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So This Is What It Feels Like To Be In Your 30’s…

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With every passing year I truly realize how much older I am getting. Little things that didn’t use to be an issue have now become a whole ordeal (if you’re over 35 you know what I’m talking about). Things that no young person would think about have started to happen to me. Here are just a few of those things:

I literally have to stretch as soon as I wake up – when I was younger I could just hop out of bed & start my day. But now I have to do stretches as if I’m preparing to run a marathon before I can even brush my teeth. It seems that my muscles are getting tighter as I get older.

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Drink more water – really everyone should do this no matter what age they are, but there’s something about getting older that makes drinking water a necessity more than ever before. It’s almost as if I have to make up for all that bad food and drink I had when I was in my 20s. Oh well, good thing I actually like water!

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Get tired earlier – I’ve always been a night owl so it’s nothing for me to stay up well past midnight. But as I get older I realize I’m getting tired earlier & earlier. I’ve started to get ready for bed earlier, but I haven’t quite got it in my head that I actually need to go to sleep earlier. I’m sure there’ll come a point when I start to fall asleep on the couch more & more which will prompt me to start going to bed earlier.

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Talk to your friends less & less – As you get older people that you know become more & more absorbed with their own families. This leaves them less & less time for talking with their friends – like you!  It’s one thing to build your career & still have friendships. It’s easy to chat with someone while you’re on the way to the airport or in the office working late & need a quick break. But when you’re raising children, your time & attention is devoted solely to them which leaves less time for your friends. I’ve been a victim of this more times than I can count, but that’s life I suppose! (But that’s also why I continue to make new friends; gotta replace the ones who are too busy for you)

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Okay ya’ll, when did you know you were getting old?! Sound off in the comments section –

READERS: Black History Fact of the Day – The NAACP Turns 105 Today!

Founded Feb. 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.

Founding group
The NAACP was formed partly in response to the continuing horrific practice of lynching and the 1908 race riot in Springfield, the capital of Illinois and resting place of President Abraham Lincoln. Appalled at the violence that was committed against blacks, a group of white liberals that included Mary White Ovington and Oswald Garrison Villard, both the descendants of abolitionists, William English Walling and Dr. Henry Moscowitz issued a call for a meeting to discuss racial justice. Some 60 people, seven of whom were African American (including W. E. B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Mary Church Terrell), signed the call, which was released on the centennial of Lincoln’s birth.

Other early members included Joel and Arthur Spingarn, Josephine Ruffin, Mary Talbert, Inez Milholland, Jane Addams, Florence Kelley, Sophonisba Breckinridge, John Haynes Holmes, Mary McLeod Bethune, George Henry White, Charles Edward Russell, John Dewey, William Dean Howells, Lillian Wald, Charles Darrow, Lincoln Steffens, Ray Stannard Baker, Fanny Garrison Villard, and Walter Sachs.

Echoing the focus of Du Bois’ Niagara Movement began in 1905, the NAACP’s stated goal was to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution, which promised an end to slavery, the equal protection of the law, and universal adult male suffrage, respectively.

The NAACP’s principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice. The NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes.
The NAACP established its national office in New York City in 1910 and named a board of directors as well as a president, Moorfield Storey, a white constitutional lawyer and former president of the American Bar Association. The only African American among the organization’s executives, Du Bois was made director of publications and research and in 1910 established the official journal of the NAACP, The Crisis.

The Crisis
Du Bois founded The Crisis magazine as the premier crusading voice for civil rights. Today, The Crisis, one of the oldest black periodicals in America, continues this mission. A respected journal of thought, opinion and analysis, the magazine remains the official publication of the NAACP and is the NAACP’s articulate partner in the struggle for human rights for people of color.
In time, The Crisis became a voice of the Harlem Renaissance, as Du Bois published works by Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and other African American literary figures. The publication’s prominence would rise.

