1. L. E. Carmichael
    May 6, 2014 @ 8:00 am

    I turned 36 this year, and for the first time, I actually started to feel a little “old.” Part of the problem is that I work at a university writing centre, so I spend my days surrounded by people who are not yet legally entitled to drink (and I’m old enough to be their mom).

    On the other hand, I’m in the best physical shape of my life (popping joints not withstanding) and I not only know what I want, but how to get it. And I’m old enough to realize that life is too short to waste time on people and activities and things that might try to stand in my way. So… yay?

    That book cover is stunning, by the way. 🙂


    • alicamckennajohnson
      May 7, 2014 @ 7:25 am

      See I need to be more focused on my future and what I have instead of looking behind me 🙂 Thank you!


  2. Kim Barton
    May 6, 2014 @ 8:05 am

    First, I LOVE the new book cover! I’m going through some of the same struggles as you, and when I get into a funk about what I haven’t accomplished…YET!…I remind myself to think of all that I have done. We are now on the downhill side of raising kids and I think we are evaluating our lives based on what we haven’t done rather than on what we have done. The kids take care of themselves now so it’s easy to forget how demanding they were for so many years. Our lives revolved around our children.

    You have accomplished a lot, Alica! Just writing and finishing ONE novel is a huge accomplishment, and you have written three. And you have done all this while raising two kids and working at a demanding job. I have nothing but respect for you!


    • alicamckennajohnson
      May 7, 2014 @ 7:24 am

      *hugs* you are so sweet, this made me cry, thank you so much for your support and love!


  3. Jordan L. Hawk
    May 6, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    Love the cover! And no, you shouldn’t act like a “grown up” now. Take Neil Gaiman’s advice. 😉

    By coincidence, 40 was the year I went in a new direction. It had nothing to do with turning 40, but other factors. The hubs and I started our healthy lifestyle, I rediscovered my love for writing, worked hard on cutting negativity out of my life, and wrote my first m/m. I’m way happier and more fulfilled than I ever was in my 20s or 30s. It’s never too late! 😀


    • alicamckennajohnson
      May 7, 2014 @ 7:23 am

      Thank you! So far everyone seems to love 40, so I’m ready, feeling charged up, and lacing up my shoes for the awesome to come!


  4. Jordan L. Hawk
    May 6, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    Here is a really fabulous comic on the subject that I found inspiring, BTW: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2722


  5. Stephanie Beavers
    May 6, 2014 @ 9:15 am

    You’re you. Do what you want. 😉 The way I see it, you can make yourself happy or you can try to please everyone and please no one.


  6. heathermama
    May 6, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

    40 wasn’t, but 33 was. and girl, get over yourself! why do you need to change who you are just because you are 40?? if you don’t like something then work on that, but if you like it… keep on! happy birthday dear friend!


  7. Diana Beebe
    May 6, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

    Happy Birthday! And don’t let the number fool you. Have fun and be you. 😀


  8. alyson108
    May 6, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

    The 40s are incredible. Welcome!! No, don’t give away anything that is you. Now it is time to she’d only (and all of) what is not. 🙂

    I’m recently 46.
    At 40 I found a new career, one I thought I’d give my next 20 years to–and it was a wild, tumultuous ride that I gave myself over to. Learned much.
    At 43 I took a wild leap, following my heart and spiritual passions–and left that job, woot!!
    At 44 I fell deeply and profoundly in love with my heart’s true mate.
    At 45 I found my new job which allows me to express my skills and learning (from all my previous careers), while still having time and energy to pursue the creative dream I took the wild leap for at age 44. Wow!
    At 46, babies came for me. My two baby nieces moved to my town, and now I’m learning how to have family life . None of these things arrived in my 20s. Or in my 30s. Only in the 40s has my life begun to truly bloom. All the joys and dramas and excitements before had their happinesses (& griefs and losses and love), yet the true expression of my life as it has always wanted to express itself is only just now beginning. At 46. Wow.
    40s are awesome. Happy birthday!!! Welcome. Congratulations on crossing over. 🙂 May this decade be crazily deep and loving, happy and expansive, expressive and enlightening for you–for your happiness abd for the great benefit of us all!! 🙂 Go 40s! Rah rah yeah!


    • alicamckennajohnson
      May 7, 2014 @ 7:18 am

      WOW! I hope my forties are as amazing as yours have been!! Thanks Alyson for the inspiration!


  9. aprylkrysten
    May 13, 2014 @ 9:35 am

    I love the cover! So pretty! 🙂


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