What Does My 40th Birthday Have to Do With You?

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 Femspirationโ„ข 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.

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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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  1. Nae!!!! Wow… this post speaks volumes about you and the women in your life!!!! This is simply amazing… I love this idea!!!! Sooo thoughtful of you to celebrate and share your day with others who mean the most to you!!!!! Salute… Thanks for sharing!

    Xoxo
    Lynn
    http://www.faithnista.com

  2. I love this idea, I have three years to plan my 40th. I have to make it one to remember for sure. I’ve never gone a gratitude party but I do let my girls know they are appreciated on a regular basis. Happy Belated Birthday my Libra sister.

    I can’t wait to see what your Femspiration project brings.
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  3. What a selfless birthday idea. I love the theme and tribute you did for your close friends so sweet of you. I have 10 more years so I havent to answer your question but I hope you find a way to bring in the young 4-1 in a great way!

  4. 2017 I am making it my business to visit and actually do a trip to D.C. for the first time. I know this will be emotion but excited that this is in existence for us! Its no way they will teach us these thing in grade school…why is that I dont know.
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