Just yesterday I had someone say, “Oh, I’m sorry,” in response to my 39th birthday today. My reply?
“I never care about the number, I’m just happy to eat cake!” And that’s the darn truth. I’ve never really cared too much about the number. My grandmother used to say, “Honey, the calendar may say I’m old, but I still feel 16.” It’s all a matter of perspective, I think.
You can ask my own mom, I have always loved birthdays. I think it might be the Gemini in me. We do love a good party.
Last year, I shared 38 things I wanted to do for my birthday year. Today, I’d like to share my new list (tomorrow I’ll let you know how I did with my 38!). As I close out the 30’s decade, it’s been a good one. I gave birth to four more babies, moved twice, went to Italy and France, endured a NICU stay, partied (a lot), changed parishes four times and finally started writing that book. I’m living this decade up right. Here’s to a spectacular 39th year of life.
1. Attend Daily Mass once a month.
2. Figure out HootSuite.
3. Form a spiritual board of directors. (My good buddy Lisa did this and it is a brilliant idea.)
4. Plan a weekend getaway with my husband.
5. Finish my book. Aw yeah, I’ve started chapter one so that’s something, right?!
6. Clean out my craft closet.
7. Lose 10 pounds.
8. Run once a week.
9. Find a spiritual director.
10. Pray with Scott.
11. Limit my time on social media.
12. Cross “surgery at Dell” off my list. Permanently.
13. Attend Vespers with the Dominicans more often.
14. Cut loose some clients. I love them all, but I love my family more.
15. Go on monthly date nights with Scott.
16. I still want to run that 10K.
17. Do a better job of planning blog content so I spend more time with the family.
18. Take another photography class.
19. Volunteer with Mobile Loaves & Fishes.
20. Write more handwritten thank you notes.
21. Spend less money. It would probably help if I avoid places like Target, Pottery Barn and The Container Store.
22. Save more for that family trip to Italy.
23. See the Aggies win a national football championship. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?
24. Drink more water.
25. Read more about the saints, especially St. Therese, Padre Pio, Frassati and soon-to-be St. John Paul II.
26. Read more with my kids. I’ve got a hankering to read some Harry Potter with the oldest girl in the family.
27. Remember more people’s birthdays.
28. Connect with old friends. When driving through towns, call them up and grab a Dr Pepper.
29. Visit Hawaii. Oh someday, y’all. Someday.
30. Read more books. Period. I used to love that and I’ve forgotten to make time.
31. Take a week off from blogging.
32. Get a pedicure with my girls.
33. Get a pedicure with my husband.
34. Use up all our gift cards.
35. Attend confession once a quarter.
36. Gossip less.
37. Love more.
38. Eat more vegetables. Scott, stop laughing.
39. Be more spontaneous.
And, that’s your top 39!