Cart

40 Years Ago Today

4o years ago today, I was born at 5:11 AM in a New York City hospital. I probably was thinking “why am in this bizarre metal thing? Is someone about to eat me?”  This photo from my first hours of life shows my personality perfectly –  I look so curious. From the day I was born, I have always had a lot of questions.

jodi birth 1 600x595 40 Years Ago Today

It seems like yesterday when I was 16 and my mom and dad turned 40.  I wondered “what would life be like when I reached that age?” I couldn’t have predicted all the blessings and experiences I would have in my life, especially my twins (Ellie and Jenna), my husband (Matt) and my business (MCP Actions).

Today is the day – I’m 40.

While Ellie referred to it as “middle age” and popular culture refers to it as “over the hill,” I prefer to think of my birthday as “being alive.”  Technology and science are advancing but there is still no way to stop aging.  And truly, I wouldn’t want to.  I imagine if we could stop the process, our lives might be a lot like the movie Groundhog Day. Life would be boring in one particular stage forever

Progression, achieving goals, moving from one thing to the next, growing, expanding our networks, friends and families…. that is why we live.  So I embrace aging, wrinkles, wisdom, and all.

My last thought, since this is a photography blog after all: “Take lots of pictures. Capture more than just portraits. Take snapshots and document moments as life happens!”

I thank all of you for being a part of my celebration and life!

Jodi
Owner, MCP Actions

 

 40 Years Ago Today

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
twitter 40 Years Ago Todayfacebook 40 Years Ago Todaypinterest 40 Years Ago Todaygoogleplus 40 Years Ago Today

22 Comments

  1. 1
    Giny says:

    Happy Birthday Jodi!:)

  2. 2

    Beautiful!!! Love your words!!! Thank you and happy birthday!!!!!

  3. 3
  4. 4
    Fatmah Benkaram says:

    Happy Birthday :)

  5. 5
    Melissa says:

    Have a Wonderful Birthday!!!

  6. 6
    Allison says:

    What a sweet post! Happy birthday!!

  7. 7
    Jamie Rubeis says:

    Happy Birthday Jodi!!!!

  8. 8
    Grandma Deal says:

    Life begins at 40. Have a Happy Birth Day and a great new beginning. I felt more fresh and alive at 40 than ever before. There is a new feeling of freedom attached to turning 40 and it just gets better every year after that. I’ve been 40 for 21 years now and lovin’ every moment of it.

  9. 9
    Nicole says:

    happy birthday!

  10. 10
    Norine says:

    Jodie, ti hope you have a glorious Birthday! Enjoy it!

  11. 11
    Malissa says:

    Happy birthday! My turn to be 40 will be in July!

  12. 12
    prlygrl says:

    Happy Birthday, Jodi! I hope your 40th year is filled with many blessings!

  13. 13
    Jen says:

    Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day!!

  14. 14
    Barbara says:

    Happy 40th birthday!

  15. 15

    Happy birthday to you. Turning 40 is a wonderful age to be. :)

    Mary

  16. 16
    serline says:

    Happy birthday!

  17. 17
    kristin t says:

    40 is fun! It’s 41 that suddenly makes you feel “old”! Haha! :-)
    Happy Birthday!

  18. 18
    Cynthia says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Those are my exact sentiments with aging. Thanks for all you do!!! Cheers to many more!

  19. 19
    Ashley Larsen says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

  20. 20
    Karen Gibas says:

    Happy Birthday!

  21. 21
    Rae Clevett says:

    Happy belated Birthday! I found my 40’s to be very liberating. I became more comfortable in my skin and adopted a healthier happier lifestyle. I think the 40’s are are wonderful time…almost as good as the 50’s :)

  22. 22
    Shelly LeBlanc says:

    Happy birthday, Jodi!! I thought 40 ROCKED!!!! 43 isn’t too bad either.
    Wishing you all the best!

Add Comment Register



Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Current ye@r *

Optionally add an image (JPEG only)

Show & Tell

Explore before and after photos from photographers who use MCP.

1photoshop actions and lightroom presets number 2 See More