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This is the Big 45!

I didn’t plan on writing a blog today; however, I found myself thinking about what today means to me and felt compelled to share a few words.


Today is my 45th birthday!


Wow, 45! I can’t help but smile.  My morning began with Omari and the kids singing “Happy Birthday” and I have already received numerous calls, texts and social media messages. I feel the love from near and far and couldn’t be more grateful. The connections I share with so many of you mean so much to me.


Pausing and considering what year 45 of life means to me has brought feelings of deep gratitude.  Reflecting on the many life experiences I have had, along with how far I have come, is actually a bit overwhelming.  Tremendous love, loss, heartache, struggles, support, and so much more has brought me to tears a few times today. Not necessarily tears of sadness, but tears of expression. Tears of letting go. Tears of acknowledging where I am right now. Today.


I don’t know what 45 is “supposed” to look or feel like and honestly, I’m not interested in figuring that out. What I am interested in is the fact that (more than likely) my life is at least half-way over. I have never really thought about that before until now. I don’t say that to be negative, I mean we all die at some point, but rather as a reminder to myself to enjoy every moment.


To slow down.


Even more.


To be intentional.


Even more.


To be present.


Even more.


To love.


Even more.


To be here, limit distractions, breathe, live, love and do all the things that bring me joy.  Here’s to year 45! Like I said, I’m here for it – each and every moment.


Sending joy,



  • Lisa A. Lynn

    15 April 2021 at 23:27

    Hey Jen,
    I’m so sorry that I missed wishing you a Happy Birthday last week. Lately, I’m rarely on Facebook anymore. Just know that you have a special place in my heart and I cherish our friendship. Though we may not speak often or see each other, I’m sure that once we see each other again, it will be like we never missed a step…(left, right, left:). Here’s wishing you many, many more as well as Blessings to you and your beautiful family 🙏🏾❤️🥰🎂. Love you,

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