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Reflecting on my 30s

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It seems like just yesterday that I sat in a conference room, at work, having just been surprised by my co-workers with a 30th birthday party.  We had hot chocolate and a top-your-own cheesecake bar, and I received a small pair of silver earrings as a gift.  I was so touched by the gesture, and so thrilled to be working with people I genuinely liked, but internally, I was struggling a bit.  I had suffered my miscarriage in August, and desperately wanted to be pregnant.  I was depressed.  I was also pregnant – but didn’t know it yet.

Fast-forward nine years and I’m not sure where the time is gone.  I was pregnant, went on bedrest, had my daughter, then got pregnant again quickly and had my son twenty-two months later.  After two years of working with two kids I decided to leave my job and work part-time.  I became a Disney Mom and met some of the best friends I ever had.   I also decided to run a 5K, followed by a half-marathon, something I never thought I’d be able to do.  I did it, but haven’t done much running since.  I started taking tennis lessons, and it’s something I truly enjoy.

Today, I turn thirty-nine, and have one more year in this decade.  I plan to make this year count – traveling, spending time with family, and being present.  I also am making a commitment to keeping myself fit and well – by eating healthy foods, taking my vitamins, staying well-rested, and exercising.  It’s going to be a great year!


  1. Happy Birthday Jodi! How did we get here?!?!?!

  2. Happy birthday, Jodi! I love your goals and optimism – may this be a great year for us all!

  3. Wishing you a fabulous year ahead!

  4. Have an awesome year! It sounds like you had an awesome decade!

  5. Happy Birthday Friend!!! Here is to hoping this is a wonderful year for you and I can hug you in person soon!

  6. I didn’t know it was your birthday! Happy, Happier, Happiest of Birthdays! As soon as I am up and about, let’s trade in the coffee get together for one that involves wine! It is amazing to think of where a decade has gone. But what you have done in it, is remarkable and a great way to launch into the one that is around the corner!

  7. Here’s the best news–the 40s are even more exciting! Happy Birthday.

  8. Happy Birthday, Jodi! I hope it’s a great day!!!

  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 39 will be great!

  10. Happiest of birthdays. Having just turned 40 I have to admit, it is my favorite decade ever.

  11. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays… we are only a couple of days (And one year) apart… I’m only a few days from 40… I don’t know where my 30′s have gone either, but I’m excited about the adventure of 40. Hope this year is the best yet for you.

  12. Belated Happy Birthday Jodi! God bless you and please continue to write awesome article for moms out there. Stay pretty and keep rocking!

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