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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Number and a List

Well DANG!  It's that day again.  It comes every year; sometimes with more fun and folderrah than others, and I have to tell you I'm feeling it!

Yep, get out the birthday hat.  Maybe pour a birthday drink?

I'm sure 9 was a fun year.  I would love to go back some days and find out!

19 was AWESOME because I had just finished my first year at Ball State and was feeling on top of the world.  

29 was a bit traumatic.  All or most of my friends were married and having babies, and I started fielding that lovely question, "So when is it going to be your turn???"  NEVER ask that to someone over the age of 28!   I spent most of this year not being 29 but being  "OMG I am going to be 30!"

If  I had just had a crystal ball, I would have known that, minus one or two big potholes, my 30's would be a BLAST!  I had so much fun, met life-long friends, and lived life.  39 was great because I was planning my wedding!

I think today I am having a flashback to my 29th birthday because I am feeling every bit of my 49 years!  Maybe that is a good sign that my 50's will be yet another BLAST????  I hope so!

Meanwhile, you are never too old to feel very special when your mom calls to say that she and Dad will be here this afternoon bringing my favorite food to eat:  Cheeseburger Pie and Angel Food cake!  

Yea Me!  

Mom and Dad also sent me a bunch of life lessons that are supposed to make me smile and learn (parents are always trying to teach their children, even at this advanced age!).   I think I'm supposed to figure out which ones I still need to work on.  There are a few.  I highlighted in purple the ones I especially liked.  Do any of them hit home for you?  I would love to hear about them!

Have a great day!   Believe in miracles!  Get outside and enjoy the day and the fact that you can go outside!  Don't waste time or life or a single minute of your day!

~  Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
~  Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
~  Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
~  Pay off your credit cards every month.
~  You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
~  Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
~  It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
~  When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
~  Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
~  Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
~  If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
~  Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
~  Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
~  Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
~   It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
~   When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
~  No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
~  Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
~ Always choose life.
~  Forgive everyone everything.
~  What other people think of you is none of your business.
~  Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
~  However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
~   Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
~   Believe in miracles.
~   God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
~   Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
~   All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
~  Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
~  If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
~   Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
~   The best is yet to come...
~   Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."


  1. Great post, great list!
    Happy Birthday to You!

  2. Love your list. Just can't remember it when I need that piece of advice. Happy Birthday!!

  3. Happy Birthday!! I love the list; "Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about." is the one that really hits home with me. I've learned to embrace my life,no matter how 'bad' it gets, because it's mine and no one elses.

  4. Happy Birthday to you! I like the one, 'No one is charge of your happiness but you.' AND, 'God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.'

    And don't spend year 49 thinking, 'But I'm almost 50!' LOL

    Hope you have a very special birthdayday! and Happy Syttende Mai!

  5. Happy Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your list....I love so many of them, but I totally agree that You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. Every person about to get married should take this one and remember it always!

  6. Happy Birthday Lana! Hope you have a wonderful day! Great list ... thanks so much for sharing! :)

  7. Hi Lana, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU.... Great list... We all need to look at a list like that often --to see what we need to work on.... Love it...

    Enjoy that Cheeseburger Pie and Angel Food Cake... YUM... What wonderful parents you have.

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  9. A very happy, happy, happy birthday to you! I hope you have a wonderful day and year! :)

  10. awhhh i just loved this post and loved your list! Got a little choked up here... but that is a good thing!




  12. Hope your big day was fabulous!! :)



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