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armywife
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11:17 am Nov 17, 2009

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[quote="armywife"And I turn 40 on March 18th, and it is really bothering me


I worked on the basis that I couldn't stop the march of time so you just gotta embrace it Laughing Besides, the 40s are great - you don't have the self consciousness of your teens, the am I keeping up feelings of your 20s or the have I gone far enough feelings of your 30s. In short, you have life experience and you know that some things don't matter much and other things don't matter at all, apart from the daily fix of stitching that is Laughing. Enjoy!

Christine (a happy 44) Stitching[/quote]

Thanks for the encouragement! And, of course, when you get to retirement age, there is just more time for stitching, right?

This forum is therapy for me, by the way. I feel much more "normal," whatever that is.
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sverzino
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Location: St. Louis, MO
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12:58 pm Nov 17, 2009

Turning 40 didn't sound great to me until I took a step back to reflect. Growing up it was only my mom & I and she passed away when I was 23. I always wanted to be married to a guy with siblings & have children. Turning 30 was difficult with my mom gone & I was dating my husband but we weren't married. Flash forward to turning 40...married, with a dog & 3 children. While I'm happy and have what I wanted...I didn't know it'd come at the cost of alone time in the bathroom! Wink Knowing how quickly the last decade went helped me put concerns away about turning 40. I know this decade will fly by & then I'll be trying to keep up with what my teen agers are doing. It's a wonderful ride so ENJOY whatever your age!
Alanna
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2:32 pm Nov 17, 2009

Thanks for the wise words Christine, that's a lovely sentiment. I do feel my twenties have been about 'keeping up', not so much with the Joneses, but with my own ideas of what I should have achieved; I should have achieved a certain salary bracket by now, I should have learnt another language by now, I should have started a family by now... etc etc etc. I can definitely see that it will be a blessing indeed when these 'ambitions' are behind me and I'm more content with my lot. I hate being a 'grass is greener on the other side' type person so if turning thirty means getting closer to being able to see all this stuff as trivial then bring it on! Very Happy
gillsuth7s
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3:00 pm Nov 17, 2009

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Thanks for the wise words Christine, that's a lovely sentiment. I do feel my twenties have been about 'keeping up', not so much with the Joneses, but with my own ideas of what I should have achieved; I should have achieved a certain salary bracket by now, I should have learnt another language by now, I should have started a family by now... etc etc etc. I can definitely see that it will be a blessing indeed when these 'ambitions' are behind me and I'm more content with my lot. I hate being a 'grass is greener on the other side' type person so if turning thirty means getting closer to being able to see all this stuff as trivial then bring it on! Very Happy


Whatever age you are is right...what's fantastic for one person may be hell in a basket for another...we each have our own pace and time, and who knows what's ahead...enjoy now and don't let anyone stress you into anything wrong for you.

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kmcecelia
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9:13 pm Nov 17, 2009

I do feel my twenties have been about 'keeping up', not so much with the Joneses, but with my own ideas of what I should have achieved; I should have achieved a certain salary bracket by now, I should have learnt another language by now, I should have started a family by now... etc etc etc.

Whatever age you are is right...what's fantastic for one person may be hell in a basket for another...we each have our own pace and time, and who knows what's ahead...enjoy now and don't let anyone stress you into anything wrong for you.


As far as all this goes--if it makes anyone feel better about where they are headed, I was almost a Catholic nun. Left last year (before taking vows), and applied to school last March. So I'm nearly 30, no savings, in school thousands in debt, and living at home. I seem to have gone in circles the last few years Smile

Wouldn't have traded the time I spent there, though. It was amazing to be with such awesome women.

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armywife
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9:48 pm Nov 18, 2009

Thanks for the wisdom on aging. Of course, you have to enjoy where you are in life and be thankful for what you have. I started early with the children so have one in college already (and I miss him terribly), and another 8th grade, well on her way to being grown. I really enjoy my life with new (2nd) husband (afforementioned DH). Of note, my XH is expecting a new baby with his new wife, so he has children in all ranges of ages and stages. (Personally, I'm looking forward to being a very young, hip Grandma and traveling with my husband and family, totally spoiling the grandkids and stitching all the way.)

40's here I come! (I'm trying to get a really cool trip for my 40th birthday, perhaps Italy?) Anyone know of any cool international Stitchers' Conventions? I've always wondered if any exist, either in US or abroad.

Pam
BarBaraPrz
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12:53 pm Nov 19, 2009

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(I'm trying to get a really cool trip for my 40th birthday, perhaps Italy?) Anyone know of any cool international Stitchers' Conventions? I've always wondered if any exist, either in US or abroad.

Pam


How about a cross-stitch cruise? I saw one advertised recently but it isn't in my budget so didn't save the info, and can't remember where I saw it. I did a quick search and found this info on one that has already happened:
http://www.stitchahoy.com/
armywife
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7:08 pm Nov 19, 2009

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quote:
Originally posted by armywife
(I'm trying to get a really cool trip for my 40th birthday, perhaps Italy?) Anyone know of any cool international Stitchers' Conventions? I've always wondered if any exist, either in US or abroad.

Pam


How about a cross-stitch cruise? I saw one advertised recently but it isn't in my budget so didn't save the info, and can't remember where I saw it. I did a quick search and found this info on one that has already happened:
http://www.stitchahoy.com/


Way cool! I was halfway kidding when I asked, but when I googled, apparently people do get together for stitching weekends, etc. What a great idea.

Let me know if you guys plan something. I've often joked to my DH (whose hobbies include hunting, flying a plane, etc.), that I couldn't go on a "cross stitch weekend," ( to match his hunting weekends) so I have to do it all the time to fit in the same amount of hours (my theory), but I stand corrected. He is going hunting this weekend, so I get to stitch away, may not leave the house Very Happy

Pam

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