Just Wait Til Your Fifties!

mirrorThe birthday was one of reflection and planning.

Looking back is easy cause hind sight’s twenty-twenty, right? Except when you think about one thing it reminds you of something else and another thing and another. Like watching a youtube video. Suddenly hours have passed and you’re blinking from the bright light of sudden dawn.

Oh, hello, rabbit hole.

*blink blink*

Only one year of the second masters completed. Dropping out of school and moving to NYC

Modeling in NYC.

Being a magician’s assistant

Inventing zombie movement by combining the psychology of dance and extensive research via horror movies and haunted houses.

Retiring from dance and diving into tech full time

Joining Red Hat, then turning away from a leadership position in support to move to the Netherlands.

Having a baby.

Joining Toastmasters Groningen board as Vice President of Education and deciding to become President for the next board.

Opting to stay at work full time to become a developer advocate in engineering rather than leaving the task force entirely to become a full time mama.

Talking openly about being triggered and what it’s like to have post traumatic stress disorder.

Intense, amazing, mind blowing years.

And over the next ten years?

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Goodbye Thirties. Hello Forties.

2011-08-20-135543_3I’m not nearly as keen on turning forty as I was for thirty.

Thirty I was super stoked about – probably because the twenties were a fucking mess. From a personal standpoint.

I was unstable and truly impressed that I survived to age thirty.

Forty is impressive along the same lines, but for very different reasons. What have I done over the past ten years? Survived a trauma. Fought back. Healed. Moved to Europe. Landed my dream job. Created an AI.

Recently, I wrapped up an annual review with the boss in which the last few career goals were defined. And of course, I’m gonna share them with you RIGHT NOW.

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Starbucks Medium Signature Hot Chocolate with a Shot of Espresso

starbucksHello, birthday month!

Mmhm, that’s right, I’m turning FORTY this month and I am just as much in shock as you. When did this happen? How did we get here? Where’s my cake? Extra frosting, of course.

When I turned thirty, I threw a party in three different states – North Carolina, where we were living at the time, in Georgia, where we had just moved FROM and had lots of friends still living, and Maryland, where Pontus’ parents live.

And it was GLORIOUS.

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