So I turned 40…I didn’t make it a huge deal like I planned but it turned out perfect. I had always thought that I wanted to go away, have a huge party, celebrate etc. But then it started coming near and I didn’t want that. I wanted my friends and family and to have a good time. I’m thankful that’s exactly what my hubby planned for me.
Last year on my 39th Birthday I wrote a post about what I wanted to accomplish and the mindset I wanted to have the last year in my 30s. I truly lived that way. I did things that I would not have done..or it wasn’t the right time but I did them anyway and I had fun! You can see my last update here and all the things I accomplished!
But for my 40th I wanted to write a few things I have learned in the last 40 years. I didn’t want to be sappy about how life goes fast and enjoy it because I feel like everyone learns that. So, I just started writing. In no particular order…
40 Things I Learn in 40 Years
- Cherry pits in water, on your window sill..do NOT turn into Gremlins.
- Even when you’re 40, you still want to call your parents to ask them how to do something, ask for their advice or to tell them great news.
- “All about the Benjamins” is about $100 bills.
- Some friends only come into your life for a short time because that’s what they need or what you need at THAT time.
- Sleep when the baby sleeps isn’t an actual thing.
- Decor is never done.
- Everyone has an opinion.
- No one is going to remember the decor or centerpieces at your wedding. They’ll only remember how much fun they had.
- You can be a Mom and not need the wine at night.
- You can throw your detergent lid into the washer.
- You will forget most of what you learned in school.
- Your kids will know more about dinosaurs than you.
- Sunlight is crucial to my mood.
- You can see better when you’re driving if you’re lost when you turn down the radio.
- You will remember the year a song came out based on where you were.
- Always find the stud or use an anchor when hanging items in the wall.
- Never use dish soap in a dishwasher.
- Never leave soda in your car in the winter.
- You will not remember all the things you think you will remember about your kids. Write them down.
- Everyone is going through something harder than you. It doesn’t make yours any less hard.
- It’s better to eat the whole package of candy in one sitting so you don’t eat it for the next week.
- Measure twice cut once.
- Inflation doesn’t exist on bottle deposits.
- Talking about stocks, “pump and dump” actually exists.
- You won’t pay $4 for a loaf of bread but will easily spend $10 on one sandwich.
- Just because it’s free doesn’t mean you should take one.
- When you find a great sitter. Keep them and pay them well!
- Everything you say you will not do as a parent, you’ll usually end up doing.
- It’s okay to hide from your kids.
- Christmas Trees are expensive.
- You can learn anything from YouTube.
- You’re never too old to start something.
- I have no desire to run a marathon.
- Your time is valuable.
- You can’t control what your kids are learning from other kids.
- A warm cup of coffee is a gift.
- I’m very thankful I didn’t grow up with cell phones or social media.
- A nap in the sun is my favorite thing I haven’t done since having kids.
- A minivan is the worlds most functional car.
- Leave taxes to the professionals.
I knew for my 40th I had to make a shirt because why not? I was planning on having lunch with my two bests, and I figured I would wear the shirt because it would make for a great photo…I did have a suspicion that when I got back home, there would be a party waiting for me…
I was wrong the whole lunch was a party and it was great and fun, and I have the greatest hubby for pulling it off!
Back to the shirt. I wanted something that was cute, but also showed that I was proud of being 40, and I came up with “40 Years in the Making…Nailed It”.
I love that it shows confidence and I that am happy to be 40. There is no other place I would rather be and I am grateful that I have had these 40 years. Plus, I plan to live till I am 110 so I have another 70 years to LIVE!
I created the shirt using my Cricut Explore Air 2. I designed it using design space and then used Everyday White Iron on. Once it was cut out, I put it on a shirt from Target using my Easy Press 2. I love this thing! It makes is so easy to create so many projects!
I hope if you have a “Big” Birthday coming up that you take the time and be grateful that you have this wonderful life to live and sooo much more time to LIVE…and it wouldn’t be a Birthday post if it wasn’t mentioned, that you might have a long time to live but don’t forget to live like it was your last.