40 years and counting

Nesli and I at my 40th B'day dinner, 2013

Nesli and I at my 40th B’day dinner, 2013

I have been a bit laxed in my blogging this week as I have hit a milestone. I turned 40 on Sunday and I have been celebrating my 40 years of existence all week…..because I can. It’s funny I have been going through old photos and looking back at my life (as I am sure we all do when we hit a milestone?) and there are two things that stand out clearer than day.

1. I have filled my 40 years with a lot of stuff, I could almost say some years have been jam-packed!

2. I have met an outstanding amount of people and have the great pleasure of saying I have an awesome, eclectic assortment of friends all over the world.

Roisin my running partner in the World race, Chicago

Roisin my running partner in the World race, Chicago

I have always loved doing things, anything as long as I am doing something and having fun. Travelling has always been a huge part of my life, even before I realised how much I love going to different countries and exploring how other people live. Mum and dad installed the travelling bug into my sister and I at a very young age and I haven’t really stopped, nor have they!

Mum sitting in the departure lounge at Tokyo airport a few years ago

Mum sitting in the departure lounge at Tokyo airport a few years ago

The fact that I am lucky enough to have timed my 40th while we are spending a year in Italy is quite brilliant. If I am being totally honest, I wouldn’t have thought it even possible 10 years ago and yet here I am feeling the love from all my wonderful friends and family from all over the planet sending me warm wishes on my birthday. I truly believe I wouldn’t be the person I am today without having so many supportive, positive and truly wonderful people in my life. I made a decision a long time ago to leave behind people who have negative and sole sucking vibes….this was an excellent move!

I love the fact that I am still in contact with friends from High school, and I want to be in touch with them. My old bosses are some of my oldest and dearest friends. I love that the Mexican guys I use to work with 5 days a week in Chicago still keep in touch, even though I was nicknamed ‘hard nose bitch’ (well you can’t be a shrinking violet when you work the grill in a kitchen!) and constantly asked when I was leaving!.

Friends I travelled the world with when we were young, silly and quite stupid (considering some of the situations we got ourselves into!). These ladies have a very special place in my heart. As we discovered the world around us, we also discovered who were as individuals and what  made us the strong, independent women we are today.

Nic and Max, Chicago 2002

Nic and Max, Chicago 2002

When I finally grew up a little more, fell in love and met my life travelling partner I was so excited to see what we were going to get up to with our life together and I have to say it has been better than anything I dreamed up.

8 months pregnant with Alex, Chicago

8 months pregnant with Alex, Chicago

The kids came and that made me grow even more and placed me in a community of extremely talented women I call my very dear friends. A new country and a new baby really throws a spanner in the works but I wouldn’t change it for quids, I just wish the world wasn’t so far apart. I have a brilliant family (ok we may be a little mad, batty and talk to much) but a family I cherish and love and who have excepted this crazy path Nic and I have chosen and offered nothing but support and love. With all this I was not expecting to meet a whole new group of people I would open my heart to  and welcome them in with open arms.

Shelly and Nesli at my 40th, Italy 2013

Shelly and Nesli at my 40th, Italy 2013

This trip to Italy was looked at as an adventure and an experience. I am so blown away at the beautiful community I have here. I love the fact it is possible to still make wonderful friendships because there really isn’t a ‘cap’ on how many great people you meet in your life (must have been a random thought when I had too much prosecco!?

Elena

Elena

 

Ross

Ross

 

Sue

Sue

Anyway, what I am trying to say is in 40 years I have managed to do, see, meet and love some truly wonderful people and places and I am so grateful to everyone who has helped me get this far. Life is about living it to the fullest and meeting people from whatever situation you are in and making the most of it. I will never be a millionaire (airfares are a killer), however, I will be enjoying a lot more countries, people and revisiting old and dear friends for the next forty years, this much I know.

36 thoughts on “40 years and counting

  1. Fabulous! I love the photo of you at the top of this post, looks like you were having a wonderful time. I find the things that have made my life great so far are: the people you choose to keep connecting with & surrounding yourself with, overcoming challenges that are thrown your way, finding fulfilling work/study/role to play and it looks like you have all that in spades!

    It does look like you’ve had a very full and fantastic life so far and I hope you continue to have many more decades of the same. G xxx

  2. Congrats! Fantastic to be able to celebrate for a week!!! Amazing pics, amazing life, and most of all, amazing attitude. From a very young age I’ve been saying I want to live now, so that I don’t have to look back at the things I never did when I’m at the end of my life. You certainly seem to have done that! P.s. isn’t it fun to look back at the gorgeous preggo pics and feel gracious and slender?!🙂

    • Thank you, I’m really happy with what I’ve done so far and I totally agree, I love looking at preggo photos and being amazed I’m not still that big lol! I also think I connect with my blogging friend because we think alike with our attitudes toward life and living.🙂

  3. Happy birthday lovely Camilla. Sounds like a lovely fun happy time to celebrate being 40 years young !!!!! Love from Aussie. Miss your smiley face at pick ups !! Kisses Steph x

    • Hi Steph, thank you. It was a lot of fun, I’m sure I will have to have another ‘celebration’ on home soil to really lock it in. I miss my school pick ups too, however, time feels like it is whizzing by and we’ll be home before you know it xx

  4. Thanks for posting and old photograph of me……….not sure I look like that anymore!
    A lovely post, yes you have had a very interesting life Milly, your dad and I have also enjoyed the journey with you, well most of it not sure about your early travel!!!

  5. Isn’t 40 wonderful? Old enough to look back on your earlier years with some amount of wisdom (as in duh… what was I thinking when I did that when I was 20 something?) but young enough to look forward to many more adventures. Lizzy says you’re not old until you’re 50, so enjoy these next 10 years, as I plan to (well, I only have 9 left!).

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