Well, Happy Birthday to me! At this moment, I’m four times my daughter’s age! I’m 56 years away from 100!
And I’m still not the best at math because I had to backspace on both of those calculations when I got them wrong the first time.
I’ll admit I’m fully in my mid-forties now, but I’m not quite ready to call myself middle aged.
Things I’m loving about my forties:
The busy-ness. Some days I lament the craziness of our family’s schedule (which could be infinitely crazier), but honestly I love it.
My teenage and early adult years were so incredibly fun for me, going going going all the time. Meeting new people, traveling to different places for speech competitions, football games, and whatever-fun-came-along.
I’m now re-experiencing that times three as my kids develop these things called “their own lives.” I get to meet new people and travel to different places for football and basketball games and speech competitions and whatever-fun-comes-along.
It’s honestly a blast.
Not that I haven’t struggled with it here and there, wishing I could be the one to decide which things were interesting and worth our travel time and energy. But alas, the most positive decision I’ve made at this stage of motherhood (my kids are now 11, 14, and 16) is to go with the flow.
To enjoy each opportunity to drive to a basketball game an hour away on a Thursday night.
To relish the adventure of finding a great barbecue place in a small town on the way to watch my kid march in the band (even when he’s literally just marching because he forgot his tuba’s mouthpiece and can’t play . . . ).
To spend Saturday night practicing hair-styling techniques on the girl who once threw up from crying so hard because she couldn’t bear to have a brush go through her hair.
To spend an hour every morning and two every afternoon of our family vacation at the lake riding along on country roads while my fourteen year old got “his turn” at learning to drive.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned at this point in my life, it’s to enjoy each day for what it is. To live the life I have at this moment.
Transfer those thoughts to your stuff, and you’ll learn what I’ve learned about clutter.
Life is crazy enough in the moment. I don’t need stuff from another phase (past or future) making it harder to enjoy this moment.
Life isn’t guaranteed. We’ve learned this the hard way over the past year. Each day of the next year is one I want to live well. If any thing makes my days more difficult to live well, it needs to go.
OK. Enough rambling from this birthday girl/mid-forties-woman.
A few things you should totally grab on my birthday.
I have a few “gifts” for you today. Think of them as party favors, even though they’ve been available for a while and will be available for a while longer.
I just want to remind you because I always feel bad when people miss out on these kinds of things.
My first book, How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind is 1.99 in e-book form through the end of this month. Here it is for Kindle and Nook, and it’s also available (in the U.S.) for that price on other digital book platforms. If you don’t have an ereader, I explain in this video how to get a free ereader app on your phone so you can take advantage of deals like these.
The 5 Day Clutter Shakedown, the mini-course I created where I teach you how to work through any mess, no matter how overwhelming, is free when you pre-order my new book, Decluttering at the Speed of Life.
Pre-ordering my book would be the best birthday gift ever, if you’re in a birthday-gift-giving mood. And you get a gift when you give that gift!
It’s only 11.59 on Amazon right now and 12.16 at Barnes and Noble, and filling out the pre-order form gets you a coupon to make the video course free, which saves you $30! Go here to learn how to get your pre-order bonus. There’s even a link to where you can get a signed copy!
Best. Party favors. Ever.
I mean, except that they’re not totally free. But you’d bring a gift to a real party, right? So let’s call it even.