Goodbye 30s

Today is my very last day in my 30s. I had a very nice day and relaxed a lot. Which is good seeing how my left arm has been immobile since the middle of the night on Wednesday. I’m pretty tired from the resulting lack of sleep and waking up at 5 a.m. every day for four days.

But it doesn’t matter. I am actually pretty happy and content. My in-laws pampered me all day and sent my 30s out in style with a slow stroll through a local shopping plaza, a pumpkin spice latte, pretty sparkly new lipstick, leftover lasagna and a last-minute Swedish Visiting Cake.

I’ve been told that the 40s have a certain elegance and grace to them. I’m looking forward to experiencing that. I’m also looking forward to really knowing that i am enough. I have an intuition that in this decade, I will really get the concept. 
My 30s were wild people. Wild! I was bald from chemo and married to another man when I said goodbye to my 20s! When I take even 10 minutes to reflect back, I realize that it has been QUITE a decade people. All told I have beaten cancer four times, gotten divorced, remarried, became a mother, a blogger, a photographer, had premature menopause and now maybe real menopause. I have moved eight times in 10 years. That’s a lot of cardboard baby. Maybe in my 40s I will only move three times? I can dream!
I have cried a lot, stressed a lot, worried a lot, learned a lot and yes, laughed quite a lot too. See?

I have been a bit fearful of forty since I turned 39. I will totally admit it. I really only started embracing the idea on Friday night, 48 hours ago truth be told. But you know what? I looked in the mirror to take this photo and I smiled at myself. I am proud of each birthday I get. I really am. 
Whatever 40 is or isn’t going to be, I am truly grateful to be here to see it for myself!

saalb - What an inspiration you are on this rainy day. It can only be that your 40′s are going to be your best decade yet! LindaSeptember 13, 2010 – 11:38 am

jennifer - love your outlook! goodbye 39 . . .September 13, 2010 – 12:35 pm

Ann Marie - Happy Birthday! Hey, we’re both Virgos. Mine was yesterday, the 12th. I knew you were pretty darn special. :) I think you will really enjoy our 40′s. I know I am.September 13, 2010 – 1:05 pm

Debra - Happy birthday, from another Virgo! You’re such an inspiration and your best days are still ahead! Welcome to 40! =)September 13, 2010 – 3:01 pm

Amy - What a beautiful and amazing snapshot of the last day in your 30s. You really are enough.September 13, 2010 – 4:08 pm

amyrehnae - ow! you go girl!! as i sit here at 38 already sort of dreading 40 you give me hope! thanks so much for being so open…you are one tough cookie!! happy happy birthday to you!!September 13, 2010 – 4:30 pm

Susan - And another Virgo chimes in! I turned 40 five years ago, and while it was a bit of a shock at first, I can honestly say I wouldn’t want to be any younger than I am right now. I am more confident about myself than I have ever been in my life and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. I’m also much more fearless; I have said and done things I wouldn’t have had the guts to do or say when I was younger!

Enjoy your 40s — they will be a blast!September 13, 2010 – 6:03 pm

Hettle - Well Happy Birthday, welcome to 40…just another great part of the ride.
xoxoSeptember 13, 2010 – 6:40 pm

Anonymous - Happy Birthday Jess! You are beautiful!!

Love, from another Virgo!! :)

OdiaSeptember 13, 2010 – 7:33 pm

fresh365 - Happy 40th! Love that bottom photo- what a smile! Here’s to another wonderful decade!September 13, 2010 – 7:50 pm

jacqueline - Dearest sweet Jess, you are such a beautiful, very brave and strong woman inside and out! Your 30′s story makes me a little misty for you have been through so much and have accomplished alot more. I am really so blessed to have met you on this world wide web. YOu are my inspiration!
So sorry to hear about your insomnia and i hope the next few nights will be better for you. My papa gets insomnia too and so i understand this feelings.
OHHH i would LOVE to make a tee for your little one and a robot sounds wonderful! I will work on the design and look for size 8 tees for boys…so excited to be able to make something especially for you!
Lastly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! So happy to know you had a really good day with your lovely in-laws! That cake looks soo yummie! I hope you birthday will be a joyous one with many happy merry celebration! Have a lovely merry happy day and lots of love to you and yours! *hugz*September 14, 2010 – 2:06 pm

Green Bean - Happiest birthday to a very special person!September 14, 2010 – 3:30 pm

amyrehnae - thank you, jessica! looking forward to the stomp! lol! i have to ask, though…why were you surprised?? just the post itself??

i have to say, i do feel like i have a new friend as well…:~) and that doesn’t happen too often to those of us “on up in years”…

hope you have a wonderful week!
~a.September 14, 2010 – 9:15 pm

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So glad you had such a great birthday, Jess. You super deserve it!September 15, 2010 – 4:17 pm

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