Turning 39.

December 20, 2015.  Date of my 39th birthday.

On that day, I had this feeling that I should write something “big”. Something about my thirties. The changes. The renewed sense of self. The amazing life.  I kept writing blog posts in my head, but nothing fit the bill.

But I couldn’t find the words. Not the right ones. And I couldn’t find the time to find those right words.

So I gave up. Instead, I am recording what I did on my 39th birthday because it records a snapshot of me.

I woke up in Charlotte, NC, home to my BFF for almost 25 years now.  That’s a lot of friendship survival. I had spent the night so I could visit her, her hubby and adorable 2 year old daughter. We had a blast catching up and opening up.  Our lives have followed very different paths, but have remained joined together and for that, I am so very grateful.

At a delicious brunch in downtown Charlotte, we brainstormed a book club meeting in Greensboro.  We are going to read and then discuss, Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown.  The book has been on my list for quite sometime so I am thrilled to read it with my counseling friend – its a double bonus!

Then, I began the 2.5 hour drive home to Raleigh to see my husband and babies.

On the way I listened to four podcasts.

First was the RobCast.  This is the podcast station produced by Rob Bell.  He is a pastor and somewhat controversial in conservative circles as “leading people astray”.  I chose to listen to Episode 44: Oprah Winfrey.  I love to hear interviews and to listen as people share their stories.  Oprah is well known and lots of fun, so I figured this RobCast would be a good start.  It was.  I loved it.  Two fun people talking together as Oprah shared her story.  I have been listening to and reading all sorts of theologians and experts on faith, even ones that would have ruffled my conservative feathers in the past, so this was a Podcast included in my exploration of “other” lines of thought.

Next up was the last episode of Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert (a podcast to bring her thoughts in the book Big Magic to the practical lives of “blocked” artists).  This particular concluding episode was an interview with Brene Brown.  The entire set of podcasts has given me a lot to think about for myself, but also in regards to the four little people that I am helping to encourage and guide.

White Horse Inn hosted by Michael Horton was the next podcast and I choose to listen to his interview with Craig Blomberg, professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary.  Craig is the author of, “Can We Believe the Bible?” and his book was the topic of their discussion.  Michael Horton is represented of my “roots” when it comes to my faith in God.  As much as I am learning and my faith is evolving, I enjoy returning to my roots and remembering.

Finally, I tried out a new Podcast: Classical Classroom.  I listened to episode 110: Starting From Scratch – Bryce Dessner, Aron Sanchez and So Percussion.  The Classical Classroom was recommended by a musician friend of mine.  I thought I would give it a try to add to my teacher education as a homeschooling mom.  It was an engaging topic and I enjoyed listening to it, though I am not sure I remember any of it at this point.  I wasn’t able to finish to the entire episode because I pulled into my driveway with 24 minutes left.

Once home, I had some time to relax before our family headed out to Sweet Tomatoes for my birthday dinner.  We enjoy Sweet Tomatoes because the buffet style makes everyone happy and with coupons, we can all eat for about $50!  Woot!  Our Advent dinner didn’t happen very traditionally because of this outing, but we enjoyed the time together.

That night, I relaxed and did some reading (Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet) and face booking.  It was interesting to me that my birthday ended with an announcement on Momastery’s page about a fund raising effort for the refugee crisis that was being sponsored by Glennon (Momastery), Brene Brown, Rob Bell, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Cheryl Strayed.  I laughed because I felt as if I had spent the entire morning with this group of people.

All and all it was a great day.

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Mary Wilson

Mary is a writer and mother to four kids ranging from elementary to high school.

She believes that creativity, laughter, and fun are the backbone for engaging and inspiring homeschools. You can find her encouragement and tips on this blog, Mary Hanna Wilson.

She is an enneagram 7 and an extrovert. She enjoys traveling, tea (iced or hot), good conversations, and books. You can connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.
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