Birthdays and Getting Older

Today is my birthday…and I’m 44. A whole year older, and maybe somewhat wiser.

IMG_3832 (1)I’ve made every passing year an opportunity to reflect and refocus my goals. My birthday represents the chance to change or start fresh and to create a path for the future. Growing older has taught me that times moves quickly. It’s also taught me that making a plan doesn’t mean much because real life gets in the way.

My birthday represents survival, growth and evolution; and over the past few years it has also been a time of deep reflection.

I definitely have a lot to be thankful for:  a loving husband of 17 years, three amazing children, our health and a great career. But there are so many things I still want to experience and I’m nervous that as each birthday comes and goes, I may soon run out of time to accomplish my “to do list.”

Getting older has been a bit of an emotional challenge for me. I sometimes feel like MOMENTS have passed me by while I was pre-occupied with LIFE.

Turning the BIG 40!

Turning the BIG 40!

I just sometimes fear getting older. I get nervous that the milestones are fleeing too quickly and I don’t want to miss anything. I don’t want regrets or missed opportunities.

I also fear illness and loss. I worry about myself and those around me. These are issues I didn’t think about when I was young.

So, I’ve decided that MY birthday resolution this year is to embrace my age with grace and acceptance. It’s about living in the present and encouraging myself to tackle the future with excitement and determination. I’ll also acknowledge my fears and cross obstacles when they present themselves to the best of my abilities.

My 40s mean: reading glasses, more frequent appointment with my hair colourist,  creating dreams, conquering fears, more worries, less apprehensions, some deeper wrinkles and maybe some minor joint pain.

It also means more disposable income for shopping sprees, deeper conversation with my children,  laughter, more frequent date nights and more “me” time.

So, today, October the 9th, 2015, is about embracing life, basking in my success, reflecting on my failures, savouring the moment and anticipating the excitement that comes with one more year of wisdom and experience.




  • Monica
    Posted at 06:36h, 09 October Reply

    Happy birthday!!!!! Am loving WiseWomen , i am always amazed at all the wonderful things you and the rest of the ladies share!

    • Lisa
      Posted at 16:46h, 09 October Reply

      Thank you so much Monica…..your support means a lot to us!

  • Angela
    Posted at 08:10h, 09 October Reply

    What a beautiful post, it really resonates with me as I recently turned 40, so thank you for that piece. I really enjoy WiseWoman MTL, I look forward to it while eating my breakfast in the am. It is my home away from home. I hope today is a fabulous day for you, after all you are 42 years young, Happy Birthday Lisa!

  • Cherie
    Posted at 08:54h, 09 October Reply

    Lisa you deserve to be celebrated today!
    Remember you’re only 40 with 2 years of experience!

    • Lisa
      Posted at 16:43h, 09 October Reply

      Thank you so much Monica…..your support means a lot to us!

    • Lisa
      Posted at 16:44h, 09 October Reply

      Thanks so much Angela! So glad we can bring a little bit of Montreal to Texas!

  • randi
    Posted at 09:26h, 09 October Reply

    love this, couz!
    i think of my own libra birthday (10 days after yours!) the very same way. love to learn about you more (and our familial connection) through this blog. it’s so interesting to see so much similarity! bubby would be proud 🙂 HAPPY BIRTHDAY! xoxo

    • Lisa
      Posted at 16:45h, 09 October Reply

      Thanks so much Randi! Love that we are so similar….xoxo

  • melissa
    Posted at 13:55h, 09 October Reply

    Happy Birthday Lisa!!!! thanks for that retro pic…i swear we had the same 70s wall paper!!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 16:46h, 09 October Reply

    Thanks Melissa…….and glad you like the retro pic…..what were our parents thinking with that awful wallpaper 🙂

  • Marina Rabinek
    Posted at 21:35h, 13 October Reply

    Bonne Anniversaire! OTANJOYBI OMEDETOU GOZAIMASU and Happy Birthday, Lisa! My 40th is in November and I am STILL flabbergasted that it is almost here! I still remember being a “1/4 of a century” and it feels like yesterday. What did you do to celebrate? Sadly, my hubby will not be here for it (out of town on an extended business trip) but my daughter and I can celebrate it. What do you recommend?

    • Lisa Brookman
      Posted at 11:15h, 16 October Reply

      Thanks Marina. My main recommendation is that you make sure you do something that makes you happy. Enjoy your birthday!

  • Becky
    Posted at 10:14h, 16 October Reply

    I love that you listed the good and the bad about the 40s. Most people only see one side or the other. Your list gave me warning and also something to look forward to! If that makes any sense?


    • Lisa Brookman
      Posted at 11:14h, 16 October Reply

      Thanks Becky! 40’s definitely have its perks!

  • Dani @ lifeovereasy
    Posted at 23:12h, 16 October Reply

    Happy birthday! I also feel the pressure of “running out of time” to do things. I know there are many great years ahead I can fill, but I do relate to what you are saying. Maybe the good side of this is that I will learn to appreciate the time I have and stop wasting it!

  • Melissa Tomecz
    Posted at 14:32h, 25 October Reply

    Hey Lisa! Is it me, or does it say “8” on the cake? 🙂

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