That Blessed Feeling

Disco ball blessings
disco ball blessings on my 40th birthday, may they shine on you too

I turned 40 yesterday. I spent the weekend celebrating with loved ones, friends, and family. I belted a Bon Jovi tune at the top of my lungs in front of a restaurant full of strangers. I ate cake, I laughed, I drank wine.

I can’t shake that blessed feeling.

My husband and I are shopping for our first house together, scheming and dreaming about our future home: a dedicated studio space for me, the makings of a luxurious movie room for him, a spacious kitchen for us, and a yard for the dog.

I can’t shake that blessed feeling.

I’m going to Paris in less than two months. It’s my first trip overseas, a dream come true. I’m off to see the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, and walk the history-laden cobblestone streets. After eleven nights in the City of Light we hop a train to London for seven nights there. I’ll see Big Ben, the British Library, and Shakespeare’s Globe.

I can’t shake that blessed feeling.

I drive a 10-year old car that gets me where I want to go. I rent a ’70s pad that brings me joy, sheltering me with glitter stucco, wood paneling, and a powder blue washroom. I share my every day with a generous, caring, and loving man and his Golden Retriever.

I can’t shake that blessed feeling.

I’ve felt down, depressed and on my way deep into a downward spiral. I healed, I surmounted, I thrived.

I can’t shake that blessed feeling.

The sun is shining, the snow is melting. There’s food in the pantry and leftover birthday cake in the fridge. I feel vibrant and confident.

Just for today, I will not shake that blessed feeling.

What do you feel blessed with today?

8 thoughts on “That Blessed Feeling

  1. Preach it Stephanie! I need to remember the good things going on with me and welcome the blessedness of them… and not shake it away, too. Lovely and thank you. Happy 40th and I hope those cobblestone streets give you even more blessings!

    1. Thank you Megan. When I re-read the post, I realized that it *did* have a preacher flow to it. I fits well! May we all remember to welcome the blessedness. : )

  2. Don’t shake it. Terrific post, Stephanie! It’s all in the perspective, no? P.S. Enjoy Paris and if you want a tour guide for the south of france, look me up!

    1. Thank you Adele! Perspective makes such a difference in the amount of joy we let in. And thank you for the tour guide offer… I love the images on your blog!

  3. Stephanie, Thank you so much for this post – timely in the extreme. I have SO much to be grateful for and yet often my thoughts are consumed with the “if onlys … “. I have been so challenged and encouraged by your words.
    Soak up Paris and London. I am a London based girl so if you need any suggestions (food/drinks/galleries etc) – don’t hesitate to drop me a line xxx

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words Lisa. The “if onlys…” can be good if they motivate; it’s when they start berating that things go bad. Turning up the volume on the “I’m gratefuls” can help shoo them away. : )

      And thank you for the offer re: London sights & spaces, I may take you up on that as we get closer!

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