I’m 50 Bitches!

IMG_3378Today marks my milestone birthday – the one you know that will eventually arrive but most of us are conditioned to believe it will be the end of the world as we know it! Not me. I plan on wearing this shirt all day to let everyone know I have arrived.

YES. YES. YES. I’m Fifty and Fabulous. Today. March 23. Born in 1966. 5:41 p.m. ET, Cardinal Aries Fire Sun and Moon Sign (that explains a lot if you know anything about astrology like I do). My birthday is also known as the Day of Curiosity. My Chinese Zodiac sign is the Horse – characterized as active, energetic, kind, rational, optimistic sentimental and straightforward.

My Numerology Life Path is the Number 3. (this one is a little too ironic)

If your life path number is 3, creativity and superior communication skills are your strong suits. You are a true innovator in areas of writing, acting, and public speaking. You aren’t afraid to address a crowd. You are confident in your words, your appearance and your ability to convey a message in the most effective way. Your attitude is very positive, even effervescent, and you are the forever optimist. You enjoy connecting with people and your friendliness is completely genuine. You make it easy for people to trust you.

The world is not ending for me because today I turned the big 5-0. I expect it to be a great decade!!

Why?

I spent my twenties grinding- always climbing the corporate ladder, working hard to impress people I didn’t even like or respect. My only focus was to launch my career, make my mark, be recognized and respected, make as much money as humanly possible, chase success and travel the world. I will say it was a very exciting, adventurous and interesting decade and by the way, the mission was accomplished.

In my thirties, I started my own company and then God gave me the “greatest gift of all” – the blessing of motherhood and being able to feel and experience the “deepest” love imaginable. After grinding for 13 years as a full–time career girl, it suddenly became a much lower priority. I spent my thirties still working of course, but my #1 priority was raising my son. I was a single mom from Day 1 and it wasn’t always easy, but I never do anything the easy way. It was a very, very special decade for me.

In my forties, my prince charming arrived. It took a little while but God really did an amazing job this time and orchestrated a happenstance meeting. That would prove to be the beginning of a new chapter with the true love of my life. My husband and I are best friends, business partners, lovers and soul mates. Most couples could not stand to be with each other all the time, but that’s what we prefer. Work hard and play hard 24/7.  I married him 30 days after my 40th birthday and we will celebrate 10 years of marriage next month. I loved my 40’s and I am closing this decade out feeling very happy, loved, appreciated and grateful.

Now I enter this new unknown abyss. Bahahahahaha!

What is next for this 50 year old?

Well, I have been noticing some signs that have been put in front of me. First, it was 3 random phone calls from 3 different people last summer all asking me to get back on stage and do some speaking again after a 4 year hiatus.

Then, someone walked up to me one day in October and said I needed to meet someone he knew. He set up an introductory meeting. It turns out she advises billionaires, celebrities, and people you see on the news everyday- and I mean every single day. I could not for the life of me understand why she wanted to meet with me, much less work with me?

Over 3 months, she told me things that I couldn’t recognize about myself — telling me “Gina, you can’t read the label when you are inside the bottle.” She got me to understand what my true life purpose is.

And then, I got a unique birthday card from my dear friends Michelle and Rick this past weekend.  Another sign! When I started reading it, I was freaking out because it was everything the other person told me for the past 6 months!

Call me crazy —but all these arrows are pointing to the same damn thing. I’m starting to get a clue. This is the card in the deck of 52 that is assigned to my birthday.

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So there you have it! Mental Mastery. Five different people have given me signs over the past year. I imagine that now that I have acquired and earned the wisdom of 50 years on planet earth, I am being encouraged to share what I know through my writing and speaking.

Today is the beginning of a new chapter. Not only have I joined a very exclusive club of very wise “50 some things” but I am excited about the next 10 years.

It’s empowering! I don’t care about impressing people like I did when I was in my 20’s. I am proud of the way I sacrificed to be the best mom I could be when I was in my 30’s. I achieved true love, happiness and success in my 40’s. I know who my real friends are now. I don’t feel bad saying no to the people and the things I have no interest in. I don’t care what people think. I’m fine not being a size 4 anymore. I don’t obsess about what I eat and drink. I get a tan and don’t care that I get another wrinkle. I listen to 70’s and 80’s songs every day and belt out every word. I buy what I want. I say what I think. I don’t worry about being politically correct. I help people who inspire me. I love inspiring people.

