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What’s Next and Thoughts on Turning 62

What’s Next and Thoughts on Turning 62

Today is my 62nd birthday. How did that happen so fast? Just yesterday I was turning 49 and feeling a little old. Imagine my surprise that I now feel younger turning 62!

I’ve spent some time reflecting on my current challenges and blessings and feel thankful that I’m ahead of the game. I’m not naïve enough to think my challenges won’t get harder as I get older, but I want to meet them with grace. Focusing on the positive keeps me moving in the right direction.

Of course, my body can’t do many of the things it used to, but that’s ok. My mind and the wisdom I have acquired more than makes up for it. I feel sharper than ever and am eager to learn new things.

I’m not an overly adventurous person, never have been. But I am lucky that my children continue to challenge me to push the boundaries of my adventure/comfort zone.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life hiking in Iceland

Two years ago our family traveled to Iceland to celebrate my 60th birthday. We explored the small towns, hiked into remote canyons and soaked in ancient hot springs. Below is the Secret Lagoon which was amazing!

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life soaking in Secret Lagoon Iceland

soaking in the Secret Lagoon

Last summer our whole family went tent glamping in Montana.

Jennifer Connolly of A well Styled Life glamping under canvas

this is the tent my daughter and son shared…our’s was bigger:)

I am terrified of horses but got back on a horse for the first time in decades.Jennifer Connoily of A Well Styled life riding a horse

This was before the horse ran me against a tree and ripped a big gash in my arm… so I may pass on horses for the foreseeable future, but I did it!Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life kayaking on Lake McDonald

I am not a water person but was encouraged to go Kayaking and try paddle boarding. Both were fun and I will do them again.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life in McDonald lake

This year was a bit hectic with our recent move and trailer trip to Canada, so my husband and I have opted for a quiet birthday. We’re spending it among the trees and on the shore of Lake Tahoe. My daughter will be visiting in a few weeks, so we will have a bigger family celebration then.

I find birthdays are a natural time to pause and reflect on what’s working, what’s not, and what I want to change in the year ahead.

It’s so easy to continue doing what we’ve always done. But it’s important to me to keep an active mind, to stay challenged, and most importantly focus on living a fulfilled and happy (most of the time) life.

What changes are you looking to make in your next year ahead?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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113 Comments

  1. jodie filogomo
    August 21, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Happiest of birthdays Jennifer!!
    I think I’ve finally become more adventuresome now that I’m older. And it’s been fun to drag (uh..I mean invite) my moms along with us to explore the state we live in and have fun!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 6:45 am

      Thanks Jodie! You’re so lucky to have them

  2. Julie
    August 21, 2018 / 6:26 am

    Happy Birthday Jennifer .

  3. Lyn
    August 21, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Happy birthday, Jennifer! And many more!

  4. Ramona
    August 21, 2018 / 6:44 am

    Happy Birthday, Jennifer! This is my 62nd year also, newly retired and I am contemplating my next adventure! I really enjoy your blog and hope you continue it. My family stretches my comfort zones, but that’s ok, sometimes I stretch theirs! Hope you have a great day!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 5:28 pm

      Thanks Ramona! It helps keep us young.

  5. Tracey
    August 21, 2018 / 6:45 am

    What a great post. I appreciated it, since I am turning 50 this year. I think you are right, and that aging should be handled with reflection. After loosing a close relative to cancer this year (she would have been 50 this year too) I have come to see getting older is a privilege. I have seen to see first hand that aging is not something everyone gets to enjoy. Milestone birthdays make us take a close look at our lives & relationships. We become more introspective. I am glad to see you are living your life to the fullest. My birthday is approaching and my husband asked me last night what would I like to do to celebrate it. I have been thinking about it & realized myself that what I really care about is just being with my family. What we do isn’t important to me as long as we are together doing it.

    • Beverly Glotzbach
      August 21, 2018 / 7:02 am

      As a breast cancer survivor myself, I see much wisdom in your post, Tracey. When I have my faith, my family and my friends, I feel like I have it all and I feel lucky!!!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 5:30 pm

      Such a wise observation Tracey. Family and loved ones take on more importance the older I get.

