I turned 41 on Thursday!
I thought about doing one of those “41 things I’ve learned in my life” post – and I’m sure I’ve learned many things – but I just can’t remember 41 of them 😂 Maybe I’ll do that when I turn 50. But then I’d have to come up with 50 things. I better start making a list now.
When I was in my 20s, 40 sounded SO OLD.
40 seemed so grown-up. I’d thought I’d have a house, teenage kids (I was convinced I’d have twin boys) and have more grey hair by the time I’m in my 40s.
And I’d be wise. Like nothing would faze me.
(btw, I thought it was “phase me” up until now. I looked it up to be sure and learned it was actually “faze” – that’s my wisdom for ya 🤣)
Instead, we live in an apartment, no children, running our own businesses, and maybe a few grey strands.
It’s not better or worse – It just means I’ve made different life choices than my younger-self had thought.
(Except for the grey hair. That’s mostly genetics 👵🏻)
I still don’t know the answers to many things. And I get scared when I go out of my comfort zone.
For example, I wanna hire help this year so Honeyberry Studios can be at multiple shows and markets during the summer and holiday season. Hiring someone? Scary.
How about this? I’m aiming to be an exhibitor at National Stationery Show (that’s one of the biggest industry trade shows in the US) in NYC in February, 2020. BIG. SCARY. GOAL 😱
(Also a very expensive goal 💸)
Would I have done this in my 20s? I could’ve. But I wouldn’t have thought I could.
The most important lesson my life has taught me thus far is this: you can achieve many things, even those big scary things you thought were impossible. You’re much more capable than you think – even if you don’t think you’re ready for it.
Your journey may not be pretty. In fact, it will be messy and scary every step of the way.
Even if you didn’t get the result you hoped for, you’re still learning something. Every time you come out of a failure, you’re still alive and standing.
Now put that on “repeat” and whenever you face a new challenge, you’ll feel less scared. Or you’ll know that you’ll be OK even if this thing fails.
I knew that intellectually when I was younger – but now I really know that because I’ve experienced it.
For that, I’m extremely grateful 🙏🏼
In honor of my birthday, I wanted to share a preview of my new birthday card design that’s coming out later next week!
The floral design was inspired by our trip to Milwaukee Public Museum over the Christmas – their European Village exhibit is my favorite, and I fell hard in love with their Polish house – everything is covered with beautiful floral designs and vibrant colors.
We’re going up the mountain over the Snoqualmie pass to play in the show and then going out to dinner with a couple of friends to one of my fave restaurants, Cafe Flora.
Here is to another year full of adventures.