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I’ve lived in several states like Texas, Maryland and Wisconsin but when I came out to California for college and met my husband in the Napa Valley I married him and never left!  I’m most proud of the three amazing kids I’ve managed not to screw up and I love seeing where life is taking them as they move into adulthood.  But other things that make me happy include running half-marathons, bike riding, and BBQ’s in the summer. 
 
Then there’s this whole radio thing – I’ve had such a great time connecting with the listeners and making their day by playing a great song, sharing relatable stories about what I’ve seen, heard or read and  especially being able to tell them they’ve won a fabulous prize from one of our contests!  Every day is unpredictable and I’m thankful we can experience our days together on Napa Valley’s Sauvignon Rock. 

Email me at cj@kvyn.com.

CJ Makes The Big Birthday Reveal

by CJ on THE VINE posted Oct 9 2013 11:43AM

Whereupon I Celebrate Turning ...

So I’ve been putting off writing this blog mainly because I promised ya’ll I’d confront the question of whether to confess my age on this, my birthday.  I don’t why it should be a big deal … the pressures of society, I suppose, that youth is to be celebrated and aging something to hide – or at the very least ignore.  Over the years I’ve found myself feeling some panic that there’s still something to prove before the end of my life, and I have so much yet to accomplish before even approaching the satisfaction of a life well-lived.  At the same time, my philosophy has always been that one can continue to achieve regardless of age – easier to sell to others, than to myself, I’ve discovered.  I think my feelings are probably pretty universal and so I’ve given myself the self-talk to set aside the insecurities that tell me I can’t continue to grow and thrive.  One of the strongest motivators is setting the example for my kids – I mean how can I tell them to go for it - to never let the attitudes of others define their opinions or influence them against pursuing the things they are most passionate about.  I remember thinking when my kids were young, that if I could just get them into adulthood, my job would be easier and I could kinda cruise through their 20’s and beyond.  I’ve come to realize that as parents, we are a role model for our kids for the rest of their lives … and ours.  That means that whenever I’m tempted to give in to the easier but less authentic choice, my kids are watching and may well form their own choices based on the strength or weakness they see in me.  Don’t get me wrong, I make mistakes, and they  definitely see them, but they also see how I handle the fall-out from those mistakes … so I’m never really off the hook.  It’s one of the beautiful but sometimes terrifying consequences of being a Mom.  So as I slog through writing this blog, I realize that the only honest thing I can do is to come out and unashamedly proclaim that today I’ve turned 55 … and no matter my age, there’s still life to be lived.

10/09/2013 11:43AM
CJ Makes The Big Birthday Reveal
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10/10/2013 10:50PM
CJ Makes The Big Birthday Reveal
Well said! And welcome to the club. I was told today that since I'm over 55, I'm a senior. I continue to hold to my own definition of the word, which is that a senior is anyone ten years older than I am, no matter how old I am! So, as they say, we're not getting older; we're getting better (and there are even some days that I believe it!) Blessings and joy to you on your birthday, and here's to the next 55 years!
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