Today one of my very BEST friends is celebrating a very important and special Birthday!
Janell Beals of the oh so popular blog, Isabella and Max Rooms, is celebrating her 50th birthday today!!! First of all, can you believe that??? This woman is one foxy lady (trust me I know!).
For weeks I’ve been wondering what to get her. I mean really, what do you get someone for a birthday this special? A J.Crew gift card? Personalized stationery? Flowers? I couldn't think of anything to give her that I thought was worth giving. Janell has been my blogging friend since day one (over two years ago), she has been a great confidant, teacher, and most recently boss! We toss idea’s back and forth, I trust her with everything…EVERYTHING! She is never too busy to respond to me regardless of how unimportant the situation is. She is a good listener, advice giver and receiver. She is fabulous in her own right… Seriously, she has done things that I use to feel were only dreams of mine, but now I believe and know that they are possible.
She is going to kill me for telling this story, but here goes (She is across the country for goodness sake!)
When I first met her in New York last year, I remember her being very worried about her age. So right before bed, we were talking and she brought it up again. She said, “you know, I’m probably older than your mom”. I was like okay Janell, that’s a stretch, but how old are you? She said 49. She said 49 and she went on and on about how she was nervous to meet everyone else because we all were probably younger than she was. The entire time she was talking, I was thinking “This is so cool!”. How cool is that for a 27 year old to inspire to be just like this soon to be 50 year old! From the beginning I have always said I wish I was her! I also have always said that 50 has to be fabulous (especially after watching Oprah celebrate her 50th birthday). Janell is one of those bloggers that can give you a run for your money. I mean seriously, I am now 28 and I don’t think I can keep up with her!
Janell, I haven’t found you a gift that I think is worthy of giving, but until then, will you accept a Thank You or two or three?!
Thank You for being my friend
Thank You for always lending me your ear
Thank You for giving me a chance to work with you
Thank You for always believing in me
Thank You for being that shoulder to cry on even though you’re far away
Thank You for being an inspiration
Thank You for being my only non family follower for months
Thank You for sharing your wisdom
Thank You for being you and showing us that 50 is fabulous as long as you want it to be!
With all of that being said,
Happy 50th Birthday
I love you girl!