Saturday, May 29, 2010

49 Things (and a give-away in honor of my birthday)

*This birthday list was inspired by Cathy Zielski and Stacy Julian

Today I am 49.  Today is the first day of my last year of being "40 something."  Turning forty was okay - I'm wondering if I'll feel the same way in one year when I am turning 50, entering a new decade of life. Not sure. Ask me next year. :)  In the meantime, here is my list of 49 things that I know, that I believe, that I ponder.  Yes, I'm sharing the wisdom of the ages!  Most links are to prior blog posts where I expand on the idea or thought mentioned in the list.

1. Always wear sunscreen.
2. Be kind to yourself. And others. ALL others, without exception.
3. Brush and floss daily. It is that important.
4. Laughter is indeed the best medicine!
5. I am not a happy camper.
6. Naps are not just for toddlers. In fact, they may be entirely wasted on toddlers!
7. Happiness is a choice, not a destination.
8. Damaged toenails can take a VERY long time to regrow.
9. Silence is golden, but the sound of my childrens' laughter is PRICELESS.
10. LOST was one of the best television shows. Ever. I miss it.
11. Daily application of Cherry Softlips reduces the incidence of cold sores.
12. Exercise is not optional. It is vital.
13. Is my lucky number. Seriously.
14. But in the overall scheme of things, numbers (weight, age, etc.) don't really matter. Attitude does.
15. I love to blog.
16. I believe in life long learning.
17. I never cease to be amazed at how much I learn from other people's blogs. Thank you.
18. Live in the moment. Be present. Be aware.
19. Chocolate is a food group. Make sure to eat some every day.
20. Practice Gratitude.
21. We are all children of the Universe. We are all connected. And we are all in this together.
22. Everything is better in moderation. Even scrapbooking supplies.
23. And yet, you can never have too much toilet paper!
24. Reading is a fantastic way to escape into another world - temporarily. It's like a vacation from your life!
25. "Whether you think you can, or think you can't, either way you are right. " Henry Ford
26. Insomnia, headaches, inability to lose weight - all negative aspects of being perimenopausal. Can someone please tell me what the positive aspects are???
27. Sometimes you just have to see the humor in the absurd.
28. Motherhood is one of the most thankless, yet most gratifying, jobs available.
29. Happiness can be purchased at a garden center.
30. I am addicted to online classes. And sugar. Which reminds me... please join me in Picture Summer. It is sure to be a sweet class!
31. Laundry is one of those chores that is never finished. Accept it. Resistance is futile.
32. Above all else, be yourself.
33. Hard drive failure is inevitable. Back up!
34. I believe in abundance.
35. With all due respect to Kermit, I LOVE being GREEN!
36. Comfort is key when it comes to clothing. I am far too busy to be "designer."
37. Clutter sucks life away.
38. Perfection is highly over-rated.
39. "Because I said so" is an acceptable answer... only if you are a parent. But "if you don't stop crying, I'll give you a reason to cry" is never acceptable and is probably the stupidest thing a parent ever said to me.
40. The media-generated portrayal of beauty is a sham. An unobtainable, air-brushed, digitally enhanced lie. Told only to sucker us into buying products that are supposed to make us feel better about our imperfections. Be sure your daughters know this. I think maybe they should teach this in school, along with the "Just Say No" campaigns.
41. Teaching teenagers to drive is a parental right-of-passage. Thankfully, I have survived.
42. Cameras, once out of auto-mode, are a confusing and complicated piece of technology.
43. Barefoot is best. But maybe not in the snow?
44. I'm still waiting for the aliens to return my sweet daughters to me.
45. Validation is comforting.  Which probably explains why I adore comments on my blog!
46. When life blesses you with abundance, be sure to "pay it forward."

47. If you made it this far, you must really love me!
49. Life is Good.

In the spirit of paying it forward, and in honor of my birthday, I am giving one of my blog readers the gift of Brene Brown's "The Hustle for Worthiness" DVD. I won this DVD recently on Brene's blog. I watched it and would now love to pass it on. My hope being that whoever wins it, would watch it and then pass it on again.  Just leave me a comment and I'll announce a winner on Tuesday! I'll send it anywhere, so all my international friends can play too!


Sian said...

This is truly one of the most inspiring lists I have ever read. I found myself nodding along as I was reading. Love it!

Sian said...

And I'm back because I realised that I hadn't actually said Happy Birthday x

scrappyjacky said...

Happy Birthday [and believe me for next year - 50 is just a number].
What an amazing list.....and so glad you included no. 19.....and with any luck, 44 will happen!

Carrie said...

Happy Birthday! Nice list/neat BDay post. :)

westcliffebaroness said...

Firstly, Happy Birthday! You have made it to a milestone and the following year will actually be the 50th year you have lived (since at 1 you have already lived one year).
The best is yet to be...take from a nearly 53 year old - Life and Love only get better with age - but then again, so does wine and cheese!
My very best to you on another amazing year of Cheri!

Anonymous said...

A very happy birthday, and a very inspiring list. I enjoyed reading every item. Many of them brought back memories or nods of agreement. And Jacky is correct, it's just a number. I feel just as good today as I did when I turned 50 and that was some time ago!

quiltingfool said...

I love to read your blog. It proves once again that your Mom raised an intelligent, well read, introspective, philosophical, always thinking and exploring and dreaming kind of woman.

And it sort of helps me believe just a tiny bit of it may have been inherited.

Happy Birthday to you. I was there, I remember it well!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Cheri!! That is an awesome list, I hope you decide to scrapbook it! I will look into that photography class, but in the meantime, keep enjoying your special day!!

Rachel said...

do you think the two girls in the phone room would have understood many of those 49 items in 1983?

Amy said...

Happy, happy birthday Cheri :-)
I hope you have a wonderful day and a fabulous year ahead!

Cat said...

I have just discovered your lovely blog and i'm very glad I did. Happy Birthday!
Thanks for sharing such a thoughtful and inspiring list xx

Kelly Miller said...

Amazing list. You are absolutely are enough, as am I.

Happy birthday!

Dakota Barb said...

Turning 50 won't be so bad - now 60 is a totally different story! :)

Anonymous said...

1. I love you, 2. I signed up for Picture Summer, 3. I'm so glad to see you getting out of auto, 4. Happy Birthday again, and 5. I hope I understand some of the items on your list by the time I'm your age. :-D Oh and 6. I love you!!

Christi said...

Coming to you from Katrina's class. I heart your blog and will be adding it to my reader.

Happy Birthday! I loved your list.

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Hopped over from Picture Spring. Hope your day was great!!!