I took a birthday pause this week. You can do that when you turn 43. You have my permission to pause on your birthday. I was, actually, really excited about my birthday this year. I’m still not sure why. I met a lady in the grocery store on the day of my birthday who was a brain cancer AND breast cancer survivor. She said, “I’m just grateful to be alive.” We were both buying the grape chicken salad in the deli at Lowe’s Foods. It’s the best! When I turned 40…I thought it was all down hill. I thought things like…”Is this what my life is cracked up to be?” “What am I doing?” I think it was a mini mid-life crisis. This week, I’ve just taken the time to enjoy celebrating my birthday. My husband has dubbed it birthday month. I’ll take it! I’ve enjoyed the fact that my 5th grader still wants me to come to her fall party at school. I’ve enjoyed my friendships and appreciate the safe place they warrant me to be myself…and not judge. I feel happy and content right now. I’ve been reading all the girls’ “31 Day Posts” and have been most impacted by the Emily’s “Remodeling this life” and “Chatting at the Sky.” They have both reminded me to stop and pause and accept the grace.
p.s. Don’t forget to link up for the slipcover linky party tomorrow!