Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Gearing Up for the New Year

We had a wonderful Christmas! For whatever reason, things came together smoothly this year, so there wasn't any crazy running around at the last minute or any of that. The anticipation just about did the boys in on Christmas Eve...poor ol' Griff appeared to be in physical pain a couple of times -- he just could not stand the waiting! I am happy to report that they both survived though, and had such a fun day. Unfortunately, Camden woke up the day after Christmas sick to his stomach, but luckily it passed quickly and soon he was back to his old self. Just glad the poor thing wasn't sick ON Christmas day...that would have been a major bummer.

Santa did not bring me a new laptop, so I am still blogging via Smartphone, I fear. I really miss my computer! The impending New Year has given me the motivation I needed to do some organizing, which has been great. I have been getting rid of things I don't want or need anymore and I hope to tackle more drawers, closets, etc. in the coming weeks.

It has also dawned one that I will be turning 40 in 37 days. How did that happen?!? I am not exactly sure how I feel about it. I don't remember caring one way or the other, when I turned 30. I think somewhere around 38 I might have raised an eyebrow. I think I am mostly thinking, 'Holy cow, I can't believe I am 40!' It just seems so odd to me. The good news is, I am in better shape than I was at age 30, feel better about myself, and am more content than I have ever been before. This past year in particular has been a year of letting go -- letting go of disappointment, letting go of things and people I can't control...still a lot of work to do in that area, but it is a start. So, I suppose I am looking at the coming year as a challenge (the good kind)...with my health being at the top of the list (physical, mental, and otherwise). Let the games begin!


Jen F. said...

Good for you for letting go of things and people you can't control. I don't think I know anyone as kind as you. Unhappy people like other people to be unhappy too. Let's not let them have that power over us!

Oh, and I know what you mean about 40. I dreaded it, but so far it hasn't been so bad (although some knew wrinkles have appeared). What's hard to believe is that 22 years have gone by since we started college and I first met you!

Jen F. said...

'New', not knew. Forgetting how to spell in my old age : )

Emily said...

I hear that the older we get, life is more enjoyable. We like ourselves more and we are more comfortable in our own skin. So, aging should bring us comfort, not distress!

Turning 30 was a breeze for me, too. In fact, I finally felt like my actual age was catching up to my mental age. I always say that I was "born 40 years old." I still have another year before facing 40, but I, too am in better physical shape than at 30 (I hadn't started running yet) and I have fewer unknowns in my life, for which I am very grateful. I am sure that you will embrace 40 as gracefully as you have other parts of your life!

Heather said...

Wow, when I read that line about meeting 22 years ago Jen, it threw me! Where has that time gone? Here's to many, many more years (and adventures) for the both of us. speaking of which, where are we off to next? :)

Emily, I like what you said. I definitely agree with getting more comfortable in our skin. I know that is proving true for me. I mostly just have a feeling of contentment now, and I really like that.

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Joy said...

You make 40 something not to dread! THANK YOU!!!

Nicky said...

Glad Christmas went so well and was enjoyable! I felt the opposite to you - turning 30 was something I dreaded for some reason, yet when I got to 40, it didn't concern me at all! I have to say though, when I did eventually reach 30, it didn't bother me in the end - the anticipation and thought of entering my 30s was clearly more concerning than the actual event!

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