Now published quarterly, The Crisis is dedicated to being an open and honest forum for discussing critical issues confronting people of color, American society and the world in addition to highlighting the historical and cultural achievements of these diverse peoples.

In essays, interviews, in-depth reporting, etc., writers explore past and present issues concerning race and its impact on educational, economic, political, social, moral, and ethical issues. And, each issue is highlighted with a special section, “The NAACP Today” reporting the news and events of the NAACP on a local and national level.

Growth
With a strong emphasis on local organizing, by 1913 the NAACP had established branch offices in such cities as Boston, Massachusetts; Baltimore, Maryland; Kansas City, Missouri; Washington, D.C.; Detroit, Michigan; and St. Louis, Missouri.

Joel Spingarn, one of the NAACP founders, was a professor of literature and formulated much of the strategy that led to the growth of the organization. He was elected board chairman of the NAACP in 1915 and served as president from 1929-1939.

A series of early court battles, including a victory against a discriminatory Oklahoma law that regulated voting by means of a grandfather clause (Guinn v. United States, 1910), helped establish the NAACP’s importance as a legal advocate. The fledgling organization also learned to harness the power of publicity through its 1915 battle against D. W. Griffith’s inflammatory Birth of a Nation, a motion picture that perpetuated demeaning stereotypes of African Americans and glorified the Ku Klux Klan.

NAACP membership grew rapidly, from around 9,000 in 1917 to around 90,000 in 1919, with more than 300 local branches. Writer and diplomat James Weldon Johnson became the Association’s first black secretary in 1920, and Louis T. Wright, a surgeon, was named the first black chairman of its board of directors in 1934.

The NAACP waged a 30-year campaign against lynching, among the Association’s top priorities. After early worries about its constitutionality, the NAACP strongly supported the federal Dyer Bill, which would have punished those who participated in or failed to prosecute lynch mobs. Though the bill would pass the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate never passed the bill, or any other anti-lynching legislation. Most credit the resulting public debate-fueled by the NAACP report “Thirty Years of Lynching in the United States, 1889-1919”-with drastically decreasing the incidence of lynching.

Johnson stepped down as secretary in 1930 and was succeeded by Walter F. White. White was instrumental not only in his research on lynching (in part because, as a very fair-skinned African American, he had been able to infiltrate white groups), but also in his successful block of segregationist Judge John J. Parker’s nomination by President Herbert Hoover to the U.S. Supreme Court.

White presided over the NAACP’s most productive period of legal advocacy. In 1930 the association commissioned the Margold Report, which became the basis for the successful reversal of the separate-but-equal doctrine that had governed public facilities since 1896’s Plessy v. Ferguson. In 1935 White recruited Charles H. Houston as NAACP chief counsel. Houston was the Howard University law school dean whose strategy on school-segregation cases paved the way for his protégé Thurgood Marshall to prevail in 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education, the decision that overturned Plessy.

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, which was disproportionately disastrous for African Americans, the NAACP began to focus on economic justice. After years of tension with white labor unions, the Association cooperated with the newly formed Congress of Industrial Organizations in an effort to win jobs for black Americans. White, a friend and adviser to First Lady–and NAACP national board member–Eleanor Roosevelt, met with her often in attempts to convince President Franklin D. Roosevelt to outlaw job discrimination in the armed forces, defense industries and the agencies spawned by Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation.

Roosevelt ultimately agreed to open thousands of jobs to black workers when labor leader A. Philip Randolph, in collaboration with the NAACP, threatened a national March on Washington movement in 1941. President Roosevelt also agreed to set up a Fair Employment Practices Committee (FEPC) to ensure compliance.

Throughout the 1940s the NAACP saw enormous growth in membership, recording roughly 600,000 members by 1946. It continued to act as a legislative and legal advocate, pushing for a federal anti-lynching law and for an end to state-mandated segregation.

