2020 advice birthday motivation

45 Candles

Today is my birthday.


My 45th to be exact.

I’m ecstatic. It’s a new decade. It’s 2020. I’m alive. I’m blessed. I’ve missed you all so very much these last few months. I know that my writing was inconsistent. I was being pulled in many directions. I slacked off and lost focused so that I can be an ever present daughter and mom and still work.


However, I thought of each and every one of you often. I prayed for you and your families. I tell you that the blogging world is my family.

I survived 2019 and my goal in 2020 is to thrive. To be ever present. Ever grateful. Ever stronger. I am planning to win. I pray that you are too.


I learned that in 2019 that God has given me an internet family that I can call my own. I actually met two new internet friends in person last year.

But, before I get off topic, I wanted to share with you my #45 life lessons that I’ve learned along the way in honor of this awesome birthday:

  1. Life isn’t fair.
  2. Show up and show out.
  3. Be intentional.
  4. Love like there’s no tomorrow.
  5. Forgive yourself.
  6. Forgive others.
  7. Love yourself truly, madly and deeply.
  8. Believe.
  9. Have hope.
  10. Have faith.
  11. Make better choices.
  12. Leave if you want too.
  13. Leave if you need too.
  14. Choose you.
  15. Choose happiness.
  16. Release negative people.
  17. Release negative thoughts.
  18. Trust again.
  19. Get therapy.
  20. Set goals.
  21. Achieve your goals.
  22. Meditate.
  23. Protect your brand/name.
  24. Love again.
  25. Tell people you love them.
  26. Own your truth.
  27. Travel.
  28. Drink wine.
  29. Love what you do.
  30. Journal.
  31. Be willing to change.
  32. Pray.
  33. Take plenty of pictures.
  34. Smile often.
  35. Get a yearly check-up.
  36. Exercise occasionally. LOL.
  37. Drink water.
  38. Do what you want.
  39. Find your purpose.
  40. Write your own rules.
  41. Re-write your rules if you feel like it.
  42. Give freely.
  43. Dream often and in color.
  44. Survive.
  45. Thrive.


I got to be honest – this list was done at age 43 but I added the last two bullets because these were the most crucial lessons I’ve learned. My plans today are simple – take off a half day (yes, I’m working) and do what I want. Munch is taking me to dinner tonight and I’m super excited to spend that time with him.

I am thankful that you keep following this blog and I pray that you know that I am thankful for each and every one of you. I pray that you have an amazing 2020! Happy New Year loves!


Want to keep in touch? You can find me on social media at the following links: Twitter @mskeeinmd, Facebook page A Thomas Point of View and my Instagram page @mskeeinmd.


  1. My favorite is rewrite your own rules – I do that all the time. It makes sense. If you keep breaking the rules, maybe it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. Maybe there’s something wrong with the rules.

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