Today I turn 49.
I said it. 49!
A lot of people might find that number daunting, almost fearful to be almost 50.
I can’t say that I feel the same. I actually welcome the transition. I really do!
Does that sound annoying? I don’t want to be annoying.
The experience and wisdom gained in the last decade has really transformed me into an optimist when it comes to simply getting older.
Now, as I close in on this half century milestone, I can honestly tell you I’m living my best life!
My 40s have been ... eventful.
I watched my two sons, Isiah and Avery, turn into men that bring me joy every day. I watched my youngest, Avery, finish his senior year and my oldest, Isiah take off to university – memories that I can recount with such precision, you’d think I’d just come from a graduation or said goodbye at the airport last night.
I put my house up for sale, the same house I watched these two grow up in. There was so much emotion when we transitioned out of that home: I had taken a picture of a beautiful pink house and put it on my vision board. The next year, there I was, closing the deal to purchase.
While I was concerned about the empty nest, it’s comforting to know, there’s no place like home. They do come back! I love that they did.
I fulfilled a dream of travel, a two-and-a-half month solo trip throughout Europe.
It wasn’t long after that I uprooted my life in Winnipeg and moved east, to Toronto.
Isiah and Avery (did I mention how incredibly proud I am of both of them yet? Get used to a recurring theme) also followed my lead.
Just a couple of years ago another dream came true. I married the man I kept telling myself existed. That thought was a prevailing one I needed to tell myself, since I married young and became a divorcee in my 20’s.
I don’t need to tell you dating can be quite exhausting. I'm so proud to call Eric my boo - he’s the bees knees.
Not only does he love to travel as much as I do … he’s a terrific step dad to boot. My sons are fortunate to have an added mentor and friend to an already great relationship with their terrific father. Let me tell ya: I feel pretty blessed. We all are.
And that brings us to here. Right now. Crack the virtual champagne and let’s toast.
Cheers to the next 365 days, days I intend to fill with gratitude and intent.
I’m, embarking on the most exciting and scariest personal project I’ve ever put myself through, doing something I’ve always wanted to do, and now, pushing myself to finally do it. Paper to pen, fingers to keypad, whatever you want to call it. I'm writing.
Come join me on my journey at almost50.com