Sunday, December 28, 2008

I Guess I'm A Grown-Up Now

Well, today is my Birthday, and it's one that I'm sitting up straight for. I've turned 40 today. Wow. 4o. Really?? I've known that it has been on its way for quite sometime now, so to be suprised by it is a little funny. But I am. Suprised, I mean. I have to say that I've been thinking a lot about what it means to me to be about half-way through my years; what I want to do with the rest of my life. This brings new year's resolutions to a whole new level entirely!

Here are my random thoughts on what I'd like to give myself for my birthday:

I would like to treat myself as though I really matter. That means, I need to go to bed at a reasonable hour. Sleep is precious and helpful. Also, I need to eat to maximize my health and well-being. It feels hard to say "No" to those yummy empty calories and foods that are actually toxic, but isn't it harder to deal with the negative consequences? Excercise and reflective thought are also on my list. I think I would like to start practicing some sort of yoga again.

As I'm writing this, I'm starting to feel a little overwhelmed. Maybe I need to just breathe in deeply and take one day at a time. I'll think about this ever-growing list of what I'd like to do for myself and get back to you! In the meantime, I would like to welcome myself to maturity and also to reassure the child within that she is also important and not forgotten.

Peace and love,



Katie said...

Happy Birthday!

I've found the best way to keep myself from being overwhelmed by resolutions is to make only one: to do the best I can with every day I'm given.

I hope your 40th year is a great one :)

Samantha (Sam) Spitzer said...

Happy Birthday Colleen! Inhale, exhale, repeat. If the only reflection, yoga, exercise, and goal you accomplish all year is to remember to inhale, exhale, and repeat - well, you'll have done enough. And enough is a beautiful, wonderful, magical, blissful place to be.

I hope your birthday and coming year brings the evolution you seek.

Namaste (Sanskrit for the light in me honors the light in you, and when you are in your place of light and I am in my place of light, we are one.)

Mari said...

I'm sending you virtual happy birthday hugs, Colleen.

Hope the rest of your day is fabulous.

vadjutka said...

I wish you many happy returns!!!
I hope you had a great day yesterday.

I also hope that your big dream - you mentioned on my blog - comes true. BTW: what is it? I am very courious :-)

Stephanie said...

Happy Milestone Birthday!

mr.ed said...

A belated Happy 40th and New Year. I hope both are great for you. You deserve it. Wish I was 40 again. I owe you a Starbucks.

Colleen MacDonald said...

Thanks you all! Ed, you owe me nothing, but of couse it won't take much arm twisting to talk me into a coffee! I'll be seeing you soon.