So here I am turning 40 in two days. It doesn’t feel right because I just don’t picture myself as 40. In my mind I see myself somewhere in my late 20’s or 30’s. Maybe it’s because I don’t know what 40 feels like yet.

Honestly my 30’s were a mix of good and bad. I got married and divorced in my 30’s. I bought and sold a house in my 30’s. I found out I can’t have kids in my 30’s and realized that I can never ever live without a dog in my life. I worked at 5 companies. I became an aunt – twice. I witnessed the passing of all 4 of my grandparents and several other loved ones. I started dating again after being married for 10 years. It was awkward, and funny, and so far is turning out great. I have been dating a guy for 6 months and am happy, really quite happy. I experienced a lot, lived a lot and learned a lot.

These are the top things I have learned in the past 40 years:

  1. I never knew the power of a dog in my life until I got one; now I cannot imagine a life without one – ever.
  2. I have come to realize that following my passion might be fun but it isn’t going to pay the bills. I am a realist.
  3. My family is the best thing that has ever happened to me I will go down fighting for them in any circumstance.
  4. Italian food wins, hands down, every time
  5. The grass is not always greener but sometimes you have to visit it, and roll around in it for awhile to realize it.
  6. Money does not solve all problems, but it can makes the ones you have easier.
  7. I rent my apartment and I love it. I love it much more than the house I owned for 2.5 years.
  8. I would rather have you hold my heart than hold my hand. I can take care of myself if I need to but I prefer to do it while you are loving me.
  9. I don’t have room for unnecessary drama in my life any longer. With age comes wisdom about just how unnecessary drama is nothing more than draining.
  10. I am an open person. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I will share a lot with you. If you betray my trust I will never share with you again.
  11. I am crier. I cry when I am sad, nostalgic, angry, frustrated, and even sometimes when I am happy. Just pass the tissues I will be fine.
  12. I don’t judge you, but if you judge me I WILL judge you right back. Sorry I am just not that big of a person.
  13. Sometimes I eat cereal for dinner and grilled cheese sandwiches for breakfast. I haven’t died yet.
  14. Cotton over silk, denim over linen, and fleece over cashmere all the time (well ok not fleece over cashmere ALL the time)
  15. A good pair of black boots, a sweet pair of jeans and a black sweater can work every time.
  16. Bon Jovi forever.
  17. A quiet night in can be just as thrilling as a wild night out.
  18. Food should be eaten to enjoy not just to sustain.
  19. Sometimes being right is not as important as admitting when you are wrong.
  20. I will probably never keep a blog for more than one year before I change URLs – so follow me if you want.
  21. I love watching football in the fall – yes, a girl who enjoys a Sunday of wings, football, and being lazy in front of the games.
  22. Halloween is probably my least favorite holiday followed by St. Patrick’s Day.
  23. Thankgiving and Christmas are my favorites.
  24. Kissing someone new and amazing in the rain is one of the best feelings ever.
  25. I keep saying I want to go skydiving and I do; but I keep chickening out.
  26. I am completely and utterly open to any possibilities that come my way in the coming year

I’d like to come up with 14 more to make an even 40 – keep coming back I’ll come up with them eventually.

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