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. stitchoutsidetheditch says…
    11/04/2015

    Forty is magical. I would encourage you to read this post which I think is one of the best things ever written on the internet. http://hulaseventy.blogspot.com/2014/02/forty-is-new-forty.html

    Thank you for sharing you and encouraging us to share ourselves, to ourselves, and to others. May all your birthday wishes come true. Happy Birthday Ali.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/04/2015

      Oh I love Andrea - she is so great and someone I've had the pleasure of knowing offline as well. Thank you for that link ;).

  2. Thumper says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday!!

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  3. Ballfieldmom says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday Ali! Thankful for the sharing through the good and bad times. I will be 55 in a couple weeks and am navigating the highs and lows too.

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  4. mama2joe says…
    11/04/2015

    Go Ali Go!!!

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  5. PatB2 says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday, Ali! And thanks for many years of memory-keeping inspiration!

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  6. alexandriarosee_ says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday!! So incredibly thankful for everything you do, and all the inspiration you put out into the world. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  7. libbimoore says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday Ali! Wishing you a very wonderful day. 40 was a big one for me. Today, I celebrate my 46th.

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  8. karenika says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Happy Birthday Ali! And right back at you: thank you for being here, showing up, being true to you and a wonderful inspiration to the rest of us. Here's to many many many more wonderful years!

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  9. needtime2scrap says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday!

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  10. asackr01 says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy birthday Ali! Enjoy your day, thank you for sharing your life, family, inspiration and all your stories with us too. :)

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  11. soonermama says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations! So happy for you and your family and so blessed that you are sharing your life, story, and creativity with us. Thank you!

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  12. kathleen says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday Ali! Im at the later end of the 40's and I can honestly say, the 40's ROCK! Have a wonderful birthday and a fantastic year!

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  13. papergoddess says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday!

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  14. Evi13 says…
    11/04/2015

    Wish you a very Happy Birthday Ali !!!

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  15. iScrap says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday! May it be wonderful and memorable and fun!

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  16. JLS6_15 says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday Ali!

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  17. Lqmurphy says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday, Ali! Wishing you a wonderful year and know that 40 is awesome! I've been following you for many years and want to thank you for all the inspiration you've given me to make this hobby of ours the best it can be!

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  18. Untiedt says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy 40th Birthday Ali! I'm 45 years young and life is better after 40. Thanks for sharing your story with us. The good & the bad. It makes my hard times a bit easier knowing we all have those moments and we too will get through it. Thanks for inspiring me both personally & creatively. Ali, you rock and don't look a day over 25. :)

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  19. smultringunn says…
    11/04/2015

    Gratulerer med dagen, Æli! I've talked to so many people who say their forties and fifties were their best, happiest, most comfortable and stable years, so enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! (Also, mad props to your dad for that hair and your mom for that cardigan that would totally be in style right now.)

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  20. Batice71 says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy birthday ! I'm a new 40' years too and i don't realize it yet.

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  21. KProffitt says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy Birthday to you, Ali! Have a great day! 40 looks great on you! XO! :-D

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  22. alisonmcdaniel says…
    11/04/2015

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays and hope you get extra hugs and kisses.

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  23. Maxpuppy says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy birthday! Age really is just a number, although you could always tell people you're 21 with 19 years experience!

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  24. lasteve1 says…
    11/04/2015

    Happy birthday! Thanks for being such an inspiration.

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  25. PamBaldwin says…
    11/04/2015

    Wishing you the most beautiful day EVER!! Happy Birthday Ali :)

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