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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. 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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!

    • August 21, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks so much Kathleen!

  3. 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!

    • 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!

  4. 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!

    • 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!

  5. 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!

    • 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.

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