Birthday imgI love my birthday! Every year I look forward to making special plans with friends and family, catching up with people who make the annual check in, and doing something that I love to do. I especially like to bring in the big 10 birthdays with some added special meaning, reflection, and a plan for the coming decade.

I am approaching 50 at the end of this year, so I am in major planning and reflection mode. Let’s take a look over the past several decades and what the theme of those years has been.

20 – I don’t even know if that counts as a time when I was focused on reality. I was in college, living the care free life. Thinking of the future probably meant nothing past the weekend. Once college was done, I spent the next several years trying various jobs that would point me in a direction. I lived in Washington, DC and then NYC. I experimented with marketing and the hotel business, as well as spending some time dabbling in the fitness industry. I was married at 27, worked in fitness and moved to the suburbs.

30 – Motherhood! On my 30th birthday we shared the news that I was expecting our first child. Once she was born, I became a stay-at-home mom. Eventually, I had a second child, moved from a condo to house, and wore every hat in the closet. I was busy running around suburbia with my kids, taking them to playdates, parties, school, and a vast array of activities. I had both of them home through my 30’s and in the fall of 39, my son was starting all day kindergarten.

Birthday img40 – It’s time for me! I had all day ahead of me and I wasn’t going to waste a second of it. I was ready to clean up my act. I immediately started to eat well, workout hard and feel empowered to explore all of the things that I didn’t have any time for during the past 10 years. I grabbed the bull by the horns …

Ready, Set, Go!

I lost weight, was strong like I never imaged and started running. I became an athlete and ran my first marathon before turning 41. Over the next 5 years, I would run 6 more marathons, take groups on an annual pilgrimage to Canyon Ranch, and work at both day and sleep away camps. We had a bat and bar mitzvah, started driving, made it successfully through junior and senior year of high school and started college this past fall. As I turned 49, I now have a much quieter house with only one child at home. I am now trying to see what the next phase of my life will be. It is important to me to still be home for my son, as I was for my daughter. However, I am very interested in finding new projects and adventures. I am hopeful and optimistic that satisfying things will fill the future.

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