This time last year, I turned 40. At the start of 2015, I knew I wanted to celebrate this 40th birthday differently than in previous years. The idea of having a gratitude party is one that’s been on my bucket list for quite some time. I am blessed with such an amazing life so I wanted to honor those have contributed to the woman I am today. I’ve always found it disheartening to hear other women talk about how they don’t get along with other women. That has never been my experience. In fact, throughout my entire life I have been surrounded by women who have loved, supported and poured into me unconditionally.
Thus #NaesPhenom40 was born! What better way to celebrate this mid-life milestone?
My guests had no idea they were attending anything other than a typical 40th birthday party but the event was everything I imagined. I began by welcoming them and explaining that Nae’s Phenomenal 40 was not about me, but about them – the 40 phenomenal women who have so effortlessly been there for me 😉
After enjoying a delicious catered brunch, the ladies viewed a tribute video recognizing each of them for their role in my life and then spent some time mingling and getting to know each other. Just when the initial shock and awe wore off, I presented various Femspiration™ awards to further honor some of the women. The day ended with a group reading of my favorite Maya Angelou poem Phenomenal Woman, a hilarious group picture and of course, gift bags…for them!
It’s been a year and I still get all the feels when I remember this day. The smiles, the emotions, the love. It’s so easy to take the ones closest to us for granted but don’t pass over gratitude, only to be left with regret. Give your loved ones their flowers today.
My 41st birthday is in a few days. I don’t have anything nearly as elaborate planned, but the launch of my new lifestyle brand inspired by this event is near and that’s celebration enough for me! Female inspiration has been instrumental in my life. I want other women and girls to be empowered in this same way and shatter the myth that women don’t support each other. Stay tuned for the official launch 😉
When was the last time you celebrated your tribe? How did you/do you plan to spend your 40th birthday? Leave your sunshine below!
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