Civil Rights Era
By the 1950s the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, headed by Marshall, secured the last of these goals through Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which outlawed segregation in public schools. The NAACP’s Washington, D.C., bureau, led by lobbyist Clarence M. Mitchell Jr., helped advance not only integration of the armed forces in 1948 but also passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1964, and 1968, as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Despite such dramatic courtroom and congressional victories, the implementation of civil rights was a slow, painful, and oft times violent. The unsolved 1951 murder of Harry T. Moore, an NAACP field secretary in Florida whose home was bombed on Christmas night, and his wife was just one of many crimes of retribution against the NAACP and its staff and members.
NAACP Mississippi Field Secretary Medgar Evers and his wife Myrlie also became high-profile targets for pro-segregationist violence and terrorism. In 1962, their home was firebombed and later Medgar was assassinated by a sniper in front of their residence following years of investigations into hostility against blacks and participation in non-violent demonstrations such as sit-ins to protest the persistence of Jim Crow segregation throughout the south.

Violence also met black children attempting to enter previously segregated schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, and other southern cities. Throughout the south many African Americans were still denied the right to register and vote.

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s echoed the NAACP’s goals, but leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, felt that direct action was needed to obtain them.

Although it was criticized for working exclusively within the system by pursuing legislative and judicial solutions, the NAACP did provide legal representation and aid to members of other protest groups over a sustained period of time. The NAACP even posted bail for hundreds of Freedom Riders in the ‘60s who had traveled to Mississippi to register black voters and challenge Jim Crow policies.

Led by Roy Wilkins, who succeeded Walter White as secretary in 1955, the NAACP, along with A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin and other national organizations began to plan the 1963 March on Washington.

With the passage of major civil rights legislation the following year, the Association accomplished what seemed an insurmountable task. In the following years, the NAACP began to diversify its goals.

Assisting the NAACP throughout the years were many celebrities and leaders, including Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne, Jackie Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Ella Baker, an NAACP director of branches who stressed the importance of young people and women in the organization by recruiting members, raising money, and organizing local campaigns; Daisy Bates, NAACP national board member, Arkansas state conference president and advisor to the Little Rock Nine; and NAACP stalwarts like Kivie Kaplan, a businessman and philanthropist from Boston, who served as president of the NAACP from 1966 until 1975. He personally led nationwide NAACP Life Membership efforts and fought to keep African Americans away from illegal drugs.

Close of the first century
Wilkins retired as executive director in 1977 and was replaced by Benjamin L. Hooks, whose tenure included the Bakke case (1978), in which a California court outlawed several aspects of affirmative action. During his tenure the Memphis native is credited with implementing many NAACP programs that continue today. The NAACP ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) competitions, a major youth talent and skill initiative, and Women in the NAACP began under his administration.

As millions of African Americans continued to be afflicted as urban poverty and crime increased, de facto racial segregation remained and job discrimination lingered throughout the United States, proving the need for continued NAACP advocacy and action.

Dr. Hooks served as executive director/chief executive officer (CEO) of the NAACP from 1977 to 1992. Benjamin F. Chavis (now Chavis Muhammad) became executive director/CEO in 1993, while in 1995 Myrlie Evers-Williams (widow of Medgar Evers) became the third woman to chair the NAACP, a position she held until 1998, succeeded by Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond.

In 1996 the NAACP National Board of Directors changed the executive director/CEO title to president and CEO when it selected Kweisi Mfume, a former congressman and head of the Congressional Black Caucus, to lead the body. The elected office of president was eliminated.

Former telecommunications executive Bruce S. Gordon followed in 2005. [NAACP General Counsel Dennis Courtland Hayes would serve the Association well as interim national president and CEO twice during changes in administrations in recent years.]

In May 2008, the NAACP National Board of Directors confirmed Benjamin Todd Jealous, a former community organizer, newspaper editor and Rhodes Scholar, as the 14th national executive of the esteemed organization.

Heading into the 21st century, the NAACP is focused on disparities in economics, health care, education, voter empowerment and the criminal justice system while also continuing its role as legal advocate for civil rights issues.

