50 Years Young

Greetings all! My sincerest apologies for the lag in blogging. LIFE caught up with me and things have been happening. But what an exciting week I’ve had. I truly appreciate you stopping by.

First… guess who turned 50 years young on March 14th?? Yours truly! I still can’t really grasp the fact that I am a half century old. I mean, I don’t feel like a 50 year old. But wait… what does a 50 year old supposed to feel like? If someone can answer that million dollar question, I would appreciate it. LOL I thought about my life and some of the things that I have done and it’s like it happened yesterday. In reality it was 35-40 years ago. I wanted to do something special to remember this day by. So, I got a tattoo. I got this because I wanted something to carry with me way beyond death. I engraved the first initial of my children around a heart and infinity symbol. And I want them to know that I will love them forever and ever!

Alexis, Rodney Jr & Russell Jr…
I love you to infinity!

My husband planned an amazing birthday just for me! We went to an amazing day spa called Nova Essence Medispa in Hoover, AL. It was so serene, I didn’t want to leave. When we returned home from the morning massage, I received an UPS package from my daughter. It was a beautiful wine glass that said ’50 IS THE ULTIMATE F WORD’ and a book with 50 reasons ‘what she loves about me’. It made me so happy and soooo very sad at the same time. See, she is 2 states away from me and the distance from her (and my son) are very hard sometimes; so much so, it hurts. So after about a 15 minute boo-hoo-hoo crying session, I gathered myself together and got ready for my birthday dinner.

Dinner was excellent! We went to Texas de Brazil in Birmingham. What an awesome, endless experience. You definitely have to make sure you are good and hungry to eat here. The food, the wine and the dessert… amazing! My husband and I really enjoyed ourselves. I did not want the day to end. If you are blessed enough to make it, you only turn 50 once in a lifetime. What a milestone!! I am thankful and blessed to see the day.

Second … guess who had a book signing on March 16th? Yep… me again!! My first ever book signing was at Barnes & Noble. I was a little nervous at first. But the nervousness went away fairly quickly. My setup was in the front of the store, just as the patrons were walking through the door. Every now and then, the book associate would announce my name over the loud speaker. I felt like a Rock Star! {smile} However, I blushed every time my name was called. I had numerous people to stop by my table to inquire about my book. Some even began to share their stories about depression. It was a very humbling experience to have some to understand just how important it is to talk about depression. That word is not easily talked about.

As I sit in my ‘PEACE SPOT’ I am reminiscing on the last few days of my birthday weekend. I am truly blessed. I am so thankful. And I am amazed at the grace and mercy God granted me to see this day. 50 years young. I never thought I would have made it. But I did.

Until next time … be blessed!

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