Friday, October 19, 2012


Me at 40 years old with my craft-aster table.
If you had asked me when I was twenty what I thought I would feel like when I was forty, my answer would have something really insightful like, "Old."

Turns out, I would have been wrong.  It's a lot better than "old".  Today is my fortieth birthday, so I thought I'd write a little post about how I'm feeling today.

At forty, I feel...
  • Old(er), but it's a good feeling.  I know myself a lot better now.
  • More confident.  I still don't have my confidence issues conquered, but they stay in the background more than they used to.
  • Like I finally know what my "style" is. It involves a lot of grey and black horizontal stripes in case you were wondering.
  • Prettier.  I'm pretty sure this has something to do with the more confident thing above.
  • More grateful.
  • More creative.
  • Loved by a wonderful circle of supportive family and friends.
  • Lucky. So very lucky.


  1. Forty is FABULOUS, but it seems as though you know that already. :) Get ready for the best decade yet, Shelly! Have a wonderful milestone birthday! :D

  2. I love you! Happy birthday.

  3. You make forty look really good!!! Love that photo of you. Have a wonderful birthday!

  4. Happy Happy Birthday to you!
    Yes, I think at 40 you finally get who you are - and are no longer afraid to show it ;)
    Bravo - and you look beautiful,
    Kristin xo

  5. you look fantastic, beautiful and so confident. forty looks awesome on ya!

  6. happy birthday you dont look a day older than 20

  7. Happy Happy Birthday Shelly! 40 is pretty wonderful isn't it. I hope you have/had a beautiful day. Wish I were closer so we could celebrate with some arting and some wine. Cheers, to one of the most talented and beautiful people I know. Hugs!!

  8. Forty is the new 20! :0
    You look marvelous!
    Hope you had an extra special birthday!

  9. Happy Belated Birthday! You wear 40 well! Love your picture! You look full of possibilities!

  10. Happy Birthday!!! It looks like with all of those insightful self refections you also managed to sneak in finding the fountain of youth! You do not look anywhere near 40!!