Imagine what it would be like to be turning 60 and have a birthday celebration blueprint?
Turning 60 can bring up a lot of emotion.
You probably recognize your 60th birthday as a notable milestone, but you also notice that you aren’t quite sure how you want to acknowledge it.
Should you celebrate it?
How should you celebrate it?
How do you feel about it?
Are you in a celebratory mood?
What does it mean to you?
I know what you mean. I’m turning 60 next year myself and I feel how all over the place my emotions are too!
The thing is, I know how important it is to celebrate a milestone like this.
Turning 60 is an opportunity to embrace the gift of aging.
This is a big deal to recognize because not everyone has the privilege to age.
In fact, my personal situation is a daily reminder of this. At 59 years old myself, I’ve far outlived my parents because each of them died quite young, at 32 and 41 years old.
Like I said, everyone doesn’t have the privilege to age.
- If you’re turning 60, you’re aging!
- If you’re turning 60, you’re alive!
- If you’re turning 60, your life is full of possibilities.
That’s why I came up with an idea.
I definitely want to celebrate my 60th in a memorable, meaningful and fun way.
And I figured you did too. So I came up with a framework to help you move forward.
“6 in 60” is a birthday celebration blueprint to make your 60th more memorable, meaningful and fun!
It’s what I’m using to make sure I create a personal 60th birthday experience that’s amazing. I’ll be sharing more details as I continue to customize my own plans throughout the year, but for now, here’s the gist of the idea.
Like I said, “6 in 60” is a plan – it’s a celebration blueprint for your birthday year.
The idea for turning 60 is to identify what will be memorable for your birthday experience.
It’s a simple but powerful idea.
You don’t have to wait for someone to decide what your 60th celebration will be.
Instead, you can think about what you want.
And you use six categories to inspire your thinking about the combination of things that will be amazing for you.
The other part of the plan is that you start your celebration BEFORE your birthday. Use this birthday blueprint to guide you on the RAMP UP for your 60th. And you can continue after too. No rules here!
Celebrating your 60th birthday in advance this way makes sense because on your you’ve actually completed your 60th year; you’ve completed another trip around the sun.
Here’s what to do next: When turning 60, create a birthday celebration by identifying six meaningful and interesting ways to honor your experience!
Answer each of these 6 questions and then come up with a plan to activate your ideas and bring them to life!
This “Birthday Celebration Blueprint” framework is based on ways to think about what would make this milestone both meaningful and interesting to you and for you – it’s about the combination of things that add up to one heck of a celebration!
Of course, feel free to tweak and change these six categories if they don’t resonate with you. Make “6 in 60” your own!
Ready to get started?
Grab a cup of tea or glass of wine, play some music and set the tone for some self-care. Answer these questions to flesh out your “6 in 60” blueprint.
When you think about the answers…please notice the FIRST thing you think of.
Watch for your brain to offer up all kinds of excuses, reasons and thoughts about why it won’t work, why it’s too much, why it’s too hard. That sort of thing is bound to come up.
Ignore this mind chatter.
Just notice the thing that you want.
And sit with it.
Focus on WHAT you want first.
THEN, at another time, figure out HOW.
This is really important because if you focus on HOW first, you will squish your dreams.
Let your dreams rise to the surface. Focus in on noticing what comes up for you right away.
You owe that to yourself, especially for your 60th.
Celebrate your Birthday by Asking Yourself these Six Questions
Question 1: What makes your heart sing? What would be extremely joyful for you?
Question 2: What makes you feel so good? What feels like luxury or extra special to you?
Question 3: What skill do you want to learn? What skill do you want to have?
Question 4: What have you always wanted to buy? Big or little, what purchase do you really want to make? What have you always wanted to have?
Question 5: What connection do you want to make this year? Who do you want to reconnect with? Who do you want to make a new connection with?
Question 6: What entertainment experience do you want this year? What do you think of as truly entertaining and want more of (TV, movies, games, concerts, exhibits, shows, etc.)?
Why this approach?
Midlife women are really good at not putting themselves first. One bi-product of this habit is that you gradually get more and more disconnected from really understanding what you want.
Knowing what you like can seem like it should be easy. But, at this age and stage, it’s often more difficult than you might think.
So, these questions are really thought finders. They will help you poke and prod your brain to help you access thoughts that you may not have been aware of for quite some time, if at all.
Again, feel free to tweak and change the questions so they resonate with you more. Because they’re thought finders, it doesn’t really matter what the questions are. Your job is to find thoughts about what you actually want!
The categories for the “6 in 60 Birthday Blueprint” are meant to access different parts of your mind, heart, body and soul. Once combined, it’s a well-rounded plan to celebrate your amazing aging self.
In the nutshell, the categories are:
MAKE YOUR HEART SING
INTRODUCE LUXURY AT SOME LEVEL
AQUIRE A NEW SKILL
BUY SOMETHING FUN, BIG OR SMALL
CONNECT MORE WITH PEOPLE
There you have it! I’ll keep you posted on my personal “6 in 60” Plan throughout the year! Please keep me in the loop about yours! If you would like to talk with me about this on the Women in the Middle Podcast, please reach out! Send me an email: email@example.com.
Want to dive deeper? Make sure to listen to Episode 276 of the Women in the Middle Podcast, How to celebrate & honor yourself for your 60th birthday; Apply these concepts to your own life and make it easier for you to celebrate your 60th!
Grab your copy of the Podcast Workbook: “6 in 60” Birthday Blueprint.
Suzy Rosenstein, MA is a master certified life coach and host of the popular podcast for midlife women, Women in the Middle, with over 1 million downloads. Having wasted five years being stuck herself, she knows how frustrating and painful it can be. She uses her upbeat approach with the serious topic of aging to help you get clear about what you want, get unstuck and live your best life. Girlfriend, there’s more fun to be had! Start now with her free midlife video training about how to get unstuck: www.midlifevideo.com.