39! Birthday Reflections

May 20, 2019
morning musings

I vividly remember the card my father made for my mother that said “39 . . . and holding”. It was 1988, and the card was a folded Print Shop masterpiece, thoughtfully designed and printed out onto dot matrix printer paper. It had a big hourglass on the front, and for whatever reason it made a big impact on nearly-8-year-old me, because I definitely do not remember her 38th birthday card, or 40th birthday card, or any others, for that matter (sorry mom).

So 39. It is not just a stepping stone before 40. And maybe Annabel will harbor lasting imagery from this day — one never knows!

I am feeling really lucky and content today. Not about the state of the world, of course, but about my life.

A pretty awesome husband.

3 healthy (gorgeous, amazing, brilliant <– 100% biased maternal view, but it’s my birthday so I can get away with this, right?) children!

A career that a) feels meaningful and fun (most of the time), b) pays well and c) has evolved exactly in the directions of my dreams

2 really enjoyable and rewarding hobbies: the podcast & this blog!

A healthy body that has been resilient enough to tolerate 3 pregnancies, 4 marathons, and numerous Autumn Calabrese-hosted workouts. I don’t really *feel* very old physically, and that is a good thing.

A world where one can order almost anything at the click of a button, where I can video chat with family, where I can watch any TV show I want, and order books on a total whim to arrive on my device instantly (1988 me would be so impressed with these developments!)

Wish list before 40:

It may be greedy to add on to the above, but if allowed to fantasize, I would want:

  • to sell our Miami Beach house (an offer today would be GREAT!)
  • a cure for the common cold (because G has one now – so sad)
  • to keep all of the good things above going (health, job, etc!)

And that’s it.

For fun, because this is the benefit of having kept a blog for such an inordinate amount of time: 25, 30, 35.


  • Reply Arden May 20, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Happy Birthday!!!πŸŽ‰

  • Reply Laura Vanderkam May 20, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Happy birthday! Thanks for the mention in your 35-year-old post πŸ™‚
    Hope the day is filled with marvelous things and the year to 40 as well!

  • Reply Elizabeth May 20, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Happy birthday, Sarah!! Your gratitude for your life is inspiring. So often people choose to focus on the wants in life rather than what they have. Your wish list doesn’t seem greedy at all. Have a great day!! Hope you get some fun celebratory treats in today!

  • Reply Sarah K May 20, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Happy Birthday! You certainly have many things to celebrate today. Enjoy!

  • Reply Lee May 20, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Happy birthday to you, Sarah! I enjoy reading about the way you “do” life. πŸ™‚

  • Reply As Amanda Wanders May 20, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Happy birthday!

  • Reply Jordan May 20, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Happy birthday! Love reading here, thanks for sharing with all of us!

  • Reply Chelsea May 20, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Sarah May 21, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Happy birthday, Sarah! Lovely post!

  • Reply Laura Zambrana May 22, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Happy birthday Sarah!

  • Reply Emily May 22, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Happy belated birthday, Sarah! Love the gratitude-focused reflection on where you’re at now. Hope you had a wonderful day!

  • Reply Liv May 22, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Happy birthday! I got to know you and your blog through Best of Both World podcast. You have a beautiful voice on air just FYI! Just listened to the episode featuring the lady from Netherlands. Love it!

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