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  • 40 minus 364

    I’ve added another candle. I probably shouldn’t light them all as a smoke detector might be set off as my family is sleeping. All joking aside, I am pretty thrilled about it.

    Yes, I am a year older. Yes, I am 364 days away from turning 40. But, I am alive. This year started off with a bang. I had never lived so intentionally. Piano lessons, dancing with the family at Disneyland, and baking cupcakes like never before. As life would have it though, several curveballs were thrown my way.
     

     
    Double feature with Rebecca- gotta love movie theater light
     
    I completed over half of my items on my 39 list this year. I still need to post several items including the Greek Festival and Young Life camp (and those are coming). Normally, I am a task master and someone who likes to follow through with their goals, especially when voiced out loud. One might think that I am disappointed, but that would be far from the truth.

    You see, I still lived intentionally the last half of the year as well. It just wasn’t as visible on this site. I continued marking items off my list, but I also spent a lot of time being still, resting, recovering, and listening. I also learned to accept help from others. This about killed me at times as I prefer to be self sufficient, move, and do things with my hands and feet. Yet I’ve changed through the process. I can look back at my year and see growth, bruises, and a heart that is thirsty for God and all things real.

    I only have 61+ years left so that means I don’t have any time to mess around. I want to surround myself and my thoughts on things that are real.

    I plan on completing my 39 list. And yes, I’ll share my 40 list tomorrow. It’s going to be an epic year friends.

    I woke up this morning energized and grateful. Grateful for life. Grateful for my family. Grateful for you.

    Hello 39. Let’s make it an amazing year.

    Perhaps I’ll start by eating a cupcake and then dancing with a stranger.

    Blessings sweet friends,
    Jenny


    14 Comments

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    Jen Kinkade

    Happy Birthday, sweet Jenny!!
    I hope your day is filled with love, laughter and blessings!
    And if I was with you, I would totally dance with you!! ;)

    20 November 2012 at 8:13 am Reply
    Kerry K.

    Happy Birthday, my beautiful friend! I wish I could celebrate with you in person! Enjoy a wonderful day with family and friends. Sending lots of love, K

    20 November 2012 at 8:34 am Reply
    Theresa M.

    Happy Birthday Jenny! Hope you had a fabulous day. Blessings and Hugs

    20 November 2012 at 9:16 am Reply
    Nicole

    Happy Birthday to you!!!

    20 November 2012 at 9:46 am Reply
    Tony

    Happy Birthday. I saw one of the things were the road races. I did my first half-marathon last spring and my first sprint-tri this summer. Glad I did the half and I would do one again, but I think the full marathon is out of the question. Good luck.

    20 November 2012 at 10:32 am Reply
    Tracey

    Happy Birthday Jenny! Have a wonderful day and enjoy every crumb of that cupcake.

    20 November 2012 at 11:41 am Reply
    Heather S. in VT.

    Happy Birthday Jenny! Hope you have a fabulous day! So glad you are blogging more again! Love to read what you write about!BTW we are the same age! I’ll be 40 in April!

    20 November 2012 at 12:21 pm Reply
    Catherine

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JENNY! The big 4-0. I know you’ll make it amazing.

    20 November 2012 at 12:34 pm Reply
    Catherine

    I meant to say the road to big 4-0. =) We’re on it together!

    20 November 2012 at 12:35 pm Reply
    denise

    …happy birthday jenny!…’forever 39′…xo – a big hug awaits you next time we see each other at the pool! and a prayer for a happy & blessed thanksgiving to you & family!

    20 November 2012 at 3:56 pm Reply
    cathy stolze

    Now I know why I wanted to buy you a present the other day. I was feeling it. : )
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You make this world a better place. Isn’t that what we all wanna do? Rock on with your bad self.
    “a heart that is thirsty for God and all things real.” Exactly how I feel girlfriend!!! That is it, nothing else. I wish we could play and run around and make videos dancing with strangers! I’ll say what I always say, You make me smile.

    20 November 2012 at 4:59 pm Reply
    Stacey K

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    I love your optimism, I am trying to catch me some of that.
    I hope you have a wonderful day.

    20 November 2012 at 5:27 pm Reply
    Val

    Happy Birthday!

    20 November 2012 at 10:06 pm Reply
    Lesley

    Well happy birthday my fellow list-maker!! I totally hear ya on the whole living with intention as a result of your list…mine has done the same thing for me this year! And like you, I am not going to tick off everything on my list and that was stressing me out a few weeks ago until I looked back at all the cool stuff I had done this year and the things that I am going to squeeze in before my birthday…and it just makes me happy! Life does get in the way, but hey, at least we are both still here to experience that happening! So enjoy your birthday, enjoy making your new list, enjoy your life and your family and just have fun…that’s what birthdays are all about!! Cheering for you and sending you birthday wishes from the other side of the world!!

    21 November 2012 at 2:49 am Reply

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