May 2, 2014So Today I am 49
My 2011 Birthday in Chicago,
One of my favorites!
“I don’t have a problem with my age.” This is what I tell people when they apologize for asking me how old I am. Every year, every experience each and every -- heartbreak, accomplishment, really good laugh, new friend made, achievement, failure, mistake, victory -- all of it. Every forty-nine, years, I own it. It’s mine. I don’t have a problem with any of it.
I love the reaction I get when I tell people I am 48, they have a look of shock on their face, followed by “No Way, I don’t believe it. You look great for your age." Well as if age should look a certain way. Age is beautiful and...today I am 49.
Women my age really love Oprah. I am finding younger women aren’t as impressed with her as those of us that grew up with her on TV. I specifically remember Oprah’s 50th birthday celebration on her show.
It really was a party and she said “My first and foremost reaction is hallelujah!!! I'm so grateful.” She really went big and was a rock star at 50!! This had an impact me…I was turning 40 at that time. Well, Oprah and I are here to say,
AGE is an attitude…
I decided to take the celebratory attitude of hallelujah!!! and share the next 365 days leading into my 50th birthday next year in 2015. So what does this mean…well:
1. I am going to countdown the days, 365 days until my 50th birthday and share some of them with you
2. Each week I am going to take on something new, try something new and have different categories: adventure, fun, food – letting go and enjoying life and setting up the next 50 years with the attitude of “YES” and hallelujah !! Some will be big, some not so big, but big to me.
My first week of YES !!
Three years ago I was tested for food allergies, and became gluten and dairy free. Eating issues have followed me ever since. I have to be very particular about what I eat and many nights after a birthday dinner out, I will suffer the consequences with an upset stomach and symptoms of food allergies that you don’t want to hear about.
I had been thinking about getting a Nurtibullet for my birthday, to help in taking that next step in getting cleaner in my eating. I questioned if I would actually use it.
I took these last five days and actually purchased a vegetable green juice (only one a day), to see how I would react and if I would like it. You can ask anyone on the 12th floor in the New York Univision offices, I made sure everyone knew I was drinking a green juice.
The only thing I would say is…”I feel juiced!!” I am now a believer, and my friend Jen (who will also be 50 in 2015 and my Mom have generously offered to buy my Nutribullet for my birthday !
So this week, I followed through with the desire to start drinking juice drinks - to add to my health.
Let’s count this thing down, but more importantly, let’s make every day count.
Jen and I on our painting date