Posted by: Admin | June 30, 2012

Happy Birthday to us!

This weekend marks the 2nd anniversary of project50 and I’m thrilled that you’re all still with me! Two years ago I was “approaching 50 and dreading it” – now I’m “over 50 and loving it”. In fact, I will be 51 on Monday, so I assume that, when it comes to mid life crises, the worst is over. Tempting fate, maybe 😉

Last year we marked my birthday with a party, this year will be more low key, but boy, am I looking forward to it! A few days in Cornwall visiting daughter no2, good food, maybe a little sunshine and Frank Turner at the Eden project on Sunday night.

Celebrating 2 years of project50

How to celebrate the 2nd birthday of the blog? I’m in the process of collating some of the most popular blogposts which will be available as an e-book and possibly an actual physical paperback by the Autumn. The good thing with blogging is that it’s immediate, but that also means it’s ephemeral – once a post slips down the page it takes a dedicated reader to trawl through the archives. So look out for the launch of that.

The 50 Facing 50 Portrait Exhibition Project

The shooting phase of the 50 Facing 50 Portrait Exhibition Project is now almost at an end with the production of the book in the pipeline. It has been wonderful to meet and share time with so many of you and there are some very interesting ideas floating around for the Exhibition and how we can raise the profile of people in our age group who live active, interesting lives.

Living life to the full in our fifties

I love that so many of you have got on board and are helping me spread the word that life is for living, and that adverts for incontinence pads featuring women in their forties and insurance ads for funeral plans have nothing to do with us. We want adventure holidays, mountain bikes and running shoes, thanks very much!

We’re not interested in assisted living just yet, thanks!

When I started this blog, it was akin to a cry in the dark – is there anyone else out there who feels like this? Can anyone help me a shine a light onto this new phase of my life? Emphatically, yes, there was. Project50 readers hail from all over the world – this has become a global community of life-affirming individuals. You have inspired me and many others who are in that same dark place I was in all those months ago. Anyone reading this who is still there – stick with us. You too may find inspiration in the stories shared and discussions aired here on the blog where we truly are “Celebrating Life’s Next Adventures”! Join in in any way you find comfortable. There are exciting times ahead. x

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