Monday, February 15, 2010

Me? 40? How did that happen?

I turned 40 in November of 2009. I was cruising toward the day just fine - no trepidation or anxiety here - until I received a birthday card from my mom. "As you turn 40..." it said. Right then it hit me! I was going to say goodbye to my 30s.

I wandered around for a few days giving my 40th birthday some serious thought. I considered my first 40 years. I'm not gonna lie, there were some definite ups and downs. I held a few jobs, married and divorced twice and then took the plunge for the third time, birthed 3 beautiful children, I tried my hand at PR and marketing, web design and editing. I learned to crochet and make jewelry. I read tons of books. I became a good cook, an amateur gardener and a great friend.

Then, I entertained the idea that I could consciously choose what the next 40 years look like. I came to the conclusion (no big surprise) that life is short, there are many things I still want to do, and I WILL do them!

One of those things is starting this blog. I've had some interesting discussions with women friends who are in their fifth decade. Not one of them fits a specific stereotype, but what they do share is a certain smile and glow when asked about how it is to be 40. I want to explore that here.

Feel free to comment or email me if you'd like to guest post about your 40s.

Welcome to your metamorphosis....


Anonymous said...

Great idea for a blog! I'll be 43 this year and see so much promise in the rest of my 40-something adventure!

Eileen Parker said...

Awesome! Remember when our kids were little and we didn't have wrinkles?

Now they are one by one leaving home, and life changes so much.

The only babies I want now are grand-babies.

Jennifer Akers said...

I'll be 43 this year, too, and I'm finally enjoying my 40's (we won't discuss how well I handled the 40th birthday. lol) Interestingly enough, my only son just turned 13, and I feel we're both going through similar phases of independence, confidence, and exploration. Great blog!