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"What you do, tells me everything about you." Jerry Fernandez
When I turned 30 I made this big proclamation that I will only celebrate my birthdays going forward.
That I don't want to be 17 or 22 again. Not 25 or 28.
I only get wiser with age.
And as my dad used to say "birthdays are better than the alternative".
When I turned 30 I also declared "The best is yet to come!"
We had a big party and celebrated way into the night! All month long!
And then from there on that began what ended up being the beginning of the worst 2 or 3 years of my life.
You see, I had a really big disagreement with my brother and his wife that lasted years and quite frankly, to me, it was devastating.
I have always felt like I jinxed myself when I swore up and down that 30 was going to be great because, in the end, it was not.
It was awful.
Like, imagine walking around sobbing for months and months on end.
My friends and family remember.
This "thing" that happened had such a big impact on my life that I couldn't get over it.
I sought help and understanding from every corner of life.
I even went to coaching school hoping to be coached myself!
Eventually, I learned that this disagreement was a giant set of misunderstanding and when my first daughter was born, the olive branch was extended.
And all the hurt washed away.
Now, tomorrow, I turn 40.
I do get better with age! And I don't want to go back.
Nope, no way would I go back to 30, 31, 32. Not 33 or even 37.
Truth be told, I am a pretty happy person and I am excited for what's to come.
But as my older, wiser self, I feel a major change in front of me.
I walk into my birthday incredibly humble and grateful.
I have a family.
A beautiful family.
A husband who works incredibly hard to have a family that is taken care of financially, emotionally and most importantly lovingly.
I have beautiful daughters that sure do give me a run for my money! Oh boy oh boy. But I wouldn't change a single thing about them.
I have friends who have bent over backward to be a support system to me and I to them. We laugh, we cry, we gossip.
And I have a business and work that I love. I have the distinct honor to do the work I do, to connect and share with you.
So no big proclamations.
No big declarations.
Just a big huge THANK YOU!
And a Happy Birthday to me!
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