Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Don't Fret the Age Sweat

I'm writing articles for the website, DontFretTheSweat.com this year. The site is up and running now! Check it out! Some other fabulous writers, doctors, experts, and I have partnered with the makers of Degree, Suave, and Dove deodorants to provide helpful articles geared toward parents of tweens. We'll cover all those topics that make you sweat. Get it? Sweat - deodorant. Sweat - tween moments that make us freak out. We'll talk about topics like helping your tweens build self-confidence, handling peer pressure, helping them to do well in school, handling cliques, and expressing individuality to name a few. Check it out, click on "meet the experts", and leave me a comment there so I won't be the only dork with no comments on my article.

This is the last post of my young, vibrant days. In 5 minutes, I'll enter a new decade. And the thing about turning 40 is that you're only 10 short years away from turning 50! Heck, I remember when my MOM turned 40! I remember thinking she was so OLD! I think I need a glass of wine...

50 comments:

Suzanna aka "almost 50 and wondering how that is even possible, when I was 22 just a year or so ago..." said...

And those 10 years between 40 and 50 fly by with increasing velocity.

But hey... the way I look at it, 50 is the new 30! So don't "sweat" it! (get it?)

LOL

Pam said...

Happy Birthday Dawn!

Frau Mahlzahn said...

Happy birthday, Dawn! Actually: you will only enter the new decade one day after your birthday -- so enjoy today! (I used to think 40 was soooo old, but -- the 40's are great years!).

So long,
Corinna

MHW said...

Many many happy returns! x

MHW said...

ps The links at the bottom of your last post have gone a bit wonky!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Sandy in Illinois said...

Find "Older" friends and than you will not feel so old. Age is only a state of mind after the age of 21 or so. Coming from someone who can't remember her 40th birthday and what she did to celebrate that eventful day. Have a blessed year and a blessed decade.

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dawn!! The original Vegemite girl sends huge congats on reaching this awesome decade of life. THIS is the decade where you really won't give a toss what every other tosser thinks (no really, even less so than you have done in the past), where your brain works in wonderfully fast-forward ways and comes up solutions that a 20 year old can't even imagine and a 30 year old can't imagine doing and your dreams become more vivid and prophetic. Hope you had a wonderful day, a relaxing night and gave yourself permission to be take some time to do what you want and need to do.

April said...

Happy Birthday!

Mel said...

Technically, you're about to enter the last year of your 4th decade (if that makes you feel any better!).

0-10 = 1 decade
11-20 = 1 decade
21-30 = 1 decade
then 31-40 is still the same decade.

So you see, it's not so bad!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAWN!!!!

I thought 30 was harder than 40...my sister sent me black balloons on my 30th with a card that said tick tock. Guys at work thought I WAS 40. So, 40 was easier.

Enjoy your special day!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

seems like i was 30 yesterday and now i am 42... what the hell happened ... must have sweatted(is that a word) the time away! GAH... Happy 40th!

Laurie said...

40?? NO WAY! You don't look a day past 29. Seriously. You are beautiful. Not to mention hilarious. Have a wonderful birthday!

mamaof5 said...

Well let me be the first to wish you a happy birthday!

artsymommachic said...

Awwwwwww
HUGS and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

You know I've heard 40 is the new 30 (and have been grasping that idea mightily since I will be 36 in a few weeks!!)

LOL Actually I am looking forward to 40, I have made a lot of changes in my life over the past year and have lately been reflecting on them and thinking of the ones I still have to make. I am happier now than I ever have been and am looking forward to seeing what 40 brings.

I know you are going through a lot now, but don't forget to think of all the great things you have accomplished too!!

HUGS!!!!!!
Jennifer

joanne lendaro said...

Just tried to leave a comment on the other site, and it kept kicking me off with an invalid birthdate, attempted it several ways, and it wouldn't take?? Glitch perhaps??? Might want to check on it....

Steff said...

Since it is now the 10th, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Don't sweat being 40, Dawn- we all manage to survive. I think I am coming into my own. I am hitting 42 in May and I think this decade will bring beautiful things. It has to be better than 39, right? Praying for an amazing birthday filled with blessings and love. Celebrate well. It was wonderful to meet you at the Dove event.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

Happy Birthday!!!! You're only as young as you feel....wait...do you feel old? Sorry. ;)

Anonymous said...

BTW who won the gift cert from your blog review from Vintage Pearl?

Ruth said...

Happy Birthday! Don't sweat the age thing, it's a waste of time. You can't stop time or aging and it sure beats the heck out of the alternative so embrace it. All the fretting does is increase the stress factor and I don't know anyone who needs more stress. We are told we must be young, we must be thin, we must be beautiful. We spend so much time chasing the ideal we forget to live the now. Embrace the now and the start of this new chapter in your life and don't worry about the age thing.

Anonymous said...

