Celebrating 50 Years Old (My Thoughts and Ideas)

Celebrating 50 is not easy– no way.

It’s more than a date, more than just another day.

It comes with jokes, it comes with fun. It not like 49 and it’s not like 51. 

Next thing you know, they’ll be singing to you. With 50 candles on the cake, there’s no time for feeling blue.

Chin up, make wish, blow them out and you’ll see; turning 50 is not hard, no way– it’s easy.

~written by Melanie Ferguson

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supplies needed to make a fun survival kit for celebrating 50 years old

  • Rubber Bands for flexibility
  • Sewing notions box for all the daily vitamins needed 
  • Sticky Notes to write down things before you forget them
  • Hot glue to help keep your mouth shut when you want to speak your mind
  • Glitter to cover up any imperfections
  • Marbles to replace the ones you lost
  • Paper clips to hold it all together
  • Tissue to dry your tears
  • Magic Eraser to remove any wrinkles
  • Confetti to throw around whenever you want
  • Googly eyes because your sight isn’t what it used to be
  • Crayons to keep things colorful
  • Chocolate of any kind is always a good thing

Supplies to make the birthday survival kit are HERE BELOW…

ideas for celbrating the big 5-0

  1. Whatever you do, don’t look back. 
  2. If you cannot help yourself; then only look back at the good, unless of course the bad taught you a lesson that you can share with someone else who needs it.
  3. Trust your gut.  You’ve earned this gift of somehow just knowing if something feels ‘right’ or feels ‘wrong’.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Lots of questions if needed in order to get exactly the answers you are looking for.
  5. Make a mess.
  6. Use your good China every day. Don’t ‘save’ things for a later.
  7. Love hard those around you. When you blink they will be gone.
  8. Get creative. Tap into your inner genius and let your imagination go. You have talent that deserves to be shared.
  9. Pray more. God always wants to hear from you and if you lean in… you just might hear Him, too!
  10. Cherish the innocence of your youth; recall it’s beauty and charm. Wrap yourself in forgiveness for whatever mistakes you’ve made in life and march forward with your head high, determined to end well.

50 whole years of being awesome

my thoughts on celebrating turning 50 years old

Turning 50 is a “Jubilee”. It is the “Golden” year. They say it’s a true turning point in life. Here are my thoughts on how to celebrate turning 50.

Life up until this point has been fast, full and fun. Honestly, I’m not sure where it went? How can 50 years already be gone? It makes you stop and think a little doesn’t it? Where are you in your journey of life? Is it speeding by for you too? I’m pretty sure I need to make some changes, even if they’re small, so that I can truly slow things down.

Ideas for slowing down at 50…

It’s never too late to start getting up early! I’m going to start setting an alarm again so that I can relish a few of those precious early morning hours that are so productive. Not in the way you would think… productive with relaxing without interruptions, sipping on coffee, reading my Bible and journaling my thoughts.

Getting up early requires going to bed early.  Ugh! This is my toughest challenge. I’m a night owl and an early bird! How can that even be a thing? Well, it is. I plan to set an alarm to go to bed! Yes, you read that right. I will be setting an alarm to shut everything down and go to bed at a decent hour, so that getting up early isn’t an issue. After all, nothing good happens after midnight!

Walking a mile a day may not seem like a huge deal; but for me, it’s a struggle to fit it in these days. I’m going to add a mile a day to my “special” time. 

Water is the cure for just about everything in life. It seems like I almost never drink enough of it.  I’m going to get creative to make sure I get what I need each day moving forward–afterall, it helps with wrinkles, too! 

These small things I’m hoping will make a huge impact on the next 50 years of my life; should I be blessed with them. 

Remember, when life doesn’t seem to be going your way, just smile… after all tomorrow is another day.

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138 Comments

  1. This is amazing. I love all of your ideas but this is by far my favorite!!! Happy birthday!!!!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you Shelley! Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Melissa Adams says:

    Happy Birthday!!!! Hope you have an amazing day! Thank you for all your amazing ideas and videos and smiles โ™ฅ

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and kind words!

  3. Van Voorst Janice says:

    Happy birthday kiddo

  4. Christy Chavez says:

    So very cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž Happ Happy Birthday ๐ŸŽˆ

  5. Janna Borelli says:

    Happy birthday and I love the poem!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much!

  6. Mary Norman says:

    Love all your ideas and thoughts I think so many of else feel this way. Age is a number live everyday to the fullest.

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you Mary! Those are words of wisdom!

  7. Mary Mandrigues says:

    50 is the best!!! Old enough to know better but young enough to have a whole lot of fun!!
    Happy 50th

    1. southerncrush says:

      So true! Thank you Mary!

  8. Kristine Lester says:

    Happy Birthday Beautiful ! Fifty looks great on you . Please share your beauty tips ? Thanks for the funny โ€œ emergency box โ€œ. Laughter looks good on all of us . โค๏ธ

    1. southerncrush says:

      LOL! I have zero beauty tricks! Sorry, my mom has amazing skin, so maybe that’s it!? You’re welcome for this survival kit idea! Thank you for the sweet compliments! I appreciate you!

