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Saying Hello To 40

Today I am 40. 

FORTY. 

Dude. Can I still say dude? Actually, don't answer that because I'll probably still do it anyway. 

Well, I'm writing this when I'm still 39. I imagine that tomorrow I will feel much like feel today which, like I wrote about last week, is pretty good. 

I'm celebrating with many of the people I love most and missing some that are far away. My Mom's here. Paolo's here for a few days. Aaron's around. The kids are here. People are taking care of me and helping me celebrate and I'm letting them. That's a big step in the right direction for me. 

Today I just want you to know how thankful I am for you. Thank you for being here and reading and supporting and signing up and cheering on and commiserating and asking good questions and encouraging and sharing and celebrating your own lives. Doing what I do has been a crazy, wonderful ride - one that I never expected to be part of my life experience. 

Here's to many more opportunities to celebrate where we are right this very minute with open hearts. 

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  1. lhenkin says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy, Happy, Birthday to You! Thanks so much for sharing yourself and your adventure with me (us). My life is truly richer for it. So today, your special day, I hope you feel the gratitude that I am sending your way!

    Happy Day, Happy Season, Happy Year(s) Ahead,
    Leora

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  2. jstock17 says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday to Wonderful You! You, my dear, continue to inspire us, bring out the truth in a lot of us and always push us to our creative limits. You are awesome and I hope you have a wonderful 40th Birthday! Enjoy the ride.

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  3. picki56 says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy birthday! Enjoy your family and friends. I hope it is memorable and fun!

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  4. lauralou222 says…
    11/04/2015

    Cheers to a Happy 40th and many many more fabulous years to come! You are such an awesome inpiration to me. I will be 40 in January. Thanks for GIVING so much to me and my life.

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  5. MirandaWedekind says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy birthday to you Ali!

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  6. gmitas says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday Ali. You have inspired me in so many ways - but most especially in telling my story. You are blessed to be surrounded by love and supported by family and friends. Enjoy all of it!!

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  7. jeicat says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday Ali! Thank you for the gift of inspiration everyday and I mean EVERYDAY!

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  8. lbateman5383 says…
    11/04/2015

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY sweet Ali! I am SO grateful for you. Reading your blog many many years ago and finding you and your amazing talents/vision/passion for life and documenting has literally changed the course of my life....because of you I live my life in such a different, positive and more intentional way of living. YOU are amazing. Keep shining your amazing light. Hope you enjoy a beautiful day and this next year is even better than you ever imagined it could be. P.S. you are such a mix of your parents! i love it! great photo. biggest hugs xoxo

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  9. marieterec says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy 40th! May your day (week) ringing in the forties be filled with family and friends. And I am on the cusp of 50, and I still feel like I'm 40 :) And dude, Simon resembles your dad!

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    1. Marjorie30 says…
      11/04/2015

      I thought so too, Simon looks so much like his Grandpa! :-)

  10. wandergirl says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday, Ali! Hope you are having a good one, with family and friends around. Thank you for sharing a big part of yourself through the years.

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  11. anne_l says…
    11/04/2015

    More blessings... more love... more happiness... more birthdays... more peace... more contentment... as you celebrate your birthday. Happiest Birthday, Ali!

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  12. tammyeberhard says…
    11/04/2015

    Where is the "like" button!!!??? Happy Birthday Ali!!

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  13. NadineBW says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday Ali...Hope your day is filled with everything that makes you smile...

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  14. claraogren says…
    11/04/2015

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALI!! Thank you for all you do to help us tell our stories. You've been a HUGE influence on me and have helped me focus more on not getting hung up on perfection, on focusing more on the stories than the products, and telling more of the everyday things, not just the big and "special" things. Thank you for being you and sharing yourself with us. Birthdays are a fresh beginning, a time to pursue new endeavors, and to make new goals. Move forward with confidence, joy, and courage. May today and all of your days be amazing!

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  15. Beejay22 says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday (pretend I'm singing to you). I'm am so glad I have met you and your family via your site. Your blog is the first place I look very morning and I miss it when your busy doing your thing and haven't gotten to posting. I have signed up and really enjoyed your classes and appreciate the time and effort you put into them. I can't tell you enough how much you have added to my life experience by allowing me to view from a different perspective. So enjoy your family and friends and celebrate big today!

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  16. Marjorie30 says…
    11/04/2015

    You look exactly like your Mom and Dad. Happy birthday Ali!

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  17. BethAnn64 says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy birthday Ali!

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  18. evalyn says…
    11/04/2015

    Happiest happy birthday Ali! You've been such an inspiration to me over the years and I absolutely appreciate how you've shared your life and your passion with us. Here's to a wonderful birthday!

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  19. Jenn1fer says…
    11/04/2015

    Welcome to the 40 and over crowd! Have a beautiful celebration with loved ones. Enjoy!

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  20. Fab50scrapper says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy birthday Ali. Being 40 is awesome, and I know you'll embrace it with your usual passion, grace and humor. You are truly an amazing person and have used your talents and creativity to make a difference in so many people's lives. My memory keeping has been forever changed because of you...your willingness to share your own life...with its challenges, heartaches, miracles...but especially embracing the everyday real life stuff and documenting it. Enjoy your special day and savor every moment.

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  21. MrsKnight says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday Ali! Here's to living the length, width, and depth! Because you are a deep, profound soul Lovey.

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  22. Pinkpea14 says…
    11/04/2015

    Hope you have a great day, Ali! Thank you for your blog, and your decision of sharing your life with us. Surely made me a better story teller and life-liver (weird word...lol) and making me realize that "it is ok". Even if I don't know you, I only met you once (teachers Assistent for CKU in Houston)...I feel like I kinda know you and that's strange and wonderful at the same time. Happy birthday! :)

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  23. CraftyCat says…
    11/04/2015

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY. 40 is Wonderful. You've been an inspiration to many and I thank you and my family thanks you for helping us to preserve our memories in a fun and meaningful way via Day In the Life, Week in The Life, December Daily, etc! *****Enjoy****

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  24. alicec says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday, Ali!!! Cheers from Italy. x

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  25. aasta says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy birthday, dear Ali!

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