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Hurrah At Last I am 50!

Gosh made it. So pleased. Does it feel good? Well I feel good but it’s weird thinking that there is a high chance that half of my life is over. Better make the rest of it count.

I haven’t thought too much about this blog entry but off the top of my head here are some starters for ten…


1 That I am healthy as far as I am aware
2 That I have had so much fun, possibly too much at times.
3 That I have had about four careers spanning advertising, social insights research, retail marketing and management, executive coaching. And haven’t done too badly in them
4 Even though it was only for 18 years I had a Mother who stressed the importance of loving myself (much to my older sisters’ consternation who thought she had created a monster) and who helped me see the world in holistic spiritual terms
5 That I have travelled widely
6 That I found my turangawaewae – Great Barrier Island
7 That my Dad and my sisters and I are still all so close and see each other all the time
8 That I had kids, despite them cramping my style on many occasions
9 That I am still married and seemed to have made this unnatural social contruct called marriage work – (see top regret)
10 That I still have so much I want to do


1 That I didn’t buy another house down the road so when Luke annoys me he can just go and live there for a while
2 That I didn’t keep up my hour a day yoga practice of my teens. I am now scrambling to reinstate this
3 That I didn’t save 10% of my salary as a practice
4 That I didn’t go to university after school and study things I was generally interested in. I may as well have started my career at 25 vs 18, It made no difference. I am now planning uni for interest sake at 50.
5 That I didn’t force Mum to speak to me in Japanese. My skills are conversational for travel purposes at best.
6 That I came back to NZ from London just short of the time needed to grant me a British Passport
7 Gosh I don’t have any other regrets.
8 Oh there are a couple of guys I could have done without sleeping with. But I hardly remember them… in point….
9 And maybe I shouldn’t have opened that extra bottle of Pinot last night
10 And maybe I ate too much chocolate as well

Today I am a preparing a bucket list which I will publish next week.

I am 50, I am alive, I am happy.

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17 Responses to “Hurrah At Last I am 50!”

  1. Clare
    April 26, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Congratulations and welcome to the fabulous 50′s. While l was in denial for a while , your site and blogs have made me re think, try new music and look forward to a new career. I raise a glass you you
    nifty fifty

    • sandy
      April 26, 2013 at 11:42 am #

      thanks Clare. MUST CATCH UP!!! sxx

  2. andi
    April 26, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    Rock on sista!
    Happy Birthday –
    love the Melbourne crew.


    • sandy
      April 26, 2013 at 11:43 am #

      Miss you!

  3. donna corbel
    April 26, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Well hey ho, oh wise and beautiful one, thanks so much for turning 50 before me, I will be eternally grateful haha! Have the best of the best babalicious you deserve it, you are a true star – love dons xo

    • sandy
      April 26, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      thanks Donna xxx

  4. Shona
    April 26, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Happy Birthday Sandy from GBA, it’s spectacular today.
    Love Shona, Drew and Rachy

    • sandy
      April 26, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      see you soon!!xx

  5. Kirsty
    April 26, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    You’re an inspiration and most of all you rock! Have a fabulous day Sandy! xxx

    • sandy
      April 26, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      thanks doll

  6. Victoria Harvey
    April 26, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Happy Birthday Gorgeous. You make it all look so easy!!xx

    • sandy
      April 26, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      Followed YOUR lead…

  7. Selena
    April 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Happy Birthday Sandy – hope you’re having a great day, first of your six months of celebration. See you soon. Selena

  8. Christine Cornick
    April 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Sandy you are a legend and a treasured friend and mentor! Were you really close to getting a British passport?!

    I love your gratitudes and regrets! And have loved the times we’ve discussed all of them at length over bottles of wine……

    By the way your AMAZING friends don’t seem to be in your ‘most glad of’ list – I’m sure that’s just an oversight – you may be having your first ‘senior’ moment…. Anyway, you’re in my top 10…. Enjoy your day. I dragged my 50th celebrations over 4 months and 2 continents – try to at least match me and preferably beat me. Big hugs xxxx

  9. Sandra
    April 29, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Belated birthday wishes to one of the wisest grounded woman I know!! :-) Enjoy the next century being the person you set out to be. Lots of love and hugs xxx

    • sandy
      May 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

      thanks shucks xxx

  10. Petra
    May 7, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    You rock – happy belated/continued birthday.
    Thanks for sharing – you’re list has made my day and I’m gonna get my niece to read it = wisdom and wit within!
    Hugs and see you soon. xx