Have that wine, Dawn! Just remember, you worked very hard to get to 40 (and still have all your hair and limbs attached)!! Enjoy!!!

((hugs))

Donna in PA :)

NeverEnoughTime said...

haha, I remember when my mom turned 40 as well and wow, i really thought she was old!!! Now I think she was just getting better with age and we are no where near old!!

Jessie said...

Happy Birthday, Dawn.

Meg said...

Happy Birthday, Dawn! If I read your post correctly, you were counting down until your birth time (based on your comment of 5 minutes and your post time), so that would mean yesterday was actually your birthday. Hope you had a great day full of birthday wishes and behaving kids. Did you make yourself a cake or did one of your clan make one for you?

Steph said...

Happy Birthday, Dawn!

Bonnie said...

I have to say that I'm loving my 40's (except for the hormonal stuff). Happy, Happy Birthday! And many more!

Jennifer said...

Happy aniversary of your 39th birthday!

Stephanie said...

Happy birthday!

Christy said...

Happy Birthday Dawn!! Join the club - I just turned 40 too. I think I worried about it the entire past year and made it a lot worse on myself (as if worrying ever changes anything!). I'm still really in denial to be honest. But just think in 10 years we'll be wishing we could stay in our 40s instead of moving onto 50, right? I hope the sun is shining in Chicago today just for you!

Sheila said...

You're being watched! LOL My sixth child is due in June, my 40th birthday will be exactly 365 days after yours...

Busy Mom said...

Happy Birthday!!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAWN!!! I just turned 30 but you know I remember when my mom turned 40 and I can honestly say I've never thought that was old at all--sasha

Keri said...

I've left a comment on your "Don't Fret the Sweat" blog...now you may still be a dork, but you'll have a comment!
:-)
I'm a fellow mother of six (foster/adopt) living day to day in frigid Alaska...and glad to have found your site. Makes me feel like I'm not totally alone in this world! haha
Keri Riley

New Life and Attitude said...

Happy Birthday Dawn! I understand what you are going through as I will be cough*40*cough next month. But as many of my friends are in the same boat we've decided that 40 is the new 21 (heck with 30)! So go celebrate you young thing! = )

marybee said...

Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a happy day! : )

Keri Garrett said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Mary~Momathon said...

Happy Birthday! The 40s are so much better than the 30s!

But, in my third decade I was trapped in a cubicle and so far in my 4th decade I graduated from college, had two babies, saw my teens turn into adults and now I'm gonna be a granny! Never a dull moment when you are 40 something!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!! - 40 is only a number.

Kristin

Donna said...

Happy Birthday Dawn.
I didn't mind turning '40' but suddenly I am still realizing I am over '60' now and I hate that.
I used to think being '60' was just sitting in a rocking chair all day. I tell people I am '49' yrs old. LOL

Anyway, it's all in how you feel that counts and I learned the busy you keep yourself the better you will feel.

Have a great '40th' year !
Donna -from NE Indiana

Regina said...

I agree with Suzanna- almost 50 and can't figure out where 20 odd years went(and some of them WERE odd). My mom was old at 40- she wore oxfords and cotton ankle socks already. But she was ALWAYS old. That was acceptable then, and she apparently didn't mind. Happy Birthday, though! Forty isn't so bad. Of course I'm creeping up on 50, so what do I know?!

julie said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Anonymous said...

CHEERS, Sweetie!! HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

I'm in my second year of my 50s. They only get better as you go (I'm a firm believer in positive affirmations.)

Robin E
from Mississippi

Jennifer in Wisconsin said...

They say wine gets better with age, so rock on turning 40!!

SubWife said...

Happy birthday! and yeah, you still have about a year before getting into the next decade. I believe you were informed about this already!

Carmen M. said...

Happy Birthday!!! I turned 40 last year, and to tell you the truth, it is no different from 39! I think the important part is how you feel and act.

And it sure beats the alternative, which is not being here to have a birthday, so I'll take our "old" age any time!

Anonymous said...

Time to change your blog!...

I'm a 40-something year old
stay-at-home mom of 3 girls
and 3 boys. The original Brady
Bunch (without Alice!)

Rick said...

40 is the new 50.

BTW: After all this time, I finally made my own blog header - when you get a chance, do me the honor of taking a quick peek at it.

Kelly R. said...

Welcome to the 40's Dawn...we've been waiting for you. I know you hate cake but I hope someone got you a pretty little bottle of wine. Did you get any great artwork from the kids? I'm sure they did something nice because they're a sweet bunch.

Mamapajama said...

Hey Dawn,
Happy B-day, I'll be hitting 40 myself in July and I'm not looking forward to it! I had a great comment/story to leave you on the Don't Fret the Sweat website, but it would let me leave the comment, saying the birthdate was invalid. I don't think I'm the only one with the problem based on the other comments I've seen above. Might want to have the webmaster take a look at it for you. Thanks!

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