Yet the real story of the nation’s most significant civil rights organization lies in the hearts and minds of the people who would not stand idly by while the rights of America’s darker citizens were denied. From bold investigations of mob brutality, protests of mass murders, segregation and discrimination, to testimony before congressional committees on the vicious tactics used to bar African Americans from the ballot box, it was the talent and tenacity of NAACP members that saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society.

While much of NAACP history is chronicled in books, articles, pamphlets and magazines, the true movement lies in the faces–the diverse multiracial army of ordinary women and men from every walk of life, race and class–united to awaken the consciousness of a people and a nation. The NAACP will remain vigilant in its mission until the promise of America is made real for all Americans.

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HAPPY BRITHDAY TO OUR FIRST LADY, MRS. MICHELLE OBAMA!

Michelle Obama, who turns 50 today, is only just starting to build her legacy.

Presidential historians expect her commitment to fighting childhood obesity, supporting military families and encouraging good education and volunteer work to deepen in the next couple of years, and anticipate she will fully devote herself to those issues after she and her family leave the White House.

“I will be in my early 50s when I leave here, and I have so much more that I should do,” Obama recently said in an interview with People magazine. “I don’t have the right to just sit on my talents or blessings. I’ve got to keep figuring out ways to have an impact — whether as a mother or as a professional or as a mentor to other kids.”

The first lady is likely to continue promoting Let’s Move, her fitness and wellness program, and Join Forces, which assists military families, plus return to the philanthropy work that she did before she became first lady. But she’s unlikely to make a run for public office, experts say.

Robert Watson, a presidential historian and professor at Lynn University in Florida, expects the final year of President Obama’s second term to be a big year for Michelle Obama. 

“If history holds, I expect Mrs. Obama will enlarge in her role,” he said, pointing to the fact that she already is making more of an effort to promote a good education than she did in the president’s first term.

“She’s going to assert herself. We’re going to see more of the Ivy League-educated lawyer and former CEO,” he said, adding that while presidents often have difficult second terms marred by sagging approval ratings or scandals, as was the case with Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, first ladies “tend to spread their wings” during second terms.

This term and beyond, she could also continue to be the go-to public figure for health and fitness awareness, said Tom Hubbard, vice president for policy at the non-profit health policy institute NEHI.

“There’s unquestionably been higher awareness of these issues amongst policymakers at the local level,” he said. “Mrs. Obama has been the public face of that, and that’s what may be the lasting legacy.”

Obama has done a particularly good job emphasizing the need for more physical activity for communities who need it using scientific evidence.

“She’s elevated health and wellness and specifically good nutrition and the need for daily physical activity higher on the radar screen of America, particularly in regards to kids, lower-income kids, minority kids and making this a leadership issues in the African-American community, which has disparate rates of chronic disease that can be tracked back to nutrition and physical activity needs,” he said.

When the Obama family moves out of the White House in 2016, Michelle Obama is likely to set up a foundation for her causes, Watson said.

“I think she’ll always be active in her community,” said Myra Gutin, a professor at Rider University in New Jersey who has written two books on first ladies.

Obama, who hails from Chicago’s South Side, has a rich history in her hometown: In the 1990s, she was assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago’s City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, a program that prepares youth for public service. Later, she developed the first community service program at University of Chicago and as vice president of community and external affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center, she brought in an influx of volunteers.

“It’s been suggested that she might run for the Senate from Illinois. I really don’t see her doing that,” Gutin said. “She could go back to the University of Chicago hospitals, if that was her want. I just don’t see her running for elective office.” 

Watson agrees. 

“I don’t see Mrs. Obama getting into politics because she was a reluctant campaigner initially,” he said. Instead, he said, it would make sense for the woman who planted the White House’s largest vegetable garden as part of her push for healthy eating to continue embracing issues like wellness.

“I would imagine her playing a very strong and leading role in the Obama presidential library. I can see it having a heck of a garden,” he said. 

