Friday, May 9, 2014

Older & Wiser and What I Know For Sure

I am officially a month and two days away from being 40 years old.  I'm making 40 a big deal, because it just feels like a big deal.  Call it a milestone or a mid-life something, whatever it is, it feels big to me.  

This past Sunday when I went on stage to read my story at LTYM, I felt so damn good.

I mean I felt like I was home.  

The pictures are from the fabulous, creative genius Jarrad Henderson who was our photographer for the LTYM event.  And now our friend for life.  Check him out at
I felt more comfortable on stage than I do at any family party or PTA anything.  It was a really wonderful feeling that left me cursing my younger self.  Why hadn't I been a part of the drama club in high school?  I could have found my comfort zone and my people waaaaay before mid-life dammit.  

But here's the thing, being one month and two days away from 40 means I'm not just getting older, but I'm getting wiser too.  And I am wise enough to know that I wasn't ready until now, for so many things.  From parenting tweens to managing issues with my own mother to accepting my body and the fact that bouts of depression will creep into my life from time to time to taking the stage--I wasn't ready until now to deal, handle, accept, take on, appreciate or enjoy.  

Learning from mistakes, analyzing every god damn thing, relaxing about so much and just saying "fuck it" are all a part of the older/wiser thing.  

I look forward to 40 and tweens turning into teens and surviving the lows of life and appreciating joy and health and happiness.  I look forward to maybe getting on another stage or two before I'm 50 (because who knows what THAT milestone will be like).  I know for sure that I'm getting more and more comfortable in my skin and it feels sort of great.  

Here's what else I know for sure this week:

  • I may be old, but I still like the pop music that the teenagers are listening to.  I can't help it, I LOVE the Iggy Azalea song Fancy.  Here's the clean version (because yeah, I can't handle the explicit).  Oh my god, I love it.

  • Summer is almost here and I can't wait.  It was over 80 degrees yesterday and we had our first dinner on my beloved porch.  Woot! Woot!

  • I'm vlogging again. And yeah, I'm not afraid to vlog from the steps of the capitol building.  OR do my best Kevin Spacey from House of Cards impression.  Check it.  

  • Listen To Your Mother Detroit was a huge success.  For real.  Words like inspiring, life-changing, ahhhhhhmazing with six h's don't even do it justice.  Click here for my summary of the day.

Another great shot from Jarrad.
Check him out at

  • Oh yeah, Mother's Day is this weekend...and here's a video that has nothing to do with it.  Except that I LOVE it so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wishing everyone a happy Mother's Day.  What do you know for sure this week, right now?  Come on, we're friends, share what you know.  Leave a comment here or over on my Facebook page.

Come on over and play with me on Instagram- @Jumingwithmyfingerscrossed.

Want to hang out more? Subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me on Twitter @AngelaYBlood.


  1. I don't even know where to begin - I LOVE the picture of you on stage and the group shot is amazing as well!
    I am 42 and I can tell you 40+ is awesome, I'm loving it as well. I've had so many aha-moments and have felt so comfortable in my own skin it's almost scary. 40s FTW! xo

    1. Yeah, our photographer is an amazing artist. I'm so excited about my 40s. I'm ready to know more and be okay with knowing less and just relaxing into my skin a bit.

  2. 40 really does make you braver. At least in my experience.

  3. You are truly made for the stage, Angela!

    1. Thanks. Now I just have to go find one. Lol.

  4. Are we sharing a brain now? Because I just downloaded that for my running playlist this morning (maybe the explicit version.) Also Turn Down for What by DJ Snake & Lil Jon.

    You are amazing in so many ways. (There are more stages in your future, I know THAT for sure this week.)

    1. Our brains are very similar!:) I also enjoy Turn Dow for What and it happens to be Wade's favorite song right now. lol.

  5. I loved every word, every thought you shared.
    Go. Do. Be.
    That picture of you at the podium, arms out and ready...I can tell..that's ALL YOU.

    1. Thank you so much! I am so ready to go and do and be. :)

  6. Forty is definitely about time to be comfortable within our own skin. It happened to me, anyway. Love the pictures of you - and that Soul Train video was excellent. :)