3 S.R. Johannes: Another Year, Another Wrinkle

Monday, August 23, 2010

Another Year, Another Wrinkle

So It's my bday today.

*pauses for cheers*

Birthdays and New Years always give me mixed feelings. They restore me some kind of renewed feeling yet dig up all ones. Sometimes, I feel a little sad one about the years gone by. A little regretful of the mistakes I've made. Even a little peeved I'm not where I said I would be by now. Then I feel thankful for what I have and sooo grateful for where I am.

Its a weird day - part of me is scared about getting older. B/c it means my parents are getting older. And my kids are getting older. Yet, part of me gets better with age. More comfortable, happier in my own skin.

Sometimes I just want to freeze time and breathe for just a moment, relishing in all the blessings I have and keep everything just the way it is in that perfect moment.

On the other hand, I have so much I want to do with this life, that time doesn't move fast enough. I have so many dreams that if life freezes, so do my dreams.

Therefore, I'm stuck in between, some days wishing my kids would stay babies, wanting my career to move forward faster. Wishing I could go back and redo some mistakes, yet knowing those mistakes got me here.

So what are my birthday wishes? I have a few...

For time to slow down - its going too fast.
For more patience - even a dose would be nice.
For my family to stay healthy and together.
To enjoy each moment more.
To get rid of some junk in my trunk. Just a few bags would be nice.
To give the girls a lift. (even just a few degrees :)
Connect more with friends (in person. I connect enough online :)
Be a great writer - wait let me be specific - to be a great "published" writer.
Appreciate the small things more and want the big things less.
Learn, Laugh, and Love.
To be a better friend.
To be a better human being.
To give back to this wonderful writing community.
To leave some kind of permanent impression on this world.

Hope you have a great day - on my birthday :)

If today was your birthday, what would be your greatest wish?


Julie Hedlund said...

Happy Birthday Shelli! I think you are well on your way to having many of those birthday wishes come true. If you figure out how to slow down time, please let me know ASAP, as my next birthday is the big 4-0. :-)

Larissa said...

Oh, yay!!!

Happy birthday, Shelli!

I think my greatest wish would be for the ability to quit my main day job (I have three part-time jobs--for realz) so I could have more time to focus on writing and myself (working out, etc).

Have a super wonderful day! :)

Tracey Joseph said...

Happy Birthday. :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I wish for Shelli's wishes to come true. (From what I see, many already are!) Happy Birthday. :D

Corey Schwartz said...

Aw, what nice wishes! Happy birthday, Shelli!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Happy Birthday! Time does go so fast! Kind of scary and kind of fun.
Enjoy your day!

Martina Boone said...

Happy birthday, Shelli! We loved reading your wish list. Our wish is for yours to come true :)

Marissa & Martina

Unknown said...

Happyyyyyyy happyyyyy B-DAY! :D

Tere Kirkland said...

Happy Birthday, Shelli!

Just a few bags, lol. Hope you have a great day!

Sheri Dillard said...

*pauses from cheering*

Happy Birthday, Shelli!

Jessie Harrell said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!! I'd go with your wish to be a wonderful *published* writer. That's a good one. :)

Tabitha said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Unknown said...

Happy birthday!!

Dawn Embers said...

Happy Birthday! *throws confetti*

I honestly would just want sleep after the day I've had. Plus I got less than 4 hours of sleep. I don't know what I'm doing for my own birthday on Saturday. umm have cake?! Cake is good.

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Happy birthday--I like your wishes. They're about you and they're do-able.

Deb Salisbury, Magic Seeker and Mantua-Maker said...

Happy Birthday, Shelli! Wishing you (and all of us) a smooth journey to publication. :-)

Luna said...

Happy Birthday, Shelli! I hope all your wishes and dreams come true.

I know you already do give back to this writing community. Thank you for that! And in this way you are leaving a permanent impression on the world.


B Mari Landgrebe said...

