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i can remember sitting in my 6th grade classroom adding up the years. i’m kind of lucky in that my age always coincides with the last number of each year. for example, in 1980, i was 10...1990...20...and so on and so forth.

so back in 1981 at the ripe old age of eleven i was doodling out the dates in my trapper keeper. i hit all the milestones: 13, 16, 21, and 40. for even as a young one, i knew 40 was a really big deal.

time, life, husband, career, kids, divorce...and thousands of other check points marked the trail of my journey and there i was - last december finally hitting the big 4-0.

it happened so fast. here i am in a totally different realm. by all accounts i’m a fully grown woman. too old to be young and damn sure too young to be old. i’m sweetly positioned in the middle.  

have i truly arrived at my life's mid-point and if so, what do you do with that type information? i'll probably be here half as long as i've been here.  wow, that's deep stuff.

even though i find it mind boggling at times, i’m transitioning into the role like a true champ.  

i enjoy giving my when-i-was-your-age advice. i’m finally comfortable in my own skin. i’ve learned to not sweat the small stuff.

i was asked recently what inspires me. without hesitation i blabbed “waking up every morning“.

can’t wait to see what the other half of the journey brings!

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      Denise Richardson wrote Aug 12, 2010
    • hearthearthappyI love this, I can remember waking up to the BIG 4-0 and yes it was a huge deal for me lol, at that point in my life I finally felt like a grown person lol. And just like you stated: too old to be young and damn sure too young to be old. i'm sweetly positioned in the middle. I too felt and still do feel this way. I have reached the sweet golden age of the BIG 5-0 and loving every bit of it!estatic
      Life is good and we all know that life is what we make it and I am making my life the best it can be by being around positive people and people who are going some place in life and want more out of life. I can no longer and will no longer tolerate sorry people with woe is me cries and lifestyles, life is too short, I have life in me and living my life fully as I know how thank you Jesus! So to you my friend, continue on your journey and enjoy because there is so much more to explore even for me on this side of 50!estatic

      "Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action Mother Teresa."



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      Denise Richardson wrote Aug 12, 2010
    • LOL Annie take it with stride trust me 50 isn’t bad at all just like you say you still feel 30ish at 48, I still feel as though I’m 25 at 50 LOL seriously! Its all about your mind set and how you view life at any age, and yes age is only a number and as the numbers grow high and we live to see another birthday it is truly a blessing to see it in style and grace, enjoy your years my friend.

      "Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action Mother Teresa."



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      Roschelle Nelson wrote Aug 12, 2010
    • @ Annie - totally agree. i don’t feel 40. to be honest i don’t think you‘re actually supposed to feel “age“. what we do feel are “ailments“. i’m still quite capable of doing all the things i did way back when and often do...lol!

      i got 40 in the bag! bring it on 50 estatic



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      Roschelle Nelson wrote Aug 12, 2010
    • @ Neicy - your love for life seeps right through this screen. it’s almost palpable. i like that. i can so relate to the not tolerating sorry people, things, or places. this is my time and i’m having a ball.



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      Denise Richardson wrote Aug 12, 2010
    • heartLOL I hear ya Roschelle, enjoy life the way God intend us to without restaints or other people’s drama in it lol. Girrrrrrrrrl I live to enjoy life and I don’t feel God has allowed me to make it to 50 to have other peoples stress‘es detour me in my journey. I AM loving 50 and I think it loves me too lol!estatic

      "Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action Mother Teresa."



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      Lazylola wrote Aug 12, 2010
    • I don’t think of 40’s as any big deal, I only come down to earth when I’m in pain, but I push through it when and where I can and try to make the most of it.estatic



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      Denise Richardson wrote Aug 14, 2010
    • Lola, for every moment, second, minute, day, week, month, year that I am so blessed to still see is a huge deal for me I guess because I look at life more seriously on this side of 50 as well as knowing that we‘re just a mere vapor and it can be all over at the very spoken word and command of God, if you believe. So I’m always grateful to open my eyes to see a new day no matter what that day may hold for me, because it’s up to me to make things happen whether their good or bad, I’m just thankful for life and good health and the love of my family and the few friends I do have.hearthappy

      "Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action Mother Teresa."



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      Lazylola wrote Aug 14, 2010
    • Neicy, some days the pain is too intense to see any positivity in what the day may hold. Those days I medicate and stay in bed or tune out the world. I am in pain day in and day out, there are the days I push myself to try to enjoy life for my kids sake, of course I end up paying for it dearly the next day or even up to an entire week or longer. Through it all I try to maintainmy sense of humor...sometimes laughing at myself does me a world of good. I do love your attitude and wish we could bottle it up.



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      Denise Richardson wrote Aug 14, 2010
    • Ahhhhhhhh Lola thanks you I wish I could do something to relieve the pain you and my Mz.T are enduring. I love you ladies.

      "Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action Mother Teresa."



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      Miamor wrote Aug 14, 2010
    • 40??? When was that for me again? LOL
      I’m 50 now and loving it and I don’t know where the years have gone. But I’m happy, not married yet, but happy. heart



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      Denise Richardson wrote Aug 14, 2010
    • Miamor, times sure does fly by when you‘re not looking, it seems just yesterday I wasstill in my 30’s those were some great times for me, and I too have reached 50 and it still feels good to me I don’t feel my age at all but then again what is 50 suppose to feel like lol?

      "Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action Mother Teresa."



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      Mztracy wrote Aug 14, 2010
    • Great Blog! heart



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