I didn’t wake up with some
darting through my head
hoping to reach my lips
before it was forgotten.
I didn’t wake up
feeling particularly sad
wondering if I “really look my age,” or if I could get away with that big 3-0 I dreaded not that long ago.
I didn’t wake up wishing for
or even a million Facebook notifications (I know. I’m just as surprised as you are).
I just woke up thinking:
“This is the year I am kinder and gentler to myself. This is the year I afford myself the same patience, love, and forgiveness I so willingly give to others. This is the year I stop dwelling on missed opportunities, quit punishing myself for my imperfect past, and start giving myself some credit. This is the year I go to bat for myself.”
My first order of business?
To finish my first book.
It took me 36 years to realize that nothing sounds more authentic than:
Jo Ashline, wife, mother, New York Times Bestselling Author.
A big part of loving myself means believing that I can do it.
And I do; I believe I can do it.
I believe in ME.
Which, in the 36 years since I’ve been around, is the nicest thing I’ve ever said to myself.
It was totally worth the wait.
8 Replies to “Thirty-six”
Happy birthday, Jo! You can totally do it!!
I’m so excited- can’t wait to read your book.
Hope your day was (is) wonderful!
Thank you so much Christine!!!!
DO IT! We can write our books together. I need someone to motivate me.
Hell yeah! We should absolutely support one another!! I begin tonight. How about you?
Yay! You can do it! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
I am so happy to read this, this morning. I came across your blog a couple months ago and Yowza!! Everytime I read something I think ‘I wonder if she’s written a book, if not she should’. I LOVE your writing. Happy writing.
do it do it do it do it! I know you can!
and then I will.
I’m with Carmen. I stumbled on your blog a few months ago and I love your writing style. It is comfortable and familiar with a huge dose of humor and sprinklings of wisdom. When you become angry you remain objective and express your emotions well. I’ve enjoyed following you!
I’m only a couple of years behind you and I see the passing years as gained wisdom. I strive with each year to make better decisions, to listen to the little voice inside my head (’cause dadgum she’s usually right!), and to appreciate (ie. use) the wisdom that I have gained.
Cheers to another year wiser! 🙂