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Turning 44 – birthday confessions, advice, inspiration

Posted by Tara Burner 20 comments

Well, today I’m 44…
yep, I’m that old.


Hmmmm, only problem with that thought is….
nothing major like awesome birthday stuff happens on my birthday *sigh*

It’s just another day…
no party
no friends (IRL that is)
Though I do get a card from my dad & step, and my ex’s mom who has become my mom (since mine disowned me & hasnt spoken to me for over 14 months..her loss!) and later I have to help Christa’s uncle so we’ll hang with them later for my bday.
I started getting Happy Birthday texts and DM’s and posts on Facebook last night and that really cheered me up.
I got a morning bday wish on Twitter and K+ to go with it!
While typing this, have a wall full of “happy birthday” which is cool because in reality all my online friends are my family and I love you ALL!

One of these days I’ll have a party, complete with cake (that I didn’t make myself), presents, friends…

This party will have the most beautiful pink and gold party decorations and Paper Eskimo products everywhere. What can I say, I love pink and gold 🙂

Shoot, Santa bypassed me for Christmas so why should today be any different.

I’ve been in South Florida for more than half my life (moved here when I was 17) and damn, time flies!
Kinda kicking myself in the butt for not being further (more successful) in life than I am.
I think I’ve kinda lost the last 14 or so years…just coasting through life….kinda surviving but not thriving.

And here are a few birthday confessions, few bits of advice, few thoughts to inspire…
Video was shot last night so it was the eve of my bday at the time…today is in fact my bday…officially at something like 510 pm EST or something like that, dont really remember.

In the meanwhile, I have been contemplating things lately and am working on some new projects…goals…aspirations…dreams…
Ironically (or maybe not)…perhaps it’s just typical Tara
Two of my big goals are complete opposites of each other.

Get a refurbished VW Van and travel the US for a year or so

buy 4-5 acres of land, build a totally sustainable home complete with roof top garden, sun deck, yoga deck, beach entry salt water pool, water features and nearby build multiple units as a retreat/resort/B&B type of place with a larger beach entry pool, labyrinth, gardens, water features, yoga building….well you get the idea!
And, all I need is about $4-5Million, maybe $6 for the complete project.



OR, option 3…
do one…then when I return…do two.
and whatever else life has for me…

Happy Birthday to me!
now to go find a cake and blow out some candles so maybe one of my wishes will come true

Question of the week?
What’s your favorite kind of cake?

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Filed in Misc. 20 comments
Jan 20, 2012
1:38 pm
#1 Paul M. :

Actually I’m not a big cake person. My birthday is next week and my girlfriend is making me brownies instead of cake.

Happy Birthday, Tara! I hope the fates bring you much happiness in Your new year.

Jan 20, 2012
1:43 pm

Paul, funny you mention brownies… my ex dropped off a tray of brownies last night! Thanks!!!

Jan 20, 2012
1:43 pm
#3 Heather @ Better With Veggies :

Happy Birthday Tara!! I hope today turns out better than you think and something special happens to help make this birthday very special!! I love your goals, very big and adventurous. That dream house is gorgeous. 🙂

Jan 20, 2012
1:49 pm
#4 Alycia :

I hope you have a wonderful birthday! You deserve the best, go after it! 😉 I love the VW idea. That would be so much fun!

I am definitely a cake person. My favorite is white cake with cream chesse frosting. Mmm, frosting!

Jan 20, 2012
1:55 pm

Thanks Heather…I actually have a green architect who is ready and waiting for me to get this project started…now to find $5million!!! 🙂

Jan 20, 2012
1:58 pm

Happy Birthday Tara!!

Jan 20, 2012
1:59 pm
#7 Shelly :

Happy Birthday Tara!

Jan 20, 2012
5:00 pm

Hey, 44 isn’t young. Remember, some of us are older than that! You are a mere babe. And babe-a-licious too! Happy happy happy day to you. Count your successes and you’ll see that you are headed toward your goals!

Jan 20, 2012
5:33 pm

Hey! Don’t be so hard on yourself! You are doing great! Embrace your birthday -> it’s your day. The day you came into this world:) Cherish it…cheers to this next awesome year of your life, Tara!

Jan 20, 2012
6:58 pm
#10 janetha :

Happy birthday!!! Both of your goals are awesome and adventurous 🙂

Jan 20, 2012
7:23 pm
Jan 20, 2012
8:35 pm

Happy Birthday, Tara! Your projects sound so fun and exciting; good luck!!

Jan 20, 2012
8:48 pm

Happy Birthday!!
I love ice cream cake best 🙂
Love that VW pic

Jan 21, 2012
12:23 am

Happiest of birthdays to you Tara!!

Jan 21, 2012
6:46 am
#15 katie tanner :

Happy birthday Tara!!! Monday was my birthday and I am glad to have another January birthday friend!!

Jan 21, 2012
5:50 pm
#16 lindsay :

happy belated friend! I think you are smokin hot for 44. Embrace it! i love the VW van idea. You can come by austin when we get back too. 😉

Jan 22, 2012
6:09 am

Pretty sure my sister meant to say that 44 IS young. At least it is if one is older. Not me, of course, but a good friend of mine. Or a twin. Oh whatever. Happy belated birthday regardless! In just a few, short, successful, happy years you will look at this year and be amazed at how amazing you are/were!

Jan 23, 2012
3:17 pm
#18 Caitlin :

That VW van road trip idea sounds so cool! You should totally do it – and blog along the way! The house sounds amazing too, I want something like that in California one day.

My favorite cake is CHEESECAKE, I used to treat myself to a slice of it after each calc exam in college (though I always felt sick afterward…)

Jan 24, 2012
2:42 pm
#19 Pati Clark :

happy belated birthday im in the same boat i gained about 10 lbs since m y accident in November im trying to stay focus

Aug 25, 2012
1:08 am
#20 Suzanne :

i enjoyed reading your birthday post. I found it when i Googled “turning 44” because i will be doing that very same milemarker this coming September.

Thank you for being so candid with your confessional video. I too have felt everything you said and agree 1000% that it’s important to get up and keep moving toward your goals. Afterall, failure is when you quit trying. 😉

I hope you had a lovely birthday and are looking forward to the next one. I wish you happiness. 😉

Suzanne Lambert

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