  9. Gabrielle Prince says:

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday, enjoy every moment you have with your family and friends. Advice the 4 โ€˜Wโ€™s : Walk, Worship, Witness, Water, Every day. Blessing sweet sister!!!!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you Gabrielle! True words of wisdom!

  10. Theresa jones says:

    Happy Birthday Melanie

  11. JESSICA FLEMING says:

    Happy Birthday! Loved reading this! Nice ideas for any age.

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you very much!

  12. Susan Stieglbauer says:

    50 is the new 40 and I find I am as old as I mentally think I am and that changes daily!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ. You look like you love life and so keep thinking young!!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Will do Susan! Thanks for the kind thought!

  13. Miranda Nelson says:

    Happy Happy Birthday! Fifty and absolutely fabulous! So glad I found your page! Love it!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much Miranda!

  14. Vicky Elliott says:

    Love this I’ll be turning 60 so I love it

    1. southerncrush says:

      Glad you loved it Vicky!

  15. Beth Canales says:

    My birthday wish is that this COVID-19 virus begone and the world a better place to live.

  16. Happy 50th birthday! May ALL your wishes come true! May God bless you with many more happy and healthy years!โ™ฅ๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฅง๐Ÿช๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thanks Denine! Blessings and well wishes to you as well!

  17. Happy Birthday! Cute mug! Iโ€™m 54 so…so been there done that…and I survived! Thriving!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much Donna!

  18. Laraine Ryner says:

    Happy Birthday! I love following your Facebook page

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you Laraine! So glad you enjoy the page!

  19. Happiest of Birthdays! You look fantastic! You are never to old to learn, create, start over or be the Best You!! Enjoy your day!!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you Mary! You are too Kind!

  20. Ruth Safrit says:

    love the survival kit ,cute.

  21. Deborah Campbell says:

    Again, you definitely do not look 50, if I had to guess not knowing your age I would have said 35. I know you do but always thank God for each day he has given you. You are a blessing to me, love watching you, listening to you and seeing everything you make. God bless you with many, many more birthdays!!

  22. Glenda Oโ€™Farrell says:

    50 is the new 40. Just stay active and keep doing what youโ€™re doing. Happy Birthday

  23. Julie Oxley says:

    Live your life to the fullest e joy every minute

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thanks Julie, will do!

  24. Jennifer Shadowen says:

    Happy Birthday ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‚!

  25. Melesa Snyder says:

    Happy Birthday what a positive way to look at things. Here’s to many more creative years

    1. southerncrush says:

      Many more indeed, Thank you!

  26. Kathryn Frederick says:

    Happy bday!!!!

  27. Jeannine Betts says:

    Happy Birthday ๐ŸŽ‰ Hope your day is truly blessed ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much!

  28. Anna M Cecco says:

    Here’s to many more Happy Birthdays!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Tiffany Johnson says:

    Happy Birthday!!!๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿจ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‰
    Wish you a very wonderful blessed day.โค

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much Tiffany!

  30. Rose Sourile says:

    Happy Birthday Melanie I hope you are enjoying your day with your husband and parents, like a said before 50 is only a number and you look absolutely beautiful.๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‚โค๏ธLoved the poem and the survival kit

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you Rose! You are too sweet!

  31. Suzi Noble says:

    My motto for the year I turned 50 was Pray more, Stress Less ! Beautiful job such insight. God bless you this very special day & year โค๏ธ

  32. Lisa Hill-Oster says:

    The survival kit is cute. Happy Birthday ๐ŸŽ‚!

  33. Happy Happy Birthday!

  34. Sandy Houston says:

    I was teaching when I turned 50 and my friends made me ride in a wheelchair to class. My students loved it! Enjoy every day regardless of your age. There is always something to be thankful for.

    1. southerncrush says:

      So true! Thank you for the birthday thought!

  35. Kelly Irvin says:

    Happy Birthday Melanie!!!! We are the same age now. I turned 50 back in August. I hope you have a glorious birthday and all your dreams and wishes come true. You deserve every one of them.

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you Kelly! You are so kind!

  36. Laraine Ryner says:

    Love your suggestions! Happy birthday and enjoy 50!

  37. Happy 50th BIRTHDAY! โค๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ

  38. Tina Adamson says:

    Happy Birthday
    I had a hard time on my birthday this year. I turned 58.

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you Tina! Hope all is well!

  39. Jamie whitt says:

    Happy birthday Melanie. Have a few great days celebrating. Thank you for everything you do for the crafting community. You rock!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank You Jamie! You are too Kind!

  40. That sounds like great goals! Keep us updated so we can hold you accountable! Donโ€™t forget to schedule in that water! It really does help with everything as we age! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  41. Happy birthday๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰

  42. Kimeri McGee says:

    Happiest birthday to you, Melanie!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much!

