I am celebrating my 40th birthday today! It’s been a great day so far. I am getting asked how it feels to be turning 40, and honestly, I don’t really feel any different! I don’t get any anxiety over getting older. I spend my time focusing on being present as much as I possibly can.
Birthdays, for me, are a time to reflect. I get to think about what is most important to me. Today it was obvious: Connections.
Maintaining close connections brings me great joy. Our accomplishments really total up the older we get. We reflect on where we’ve been and where are going, so it is important to me to celebrate my journey with the people in my life that mean the most to me.
Today was full of unexpected celebrations. The day leading up to the BIG day I got a call from a girlfriend who asked me what my plans were for my birthday, and I said I didn’t have any. She said, “Jennifer it’s your birthday! We have to do something. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, something!” At that point I had no real plans on my birthday day, only weekend plans. So I said, “Sure, let’s do lunch!”
Birthday arrives, and I come into the office greeted with a gift from my staff to my favorite boutique! An hour later a girlfriend brought me a dozen of yellow roses! Meanwhile, I received a text from another girlfriend asking if I had time to meet up for a drink to celebrate.
By this time it was lunch time, and I was off to meet my girlfriend. I was surprised that another girlfriend showed up to celebrate with us as well! The conversation we had was exactly what I needed.
A couple hours later I took off to meet another girlfriend to have a drink and celebrate with more great conversation. My birthday ended by coming home to an amazing husband cooking a special dinner for me with a fire going and a bottle of wine with the best birthday card ever. You nailed it honey!
I went from no real special plans to having the most amazing 40th birthday, and all because of the remarkable connections I have in my life. My whole day was a celebration of connecting!
Birthdays are a fabulous way to stay connected with your friends! When you have close relationships, you cherish them. You appreciate them, and it is good to let them know how important they are to you, especially on their birthday. My friends and loved ones reminded me how remarkable I am, and I am so grateful to them for that! What a memorable day!