Celebrating our Independence!

Happy July, everyone! I can hardly believe that here we are already, in the middle of the summer…yikes! Can we slow life down, please?

On July 1st, I turned 60. Now, there’s a milestone! Every “decade” birthday has been a turning point in my life. Always for the good. I expect it will be the same this time around. I was 30 when I started Women’s Edition, and it has been such a great experience in my life. This business has allowed me such great opportunities to meet so many amazing people, business owners and readers alike. Where has the time gone?

I’ve had a lot of friends ask how it feels to reach this “milestone.” I laugh and tell them, “Well, it’s like my late father, Big Al, always said…it’s better than the alternative!” Everyone says that age is just a number, and that is so true. I have known many people who were “old” already at age 40 or still “young” at age 90. I’m excited about the future and what it’s going to bring…not only in my life, but in the lives of those I love. I have two beautiful granddaughters, and it’s so much fun to watch them grow up!

I have learned so much through Women’s Edition, and now with my restaurant/bar Bricks & Mortar Bar and Bistro. I’m beginning to understand that learning is what makes life interesting, challenging, and rewarding. Last night, a close friend said, “I’m going to ask the ‘Janet’ questions…are you having any fun?” I thought about it and then answered: “Some of the time.” This was an honest answer. My goal used to be to answer “Always!” For years, that was an honest answer. The problem? I wasn’t learning much. With the bar, I’ve been forced to learn all kinds of new things—which makes me grow! I know so much more today than I did even two years ago. It’s all good. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks! LOL!

Hope you all have a great 4th of July. It’s on a Saturday this year, so many of us will get a three-day weekend. Make it count! We’ll talk next month.

Positive Thought of the Month

“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”
—Robert Frost


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