Time to ring in a new decade, peeps. This old girl is 40 today!
Can I hear a ‘hell yeah!’? (Don’t mind me if I don’t look overly pumped in this photo. It was taken yesterday when I was battling a throat and sinus infection. Ick!)
Part of me can’t freaking believe that I’m FORTY years old, the other part of me is in full on celebration mode.
Because forty is something to celebrate, right?!
Last year I was all like, ‘Oh My God, forty is so old. I may as well get a perm, a purple rinse and start wearing Bridget Jones undies’. Oh wait, I’m already doing that …
I was so over people saying forty is the new thirty because we all know it’s not really, is it? Forty is forty and I’m completely down with that. I’m ready. Let’s bring the fricking awesome forties on!
I think one of the greatest things about getting older is that each year I feel a little closer to knowing who I am and what I want from life, or perhaps it’s just that I feel more comfortable with who I am and the decisions I make.
I feel like I’m finally starting to learn the importance of listening to myself – my heart, mind and gut – and doing what’s right for me and my family, rather than doing what’s right for other people and what will make them happy. It’s the curse of a people pleaser, I tell you what, but I’m getting there.
I was talking to one of my school mum friends recently about how much life you live between the age of 30 and 40. We’re talking life-changing life. Life that shapes you as a person.
In my thirties, I finally wore Dave down after eight years of dating and convinced him to marry me. I’m sure he’ll agree it was the best decision he ever made 😉 We became stronger as a couple as we battled both of our infertility issues to become parents for the first time. We watched loved ones get sick and pass on, we dealt with our own health issues, and took risks with our careers.
In my thirties, I’ve watched my little loves grow from wee babes into young girls each with their own beautiful personality. They’re funny, clever, brave and strong and fill my heart every single day with joy.
While I sometimes wish I could go back in time to my travel-infused twenties where my motto was ‘work hard play hard’, I wouldn’t give up all that I’ve experienced in my thirties for a second. Life has changed. Life is different, but life is good.
I must admit I’m excited about what this shiny, new decade will bring. As I turn 40, I feel stronger, more confident, happier, and more at peace with who I am than ever before.
I’m going to grab 40 by the horns and live life to the full, all the while keeping front of mind things that have held me back in the past.
In my forties I will:
- love and be kind to myself
- hold my family close and build a beautiful life with them full of love and special memories
- surround myself with positive people
- do things that make me happy, that stimulate my mind, and ignite the fire within
- be true to myself
- cherish the simple things and try new things
- give more
- worry less, compare less, go a little easier on myself and don’t be afraid to say no
- forgive and forget.
So there you go! Happy birthday to me. Let’s get this party started!!
PS. I always like to take a look at what celebs are the same age as me. Also turning 40 this year: Orlando Bloom, Sarah-Michelle Gellar, Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Martin, Shakira, Liv Tyler, James Van Der Beek and my best mate – Dave Wilson.