Today is my birthday. My 39th birthday. Which means that my husband has exactly 365 days to plan a really kick ass 40th birthday party. But no pressure. Originally I thought that today would consist of me hosting Daytime Ottawa again, but we all know that didn’t happen, and I’m ok with that.
Yesterday, as my family and I went to a local apple orchard to go apple picking we drove past an old, beat up convertible that was for sale on the side of the road. I’m kind of like a child in that I have always wanted a convertible – don’t care the make or model or colour, I've just always wanted to have one. My husband commented that on my 40th birthday he would buy me a convertible, because he has a feeling that these next 365 days – the days that will make up my 40th year, will be full of only good things. After giving me the ‘awwww, I love you’ look, I have to say, I agree with him.
When I chose to stay home to raise my kids, almost 10 years ago, I would have never believed that I would be doing what I’m doing today. I have had the most amazing summer, met the best people, and did it all while watching my incredible kids grow. And I’m not ashamed to tell you I was a little taken aback when I found out I didn’t make the top 4 for the co-host position. Not because I think that the ladies who did weren’t worthy but because I thought I really was. Truth is, Rogers will be lucky to have any of those ladies as their co-host and whoever gets the job will be wonderful at it – I just wanted it to be me. And I’m ok telling you I wanted it to be me.
But it isn’t me, and I can’t help but think that’s because there is something bigger and better around the corner. Good things don’t come to people because they are lucky, good things come because you work hard. When I first met Erica Ehm I told her – I want my own show – and while that might have been a bit presumptive or cocky, I think even Erica would tell you, I work my butt off to make things happen. Nobody will hand you opportunities, it is up to you to make those opportunities happen.
So in this, the last year of my thirties, I pledge to make more opportunities happen. To continue to put myself out there and to learn and work hard and create opportunities. I am lucky to have such a talented and supportive group of women to watch and emulate while I do it, and I am proud to know that there are other women out there who are inspired by what I do. And I will never stop working hard.
So on this day, next year, I plan on being in Vegas starting my day the same way I will end it, surrounded by my husband, my friends, and of course, Champagne while reflecting on what an amazing year it has been. And maybe there will be convertible.
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