Last week I turned 36. My 35th was a milestone but it was clouded. I was distracted by the transition of moving to Texas and missing my friends and also by the excitement and nervousness of being newly pregnant. So turning 36 brought up many thoughts that probably would have otherwise hit me last year.
At first I muddled through some negative emotions and self-doubt. I analyzed my many wrinkles that seem to be growing deeper by the second. I struggled with loving my body after two kids. I allowed myself to feel these feelings and to think these thoughts but after I processed them, I simply moved on. Life is far too short. I celebrated with my husband and family over a great meal and a piece of pie. I felt loved and grateful for this stage in life and these new adventures.
Since I’ve always found encouragement, laughter and a sense of calm from reading, I decided to compile some meaninful quotes from a couple of my favorite books and authors that I've read throughout the past few years. I also included two from close friends and mentors. Below are a few that have meant the most to me:
And finally the quote I repeat to myself over and over in every new stage of life (if you haven’t read it withinin context then stop what you are doing and go read the entire story now):