My birthday is coming up next week & I am definitely having mixed emotions about it because it will kick off what will be my last year in my thirties. I’ve never been one to bemoan getting older because, for the most part, I think I have grown stronger, wiser & more confident with each passing year – you couldn’t pay me enough to go back & relive my twenties again! But, there’s also a bittersweet joy I feel when I realize that over the course of the next year, I will have two kids in double-digits and I will turn the big 4-0.
When I was younger, I had a “life plan” and I thought I knew exactly what my life would look like at this age…but it’s amazing to see how differently things have turned out. I never pictured myself living on the East Coast & I never dreamed of going back to work again after my kids were born. Yet, here I am living in upstate New York & running my own business from home. Regardless of my current life circumstances, I have so much to be thankful for this year & I’m looking forward to celebrating all of those things with my family this weekend. Here are a few items I wouldn’t mind opening on my special day (these would also make great holiday gifts for her!):