Wednesday, November 3

shoot for the moon and you'll land among stars...

Happy birthday to me...'s my birthday today!!
The simple colors & happy design in this photo define how I'm feeling today: "Simply Happy".

To make the photo even more perfect...
the quote on the wall signifies the focus of today's blog post.
You see...
And I'm not "simply happy" because it's my birthday.
There's so much more to it than you might think.
For those who've been following along for some time...
You should know I've been anticipating this "day of reconciliation" for some time now.
Today is the day for me to evaluate...
Evaluate the goals I was able to accomplish on my list of "Before Birthday Goals".

I set out to create a list containing some fun, inspiring goals...which they certainly were.
These goals were to "push" me creatively...and I was pushed.
Many of them would encourage me to step out of my comfort zone...and I was definitely encouraged.
But mostly these goals were to leave me inspired...and I'm on fire!!
I can't begin to tell you about all of the "gifts" that were placed along my path as a direct result from deciding to take this journey.
I originally thought I would be devastated if I didn't accomplish every single goal on my list.
And for awhile, I put intense pressure on myself, especially as my birthday drew closer.
But here we are...
the day of
I can tell you that I am completely at peace with my accomplishments...
And although I can't stand on a pedestal and announce to the world that I was able to cross off every. single. goal...
The infamous quote in the photo rings so true for me today...
My journey to the moon has certainly landed me among MANY stars...
And I'm sooo enjoying the view right now!!

Wouldn't it be funny if I commented that the entire post was a bunch of hogwash and that I'm in the depths of depression for having let myself down for not crossing off every single goal on my list. And that the only reason I said "I am completely at peace with my accomplishments" was to some how justify my sub-par results instead of admitting failure of any kind.
It would be kind of funny....
but it certainly wouldn't be true - and that's keeping it real!

I'd like to say that I'm off for a day of celebrating & pampering.
But...I'm really going to be running around for most of the day accomplishing things in preparation for the baby shower this weekend.
At least I'll be doing the errands "super star-style" since I was able to get my hair done yesterday afternoon...*wink*

And one last thing...
Don't forget to enter my blog giveaway for some BEAUTIFUL designer chocolate-dipped oreos from Sweeties by Kim.
Tomorrow is the last day to enter...don't miss out. (see this post to enter & for more details)


Lauren McKinsey November 3, 2010 at 7:08 AM  

Happy Birthday to an amazing and creative woman! Thanks for being an inspiration to me and to so many others! I can't wait to see what the upcoming year brings for you!

Anonymous,  November 3, 2010 at 7:13 AM  

Happy Birthday!!!! As for not completing all your goals prior to your birthday, I'm glad you realized it's OK. Sometimes, the relevance is in being happier. Enjoy the day (and everyday thereafter)!


Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop November 3, 2010 at 7:21 AM  

Happy Happy Birthday!!! I am so happy to have read your blog and been uplifted by your words. I pray your day is filled with many happy memories you will cherish in the years to come.

Amy November 3, 2010 at 9:02 AM  

Happy Birthday!!! Have a great day!

Tammy November 3, 2010 at 9:18 AM  

Happy Birthday! Hope your day is Great! Sounds like its off to a good start!

Andrea :),  November 3, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

Happy, Happy Birthday! I hope that you have a wonderful day and a magical year! Thank you for your wonderful blog- it is such a joy to read! You are so talented. I love your keeping it real part as well. :)

stephanie Toole November 3, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

Happy Birthday! I love freshly done hair!

Roberta November 3, 2010 at 1:03 PM  

Happy Birthday Sweet Jess ;) Hope you have a good day even though you have so much on your "to do" list. As we get older and wiser life teaches us to be more flexible...especially when we become Bless you, fondly, Roberta

pollydove November 3, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

Happy Birthday to you!!!! Enjoy your day, even if it is a busy one!

Daniela,  November 3, 2010 at 3:26 PM  

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day filled with many joys!

I run for cake! November 3, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

Happy Birthday! You are such an inspiration and I enjoy reading your posts!

Angela November 4, 2010 at 12:13 AM  

Hope your day was as SPECIAL as your are Jess. Indulge a bit - you deserve it!! XO

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