Sunday, 11 March 2012

Happy birthday to me!

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A lot of people aren't happy about turning 40, I have to say I loved it. This past year has been my most productive yet in terms of self-development and self-awareness. As I approach my 41st birthday I look back on the past year as one of realisation and growth. 

My ‘oh crap I’m getting old’ year was 26. I really struggled with the thought that I was approaching 30. In my early 20s I thought 30 was OLD. I used to look at 30-somethings as old. So when 26 arrived I had some fun trying to make myself feel ‘young’ again. 30 was awesome. I got married at 29 and had my son at 30; this is when I really started to feel alive, and happy. And although the decade of my 30s was a happy one, I did also go through some of my most difficult years which resulted in me embarking on my path of self-development.

40 brought about a more mature me, one that didn’t feel the need to impress others or behave a certain way to please others. Self-awareness raised its head and I liked it. I learned to speak my mind and to express myself more. This past year has seen me take back my power and start realising and accepting my self-worth. I like it. I like the wisdom that comes with age.

So as I hit 41 (ok that does sound old) I don’t really wish for much. When my husband asked what I would like I honestly couldn’t think of a thing. I have all that I need and want. My only wish would be for continued fulfillment and happiness for me and my family. I approach it with positivity and lots of drive. 

As part of my birthday month I have decided to donate all proceeds from my eBook The Self-Love Guide for the Working Mum for the month of March to Cate Bolt's Ringdikit project. You can read more about that here. So if you don't have a copy of my eBook yet, now is the time! Or, why not buy your best friend or sister a copy. Not only will they get a gift in my eBook you'll be contributing to a very worthy cause.

Happy birthday to me!

18 comments:

  1. Happiest of happy birthdays dear Peggy, I hope you have a lovely day and it marks the beginning of another wonderful year.

    Pre-kids I hated my birthday. 'what have I really achieved?' was the question i'd ask every year. But now I love getting older. The wisdom, the maturity, the confidence - it's all so much nicer than the angst of my early 20s.

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    1. Thank you Kate. The week leading up to my birthday sure ends a wonderful past year. :) I agree with you, the wisdom, maturity and confidence is much nicer than the ignorance I experienced in my 20s. I really had NO CLUE!

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  2. Happy birthday, Peggy - happy 41st (it doesn't sound old) all year long, may it be the happiest of years yet! I think there are great things ahead for you this year and into the future xox

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    1. Thank you Teresa, you're such an inspiring and motivating individual. I am lucky to have met you. :)

      Thanks for your encouragement and support, you always put a smile on my face with your kind words. xo

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  3. Happy, happy birthday beautiful Peggy.
    It's a wonderful thing when you stop fearing the number and embracing the gifts of maturity.
    :-) xx

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    1. It IS a wonderful thing Shar, I am kind of glad I got that aging fear out the way in my late 20s. Hopefully I avoid the midlife crisis altogether! ;)

      Embracing the gifts of maturity is a great way to put it. :) xo

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  4. Happy birthday beautiful Peggy - I am loving 40 so far so feel similar to you about how the 40s are - full of self growth, productivity and maturity! Enjoy your special day!

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    1. Thank you Deb, the comfort of age is very nice in my opinion. I like it. :)

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  5. Birthday wishes Peggy!!

    I absolutely dreaded turning 30. Since I was 15 I have had the notion I'll die when I'm 43 ( strange but true) so getting to 30 freaked me the hell out!!! A month out from my 30th my 27yr old sister died & all of a sudden my thoughts on 30 & getting older changed. I see myself as lucky to celebrate a birthday each year now . I don't let my age worry me. I'm happy. I have a good life. That's more important than anything.

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    1. Oh gosh, that's sad Reannon. But it's great that your outlook on aging changed. I am not afraid of getting old, in fact I look forward to it (given the chance). I am afraid of NOT growing old.

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    1. Thank you. So lovely of you to stop by. :)

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  7. Happy Birthday lovely! Not old at all. They don't call them the fabulous forties for nothing. I think it sounds like you've got it all going on Peggy, that is both appealing and inspiring. Hope you had a wonderful day with LOTS of cake xo

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    1. Thank you Julie, always such kind and inspiring words from you.

      I'll be having lots of cake, spread out over the week! We're allowed to do that when it's our birthday. ;) xo

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  8. Happy Birthday Peggy! I love hearing that getting old is no biggy! It makes me excited that the best is yet to come!

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    1. Seriously Fi, my 30s were about 'really' living, my 40s have kicked off being very true to myself. And I love it. The best is yet to come sweets. xo

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  9. Happy Birthday Peggy!! I hope you have a magical day filled with love, laughter and indulgences. :) You deserve it. xxx

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    1. Thank you Amelia. I'll remember that as I am chowing down that one slice too many of cake! xo

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