I’m ready to go. Got lots to say. Got lots to share.

And, I really like the fact I represent the King of Clubs in a deck of cards! That’s just funny to me… especially if you just attended my EPIC birthday bash in Las Vegas with 25 of my Peeps last weekend. We were definitely the king of clubs—–night clubs, that is.

So between my advisors, my Sun and Moon signs, my Numerology number, my Chinese zodiac sign and my King of Clubs card, I pretty much know what I’m supposed to be doing this decade! Looking forward to sharing some wisdom!

Cheers to being 50 and Fabulous! Happy Birthday to me!

Love, Gina.

 

 

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I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR

Lion roaring, sitting, Panthera Leo, 10 years old, isolated on white

Did it really start for me in 1972? My mindset, that is?

I was just 6 years old and in the second grade at Nayatt Elementary School in Barrington, RI and I just loved to sing. This is going to freak some of you out, but I knew every word to Neil Sedaka’s “Laughter in the Rain” and “Sad Eyes” and Diana Ross’s “Baby Love” and “You Can’t Hurry Love” and I had all the dance moves just like the Supremes.   In fact, my earliest childhood dream that I can recall was my absolute desire “to be” DIANA ROSS.

I dreamt about being on stage, with a microphone, singing, wearing a long sparkly gown, a feather boa, with diamonds everywhere, with big hair and lots of glamour. I loved her.

I would take my parent’s record albums to school, go outside for recess and practice singing songs and learning the lyrics. I would do that instead of playing on the swing sets or playing marbles in the dirt (yes we played that back then). There was one particular singer that I became totally obsessed with. It was Helen Reddy, considered the Queen of 70’s POP.   Her new pop song, “I Am Woman” was the hottest song on the radio, and I knew every single word by heart.

When I learned Mrs. Collins, who was my second grade teacher, would allow the class to have “show and tell” on Friday’s, I decided that I would share my melodious voice with my classmates. I sang “I am Woman” with no fear, because I was completely competent and that gave me the confidence to do it. Why? Because I practiced singing the song a million times privately before I felt ready to sing it publicly. Back then I am not sure I really understood the meaning of the song, but I knew it by heart.  My husband always tells me I am the most prepared person he has ever met. I am. It has served me well. I never wing it. #preparation #confidence #competence

Recently I spoke at an event about this concept – Competence before Confidence.   Whatever you decide to tackle in life or business, preparation and practice is the key. Confidence will come with repetition. Do it bad enough times to get good at it. Repeat. Refine. Replicate. 

Fall, Get up. Fall no more.

But back to the song….  What really impacted me was recently reviewing the lyrics to the song, which I belted out at the top of my lungs in the second grade in front of all my friends and classmates.

Was I making a statement back then?  Did this song empower me at age 6? Would this become my unspoken mantra throughout the rest of my life? I can tell you this, I do represent every single word in this song.

For those of you who are my age….you will remember the song and you probably know all the words too!

I AM WOMAN

I am woman, hear me roar

In numbers too big to ignore

And I know too much to go back an’ pretend

’cause I’ve heard it all before

And I’ve been down there on the floor

No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

Chorus

Oh yes I am wise

But it’s wisdom born of pain

Yes, I’ve paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to, I can do anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

You can bend but never break me

’cause it only serves to make me

More determined to achieve my final goal

And I come back even stronger

Not a novice any longer

’cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul

Chorus

I am woman watch me grow

See me standing toe to toe

As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land

But I’m still an embryo

With a long long way to go

Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes I am wise

But it’s wisdom born of pain

Yes, I’ve paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to I can face anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

Oh, I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

Fade

I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

I am woman

For all my young fabulous female followers, you should all Watch the Performance! There is nothing you can’t do.   #girlpower #ladyboss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZMZ7_w4RDM

Love Gina

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