  6. Tracey
    August 21, 2018 / 6:48 am

    I forgot to wish you Happy Birthday! I hope you have a memorable day, Happy Birthday 🙂

  7. Angela Webster
    August 21, 2018 / 6:48 am

    Happy birthday! I understand about continuing to challenge yourself. For my 60th birthday this year, my daughter and I hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. It was a 7 day adventure of hiking and camping. I think we’ll try your Iceland adventure next. It looks fabulous. I hope your special day is filled with fun and surprises! ENJOY!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 5:31 pm

      Way to go!!! That’s amazing Angela. Thank you

  8. Mollie
    August 21, 2018 / 6:51 am

    Happy Birthday Jennifer! Enjoyed your Blog today. The changes we have been talking about is whether and when we should move from our two story house which we have been living in for 50 years. We are now in our eighties and stairs are a challenge. We don’t look our age and people take me to be younger. I love fashion and and new ideas. I do not want to move yet, but my kids say we should be looking for a place all on one floor.
    You have recently moved Jennifer, how do you prepare yourself leaving a home that you love and being in it for so long. Maybe you could do a blog on this.

    • Beverly Glotzbach
      August 21, 2018 / 7:08 am

      Just left a home, I had been in for 30 years. At Christmas, I had a local artist do an original pen and ink sketch of our house and then also made prints for my children. While I was decluttering, getting ready to get the house to show, I went through and organized so many family photos. Going through all of those photos and beautiful family memories, helped me with the letting go process. Good luck to you, Mollie in your decision making process. We are building a one story house and are excited about it. I feel like I spent a year saying goodbye to my former home and now I’m ready to say hello to the next season of my life!

      • Kate
        August 21, 2018 / 7:54 am

        Good advice Beverly. We just went through the ‘downsize’ and ended up with 3 flights of stairs, hah! But it’s a townhouse in the city which is an exciting change from the suburbs and feels like a new lease on life after 50 years in our house. It’s funny how a change that felt almost impossible emotionally became so easy once we started doing it. And we LOVE our new place, have never looked back!

      • Jennifer
        Author
        August 21, 2018 / 9:29 pm

        I love this Mollie! Thanks for sharing.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 5:34 pm

      Leaving felt like tearing off a bandaid because it happened so fast. I’m very happy to be in a one story house but don’t feel settled at all. Because we’re renting, there’s no chance of it ever feeling like home. Everywhere we travel we look and wonder, could we make this our home? It’s a struggle.

  9. Eileen
    August 21, 2018 / 6:57 am

    Happy birthday!

  10. Beverly Glotzbach
    August 21, 2018 / 6:57 am

    Happy Birthday!!! You inspire me with your style and also because you took the big plunge to move. I am currently in the middle of all that, too. Temporary living in a small condo, with our one story house with wide doorways set to be ready in a couple of months in a new state. Taking new steps is a bit scary and time consuming, but so necessary if you want to get to a new place in your life! Good luck to us both in our next steps!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 5:36 pm

      Thanks! Good luck Beverly. I think making the decision to
      Move is the hardest part. Then it’s all about making friends and settling in. I envy that you know where you will settle. We still don’t know.

  11. Donna
    August 21, 2018 / 6:59 am

    Happy Birthday, Jennifer! Maybe a quiet celebration is just this thing this year. You really stepped out of your comfort zone in the last two birthdays. We have those reservations in common; horses and water. IN the pictures you look like you are having a blast.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 5:38 pm

      Thanks Donna! I have a blast no matter what I do with my children;)

  12. Debbie Davis
    August 21, 2018 / 7:11 am

    Happy Birthday Jennifer! wonderful post! Keep challenging yourself…you’re a great inspiration!

