy and surrounded by people I love and things that I’m interested in is hardly anything to feel deflated by.  Getting older is looking up!

It’s something of a milestone birthday, so I am trying to acknowledge and appreciate that with everything that I’m doing.  I wake up, press snooze, and automatically think, “You’re 35 – you can’t be this tired.”  When I look in the mirror: “This is what 35 looks like — yup, still you!”  When I’m commuting to work, looking out the car window:  “How am I seeing things differently at my age?”  It’s common to mourn the gradual loss of youth,  but I actually feel like youth is sometimes overrated.  Here I am, in my mid-thirties (officially, like, right in the middle) and it’s a great time!  I earn my own money, I can see the fruits of my labor (inclusive of education, earlier-life lessons, career choices), I feel like I finally have a grasp on what’s important to me.  I think I’m enjoying things a lot more than I did when I was in my twenties — a time when I was never sure if what I had and who I was was good enough.

HBD, KBD!  Cheers to making 35 count!

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