Another year, another birthday – but this time, it’s my 54th, and I’m feeling particularly reflective. In midlife, birthdays take on a new meaning for me. They’re not just milestones; they’re opportunities to look back on my life thus far and acknowledge all the amazing things I’ve accomplished, the challenges I’ve overcome, and the people I’ve loved and learned from. Above all, each birthday serves as a reminder of my awesomeness and worthiness. So, in honor of my 54th birthday, I’m reflecting on my life in five key areas: curiosity, experience, wisdom, relationships, and self-care.
My curiosity has led me down a path of endless discovery. Recently, I became fascinated with holistic healing and how it can help us lead a life full of joy and fulfillment. Through this exploration, I’ve gained valuable insights into the importance of nutrition, mindfulness, and self-love.
I’ve noticed, I’ve become more comfortable in my skin, and I no longer feel the pressure to conform to society’s norms. It’s given me the freedom to explore and ask the tough questions. For example, going grey. This decision has been a journey in self-acceptance and redefining beauty. It has stretched me in more ways than I imagined. I’ve become more curious about, Going Gray Gracefully!
Traveling has always been a passion of mine, and I’m lucky that I’ve been able to experience it. I’ve been to places that have opened my eyes to new cultures and ways of life. Just last year, I went on a trip to Western Canada, where I hiked through some majestic mountains, saw bears, and swam in cool freshwater streams. It was an adventure that challenged me physically.
Taking a leadership/coaching course with my schedule has been both difficult and enlightening. Difficult because I’ve had to retrain how I learn and think. Enlightening because I’ve had to retrain how I learn and think.
Overcoming challenges has been a crucial part of my personal growth. Life is never easy, but it’s how we handle those challenges that shape us. One of my significant challenges was caring for my aging mom, who has health issues. It’s been emotionally taxing for my siblings and I, but we’ve learned so much about patience, compassion, and self-care in the process. It’s made me confront my own mortality and prioritize my health and well-being.
One of my ongoing challenges is being a solopreneur. The process is filled with uncertain and, at times, scary, but learning from my mistakes and seeking guidance from mentors helped me navigate the journey. An endless journey at that!
Relationships are an essential aspect of my life, and I’ve always made a conscious effort to nurture them. As I grow older and wiser, I’ve learned the importance of being authentic and vulnerable. Whether it’s with my partner, family, friends, or colleagues, I strive to build relationships based on mutual respect and trust.
Lastly, self-care has become a non-negotiable aspect of my life. As an entrepreneur, coach, family member and girlfriend, I understand the importance of taking care of myself so I can show up as my best self in all areas of my life. Whether it’s a relaxing massage or a leisurely walk in nature, I make sure to schedule in time for self-care, knowing that it’s an investment in myself that pays massive dividends.
So, there you have it: my reflections on my 54th birthday. I’m proud of the person I’ve become and continue to grow into. Birthdays should serve as a reminder of our awesomeness, and as we age, may we embrace wisdom while remaining playful.
Be all the woman you were meant to be!