  13. Sheree Winstead
    August 21, 2018 / 7:18 am

    Happy birthday! My birthday is This Friday and I will be 63! I’m not sure how that happened so quickly, either! Like you, I feel young, more confident, and most days wiser!
    Love your blog…thank you for continuing to inspire us to be our best.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you Sherri! Early Birthday wishes to you too! Xx

  14. August 21, 2018 / 7:18 am

    Happy Birthday! My goal for the next year is to move out of my comfort zone and start writing again. I just created Em’s Life After 40, having not written online for almost four years. The challenge will be to do that and still manage to keep my head above water with all my other commitments. Always good to be challenged! Hope you have a lovely day Jennifer, you’re blog is an inspiration.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:37 pm

      Thank you Em! Good luck with your new venture. Blogging is time consuming but oh so rewarding.

  15. Monica
    August 21, 2018 / 7:18 am

    Happy Birthday Jennifer! Enjoy your day!????????????????????

  16. Reba
    August 21, 2018 / 7:40 am

    Happy Birthday. I turn 61 in September and have begun to contemplate what the next chapter may look like. I think new adventures is the word that is forefront. Whether that is locally or worldly. Have a great year.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:54 pm

      Thanks Reba! Good luck and have fun

  17. Anon
    August 21, 2018 / 7:41 am

    My urge is to see more of the world while I can. Making memories for and with my family is what this is about. We really enjoy these holidays together.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:56 pm

      Yes!! Memories are priceless.

  18. Barb
    August 21, 2018 / 7:50 am

    Happy Birthday, Jennifer! I will be 62 in October and have been retired from teaching for two years. I’m still trying to figure out my retirement style, and your blog is helping me do that. I, too, like to keep myself challenged and am learning to play golf. Both my husband and younger son like to play, and it’s another way to spend time together. We enjoy traveling to Tulsa to visit our older son and daughter-in-law, as well as trips and eating out with friends. I am blessed to still have both my parents. I realize that challenges await, as they say getting old isn’t for sissies! Enjoy your special day!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Thanks Barb! Good for you taking up golf. My husband doesn’t play but I’ve always been curious about it.

  19. Suz
    August 21, 2018 / 7:51 am

    Happy Birthday! I’m right behind you – going to be 61 in two weeks.
    Aren’t we so very lucky!
    Suz from Vancouver

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:58 pm

      Yes we are!! Early Happy Birthday wishes Suz!

  20. August 21, 2018 / 8:05 am

    I hope you are having a very happy birthday. You look beautiful, as always. I admire your sense of adventure. XO

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:59 pm

      Thank you Jen! XOX

  21. Joanna
    August 21, 2018 / 8:10 am

    Happy Birthday, Jennifer! You look wunderful, my darling!
    I loved seeing the pictures of you trying new activities and enjoying them. I think your daughter is a positive influence. They tend to do that, believing we’re still young. And, we don’t want to disappoint?
    I just turned 65 and still feel young inside. Don’t believe my shell. It lies! ????

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:01 pm

      Lol, I love that! My shell is lying too. I would so love to live closer to my daughter. She’s the very best there is and I miss her terribly.

  22. Karen
    August 21, 2018 / 8:27 am

    Happy Birthday, I ,too, celebrated this monrh, the big 60! I can hardly believe it. But, I’m glad I made this far, looking forward to the next chapter, and what I’ve learned is to enjoy the present, every single day. Love your posts!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:02 pm

      Happy Birthday Karen!!! Thanks for sharing the journey with me.

  23. Sheri
    August 21, 2018 / 8:27 am

    Happy birthday!! Hope it’s a relaxing, but joyful one! I relate to you on your fears of certain things… the horse experience, especially! You’re right, kids can challenge us to do many new and exciting things and I appreciate mine for that! Keep up the wonderful posts and helping us all along on this life journey!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:09 pm

      Thanks Sheri! She’s challenged me to so many things. She keeps me young.

  24. Jen
    August 21, 2018 / 8:32 am

    Have a wonderful birthday and a great new year ahead!

  25. Deborah
    August 21, 2018 / 8:42 am

    Happy Birthday Jennifer!