  43. Happy birthday ๐ŸŽˆ had my 50th 20 years ago

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you Susan!

  44. Catherine Richburg Gibson says:

    Happy Birthday Sweet Lady!
    Iโ€™m 41 and I donโ€™t look at getting older as a bad thing! The way I see it God has a reason for me to make it to another year! So Iโ€™m thinking HEโ€™S not done with you yet!
    Take Care โ™ฅ๏ธHugsโ™ฅ๏ธ Catherine

    1. southerncrush says:

      So true! Thank you for the b-day wishes!

  45. Lana Penniman says:

    Happy 5-0! Hope I am half as fabulous as you when I am fifty. I hit 40 next October. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful craftiness and for all your amazing work with the craftathons. Have a blessed birthday & Happy Holidays!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much Lana! You are so kind!

  46. Tammy Rutter Parsons says:

    I hope you have a very blessed day.
    I just turned 56 on Nov 11th When I turned 50 I had came up with this thought.for all of us 50 or older…..
    We are like a fine wine we get better and better with time๐Ÿ˜Š
    Happy Birthday again๐ŸŽ‚

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you Tammy! Your thought is so true!

  47. Susie Sherman says:

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! YOU ARE A GREAT PERSON!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you very much Susie!

  48. Looking great and living life large thatโ€™s the way to be and you do it with ease ๐Ÿคฉ

    1. southerncrush says:

      What a sweet compliment! Thank you so much!

  49. Love the Birthday Survival Kit!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thanks Sherri!

  50. Dena Cormany says:

    Happy Birthday ๐ŸŽ‚. 50 was a great year. Just hit 61 on 11/29 myself. Making memories.

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you Dena! Happy belated birthday to you!

  51. happy, happy birthday! wishing you many more!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you Nora!

  52. Happy Birthday ! It was my Birthday also on the 28th. 74 now. Also celebrated 26 years of Marriage on Dec1st, and two years since transplants-liver and Kidney, Dec.3rd. So, a lot to be happy about……

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much! Happy belated birthday and anniversary to you!

  53. Karren Scullion says:

    Hope you had a truly blessed birthday!!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much!

  54. Barbara Polston says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! You sure wear your age well! Hope you enjoyed your post birthday dinner! We love you and appreciate all you do!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you for the birthday wishes and the compliments! It was a wonderful dinner!

  55. Doreen L Schwab says:

    Happy 50th Birthday Melanie!๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿน
    Thank you for all you do!
    Love, love, love the craftathons.

    1. southerncrush says:

      Aren’t they great? Thank you for the birthday wishes!

  56. Kelly Pompa says:

    Happy 50th Birthday ! December is a great BD month Enjoy your day

    1. southerncrush says:

      It is a great month! My daughter’s birthday is in December, as well. Thank you so much!

    2. southerncrush says:

      Thank you very much Kelly!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much!

  57. What a wonderful way to view life in all ages and stages of life. Happy and blessed (more) Birthday!!!

  58. Darla Shepherd says:

    Happy birthday!. 50 was a breeze for me. In two years I turn 60, I will have to use list for it. Enjoy the whole year long!

    1. southerncrush says:

      I will enjoy this year! Thank you so much! Hope you love the list when you need it!

  59. Lauren Harris says:

    50 looks good on you. Thank you for always amazing me with your talent!!!

  60. Libby Damron says:

    Happy birthday! I crossed over the 65 mark this year, a mark I always considered โ€œoldโ€ but I love my life and those around me and donโ€™t even think about my age. Itโ€™s just a number anyway! Enjoy your day!!

    1. southerncrush says:

      YES! IT’s just a number! Thank you so much!

  61. Hope your birthday is fabulous, just like you!! You deserve the best for all the light you bring to others lives. God bless you!!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Awe! Thank you so much!

  62. Happy birthday!! You do NOT look your age. You are beautiful. I absolutely love your crafts!! Cheers to 50 years

  63. shannon garnto says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

  64. Have a great 50th birthday !
    i also have a December birthday, this year is my 60th!

    1. southerncrush says:

      WOW! You’re truly blessed! Happy Birthday!

  65. Valerie Shenk-Bernauer says:

    Happy 50th Melanie! 50 is the new 30! Thank you for your inspirations and crafting knowledge! May your year ahead be filled with joy & blessings!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Thank you so much for the sweet note!

  66. Jennifer L Chasser says:

    I just love this post. When I turned 30 everyone told me how depressed I would get and it would be frustrating and upsetting. Never happened so last year when I turned 50 I thought I surely would having emotional breakdown or something. Nope Iโ€™m just thankful and I am seeing another year. What a wonderfully positive post about getting older love it

    1. southerncrush says:

      awe! Thank you so much! Yep–it’s just a number–and I was never any good with numbers… LOL!

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