On turning 38.

Jun 19, 2013 | Life in Progress


(I’ve always loved this piece. Signed/matted prints are available right here)
I turn 38 years young tomorrow. 38! Been thinking so much about all the events that lead to here, how it all feels like a beautiful orchestra with resounding celebratory highs, and delicate strong lows. Lately, I’ve been noticing and seeing it all so clearly, those tiny micro steps that all lead to the more magnificent picture. I like to weave it all in. It all matters and it all shapes us.
I’m so glad, just glad glad glad to have made it here, to 38.
It all makes me hope that no matter how old I become, no matter what gets thrown my way, no matter the obstacles or the inevitable fears, or the really high highs or the really low lows, I hope that I continue to fully participate in this life. To see the beauty everywhere. To be brave in sadness, and brave in love. To notice when I’m grateful, and to put energy toward what is working and what is right, but to also see the blessings and lessons in what doesn’t feel right. To look to faith and courage as steady beacons that never fail. To always feel the full breath of possibility no matter how lovely or how bleak my life seems. To thank those who have made a difference in my life, to give back in a way that feels meaningful. To manifest and create and celebrate the unfolding of a life in progress, to acknowledge the preciousness of this day, of this gift.
Sending love to each of you who have become a big part of my journey. I believe everything shapes us and no doubt you’ve been a beautiful shape in the puzzle of my life.
Wild with gratitude,
Kelly Rae
PS: I am hosting my monthly HUGE Hip Hip Hooray Giveaway Party here in this space tomorrow, on my birthday! One day only. Major prizes and party favors. All free. All awesome. And YOU are invited. Put on your party dress, friends. And I’ll see you here tomorrow

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (25 comments)
  1. Kim Hooper

    Happy Birthday Kelly Rae! XOX

  2. Deborah

    Happy Birthday Kelly Rae!!! I hope you have been having a day FULL of possibilities….. and so happy to celebrate with you!!… Actually began celebrating yesterday when I ordered one of your beautiful new scarves….. which I plan to give to my daughter for HER upcoming 20th in a week!!! I am celebrating both your and HER creativity!

  3. Wannabe

    I am just thrilled that I found your blog Kelly and am reading through the first part of your e course. You inspire me to own my creativity and be brave enough to share it with the world. Thank you. Jan

  4. Debbie from Wisconsin

    Celebrating you, Kelly Rae for the gift of YOU! Birthday blessings.

  5. Melanie

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for celebrating your day with us. I'm celebrating CREATIVITY – just ended a 4-day art workshop. You are such an inspiration, Kelly!

  6. Mary

    Hello, and Happy Birthday, enjoy your day and celebrate all through the weekend! Thank you for the joy your works brings us!

  7. Anonymous

    I am celebrating a PET scan with no visible signs of cancer from my neck down and an MRI that shows a 30% shrinkage of tumors in my brain. I have stage 4 melanoma cancer and was told in January that I have less than a year.
    Brenda O

  8. Unknown

    I am celebrating a new and exciting future!

  9. Mary Snyder-Vogel

    Happy day, Kelly Rae! Your birthday is a gift to us all! I celebrate you!

  10. Skin2glow

    Happy Birthday Kelly Rae! Today I celebrate YOU and all the beauty and possibilities you bring to the world! Thank You for inspiring me and so many others! XOXO

  11. Tracy Moser

    WhooHoo!! Celebrating my beautiful daughters 10 year birthday on Sat!!

  12. Cyndy Smith

    Birthday wishes & blessings, Kelly! I am celebrating that my daughter, husband, niece and I are leaving for Italy tomorrow, woo hoo!! I can't wait and am feeling so excited and fortunate to be going on this adventure.
    Cyndy Smith xoxo

  13. Holly

    Happy Birthday! Today I'm celebrating my secretary whom is retiring tomorrow! So sad but so happy for her! She is amazing!

  14. Patti Rae

    Happy Birthday, have the best day ever !

  15. helenheypottery

    I am celebrating birthing the pottery TEACHER in me! I have made pottery for 20 years but only this summer took a job teaching campers to make functional pieces with their own 2 hands. What a joy to discover a new side of myself here at 42 years young!

  16. Anonymous

    Becca T
    I'm celebrating the gift of four beautiful boys and that I have one week left before I enter into the next stage of life–total hysterectomy! Woohoo!

  17. Wendy D.

    Happy birthday, Kelly Rae — enjoy your special day! Today my "Hello Love" scarf arrived in the mail — I LOVE it!!! — Thank you!

  18. Giggles

    Have an amazing day, celebrate what makes you happiest in Kelly Rae fashion! All the best! Wishing you abundant joy and happiness, on your Birthday and all the days ahead!

    Hugs Giggles

  19. Saricjacobs

    Happy Birthday Kelly! I too am a June baby.. I just turned 40.

  20. Debra Hanes

    Have a gloriously beautiful Birthday!

  21. freedom45

    Best birthday wishes for you tomorrow sent from me in the UK. Loving all the words written in your last blog….just fab in every way. Thank you for being. my creative inspitation & introducing me to your creative friends along the way.Have a fun special day x

  22. Steph

    I turned 40 this year, and you know what? It's great! Happiest birthday to you (tomorrow). I've "known" you via blogging for wow – 7 years now! It's been wonderful to learn with you on your journey and mine.

  23. Nan

    Have the best day tomorrow and everyday Kelly!!! You give us LIGHT, both with your Art and your thoughts about the simple things of Life which are really THE MOST IMPORTANT!
    Thanks from the bottom of the heart!

  24. Karen

    What a beautiful post, Kelly Rae, Happy Birthday!


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Before I picked up my first paintbrush at the age of 30, I was a medical social worker. I followed my creative whispers, and today I’m an artist & Possibilitarian. I’m passionate about creating meaningful art and experiences that awaken and inspire our spirits.

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