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Lessons On My 40th Birthday

Me and the Fam! I have news. A few weeks ago I celebrated my 40th birthday. It was my second COVID/lockdown birthday and I wasn't even sad about it. I'm not a huge birthday bash kind of girl, so not having to break the news to everyone that there would be no crazy party felt sooooooo good.  I've thought a lot about this post. About turning 40. What do I want to share here to help document this milestone birthday? When my kids look back and read this online journal so to speak, what do I want them to know about what I was thinking on May 11, 2021? And here's what I came up with: On celebrating my special day: COVID birthdays aren't so bad as an adult. Sure they suck shit for kids (can't have a party, can't see their family and friends, hardly any presents because said parties are a no-no). But for me, as an adult, I understand why I can't party it up with like 50 of my closest friends and family members. I understand that a Vegas trip is out of the questi

Living With Intention: 5 Things that Made Me Smile



It’s been a rough two weeks. I think the lockdown is getting the best of me and the family, and work is a bit haywire right now. Lot’s of drama and hurt feelings amongst team members. It’s so easy to get sucked in to other people’s hurt feelings. When my friends or people I care about hurt, I hurt too. I can’t turn it off. Know what I mean?

So today I’m starting my day with a positive intention: to focus on 5 things that have made me smile this past week. 


Here we go….


  1. Talking to an old friend on the phone after months of not being in touch.

  2. Learning that my family and I will be making more memories together this summer (and next) regardless of what happens with the pandemic. We’ve rented a cottage and can’t wait for our little getaway.

  3. Even though the kids are sick of eachother (remote school and the lockdown situation is most likely to blame) they’ve also found comfort in one another since they aren’t able to see or play with their friends. While they do fight and bicker, they also play with each other and motivate each other. And they’ve been helping each other with homework and issues that arise during remote school. It warms my heart when I see them genuinely be kind to one another.

  4. I’ve been on the weight loss and fitness train these past two months and my hubby has been so encouraging. He just told me how proud he is of me for sticking to my goal of working out every day and said I’m totally slaying it. It just made me feel so good to have my hard work acknowledged.

  5. Bedtime has the potential to be disastrous or easy peasy with my kids.There is no in between. And sometimes after a long hard day the last thing I want to do is lay down with the kiddos. The other night was like that. But, my littlest one Adrianna reminded me why bedtime is so precious. It is the one time of day that both kids are their most vulnerable and want to share things with me about their day, their thoughts, the fears, their wants etc. The other night, Adrianna was so over tired she just had straight up giggles. And it was infectious. And exactly what I needed - although I didn’t realize it at the time. We giggled for about 45 minutes about everything, and nothing all at the same time.That truly warmed my heart. She needed that connection with me, and you know what, I really needed it too.


What are 5 things that made you smile this week?

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