Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Today I add a candle to the cake.I feel lucky that I get to do that.
I used to hate having a January birthday when I was younger.  It is right after the Holidays and people are so done with celebrations.  My birthday always felt like a burden almost..."Now what do you want for your birthday" like it was my fault I was born that day!  Now I am very mature and I am OK with it :).  Social media are great for birthdays!  My Facebook wall is already full of messages!

I feel better at 43 than I did at 30.
I know people say that all the time but I do for real.
I enjoy my life more in my 40s than I ever did.  A lot has to do with my family of course, but also because I made huge changes in my lifestyle in the last 2 years.
Running has changed me for the better.  Many of you read the essay I wrote for the Another Mother Runner's blog already so I won't go in details and repeat myself here but I can say that I got myself back through running.
Do I wish I had made all these changes sooner? Heck yeah!
But I made them at 41 and now I am not looking back!
So bring on 43!
Some pictures of the last 43 years....

I used to be cute...!

See before there was a  Mini Urban there was a Mini I don't know..
Stevie Nicks?

Before getting married..that is my niece with the spoon in her mouth. 
She is almost 14 now!!

The 30s


The now!

37 comments:

Elle said...

Happy Birthday, Youngster!

Have a wonderful day... enjoyed the pictures immensely.

Here is to a terrific, active, and healthy year for you and your family, too.

bobbie said...

Happy Birthday!! Be sure to check out my post :) Love the pics ~cute!!

abbi said...

Happy Birthday!

Hunnybee said...

Happy Birthday!!

Heres to another wonderful year!

misszippy said...

Happy happy birthday! Woot for being in your 40s and loving it. You've got it goin' on, girlfriend!

SupermomE12 said...

Happy birthday to you!!! I hope it is a wonderful and special day for a wonderful and special person. Hugs my friend! :)

Andrew Opala said...

Happy Birthday!

P.S. Life begins at 45.

lindsay said...

Awesome collection of photos! Happy Birthday!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day!

Kathy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 37 is my best year yet (38 in a few weeks). Every since I started running I can only say that it keeps getting better. I'm one of the few who looks forward to 40 (unless you are a runner) - new age group - woo-hoo!!!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Happy birthday! The 40s are the new 30s or something like that.

Carrie said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Getting better with age is the best!!!!

macnic said...

Happy Birthday! Like a fine wine, I say...

runningforthree said...

Happy Birthday!!

Laura said...

HAPPY
HAPPY
HAPPY
BIRTHDAY!!

Kristin @NyceLife said...

Hope you have a FABULOUS day and YEAR!!

Jen said...

happy birthday!!

I love the pictures :) thank you for sharing --

And of course - we are meeting at Surf City!! I can't wait!! YAY!!!

Kate said...

Happy birthday, my friend!

Love the pictures. I'm going to steal that idea for my birthday. :)

I totally am with you about being happier in my self now than in my 20's.

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Happy birthday! I really enjoyed the pictures! You were a cute kid!

Boston Bound Brunette said...

Happy Birthday! You're beautiful!! 40 is the new 30 and you are looking good!!

The Unexpected Runner said...
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The Unexpected Runner said...

Happy Birthday, mon ami! I will join you at this age in a few weeks! I am happier with my myself now than I ever have been :-)

XLMIC said...

Happy Birthday, Caroline! You deserve the best of years :) Hope this coming one is spectacular!

Pam said...

Happy birthday, beautiful Caro! :)

Patrick Mahoney said...

Happy Birthday! You've got 10 months on me...which means you "saw" the moon landing and I didn't.

Jill said...

Love all those pictures, you are absolutely adorable!! Happy Birthday again...hope your day was filled with tons of love!

Tricia said...

Happy happy birthday. Hope you day was wonderful.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Rach @ Girl on the Run said...

Happy, happy birthday! Hope your day was amazing.

Terzah said...

You are STILL cute!!

And I hear you about the Jan. b-day. But it was worse for my brother. His is the 3rd of Jan. Even I sometimes forget it, it's so soon after Xmas.

Happy B-Day again!

Emz said...

Look at you!!!
Live all the photos!
So happy & thankful you shared those!!

Freaking. Thankful. To. Know. You.

Emz said...

Andddddd ya I wonder where mini urban gets his skills!!?!! ;)

Black Knight said...

Thank you very much for the nice holidays card I received this morning.
Happy birthday my YOUNG friend!!!!
Great pictures and I am sure you can sing as well as Stevie Nicks (I love the Fleetwood Mac).

Christine said...

HAPPY Birthday!!!! Hope you had a wonderful day!!!! Love the pictures and I'm glad you are feeling better than ever before! :)

Colleen said...

Happy belated birthday Caroline! :) LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures!

Neon Blonde Runner said...

LOVE this post, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!

I also feel like each year of my life gets better...I become stronger, more confident, more happy!

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