So what's the best way to deal with turning 50?
1. Your kids throw you a great party with all your friends and family involved(they all did a great job keeping the secret). We had a wonderful time, and the day was so special, the kids really put a lot of work into this party and we could definitely feel the love.
2. Surround yourself with great role models: the kind of women that are not worried about their age, that go through life enjoying every day and accepting every milestone in their life with grace. I have the perfect role models, my girls at work show me the importance of girl power and we support each other like our own little MCS family. My BFF Carla is always smiling and is the most positive person I know. We enjoy every moment we have together even though they are few and far between. Dennis has 5 sisters and each have qualities that I look up to, but Dennis's oldest sister, Irene, is well...crazy, but in a good way! She's the most fun loving person I know. She's shown us all that it's the simple things in life that matter and that independence is something to be admired. She loves with her whole heart and I'm honored to have her in my life.
3. Take time for yourself to enjoy the things you love to do. I love listening to audiobooks so on my drive to and from work that's my time to enjoy one of the simple things that make me happy. I love my days at home; having some down time with my 4 legged family is a great way to relax and enjoy a little time to myself without really being by myself. That unconditional love makes all the difference. Dennis and I also love to travel. We try and get away as much as possible. Our favorite is taking a cruise. It's so nice to get away and experience new cultures and leave everything at home behind. But even when we are home living our everyday lives, I try to make everything a date night for us. Even something as simple as going to town and looking at equipment at the farm sale, driving down the road on a gator looking for asparagus, or going together to get groceries. And even though he drives me crazy, I love spending time with my one and only love.
4. Look back and reflect on all the blessings in your life. My life hasn't always be easy, but I try not to dwell on the hard times and I celebrate the good times. I met the man of my dreams, its been almost 30 years and love him more now than when we married. He never acts his age and that helps me stay young at heart, too. My kids are my greatest accomplishment and make me so proud. But I can honestly say that they have given me much more than I have ever given them. They and my granddaughter are a constant source of joy in my life, and I cherish every moment I have with them.
5. Look forward to the future. I know we have a lot to look forward to in our family. One wedding planned and soon to happen. Josh has found his bride and I couldn't be happier for them. So excited for them to start their future together. Kerstin is a special girl and we all love her as much as he does. Mollie makes me wonder how she does it; she has it all... beautiful daughter, wonderful boyfriend in Tim and a career she loves. She's like a superhero!
So, I'm turning 50. I can't do the splits, but I never could. Can't even do a half-assed cartwheel anymore. But Kaydin is teaching me some new dance moves and I've been practicing my twerk for Dennis. So my lesson for turning 50 is... I don't feel 50 so I'm not going to act 50. But I am proud to be 50. I'm having the time of my life and the best it yet to come. With my family to share it with, I know I will enjoy every moment I have.
I love the guest posts from my mom. I hope you guys enjoy them, too!
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