This is 40

This is 40

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.

5 comments on This is 40

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    May 19, 2017 at 6:20 am (2 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, lovely! Forty definitely looks fabulous on you, I have to say! With that list of things you’ll do in your forties, this decade is sure to shape up to be fabulous! From my experience, forties really are fantastic. I hope you find the same x

    • mummywifeme
      May 19, 2017 at 8:48 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Sammie!! I’m very excited about all that it will bring xx

  2. Erika @ Ever-changing Life of a Mum
    May 19, 2017 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

    Happy birthday Renee! Hope you’re feeling better and have some lovely celebrations planned. I love this post and totally agree with you about putting yourself and your family first. I’ll be joining you in turning 40 later this year 😉 Enjoy your special day x

  3. Bec Senyard
    May 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh Happy Birthday gorgeous girl. In your thirties you started your blog and you met me and Lauren. You forgot to mention this in your post. 😉
    Jokes aside, I pray your 40’s are an amazing decade. A decade of experiencing the golden age of parenting young children before the teenage years hit. I hope you and Dave can get to travel and dream beautiful dreams that allow your family to experience everything life has to offer. You’re a wonderful friend and I can’t wait to celebrate your Birthday in a couple of weeks. Hope that throat infection is gone by then!!

  4. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife
    May 31, 2017 at 11:10 am (2 years ago)

    Now into my second year of my 40’s and I have loved every minute of it. Similar to you my new focus is on myself and surrounding myself with positive people. Gone is the obligation. Welcome to the 40’s, may it be grand x


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