I’m 49 years old and loving it

noemidado1thumb.jpgToday I will indulge in the joy of celebrating my 49 years. For too long, I have been hard on myself. Others have spilled their negative energy on me. I know it had nothing to do with me. I am a gift to myself and to the Universe . I am a child of God. I do not have to try harder , be better, be perfect , or be anything I am not. My beauty lies in me just as I am each moment. I will celebrate that.

I will take time to pause, reflect and rejoice my accomplishments. For too long, I have listened to admonitions not to feel good about what I have done lest I will fall into the arrogance trap. Celebration is a high form of praise of gratitude to God. To celebrate is to delight in the gift, to show gratitude.

Today, I will also celebrate the lessons from the past and the love and warmth of friends and family. I will continue to enjoy the beauty of others and their connection to me. I will celebrate all that is in my life and all that is good.

I will celebrate me.

( That’s the photo for my high school online yearbook. The yearbook committee required a glamor shot . I don’t know how to emote a glamorous look. I just want to look like myself hence no updo or drastic makeover. )

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1346 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.


About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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  • http://www.kurokuroatbp.wordpress.com Toe

    Happy Happy Birthday Noemi! That was a gorgeous shot! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and I believe that you do have a lot to celebrate for. Best wishes to you!

  • http://simplyabbie.com abbie

    Happy Birthday, Ms Noemi! I agree with Toe, 100%. That’s indeed a gorgeous shot. You deserve to celebrate and we thank you for celebrating and sharing it with us. You’ve been an inspiration for me and thank you that. More blessings to you. Best Wishes!

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    Toe: Thanks for the greeting. With the help of a little retouching, yes it’s a gorgeous shot.

    Abbie: Thanks for the kind words. Yes I have every reason to share my blessings to everyone.

  • http://angeli.sinful-prodigy.net/ Angeli

    The picture is perfect. ^_^ Maligayang Kaarawan po!

  • lemon

    wow!happy birthday!with a shot like this one, who needs a glamour shot?carpe diem, noemi, carpe diem!

  • Arlene

    Happy Happy Birthday! That’s one fabulous shot.:-) Just like the rest, I’ve been a constant visitor of your blogspot, and as I’m going through some grief process myself, you and your journey from grief to recovery have been a source of great inspiration for me to move on and gradually start my “new normal” way of life. Thank you so much for the compassionate words and pieces of advice. Here’s wishing you the best! 🙂

  • http://rosedesrochers.todays-woman.net Rose

    Happy Birthday!

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    Rose: thanks!

    Lemon: Thanks. A little makeup can do wonders and learning to smile again helped.

    Arlene: Thanks Arlene. Glad I was able to ease a little of your pain. I know the pain can’t be taken away but you’re not alone. I’ve learned to live with the pain. Hope to see you this saturday.

  • http://www.midlifemama.net Cathy

    Agree! Agree! What a pretty picture for the birthday girl with the new Mac! Shucks, Golden Girl ka na next year 🙂 even MORE reason to celebrate!

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    Cathy: Thanks Cathy! I can’t wait until I hit 50 and become a prime time woman!

  • http://www.about-ruth.com ruth

    happy birthday, noemi! enjoy the day… no better: enjoy the year! a prelude to an even bigger celebration next year! 😉

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    Ruth: thanks 🙂 I am going to party on my 50th year.

  • http://www.lalaith.org Josephine

    (Here through RBJ)

    Happy birthday!!! Your post is so beautiful and the most uplifting and inspiring message I’ve ever come across. It’s so amazing to find women celebrating their lives as they should, when there are others who fear the idea of aging. There’s nothing to fear about life, and you definitely light the way for many people! Here’s a toast to celebrate you! =) Thank you for inspiring me!

  • http://niceheart.wordpress.com niceheart

    Happy Birthday, Noemi! That is indeed one gorgeous shot. Hope I also look good when I hit your age. 🙂

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    Josephine: Nice of you to drop by. I used to fear of aging but because I am a better person today, I am grateful for the lessons that aging has taught me

    Niceheart: Thanks. I hope to keep my serenity so it makes me feel young and hopefully look young.

  • http://crayolaskies.org cris

    a little late, but happy birthday 🙂

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    Cris: Thanks. it’s never too late.

  • Olga

    Hello Noemi, this is late too, but I also wish you a belated Happy Birthday! You were not only gorgeous in your picture, but you are very lovely, both inside and out.

    Continue to be our inspiration. Show us how to celebrate, not only our lives, but ourselves 🙂

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    Olga: Thanks for the greeting . I am always a work in progress. So I continue to improve myself everyday of my life.

  • http://www.jairamdinsomniac.blogspot.com Jane

    I wish I can still look that good when I reach that age 🙂

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    Jane: with a little help of makeup and airbrushing , it’s possible.

  • http://www.butterflylion21.blogspot.com Bing

    hi Noemi! even though this is super late, i still want to greet you…happy 49th birthday! you really look awesome in your pic. luckily, i’m here in manila now so i’ll join my dear friend tonette (dugan) in your Art Therapy session. looking forward to meet you in person. have a great year! you’ll be fabulous in your 50th next year. God bless!

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    Hi Bing. that’s good you’re here for tonette.

  • http://inoourkitchen.blogspot.com JMom

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Noemi!!! You look beautiful 🙂

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    JMOM; Thanks for the compliment and the greeting 🙂