  26. August 21, 2018 / 8:52 am

    A very happy birthday and many blessings to you, Jennifer! I started reading your blog shortly after you went to Iceland and have found it inspirational and full of fun and good advice. I look forward to reading your blog every morning! But, I’m happy to see you occasionally take a well deserved break.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:11 pm

      Thank you so much Susan!! I’m so glad you’re here too. Xx

  27. Tracy Bigoness
    August 21, 2018 / 9:09 am

    Happy Birthday Jennifer! I love reading your blog. I hope you continue:)

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:13 pm

      Thank you so much Tracy! And thanks for sharing this journey with me

  28. August 21, 2018 / 9:10 am

    Happy Birthday! I’ve found that as we get older, we are naturally more adventurous. Maybe because if we have kids, they are also older and we feel they don’t need us as much as when they when they were young. I’m now 71 and thankful my family still encourages me to be adventurous. My son and his family invited on a cruise with them last April. Wonderful! They trusted me to go parasailing with my then 7 year old grandson. They also went parasailing, but I had their precious cargo. I’m not a fan of heights, but no way would I disappoint my grandson. Scared the entire time, but he never knew it. He’s a big daredevil, so Grandma was brave, at least on the surface.

    • Patty
      August 21, 2018 / 9:51 am

      Love following your adventures! I just returned from a rail trip through the Canadian Rockies with 2 high school girlfriends (husbands would rather golf & fish). We decided years ago we’ll just leave them to it & go without them. So, every year we do a trip together. Anytime we run into snags or find it difficult to work around schedules we remind ourselves that “TIME IS A TICK’N!” and figure it out. BUT having said all that, I know we need ot be thinking about downsizing from our huge yard and house too, but my husband & I are both so happy right where we are. We have lived the same small town for 40 years where everybody knows everybody. We live close to the lake, golf course, and hunting areas. BUT our son and family live in Dallas 12 hrs away & are urging us to move before the kids get any older. I don’t really know how to proceed – it’s frightening….. I so admire you for having that part settled and behind you…..

      • Jennifer
        Author
        August 21, 2018 / 10:20 pm

        Good for you Patty! Time is flying faster every year.
        I wish we were as settled as you make it sound. Sadly we are only renting and still hunting for where we should live. It’s a tough decision. Your current location sounds wonderful but conventional wisdom suggests we should live close to our children as we age.
        We but the bullet and sold but are still in limbo. It is frightening. Take your time and the answer will show itself to you.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:15 pm

      Oh my gosh Norma you are my hero!! Congratulations! I’m in awe of your guts and stamina. Go you!!!

  29. Wendy
    August 21, 2018 / 9:29 am

    Happy mutual birthday! It’s my birthday, too, only I’m a bit ahead of you. I’m 66 today!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:21 pm

      Happy Birthday Wendy!!!

  30. Linda
    August 21, 2018 / 9:33 am

    Happy Birthday!

  31. Kay
    August 21, 2018 / 9:43 am

    I was 62 once. LOL. That’s the year I retired, and my life has been so much happier. I have time to travel and time to spend with my grandchildren. I would never go back to a younger age. Enjoy the day!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:22 pm

      Thanks Kay, I agree!

  32. Debbie
    August 21, 2018 / 9:46 am

    Happy Birthday! You are very adventurous!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:23 pm

      Thank you Debbie. It’s funny but I don’t feel adventurous

  33. Gail Schwartz
    August 21, 2018 / 9:58 am

    Happy Birthday, Jennifer! I’ll be 71 on Sunday. Our house is sold…closing on September 26. We will spend the warmer months in our house at the Jersey shore and winters in Florida.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:25 pm

      Thanks Gail!! Way to go! I’m so happy for you. It sounds ideal.

  34. Karen H.
    August 21, 2018 / 10:02 am

    Sending blessings and best wishes to the birthday girl. Lake Tahoe is a lovely way to spend your day. Enjoy!