She may also steer clear of serving on boards because of the scrutiny that comes along with that — but fundraising is a safe bet.

“I couldn’t imagine her practicing law, but you could see her going back and fundraising or supporting the University of Chicago and the medical center, things she was doing before,” he said.

Obama did have one slip before becoming first lady: a February 2008 speech in Wisconsin in which she said, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country,” prompting critics to call her unpatriotic for months afterwards. But she learned from the mistake, Watson said, ultimately making her “one of the best” first ladies.

“She has not been a liability since the ’08 campaign. She’s been a huge asset,” he said. “I think she’s been effective with her mothering. In a way, I think she’s been effective with everything. She’s sort of that superwoman. She has the husband, the good marriage, the perfect kids. She had a good career. She’s done it all, and she looks darn good for 50.”

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*Article posted on NBCNews.com, written by Elizabeth Chuck

I’m Over 30. I Guess I’m Not Young Anymore

This article is from Buzzfeed & I LOL’d when I read it. I hope you do too! My favorites are #1, #2, #3, #18, #20, #24 & #30.  Which ones do you like the best?

1. You constantly forget that you’re not in your twenties anymore.

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After college, the years just sort of start to blend together. So, in a way, you are perennially 22 years old mentally, and often financially.

2. People start to think there is something LEGITIMATELY wrong with you if you are single.

People start to think there is something LEGITIMATELY wrong with you if you are single.

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Just because you are in your thirties doesn’t mean you have to be married. Explaining that to your parents, on the other hand, is a whole other ordeal.

3. Your middle name should be “Busy,” since that is what you are all the time now.

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What with all the housewarmings, kid birthday parties, traveling, and work, you barely have time to remember to eat. J/K, eating becomes your new best friend. I love you, Cherry Garcia.

4. Your Facebook feed will be nothing but new baby pics.

Your Facebook feed will be nothing but new baby pics.

Some of them are yours, probably.

5. You will seriously consider moving to a more affordable part of the country.

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You can buy a house in Detroit for a pack of cigarettes, I hear.

6. The clothes from your twenties now make you look like you are trying too hard.

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7. Which is why you will look for “sensible” and “comfortable” clothes when shopping.

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Bonus if they are both “roomy” and “flattering.”

8. There are two camps of people: those who work out and those who work.

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A small population does both. Those people suck.

9. Getting carded is AWESOME.

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“You mean I look 21? Oh, you have to card everyone? Just let me have this!”

10. Your favorite foods will now wreak havoc on your insides.

Your favorite foods will now wreak havoc on your insides.

Chili fries? LOL. Like the raven doth say, “Nevermore, sucka.”

11. Investing in quality becomes important.

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And most importantly, doable. That means spending a little more on better clothes and maybe even a better car.

12. Hangovers will destroy you.

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You used to drink everyone under the table. Now you’re just under the table trying to figure out how you got so wasted off of two Amstel Lights.

13. The classic rock station is now playing your high school playlist.

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Since when is Nirvana classic rock? Wait. Nevermind is 23 years old? When did that happen?!

14. Quiet never sounded so good.

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When did the world get so loud? And bright? Close the shades, will ya?

15. Your back will hurt for no damn reason.

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You go to sleep on the eve of your 30th birthday with a healthy, youthful back, and awaken the next morning with the back of an 85-year-old carrot farmer.

16. Same goes for your feet.

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Time to start investing in orthotic shoe inserts! How fun!

17. You will gain hair in all the wrong places.

You will gain hair in all the wrong places.

But lose it in the places that matter most.

18. You will now have divorced friends.

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How adult is that?

19. Re-watching movies from your youth is a bad idea.

Re-watching movies from your youth is a bad idea.

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RIP Flight of the Navigator. I should have kept you in my memories where you belong.

20. Marathons everywhere.

Marathons everywhere.

Who knew so many of your friends were runners? Maybe you should do one. Nah, forget about it. There are Oreos in the cupboard.

