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On the Eve of my 38th Birthday

August 22, 2013 by admin

Tomorrow I turn 38.

I just came back from an evening out with two great friends, women I laugh and drink and write with. They are awesome. And I am so glad our paths connected. Also, they bought me a s’mores brownie, which doubles their awesomeness.

I have at least a handful of other friends I love and adore and without whom my life would not be complete.

Tucked away in their beds are a caring and supportive husband and three little people who make me laugh and love every day.

We all have our health.

I may not have finished a novel – yet – but I write for a living, which is what I’ve always wanted to do.

I have a roof over my head. It may not be a castle, but it’s blue with a red door and is filled with the people and things I love.

I live in a town where the ocean meets the river, so I never have to go very far to witness nature’s awesome beauty.

I have a mom who made sure I was raised right, even when it was hard, and she loves us all fiercely.

I have a brother and sister-in-law whose happiness makes me smile. I have another sister-in-law who amazes me with her achievements.

I have choices to make. Avenues to explore. Things I want to accomplish.

Every day is an adventure. Seriously. I NEVER know where the day will take me.

I’m reading a really great book.

I’ll wake up tomorrow and though I’ll be a year older, I’ll have (hopefully) come a year closer to figuring everything out. I’ll also eat cake. And run. Yes, I should most definitely run.

I’m still two years away from 40.

It’s easy, sometimes, to overlook what a charmed life I lead. Here’s to 38, and another year of being appreciative of all the things – big and small – that make life great. XO


  1. Df says:

    Hey! Hopefully 40 isn’t so bad because I will be there in a few months and facing it down with a newborn. Happy Birthday! Miss you. So sorry we didn’t get together over this last rough year, but fall will hopefully be different. Have a nice birthday. Go to the beach – so jealous of where you live and it’s gonna be hot.

  2. Katrina Salka says:

    Beautifully said, Michelle. You are a very talented writer and one of the best moms I know. Here’s wishing you a year filled with love, laughter, wonderment and more awesomeness than you can fathom! Cheers to you, my friend (let’s get together soon for a drink)!

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