  35. Laurie
    August 21, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Great thoughts! Happy birthday!

  36. C
    August 21, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Happy Birthday! I celebrated my 62nd birthday last month, as well. For me, one thing that keeps me feeling connected and vibrant, is to have relationships with young folks. I am blessed to have 6 grandkids, varying ages, and love to listen to their take on the world. Never a dull moment!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:34 pm

      Oh yes!! They are the true fountain of youth

  37. Shari
    August 21, 2018 / 11:12 am

    Just returned from a summer trip to Norway.. it’s my husbands home away and he turns 70 this year… so it was special for him and for me to do 2 months in camping mode. Soooo glad to get back to real homecoming!
    What for my 70? A new knee? Peace?
    A little retail?
    Happy birthday and thanks for the great posts!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:36 pm

      I’d be glad to get home too Shari! You’re a good sport and a real trouper. Best wishes for a fabulous year ahead. It’s only getting better!

  38. Laurie
    August 21, 2018 / 11:45 am

    Happy Birthday to one of my favourite bloggers! My birthday (57) is tomorrow ????

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:37 pm

      Oh my gosh, thanks so much Laurie!! Happiest Birthday wishes to you! Xx

  39. Yvonne
    August 21, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Happy Birthday Jennifer – you share a birthday with my younger sister! August is a busy month – I turned 64 2 weeks ago.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:38 pm

      Thanks Yvonne! Belated Happy Birthday. Lots of fabulous ladies born in August????

  40. August 21, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Wishing you a wonderful Birthday, Jennifer! Sixty-two is still so young! You’ve got a ways to go until you catch up to me. As my friend, Dovanna in NYC said, I want to continue to be in control of my spine, so I’m stepping up my exercise and stretching. xoxox, Brenda

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:41 pm

      Thank you Brenda!! That’s great advice. I know taking care of our bodies is so important and very happy I’ve started back exercising.

  41. Karen
    August 21, 2018 / 12:56 pm

    Jennifer — happy birthday! Today is my birthday also, but I am now 72! Goals for this year are 10,000 steps most days of the week — with very high blood pressure, my life really depends on it. Blessings to you.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:43 pm

      Thank you Karen!! I’m counting my steps too. They just recalled my blood pressure medicine! That was scary but they’ve started me on a better one. I hope you’re getting the care you need.

  42. Katelyn Kelly
    August 21, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Wishing you the happiest of 62nd birthdays Jennifer. You’re always treating us to well appreciated and wonderful glimpses of your life with fantastic tips on fashion, style, beauty and generally enjoying life after 60. Yours is my favorite daily blog. 62 is a milestone as it’s our qualifying age to elect those hard earned retirement benefits. I made that tough retirement election decision last October when I turned 62. Now I am truly enjoying life without the stress of facing those work-related decisions that benefit others and not myself. 62 brought about a move from the DC area to Florida, the purchase of a new forever home, peaceful living near the beach, travel and generally taking good care of my own needs and health. Enjoy the freedom of this age Jennifer…..you earned it!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you Katelyn and a huge congratulations!! Your decision sounds perfect and I wish you the best.

  43. Cathy Goodman
    August 21, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    Happy Birthday! I celebrated my 62nd birthday last month, as well. For me, one thing that keeps me feeling connected and vibrant, is to have relationships with young folks. I am blessed to have 6 grandkids, varying ages, and love to listen to their take on the world. Never a dull moment!

  44. Martha Edmundson
    August 21, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Happy birthday! Enjoy your year!

  45. Jill
    August 21, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    Happy birthday! For Mollie, have you thought about getting an electric type stair chair installed in your house? They work well and beat moving if you are happy where you live. My friend had one put in for his late wife when she was very ill and now he uses it all the time because of a bad back.

  46. Janet
    August 21, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    Happy Birthday Jennifer! No great adventures to share. I just want to make the best use of my time and not waste it. I would do more if retired but not there yet. I must say the years go by so quickly’ especially the last 20. I often think “What happened?” Enjoy!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 4:38 pm

      Thank you Janet! That’s wise advice. Each day counts.

