Dolores Catania celebrates her 46th birthday with an inspiring message

Paul Brasil | InsideJersey.com

Dolores Catania

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dolores Catania is ringing in her 46th birthday by sharing her wisdom with us. The mom-of-two posted an inspiring message on Instagram Wednesday, reflecting on the last year of her life, which has been full of amazing accomplishments — from remodeling her gorgeous home, to saving animals, and opening up her second gym on her own.

“One year can make all the difference. Just about one year ago, I was a shell of myself. I did not know where my life was heading and I couldn’t look in the mirror and love what I saw,” she wrote,  “At this moment, I had to make a paramount decision, which road to take. I could take the first road, the easy road, and conform to the comfortable way of living. The road where I would change nothing and just settle. Or I could take the second road, the harder road, and step out of my comfort zone and make a change. I am so glad that when the two roads diverged, I took the more challenging one, because one year later, I am more confident, I love myself more, and I have never felt better.”

One year can make all the difference. Just about one year ago, I was a shell of myself. I did not know where my life was heading and I couldn’t look in the mirror and love what I saw. At this moment, I had to make a paramount decision, which road to take. I could take the first road, the easy road, and conform to the comfortable way of living. The road where I would change nothing and just settle. Or I could take the second road, the harder road, and step out of my comfort zone and make a change. I am so glad that when the two roads diverged, I took the more challenging one, because one year later, I am more confident, I love myself more, and I have never felt better. Remember that when life gets challenging, step outside your comfort zone, live the life you have dreamed, and never settle for anything less than you deserve. One year has made all the difference, and I look forward to the next with all of you. Here's to turning 46 today!@mwtanningbeauty @glowmondy #tan #mybirthday #newyearnewme #housewivesofnewjersey #noexcusesjustresults

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She also added some great advice to remember for the new year, “Remember that when life gets challenging, step outside your comfort zone, live the life you have dreamed, and never settle for anything less than you deserve.”

And of course Dolores turned 46 with her “glam on fleek!”

Her BFF Siggy Flicker wrote a heartfelt message to her co-star. Are these two total BFF goals are what!?

Jacqueline Laurita also wished her long-time friend a happy birthday on Twitter.

Happy Birthday Dolores! We hope you had a fabulous and special day.