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43 is the new 23

Who am I kidding?  As much as I would love to believe that getting a year older in your 40’s is similar to your 20’s it is not.  I would love to be able to say that I am in just as great shape now as I was at 23, but I am not. I would love to say that I am as footloose and fancy free, but I am not.  But, there are many things that I am now that I would never have been able to do at 23.

Great morning for the opening of #BillingsTargetOttawa #Billings #Target

From the opening of Target, Billings Bridge

I am a mother to three wonderful children. A who is now 21 and living on his own working full time still fills my heart when he comes over. He isn’t with us in our daily lives any more, but our family is complete when we are all together. J who is now 10 is one of the kindest, loving kids you will ever meet. His soft heart and big snuggles is a great reminder of why 43 is way better than 23.  And sweet Apple who is now 6 is strong and determined, she has yet to meet a challenge she can’t overcome and also fills my day with cuddles, crafts and love.  All of this was not in my cards at 23. The only thing that was really important way back then was driving my convertible, going to University and getting ready to go out at 10pm at night.

On the other side. #pacificocean #SantaBarbara #beachlife Dinner at Obie's, last one before they close for the season #beachlife

We must not forget Hubby. Although we knew each other twenty years ago, we were not together, just passing friends hanging out by our best friends pool. So yes, 43 is better than 23.

This past year, at 42, I did more than I could have ever imagined possible. I traveled throughout the US, mostly for work but a little for fun, getting to experience things that I would have been way to chicken to do at 23.  I went to Las Vegas, twice! Once for my Photography business and once for my Arbonne business both amazing and both very different. I experienced Las Vegas while learning and enjoying a little of the Vegas life.  I spoke at the Blissdom conference in Dallas, I photographed a party in Chicago for Yappem, and I got to attend the wedding of one of our best friends in Santa Ynez, California.  None of these places I had been to before (well I have been to Chicago, but driving through on the Interstate is a little different than actually walking around downtown). I photographed two conferences in Toronto and I made numerous trips to Delaware.  If someone had asked me at 23 if I would be doing all of this cool and wonderful stuff I would have laughed. At 23 I was a homebody, taking my annual pilgrimage to Delaware and waiting for the next year to come around so I could do it again.


Add to all that cool and fun stuff I have been privileged to do this year, I have also had many amazing work opportunities right here in Ottawa. When I am not on the road I am most definitely working. I have photographed events, weddings and amazing families. I have met Farmers from all over the US while photographing their conference, I have met people from the travel industry while photographing for Niagara Falls and Toronto Tourism.  And honestly each and every job I have done touches my heart in some way. They are all not just jobs to me, but experiences that make me who I am today at 43.  While attending the wedding in Santa Ynez, one I could actually watch without a camera in my hand, I shed tears of joy. My husbands best friend and someone I call brother was finally getting married. One of our friends commented that they were surprised that I could still cry at a wedding after so many years of photographing weddings and the truth is, I cry at each and every one of them.  Each wedding is special and I get to know my clients and what I feel for them as they take their vows is true happiness.

So if this is what is in store for me at 43, I will take it. I look forward to 43 knowing that I have a few great projects ahead of me, a little more travel (let’s see if I can top 28 airplanes from this year) and so many things that are yet to come my way but will in a surprising and amazing way. 43 is good.

Categories: Birthdays, Travel

I cannot wait for the craziness that is this Summer to end.  Fall arrives in two weeks and I hope that all will be back to normal, well as normal as possible by then.

Saturday we celebrated Apple’s third birthday.  I was asked to shoot a wedding with CL Buchanan Photography on Saturday and just didn’t want to pass that opportunity up.  Hubby and I decided that Apple wouldn’t really remember me not being there and we would have her party on Sunday.  So really, she got two birthdays.

We served her cupcakes for breakfast after having present opening in bed.

Birthday Girl

The plate hadn’t hit the table and the candles were out.

Birthday Girl

She had a fabulous day as did I. Sunday we had the Grandparents and cousins over so she got to have a whole second day of presents and cake, which was what it was all about.  Well that and singing Happy Birthday over and over and over again.

Move over Birthdays (for now) and hello to first day of school. J was excited as was Apple.  She really wanted to join her big brother but we kept telling her that she had to be four.  One more year.

J was handsome as ever and eager to see who was in his class.  He thankfully got a class inside and not in a portable and one of his best buds is in his class, for that I am thankful.  He loves his teacher and is enjoying having gym every day. So far so good, he is loving school.  I just hope we can keep that momentum going until June.

First day of SchoolFirst day of School

First day of School

I hope you have all been keeping up with your 100’s?  Workout Wednesdays aren’t done, just haven’t had time to blog about it.  Either I get to exercise or I get to blog and well, my gut says I need to exercise right now. Keep going with them, I will have a new challenge for you next week.

It would also be terrible of me not to acknowledge that today is my Sister’s (40….something…) birthday!  Happy Birthday big E!  Love ya.  And without Mom and Dad who have been married for 44 years today, we wouldn’t be having birthday wishes for any of us.  Love you Mom and Dad. 44 year who would have ever thought?

Life is Good…

Categories: Birthdays, Fall, Kids, School

How awful that I am rolling two posts into one!  But the truth is I am barely squeaking this by. I am exhausted and running on empty, but I can’t let today pass without acknowledging my son’s 7th Birthday and offering up a challenge.

Birthday Boy

Seven years ago I was weeping with Joy because this little guy came into my life.  I still relish the days we spend together and try not to suffer the days when he is gone from me at school.  He is half of my team where I am the coach, he is my everything.  What I wouldn’t do for this little guy.  I love you J.

And not to shrug my new dedication to Workout Wednesdays, I have to say that this week was a good slap in the face.  Last night at an event a lady approached me to offer her Doula services. Needless to say I am not pregnant and it took all I had in me not to scream at her, but it was certainly the slap I needed to wake up my abs and get them into shape.

So, this week I am offering up a challenge should you wish to join me.  In addition to my running, I am going to do a set of  hundreds each day.  Hundreds is a Pilates move that works out your abs and if I wasn’t already in my pj’s I would show them to you, but check out “hundreds pilates” on the web and you will find some great suggestions.  Will you join me?

**disclaimer: I am in no way a Doctor or Physical Trainer. I am going to share with you my thoughts and ideas about how to get into shape again. I strongly advise consulting a medical professional prior to starting any workout routine as well as a professional trainer. I am in no way responsible for any injury you may sustain from trying any of my suggestions.

Categories: Birthdays, Workout Wednesday