This is 40 = an even more boring blog

And you didn’t think that was possible! I showed you!

Because my birthday falls in January, I often reflect on the last year of my life at the same time I reflect on the last year of my life. If you know what I mean. If you don’t, well, it doesn’t really matter. What has this 40th year brought me (I guess it’s really the 41st, but don’t make me punch you)? Well, a lot. A grand mal seizure, posterior vitreous detachment in my left eye, strep throat (times 2), a feisty three-year-old, a super fun trip to Tulum, some cool house projects, laughter, tears, work stress, life stress, and a whole lot of gratitude. I’m trying to tell myself to slow down and breathe more and not be in such a hurry. But it’s hard. I really kinda loathe this cliche, but I’m trying to take care of myself more because I’ve finally realized that no one else is going to. I can keep getting resentful and angry when people pressure and guilt me into doing things I don’t want to do, or I can just smile and say, “No thanks” and let that be the end of it. Other people seem to have no problem saying no to me all the time. I worry about being flaky or ending up with no friends, but I think if I do it in the way that everyone else I love seems to do it, it’ll be ok. I’m going to practice this one A LOT.

But I’m also saying yes to a few things. For example, I joined a new tennis team. An over-40 team where I was sure that when I showed up everyone would look right through me, asking where the new player was. Uh, nope. “Kate? You’re on Court One.” Harumph. Same with the mammogram I had yesterday. “Oh surely you can’t be old enough for this!” is not something anyone seemed to think of saying to me. I also rejoined my old gym and I’m already really happy I did so.

So, 2016. I’m happy you’re here.


4 Responses to “This is 40 = an even more boring blog”

  1. 1 Tammy January 7, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Right on Kate! Inspiring!

  2. 2 Jane Roe January 7, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Love the blog and the attitude and you.

  3. 3 Mary January 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Well I am glad you are here too. And taking care of yourself and saying no could not be better goals. Love you.

  4. 4 satcla January 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Well, I don’t love all the scary/ stressful health stuff but I sure love you taking care of yourself and slowing down and doing things you really want to do. I’m very pro-self care!! And I’ve come to realize when I see someone do it, I feel inspired and I feel permitted to do the same. Go you!! Go 2016!! Here’s to a happier, healthier year for all. ☺️

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