Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Big 4-0!

Me...at various ages...sizes...degrees of happiness...

So, yeah, today is my birthday. It was 40 (I can't believe I'm saying that) years ago today that I made my entrance into this crazy, beautiful world. It's really surreal to be 40. I remember when I was a teenager, and I thought 40 was ridiculously old. But 40 is the new 20. Right? Age is a state of mind. Right? I honestly feel 25. I am the healthiest physically than I've been in 10 years. I've endure so many hardships in my life-growing up with drug-addicted parents; being evicted from home after home; not knowing if there would be dinner on the table...But I've also had some beautiful experiences-going to Africa; falling in love; learning to make soap!

So as I start this new chapter, my heart is filled with such joy! There were times that I never thought I would make it-mentally, spiritually, or emotionally. Now, I am so grateful for every day that I open my eyes that I could just shout it from the rooftops. I am learning the power of forgiveness and living in the present. I am learning to love myself once again! So yes, I am 40 years old today, because my 39 year old self could never write these words and mean them with the strength and conviction that my 40 year old self now possesses!

And now, I shall have some cake....

14 comments:

Duni said...

Happy Birthday, Patrice! They say life begins at 40 :)
Wishing you all the best from Germany!!

randomcreative said...

Happy birthday Patrice! I'll hit 30 in a couple years and am determined not to feel old then. I'm not sure how I'll feel when I hit 40, but hopefully it will be good, too. :)

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

Happy Birthday!

CCGroovy!!! said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Boss Baby!!!

Nitya said...

Happy Birthday Patrice!! You have a great blog and I love the soaps you make! Your posts are so full of life and your style of writing cracks me up.
Have a wonderful day and a great great great year ahead!! :)

Da Dude said...

Happy Birth Day!

This birthday song is just for you.
http://youtu.be/sSwzWItnJZg

Have a great birthday!

Serendipity is Sweet said...

Have a fabulous birthday!

Amy Warden said...

Happy Birthday, Patrice!! You are one amazing lady! A blessing to me for sure. Hope you have had an absolutely wonderful day!

Patrice-The Soap Seduction said...

Here's a BIG XOXO to you all for wishing me a happy birthday! I am so thankful for all my friends in blogland. You've become like family, and I thank you all for being in my life! Here's to the next forty years<3

Sparkle said...

Happy birthday! I won't mention how old 40 is in cat years... I'll just wish that your next 40 years are totally awesome and hope you have had a marvelous day!

Angela said...

Happy birthday!!!
As it happens, I turned 44 yesterday and I am still feeling good :-)
As Lions we will take on all the adventures life brings us and we can survive them all.
All the best, Angela

Sylvie said...

Happy birthday,Patrice! I hope it was a great one.

Pink said...

Happy Birthday! Here's to many more years of creativity...

Erica said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!