Aug 17, 2020

Life This Week 17/8/2020: Anticipation.

Life this week has been about the anticipation of what lies ahead.

I'm another year older.

I know I'm stronger and wiser.  I've hoped as much with previous birthdays but at 45, you just know.

There's a certainty and confidence in life when you're decidedly in the mid-forties.  I think it comes from having been able to pick yourself up and dust yourself off countless times.  

It is what it is and you are what you are.  Which for me currently involves a whole of activewear worn to work, coffee and the toting of a favourite handbag which holds many fond memories of the earlier years of my forties.

But at the same time, I feel that I'm at the beginning of something.

The daylight hours are with us for longer and it's now possible to have that occasional day of bare forearms in the car while you drive around in the afternoon.

That starter tan from the car gets a bit of a boost from being able to run through mid-mornings that look like this.

And what's not to like about the seasons ahead when you've got your Uniqlo order from their current collaboration with Marimekko?  Bold prints, simple and wearable cuts.  I'm smiling already at the thought of wearing my skirt and dresses this spring-summer.

Has your most recent birthday been a personal milestone?


  1. Snap! I got that dress too! I got one when they first did it about 5 years ago and it still looks brand new - just amazing. Great clothes!!
    Happy birthday to you. Glad it gifted you confidence and happiness. Nothing better in life.

  2. Happy birthday to you! Your words are honest and thoughtful. Ageing to me isn't too big a deal and although I say that I can't believe I'm turning 60 later in the year. It's a big number but like you I'm stronger in lots of ways and more aware of the world and my place in it than I was many years ago. I love Marimekko and am off to have a look at the Uniqlo range now! #lifethisweek

  3. Happy birthday SSG! I'm glad you had a good time for your birthday :)

  4. Happy Birthday! There is something very lovely about this post! I love the anticipation of a hopeful year, accepting changes and looking forward to spring. Hope your week and year ahead are wonderful SSG!

  5. Happy Birthday!A Marimekko collab with Uniqlo? Well, there you go. I love their prints.

  6. I couldn't agree more with this! I'm roughly the same age and I've found myself getting stronger and more assured and basically just not putting up with anyone's cr*p!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  7. Happy birthday! I hope this coming year is your best yet!

  8. Happiest of happy birthdays! Sending love for a wonderful year ahead.

  9. I hear ya! I just celebrated the last birthday of my forties which I have to say have been my favourite decade yet! There is so much to be grateful for - and if there's coffee and sunshine, I'm totally there for it!

  10. Happy Birthday SSG.I'm loving these warm days and cool nights. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

  11. Happy birthday! I feel that my 20s were very dissimilar from others but I learnt the lessons people usually learn in their 30s or 40s so overall it sets you up for a better life earlier.

  12. Happiest of Birthday wishes dear SSG. You are wonderful and caring person and I appreciate being part of your on-line world..and fortunate enough to have me you!! Thanks for linking up this week for #LifeThisWeek. Next week the optional prompt is 34/51 Self-Care Stories. #5. 24.8.2020 and I hope to see you there. Take care, Denyse.


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