On June 25, I turned 48! Y’all! Forty.eight.years.old. So, I did what any normal 47-year-old would do on the eve of her birthday. I went to Wal-Mart! I was at home alone that night, so no one was available to join my pity party. I decided that I could do just fine at the party by myself, so I headed to Wal-Mart for my party supplies.
At Wal-Mart, I quickly picked up my items of choice and headed back home. I sat my bag down on the table and unloaded my goodies one by one.
First out of the bag was a set of bright pink pajamas. On the front of these pajamas was a little dog wearing sunglasses, sitting under a glittery beach umbrella, with the saying “Dog Days of Summer”–not cheesy at all! ha
The Next, out of the bag was the biggest package of Sharpie markers that I could find, in every color imaginable. (insert happy dance) This is a luxury that I will never let myself have, but this was desperate times!
Finally, and you may need to sit down for this one, was a half-gallon of Bluebell ice cream. Not just any Bluebell ice cream… this was a new flavor… a combination of my two favorite flavors of ALL time! (cue the angels singing!) …. cookies-n-cream AND chocolate-chip cookie dough!!! Genius! I actually think I may have scared the people around me when I saw it in the freezer aisle.
In my new doggy pjs, I sat down with ice cream in hand, my ginormous pack of markers, and my doodle pad. Let the pity party festivities begin!
As I sat there, I thought…..
I really don’t FEEL like I am 48.
I don’t think that I LOOK 48 (maybe… maybe not… ya know, chubby girls don’t show wrinkles like thin girls do though.)
And, I’ve been told that I don’t ACT as old as I am. (I’m not actually certain that was a compliment, but either way, I’ll take it.)
The wheels began to turn in my head– Or maybe it was all that sugar from the ice cream. I decided to start a Fifty by 50 campaign. Instead of wallowing in all of the “Oh my goodness, I’m going to be 50 and I haven’t done this, and gone there, and accomplished this….”, I decided to focus on positive, practical things that will make a difference in my world and those around me by the time I am 50. I decided to bring you along for a couple of reasons…..
- to be my accountability partner
- maybe you will also be encouraged and inspired to reach for new things and focus on the positive!
Here is how my lofty list has started:
- 50 people/groups/organizations that I have made a substantial positive impact on
- 50 books read
- 50 new places visited
- 50 new blog posts
- 50 new things learned
- 50 The Prayer Phrase Journal/books sold
- 50 ladies hosted on a spiritual retreat
- and…. (reluctantly typing)…. 50 lbs. lost
I have 86 weeks…. so here I go!
I’ll keep you posted. 😉