21. Gray hairs will begin to multiply like horny bunnies.

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Ugh.

22. Somehow you are now a person with answers.

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When that intern at work asks what they need to look for in renting their first apartment, you will have actual advice. Actual. Sage. Advice.

23. Your clothes won’t be the only things laden with wrinkles.

Your clothes won't be the only things laden with wrinkles.

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Time to buy the Costco-size jug of night cream.

24. Activities like apple picking and wine tasting will be your new wild weekend plans.

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And both will make you tired the next day.

25. The only dancing you will do is at weddings and work parties.

The only dancing you will do is at weddings and work parties.

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Clubs? Those are for the youth and people desperately clinging to what they have left of their own.

26. Plus, dancing all night requires multiple water breaks.

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In your twenties you could dance all night, slamming shot after shot while living la dolce vita. Now it’s “I need another water. Can I get you another water?” as you slink off the dance floor drenched in sweat.

27. Talk of cool new bars and bands is replaced with talk of mortgage refinancing and preschool applications.

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Yeah, it may seem mundane, but seriously, how did you get little Kevin into that preschool?

28. The repercussions of your twenties will catch up with you.

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Those credit card offers seemed so reasonable at the time. So did the trip to Europe you used them on. Now you’re stuck paying for a trip that was ultimately “just OK.”

29. You wouldn’t go back to your twenties for a million bucks.

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Unless you go back and use the money on investing more wisely for your thirties, because then it’s a deal.

30. You can’t wait to be 40.

You can't wait to be 40.

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Because by then you’ll totally have all this shit figured out, right?

I Don’t Like Giving Gifts To Men

With Father’s Day approaching I am scrambling to get my Dad something nice. I know that I’m lucky to have a good father – one who was in my life growing up, tried to be the best father possible and set a high bar for what I want in a husband.  The problem is that he never exactly gets excited when I give him presents.

I’ve had the same issues with my ex-boyfriends. Whether it’s a Christmas present or a birthday gift, I never quite get the response that I expect. While it is possible that my gifts might not be all that great (of course I think they all are), I tend to think that most men are just expressionless. While they might say they love what I got them I certainly can’t tell by the reactions that I get. So I’m left to wonder – did I do a good job or not?

Because of this, I don’t particularly enjoy buying presents for men because they just don’t know how to react. I don’t expect them to act like I would whether it be jumping up & down or scream & shout but at least pretend to be excited. Geesh! When someone gives a gift, the biggest joy they can receive is knowing that the recipient actually likes your gift, not just in words but in reaction. But if I can’t tell that you like what I’ve given you, it makes me less interested to buy anything else for you.

Of course, I will still buy my Dad a gift – not just for Father’s Day but for all other special occasions. But my experience over the years has made me less excited to give gifts to any  other men in my life.

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Another birthday is coming up and it’s time for me to think about my next year of living. I can honestly say that this wasn’t my greatest year, but there’s always next year. I don’t like to spend a lot of time reflecting on the past and prefer to think about what I can do in the future.

Because my birthday falls towards the middle of the year (the month of May), I like to think of it as a mid-year New Year’s eve celebration. A new year for me begins when I turn a year older. And since its midyear, I also reevaluate my New Year’s resolutions. What should I be doing differently in my life? How can I turn my year around? These are things that I think about every time it gets close to my birthday.

Whenever there’s another birthday people always ask “How does it feel to be another year older?” I never quite know how to answer that question. Do I feel older? Yes. Do I look older? I hope not. Do I feel any wiser? I’m certainly trying. (lol)

I know people say that you should celebrate life every day but I don’t normally do anything too special on my birthday (only the major ones). I am looking forward to celebrating this year with some of my friends by singing live karaoke. I already have my favorite Whitney Houston song picked out (no, it’s not I Will Always Love You)! I am also looking forward to possibly having a celebration again next year (although it’s a little too early to tell right now).

Oh well. At least I get to still check the same box on all those questionnaires (the 26-35 year-old box). J

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