The Day I Turned 40

As I write this, it has been 13 days since I turned 40 and I still do not feel like I am 40. I do not think I have my parents’ wisdom when they were at this age. My parents had everything in control at 40. I feel like I am still wading though life and trying to figure out what I want to do more in life. Adulting is hard.

Even with all the uncertainties I face, there is one thing I am sure I am going to do with my life. I am going to enjoy every minute of it. I am thankful for everything I have. When I think about it, I may look like the loneliest girl in the world: single, orphan, no siblings, no child, no better half. However, God had already blessed me with wonderful parents that all the love they gave me were more than enough to help me survive life without them. I have aunts who stood as my second parents, cousins that treat me like a big sister and friends who support me with all the love and care . It does not matter if they are near or miles away. I never feel alone. Thank you, God! I could not ask for anything more.

With all these blessings, I could not let my birthday pass without a little celebration. We had a simple dinner at home. I invited my friends and relatives over and I am glad they came.

My journal is now filled with happy memories.

The celebration was a family effort. My aunts prepared the house. This meant a lot of cleaning and rearranging.

I also baked my own cake.

My cousin, Baby, helped me bake cupcakes.

Lani came to cook shrimps, sweet and sour fish and dinuguan. My cousin, Alan, arrived early to help with the preparations. My cousin, Arvin, ran errands for me. These people made my life easier so as a reward, I will not subject them to such work every year. No birthday dinner like this next year. Hehe!

My friends made this day special, too. Aside from their presence, I got wonderful gifts to treasure. I got another poem from Wela. She already wrote a poem for me 2 years ago and now, I got another one. Here is what she wrote:

Happy 40th birthday Kat,
For this you deserve a pat,
For being a true friend to hold,
And for letting God make you into His mold.

We your friends are so much thankful,
For giving us someone who is soulful,
Not someone whom we cannot count on,
But one who is always there to rely on.

One who is artistic and also creative,
Intelligent and at the same time innovative,
What more can we ask for and search?
You’re always there and easy to reach 

So on this special day that you were born,
A prayer is sent your way not to make you cry ‘popcorn’, 
But to let you know how much you’re appreciated,
For all the things you’ve done and orchestrated.

May you live a harmonious life,
Praying that one day you’ll become a wife,
To a man who is well-deserving,
Of your gifts and unconditional loving.

For the mean time here’s hoping for good health,
May you be blessed with more friends and wealth,
Overcome every trial that comes your way,
Be grateful for all the things that you receive each day.

We lve you! 

Isn’t that beautiful?

Wela and I.

My friends also planned a little video presentation. The funny thing is that I knew all along that they were going to do this. One friend told me about it beforehand because he thought it was funny that they had a problem who will edit the video since I am always the designated editor for videos. It was funny to see how my friend, Ernelyn, wiggled her way into borrowing my laptop so she could play the video that was sent to her messenger. She said she needed to finish something for work. Ha! A lame excuse but it was an endearing gesture.

Here is the video made by my cousin, Bong. Yes, they got Kuya Bong to create a video for them. The awesome thing is that he was able to get in touch with my high school friends. I was only expecting video messages from our common friends. Like the poem, I will also treasure this video.

And the celebration did not end there. My friends who missed my birthday came two days after to celebrate with me.

A week after, I got this package from Grace.

I feel loved.

I am looking forward to my 40’s. Life begins again and it looks great from where I am now. I am beaming with gratitude and happiness. For those who feared turning 40 soon, it ain’t bad!

Reasons Why You Should Wear Sunscreen Every Day

At some point or another, everyone has heard about the damage the sun can do to your skin if it isn’t protected. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States where one in five people get diagnosed annually. If this isn’t reason enough to slap on some sunscreen before going outside, there are many more reasons why wearing it each day is important. There are many types of sunscreens to choose from such as lotions, sprays and roll-on applicators. If you are the type to care about the environment, there are also reef-friendly sunscreen options to order now on sites like www.coralisles.com. Below are some extra reasons beyond the obvious why everyone needs to wear sunscreen.

Cancer Risks

Like stated earlier, sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect yourself outside against getting skin cancer. The protection is needed for more than just sunny days spent outside by the pool or at the beach. People can develop skin cancer being outside when it is rainy or cloudy out as well.

Youthful Appearance

A lot of sun exposure over the years can really damage your skin and hurt an otherwise youthful appearance. Ultraviolet exposure from the sun’s rays is the top cause of premature aging to the face. If you wear sunscreen each day, you will slow down the process of developing wrinkles and leathery skin.

UVB Protection

Unfortunately, it is a fact that our ozone layer is starting to deplete rather quickly. An unfortunate downside to this is that we are no longer as protected from the harmful UVB rays from the sun’s light. The ozone is what is supposed to absorb these rays before they reach the surface of the earth. As the ozone continues to deplete, the importance of wearing sunscreen to protect us from these rays continues to grow.

Even Skin Tone

In addition to skin exposure causing premature aging, wrinkles and leathery skin, it can also cause uneven skin tone. Wearing a good sunscreen on a regular basis can help keep the formation of brown spots and skin discolorations from forming on your face and other areas of your body exposed to the sun often.

Sunburn Protection

One of the main reasons why many people wear sunscreen is to keep them from getting a sunburn. A sunburn can be really painful and cause an unpleasant redness to the skin. It is also very annoying once the burn begins to peel and itch. Two other sun related health issues that can arise from too much exposure to the sun is heat exhaustion and heatstroke. When you combine wearing sunscreen along with other precautions such as drinking plenty of water you will be able to avoid these issues. Failure to avoid them can lead to things like muscle cramps, nausea and even brain damage in some cases.

It is never too late to start taking safety precautions with regards to sun exposure. It can save you from many damaging effects including melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen and taking other safety steps outside is a good way to set an example for kids as well. Making your health and safety a priority will show them the importance of it as well.

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