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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink way excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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Thoughts On Almost 50


In a few weeks, I will turn 50! I am not one to make a big deal over my birthday, mostly due to the fact I don't enjoy being the center of attention. This one is a big one though and I thought it a good time to reflect on some things I know after 50 blessed years on earth.

~Turning 50 is a privilege. Not everyone reaches this milestone. I am embracing this birthday with every ounce of my being.

~People have different opinions, values, ideas, and lives, and that is absolutely fine. People should simply live their lives and be happy. Judgment and criticism are wastes of time and energy.

~ Turning 50 is freeing! It brings empowerment and confidence. Gone are the days of fretting about what other people think. Who cares? It's my life and I can live it the way I choose.

~Material things are just that. Things. The need to be surrounded by things is replaced by the desire for simplicity and calm. I want less time with stuff and more time with people, nature, and myself.

~Coffee is good. Coffee is amazing. When my parents asked me to get them another cup of coffee, they were secretly sharing the secret of life. Hot coffee. And lots of it.

~Physical activity may suddenly result in random aches and pains that were not present before. All those commercials for pain medicine and ointments that I once ignored are suddenly relevant and make much more sense.

~People should have puppies. Even people who don't like dogs should have their own puppy to snuggle and to love. Puppies love you. They don't care if you look like a hot mess, or if you don't know what the heck you are doing, or if you eat an entire bag of chips. They just love you.

~Life is a gift. It is beautiful, exciting, fulfilling, confusing, stressful, happy, sad, joyous, exhausting, and fun. In the grand scheme of things, my life here is but a minuscule piece of thread in the massive quilt of mankind. But it is significant in the lives of the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren who live long after I am gone. And that is pretty neat!

Have a great Monday, my friends!
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  1. What good thoughts about turning 50. I am way past that but I remember how special it was and hope yours is the same.

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  2. Enjoyed reading your post. I'm right behind you but I have a few months (not weeks) before I hit the milestone. Agree with everything except I might edit out puppies to say kittens ;)

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  3. As I approach 33 this weekend some of this still rings true. Especially it's my life and I can live it the way I choose!

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  4. My goodness you are getting so old...:)

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  5. You are fabulous at 50! I am not that far behind you. I do find that the older I get, the less nonsense I can tolerate!!

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  6. I am 54 now. I agree with your statements. Enjoy it all!
    Happy Birthday!
    Laura

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  7. AMEN to all of the above. Just celebrated my 51st in July. Happy Birthday!!

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  8. Happy Birthday (soon) my dear dear friend!

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  9. Happy Birthday in advance.. and some great thoughts.. I am already starting to get to the 'I don't care what other people think' part of my life.. I am slowly embracing it and it is freeing.
    Same with the material things.. I have cut down on a lot of decor items and trinket around the house.. if it has no sentiment attached to it then I do need it.

    Hope you have a wonderful day surrounded by your family and loved ones.

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  10. Lovely thoughts.
    I am farther into the 50's and
    am still trying to wrap my head around being this age.

    Thanks again for coming by Dreaming. Hope to see you soon.

    M : )

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  11. you have such a glorious outlook on love. Appreciative and joyous. I wish more were like you. And yes, life and good health are the biggest gifts we are given.

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays. I'm inching towards 50, a little over two years to go, but I have no fear about it either. Plus, on a side note, you look absolutely amazing! x

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  12. I meant to say outlook on life, but I typed love. I think that's a sweet error, if one wrong should be uppermost in my mind, I'm happy for it to be love! x

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  13. 'word' not wrong. Oh it's early, so I apologise and I'm off. x

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  14. hah! I love this. Many of your sentiments I feel now. you are going to rock the 50!

    I'm coming up on 48 and recently I've had one burning question on my mind.. What in the heck happened to the 30s?

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  15. So true in a very you way. Thank you for being able to put into words what a lot of us feel. xx Susan

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  16. Life is a gift! I know you will do 50 well:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

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  17. I love your wisdom! I'm actually loving growing older because I've learned so much from my experiences. I hope you have lovely birthday!

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  18. I'm still enjoying my birthday year! Fifty is fabulous!

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  19. Amen my friend! I'm on the back side of 50 and in just a few more years i'll be embracing 60 and let me just say, I agree with you, life is great! Staying active and doing what you love is the key. Happy Birthday, we share being Virgo's I also have a September birthday!!

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  20. May 50 be your blessed year yet! 🎂 It has already obviously blessed you with wisdom. Could not love this more! Happy birthday blessings dearest Billie Jo! 🙏 🎉

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  21. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and heart. Truly, your blog has been such a source of encouragement to me. Happiest of birthdays!! <3

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  22. Life is truly a gift and I LOVE your attitude!! 50 will be your best year yet!!! Love you!!! (and yes, Coffee is amazing!! : - )

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