About turning 40…

After years of planning for it, and talking and writing about it, it’s finally here. I’m staring down 40 like a boss.

birthday cakeI am not upset or depressed because I am turning 40; quite the opposite. I’m at a point where I can feel the momentum picking up, like my life is finally heading in the direction I want it to go. But I have to admit, I am slightly disappointed that the plans to celebrate my 40th birthday aren’t quite shaping up the way I’d hoped.

If you’ve been following my blog for the last year or so, you probably have read about the grand ideas I had for welcoming 40. Shortly after turning 30, I told my husband that for my 40th, I wanted to take a BIG trip. I said he need not worry about organizing a party for me or anything of the sort; I wanted to be out of the country on my birthday.

Vineyard in Salta, Argentina. (Where I WON'T be on my birthday) Courtesy of Jetting Around

Vineyard in Salta, Argentina. (Where I WON’T be on my birthday) Courtesy of Jetting Around

Well, it turns out, it’s not going to happen quite the way I’d hoped. I’ll be home in Chicago, celebrating my birthday with my family and close friends, instead of throwing back pints in a Scottish pub or visiting vineyards in Argentina. But before you begin to feel sorry for me (you WERE going to feel sorry for me, weren’t you?), I will share with you the silver lining of this gray cloud: I may not be out of the country on my actual birthday, but I will be skipping town shortly thereafter and hopping across the pond. Details aren’t set in stone just yet but they involve GowithOh and a couple of European cities I’ve wanted to visit for some time. Not exactly how I envisioned my 40th birthday but going to Europe a few months later is a decent trade-off, right? RIGHT?

As for the details of my Euro trip, you all will be the first to know as soon as everything is finalized!

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11 Responses to About turning 40…

  1. Lance | Trips By Lance January 29, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    Celebrate the birthday year, not just the actual birthday. So maybe you’re honoring the 40th anniversary of your birth year.
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  2. Monique January 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    I agree with Lance, celebrate your birth year! And as long as there is travel, regardless of it being on the date of your birthday, it is already worth it!

    I also agree with you, 40 is an awesome age, I can’t wait to get there 🙂
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  3. Sara GowithOh January 30, 2014 at 2:42 am #

    Oh We’re SO happy to be part of your celebration! Life is great and we have to honor every milestone: 40 years of joy and being a working mom that travels the world! See you very soon in Europe!

  4. Pola (Jetting Around) January 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    To answer your question: RIGHT! 🙂 I hope you’ll have a fabulous time and who knows, maybe 41st birthday will be the actual big birthday? Here’s to Scotland and Argentina! Happy birthday, my friend! *clink*
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  5. lola February 1, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    even though it may not be how you envisioned, it might turn out better by keeping the party going 😉

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY my fellow gorgeous Aquarian XOXO
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  6. Mary {The World Is A Book} February 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    Advance Happy Birthday, Francesca. I totally agree with Lance – celebrate the big milestone year and not the day which is what I’m doing. Though, I did manage to spend the milestone bday last Nov. in Hawaii 🙂 Have a wonderful time celebrating it with friends and family. Looking forward to getting the details on your big European trip – definitely a great trade off.
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  7. Traveling Ted February 1, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    Happy Birthday. A post birthday bash in Europe will make you feel 30 years old, so it will match how old you look 🙂
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  8. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids February 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    Happy Birthday! That is exciting that you will be going on a European tour in a couple months. It sounds like a good birthday gift to me, even if it is belated 🙂
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  9. Romy Mlinzk February 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    Happy belated birthday! And hope to see you soon in Germany! Have fun in Europe.

  10. Jenna February 7, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Wow, a trip to Europe coming after your b-day? How exciting. I also swore I would do something exciting for my 40th birthday and then ended up being home with my family. It was nice. I now am thinking of the whole year as a time to celebrate. 🙂

  11. karl February 9, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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