  47. Linda
    August 21, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    Happy Birthday! I just turned 67 last week. I retired in June. Hub & I sold our house & mostly all our furniture & relocated from NY to Palm Desert. California a few weeks ago. We are still on the adventure! I’ve always embraced change & new challenges & now that I’m retired I expect to do more as long as I can! Live the life God gave us!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 4:36 pm

      Thanks! That’s awesome of you! Good luck. We’re looking into Palm Springs again too!!

  48. Barb
    August 21, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jennifer! My husband (73) and I (71) love to travel on road trips in the US. International travel is always interesting and educational; last year we did 3 weeks in South Africa. In a few days we’ll be off to Normandy, London and Scotland. We need to take advantage of our good health while we can because I’m sure there will come a time when travel won’t be easy any more.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 4:34 pm

      Thanks so much. Now is the time to travel. Good for you!

  49. Deborah Broughton
    August 21, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Happy Birthday. I look forward to your blog everyday! I am 66 still working in my career of interior design but recent changes in husband’s health have me rethinking. Time does run out. I know this as my Mom passed when she was 44. Love reading al the coments!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 4:33 pm

      Thank you Deborah. Our health can be so precarious we’ve got to live each day to the fullest. Sending healing thoughts to your husband.

  50. Deborah Boykin
    August 21, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    Happy, happy birthday! I look forward to your posts, you inspire me

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 10:45 pm

      Thank you so much Deborah.

  51. Linda
    August 21, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    Happy Birthday , Jennifer! I have had a momentous year. My husband and I just celebrated our 50th anniversary and I will turn 70 in October. We were trying to decide about downsizing and out decision was made for us last
    October during the wildfires in Northern California. We escaped with the clothes on our back (me in pjs and bare foot) and our dogs. Lost everything. We relocated to Arizona near our daughter and couldn’t be happier. We only look ahead as it was just stuff (50 years worth)! We are blessed and thankful!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:14 pm

      Oh my gosh Linda!! That’s frightening. Your attitude is the right one. Only look forward and enjoy today! That’s all we really have.

  52. Holly
    August 21, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    ????Happy Birthday to You???? Jennifer!???? I hope you have a Healthy Year and be Blessed! We have so many things to be thankful for.
    Thank you for your blog I enjoy it.
    You look great Jennifer.
    P.S. Next year Dec. 2019 I will be 60! We already have a cruise scheduled for the Mediterranean!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:12 pm

      Thank you Holly! You’ll have a fabulous time. A cruise is a fabulous way to crjebrste the big 6 0!

  53. Allison
    August 21, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Happy Birthday Jennifer! August 21 is a special day as it was my late brother’s birthday..he passed last year and would have turned 66 this year. He would be the first one to remind me (63 on Aug27) that life is too short not to enjoy it to the fullest. I often think that is why our first grandchild made his way into this world as my brother was leaving it. This little fellow reminds us daily of the simple joys that are all around us and that we must take the time to enjoy them. I hope you have a joyous day!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:10 pm

      Grandchildren are such wonderful reminders of the joy in life. So sorry to hear about your brother. That’s a very painful loss. We must squeeze all the joy we can out of life. Early Happy Birthday Allison!

  54. Kathleen O'Brien
    August 21, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    Happy birthday, dear Jennifer! Enjoy your next trip around the sun! And wishing you many, many more!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 21, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks so much Kathleen!

  55. Laurie Warren
    August 22, 2018 / 4:32 am

    Happy Birthday Jennifer ???? I enjoy following your adventures and am right there with you as I turn 62 in September. My adventures are close to home as I care for my three granddaughters ages 5, 4, and 18 months while their parents work. Sometimes it’s overwhelming but they are small for such a short time. Actually, they help keep me active and I realize how fortunate I am to have them live so close to us. Many blessings for the year ahead.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 7:47 am

      Thank you Laurie! That is a lot of work. Good for you. I’m not sure I have the stamina for that but they sure are precious and it’s wonderdul to live nearby. Lucky you.

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