Finding 50

First of all I want to say THANK YOU – thank you to all of you who left such sweet and wonderful comments on my birthday.  I can’t tell you how much they meant to me.  The thought of turning fifty was a hard one for me – harder than actually turning fifty because you all made it so fun!

You see I woke up on my fiftieth birthday to this..

Finding 50 Day One

This was the view out my front door as I came downstairs that morning.  I think it was God’s way of saying “Happy Birthday Leigh Anne, 50 is going to be beautiful!”

And then I had an idea.

Sometimes my ideas are a little dangerous, my friends and family have been known to shake and tremble when I say those words, “I’ve got an idea!”

But this idea is a good one, I promise.

I have decided that each day of my 50th year (I guess technically it is my 51st) I am going to find the pretty in being 50.  Each Saturday or Sunday I will share with you through photographs the pretty I found in being 50 that week.  So not only will I be Finding 50 but I will be finding the pretty in being 50!

One of my goals for this year is to improve my photography and I have signed up for a photography class so this will be a great way for me to practice for the class too.

I hope you enjoy sharing my little journey of Finding 50!  Invite your friends to follow along.

Here’s my first week of Finding 50!

January 7 – Day 1

My birthday sunrise.

Finding 50 Day One

You get two pictures today because it was my birthday!

Lovely salt and pepper shakers from the restaurant where  girlfriends took me to lunch for my birthday.

Finding 50 Day One

January 8 – Day 2

Birthday tulips from a friend, my favorite flowers.

Finding Fifty - Day 2

January 9 – Day 3

My new artwork!  “We tend to seek happiness, when happiness is actually a choice.”

Finding 50 Day 3

January 10 – Day 4

Saturday morning breakfast at Mother’s Bistro.  What is prettier and cheerier than a yellow teapot.  Perfect for morning tea!

Finding 50 Day 4

Finding 50 Day 4

I hope you enjoyed my first week of Finding 50!

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Lisa from PA says

    Happy belated birthday, Leigh Anne! The 50’s aren’t so bad; look at it kind of like getting your second wind! After becoming a widow at 35 with two small children, I finally remarried at 50 and we’re having a blast! Things aren’t always easy (we are currently both unemployed), but we still have so much to be joyful about and absolutely feel blessed! I think at our age you see more clearly what is truly important. Looking forward to your photos and best of luck with your photography class!

    • says

      I first saw the print in Ballard Design catalog, then at a friend’s house and then I found it on sale at Cost Plus World Market in Portland – they are a national chain though. I LOVE it!!

  2. says

    What a great idea, Leigh Anne! I’m more convinced than ever that it is how we THINK about things that make them so…

    Have you ever read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning? I read it when I was just 40, recently widowed, my husband and son having just died as a result of a fire in our home. I wasn’t sure I wanted to reach age 50. I came across a sentence that made all the difference to me, taught me that it was how I thought about things. ‘We who’ve lived in a concentration camp can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last pieces of bread. They offered proof that anything can be taken from man but the last of the human freedoms; to choose one’s attitude in any set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

    You’ve just proven that, Leigh Anne. You looked at the morning in a new way. Your way of thinking MADE it a great day! I found that it was my choice when I saw a little guy with a baseball cap, his mitts hanging from the handle bars, riding his bike down the street I could CHOOSE whether I thought about Keith lying in his hospital bed, breathing his last breaths, or the thousand times I hadn’t been a perfect mother, or one of the the time when he was 2 1/2 he kept saying that the pet turtle we were looking for (for three hours) was up on the garage roof…and yep, he was right. He’d thrown it up there. You guessed it. If I thought about the latter, I got a chuckle out of it. A happy memory.

    I’ve read Gift of the Sea at every decade. Highly recommend the re-reading – I’ve gotten something new each time.

    Make it a great day!


  3. says

    Oh, the turtle was safely ensconced inside my potholder mitt! I finally noticed it as I stood peeling potatoes and glanced out the window toward our detached garage. He proudly said, “I told you!”

  4. Valerie H. says

    Hi Leigh Anne~

    That sunrise on your birthday was beautiful and encouraging! :-)

    I think it’s great that you’re taking a photography class. Your pictures that you post are always great by the way. My husband Steve, loves taking pictures of nature mostly. Here is his website link for some inspiration:

    I am looking forward to your “Finding the Pretty at 50″ in photography.
    I think it really helps us all to focus on the good and positive things that
    God put on this earth for each of us to enjoy. How many time do we just
    by pass things of beauty because we are rushing to and fro? Can’t wait to
    see what you are seeing through your camera lens.
    Valerie H.

  5. Laurie says

    Gorgeous!! As I have gotten older I find I do appreciate more in life. Gratitude brings happiness and joy. It gives us a clear, rational perspective. I have been secretly wishing I had a better camera (maybe for my 50th!). What knd of camera do you use? Where did you learn about choosing the right one?

  6. Anne says

    Leigh Anne!

    I am still excited about seeing your whole family at your birthday!! I am glad Jim included us. This is a beautiful idea! I love it! Do you think it would work for a 57 year old?!!
    It was fun to meet Kathy Keathly and to see Cathy S. Good to see you. Enjoy every minute of the 50’s! They’re great!

  7. says

    Leigh Anne…being a January girl myself and being a few years ahead of on the turning 50 thing I will agree that the hardest part of turning 50 WAS the actual thought.
    I love your idea..can’t wait to see more.
    And just a little forewarning…turning 50 and beyond gives you or at least it did me a new found freedom in all areas..its amazing!

  8. Laurie says

    Leigh Anne, Happy Birthday and welcome to the 50 Club! I’m glad you chose to change your attitude about reaching a numerical point in your life and for seeing the pretty (positive). You are so inspiring and talented and I’m sure YOU will add pretty to the lives of everyone around you during this year.

  9. Linda M says

    Beautiful photos Leigh Anne—and a great idea to look for the Pretty in each day! I look forward to seeing your pictures :).

    p.s. yep, I would agree– turning 50 wasn’t as *bad* as the concept of turning 50. I rather think you’ll like it!

  10. Tamara says

    What an amazing adventure you are on–turning 50 and looking for all the pretty. Yes, there is a lot to behold, experience, and appreciate. We all will be blessed because of you “seeing the pretty.” THANKS!

  11. Kelly says

    Happiness is a choice, isn’t it?! Love your idea to look for the pretty in each day of your year. I’d love to improve my photography but the class I wanted to take was a bit out of my budget for right now. What class are you taking?

  12. Susan says

    Great pics! What a wonderful, upbeat attitude. Before we can find happiness in the world, we have to find it within! Sounds like you have accomplished that.
    Happy Belated Birthday!

  13. Amy says

    Can you tell I’m far behind on my blog reading (I just moved).
    Happy Belated Birthday. Loved this post, the pictures!

  14. Cheryl McCook says

    Just wanted to congratulate you on the birthday! And tell you the picture of the fruit is beautiful…so is the ‘slop jar’ you put them in. LOL! That’s southern for the pot you kept by the bed at night so you wouldn’t have to run outside to the outhouse. My DIL found one in a camper they bought and thought it was an antique bowl. She ran it through the diwhwasher and because I love antiques, she served her salad in her new bowl when we ate there a couple of days later. That was 14 years ago and she still hasn’t lived it down. Love you blog! Cheryl


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