Hey, August Birthday Buddy! My birthday was on the 19th. Hope you're having a wonderful day, and that you get everything you wish for. Or at least the things that will lead to getting the rest.

In my family, we celebrate with a Birthday Week. Sometimes you just can't fit all the fun in one day, or the official day is busy, or on a workday, and stuff. *spreads seed of Birthday Week among populous*


Kerri Cuev said...

Happy Birthday Shelli! Wowza there are so many birthday's this weekend.

I think if you can say that you made the best out of the time you were given and did the very best you could then by darn it have a drink and celebtrate! Soooo, I guess that would be my wish.

Hope you day was amazing!

Catch My Words said...

Happy Birthday, Shelli. My b-day wish would be the same as always: to get published, of course. :)

Hope it's a great one!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

And hold onto every second. Time really does go by so fast.

Angela Ackerman said...

Have a great birthday! Live each day without regret and you'll always be satisifed with where you are and what you have. :)

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Shalonda said...

I hope you are having the greatest birthday ever, Shelli!

C.R. Evers said...

Happy Birthday Shelli! I hope it's super duper fabulous day! You deserve it.

I hope you get everything on your list. My list would be very similar.

Now . . . go pamper yourself!

Melissa Hurst said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you've had a great day:)

I wish my children wouldn't grow up so fast. My oldest is now in middle school, which makes me feel so old. Of course, I wish to be published, sooner than later.

CL said...

Happy Birthday, Shelli!

I'd also wish for a publishing contract! A wonderful agent would also be a lovely gift. And that all my talented friends find similar success. And a big piece of cream-cheese frosting carrot cake!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Happy Birthday Shelli! Hope your day has been great.

Your birthday wishes are great. It's hard to top them.

Gail said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Shelli, Happy Birthday to YOOOOOOOU!!!!! (Much better than hearing me sing it in person:-)

Just so you know, 2 of your wishes are already fulfilled....you HAVE and DO help the writing community,
You HAVE already made a permanent impression on this world through your children. Who knows what contributions or discoveries they will make?

As for me, I only look forward, be it birthday, or writing goals, or family relationships. I can't change the past(although I can learn from it) so to dwell on mistakes prevents me from achieving something in the present or the future.

Smile, enjoy your special day, hug the ones you love, and look forward to tomorrow!

DL Hammons said...


I hope you enjoyed your day. :)

Sherrie Petersen said...

Hope you had a good day! I'd wish all my good wishes would come true :)

Kelly Polark said...

Wonderful wishes!
I hope you are having a fabulous day, Shelli!

Rebecca Gomez said...

Happy Birthday!

Let's see...my birthday wish (at least one of them) would be the same as one of yours--the be a great published author. I hope you are able to see at least some of those wishes come true!

Carolyn V. said...

I feel the same way you do about b-days and time. I hope you have a great b-day and that everything works out wonderfully! =)

Kimbra Kasch said...

Happy Happy Day!!!

You're not getting older - you're getting better ... oh wait that was a Clairol commercial but you get the gist.

Jessie Oliveros said...

Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday. Unfortunately, time's not gonna slow down. It feels like it gets faster with every passing year. But the good part about that is it doesn't take forever for Christmas to come, like it does when you're a little kid. :)

Lisa Gail Green said...

I thought your wishes were all very good. Today's my half-birthday now that I think of it. So, yours would be on mine. Where's my half-cake? :D

HAPPY BIRTHDAY though - seriously!

Andrea Mack said...

Happy Birthday!! Eat lots of cake and enjoy!

Melissa Gill said...

I hope you get everything you wished for. (And if you do figure out how to make time slow down, share the secret!)

kidsbookjunky said...

Happy Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

hApPy BiRtHdAy! I hope you have a pretty awesome day and that you get to eat a lot of cake! :)

If today was my birthday, my greatest wish would be me completing the book I'm writing. I've changed and scraped things that I kinda wish I was just done with it!


Kelly H-Y said...

Happy Birthday! LOVE your list! :-)