Saturday, January 09, 2010

My Birfday



This is not my cake (It's by Wild Cakes www.wildcakes.ca ), but it would be the cake I would choose this year.

I'm 41 this year. Which sounds old because I've never been 41. But I know it's not old (but just "older"), as I'm guessing when I'm 50, 41 will sound spring-chickenish, youthful, and all the adjectives that come to mind when you look back at a younger version of yourself and think, "I was so young then!"

I feel good today. The crankiness has gone. There is overflowing birthday wishes on my Facebook page (as much as I dislike FB sometimes, I love it for the birthday aspect alone).

Last night, a friend called me when I was at the library and surprised me with dinner of salmon and a dessert of coconut milk ice cream with some magical chocolate Bailey's topping. I felt as if I was on Oahu, even with the rain pouring down outside and being wrapped in the deluxe down Snuggie.

My birthday comes right after New Year's (as you can see) so I'm reminded again about my resolutions, what I want do with my year, how I want to move forward.

I want to be more aware of how I take my space in the world, where I am and who I am with. Be a little more mindful of what I'm doing. I am downsizing friendships, ridding myself of the relationships that don't bring me joy or aren't supportive.

In regards to writing, it is a year of closure and beginnings. My book is being published and will have a new life in October in a paper world. New poems are being written along with some other things I keep moving along.

I look at my friends who are also now in their 40's and well, we don't look 40. Or do we?

Something I promise-- never to someone who is afraid to say her age, but instead to say it with pride.

Today's schedule? Basketball game. Lunch. Dinner with friends and game night.

I am hoping there will be cake somewhere along the way.

14 comments:

Adrienne said...

Happy Birthday Kelli! And no, you really don't look 41!
xo

Jill said...

Happy Birthday, Kelli! Your take on turning 40 (and beyond) gives me hope for my big birthday this year! Here's to a great year!

Salmon Bear said...

Enjoy your day today!

Maya Ganesan said...

Happy birthday! Once again, congratulations on the book -- hope 2010 is filled with goodies for you.

Ali said...

Happy Birthday! I'm a January girl too...

Love,
Ali

Jessie Carty said...

Happy birthday!

I love the way you put this "New poems are being written along with some other things I keep moving along. "

Those little poems that could. Choo Choo

Justin Evans said...

Happy Birthday!


word verification: comida

Lyle Daggett said...

Happy birthday, Kelli.

January said...

You wear 41 well, my dear. Happy, happy birthday!

(I'll be joining you in the Club of 41 in a few weeks.)

Kells said...

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! It was a good day!

Linda Dove said...

Oh, I do love that cake! Happy Birthday.

Kells said...

thank you, Linda!

Jennifer said...

I'm just getting around to my feed reader, so belated happy birthday.

I'm 41 this year too. It strikes me as an odd age to be more than anything else.

Crab Creek Review said...

Thanks, Jennifer!

_ Kelli

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