How to Celebrate Your 50th Birthday

Today’s my birthday. It’s not just any birthday, it’s my 50th birthday.  And you know what?  I’m okay with it.

When I was 48 and 49, I was having a real rough time thinking about turning 50.

Fifty is so old! How could I be turning 50? Have I done everything I wanted to do before 50? Have I completed my “to do” list?

But you know what?  I’m 50 and I’m proud of my accomplishments.  I worked really hard  my entire life. I worked my way through college and grad school. I started my family and my business at the same time. I wrote a book. I built a business and I met amazing people along the way. And, most importantly, I’m still with my childhood sweetheart and we raised two amazing children who are really doing great things with their lives. I’m really proud of both of them.

I love my job and my career and wouldn’t have things any other way.  I’ve been in the public relations business since the early 1980’s.  That’s longer than a lot of the life of some of my staff members.  It feels good to love what I do and I love the people I do it with — my staff, my clients and my business associates.

I’m also happy that I’m working out and trying to stay healthy, although I constantly cheat on my diet. (But so what?)

For the future, I’m looking to continue to grow the business. But I also want to continue to grow myself.  I don’t really think you ever stop growing.  You constantly learn from everyone around you, including children.

I look forward to writing a second book, which I started. I also want to run another half marathon and eventually do a full one. And I am constantly striving to do better and be a good person.

So today, on my birthday, I’m going to do what I want and spend the day with my mom and my dad. And, as for everyone else who I love out there… Thank you for your love and support along the way…

Being 50 is going to be okay and the best thing is I can do what I want and not really care what others say or think, because, well, it’s my birthday!

P.S. A special happy birthday to my wonderful sister, Lori, who is also celebrating her birthday.


  1. Joani

    Love your blog and wish you a fabulous birthday and a special year ahead!

  2. Ellen

    This made me cry, Hil! Hope your day was wonderful so far! xo

    1. Hilary JM Topper

      I hope you wanted to cry in a good way… I wanted it to be inspiring… 

  3. Rebecca

    Love it!!! What positive vibes you send…

  4. Mindy Lampert

    Someone who really has her act together.  Enjoy your special day…. you deserve it.

  5. angela

    Happy Birthday. I am proud to know you. My Mom had her 99th birthday yesterday and she’s still looking toward the future.
    The best is yet to come. Enjoy

    1. Hilary JM Topper

      I think you told me once that your mom celebrated her bday on my bday… How wonderful!  Enjoy every moment with your mom… And, thank you Angela for your years of friendship and support!  

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