Hillary Chybinski: 49 Things I Am Grateful For on My 49th Birthday

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

49 Things I Am Grateful For on My 49th Birthday

49 Things I am Grateful for on My 49th Birthday

Birthdays roll around once a year. Like it or not, every 365 days we add another number to our age. For years, when we are kids, we can't wait to get older. As we move into early adulthood, that eagerness begins to wane. Sometime around 30 the groans begin. Before you know it, you're 40, and then 40something . . .

I've always considered age nothing but a number, it truly is about how you feel. With 50 as my next approaching number in a short 365 days, I'd be lying if I told you I haven't considered what getting "older" means to me and how it makes me feel. Want to know a secret? I feel pretty good about heading into the second half of my life.

With that in mind, rather than dwell on any negative, I am choosing to focus on all the things I have to be grateful for. Here are 49 of them:
  1. My loving and patient husband of more than 20 years.
  2. A teenager with a kind heart - the boy that made me a mom.
  3. A happy, funny  and loving 10 year old.
  4. Fantastic, supportive and healthy parents.
  5. A brother that makes me look good (I kid - he's an amazing guy!)
  6. Aunts and Uncles that are always there for us.
  7. Fabulous cousins that round out our crazy family.
  8. Friends - some old, some new but all cherished.
  9. Our stray cat, who showed us we were in fact ready for another cat.
  10. A sturdy roof over our head.
  11. A cozy and loving home.
  12. Food on the table every night.
  13. A positive bank balance.
  14. Dark chocolate.
  15. Starry skies.
  16. The Atlantic Ocean.
  17. A great pair of jeans
  18. Thick hair.
  19. Books.
  20. Pizza (my total desert island food).
  21. Shopping trips with my mom.
  22. Family vacations.
  23. Holidays and parties spent with family and friends.
  24. Health and wellness.
  25. Essential Oils  (who knew I was using all those toxins?)
  26. Smartphones (I never would have guessed what my beloved telephone would morph into.)
  27. The internet. 
  28. Learning to type when I was in high school.
  29. A great skincare regimen.
  30. Sharing my essential oil story with others and helping them find better health and wellness.
  31. Finally finding a comfortable chair for my desk.
  32. A rewarding job at a non-profit that I love, with women changing the world.
  33. Inspiration - near and far.
  34. Yoga pants.
  35. Girls nights out.
  36. Family movie nights.
  37. Long talks in the car with my kids.
  38. Late night cuddles and the security of knowing someone is always right there. 
  39. Changing seasons . . .pretty sure I would get bored of the same weather all the time.
  40. Living near most of my family, relatively close to where I grew up.
  41. Memories and photographs of long-gone relatives, much missed.
  42. Being able to know my grandparents and remember them.
  43. Traditions, memories and stories to pass along to my children and future grandchildren.
  44. "Sick Days" with my sweetie.
  45. A really great song.
  46. Goodnight kisses.
  47. Spontaneous hugs.
  48. Texts from my kids "just because". 
  49. Vanilla - yes vanilla, ice cream.
What are you grateful for?

catch you soon  - 

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