Well, hello 40.
Nice to meet you. I have been anticipating this meeting for quite some time now. At first, I was terribly dreadful of meeting you. Then, the feeling turned into unavoidable acceptance. Now, I’m at a place to welcome you with wide open arms.
You may be wondering how I arrived here, ready to fully embrace you. Well, it’s because I recently took the time to reflect back on the earlier decades of my adult life and realized all that I have been through in this glorious journey should only allow me to be excited for this next chapter. Let me explain…
If I were to title the chapter of my twenties, it would be ADVENTURE.
This youthful decade was filled with lots of new beginnings, spontaneity, tons of adventure, risk taking and a heck of a lot of messing up and learning. After graduating college, I started my first career and filled every minute off from work with travel and exploring – oh the exploring!
I have trekked through the vast sanctuary of Manchu Pichu, soaked in natural magma-heated hot tubs in Hawaii, climbed the ancient Mayan pyramids in Chichen Itza, snorkeled with gorgeous tropical fish in the Caribbean Sea, fearlessly zip lined through breathtaking rainforests in Mexico, danced my tush off til the wee hours of the morning in countless cities across the globe – you get the drift.
I definitely lived it up (maybe a bit *too* much) in my twenties.
The decade of my thirties was like a heavy foot on the brake; a time of settling down. It was like I got the crazy out of me in my twenties and now was ready to slow it all down and get serious about my future.
I would title this decade ROOTS.
In my thirties, I met the love of my life, married that incredible man, purchased our forever home, embarked on new business ventures, had 4 children, and started building roots that will forever be unbreakable. My nights of dancing til the wee hours of the mornings were replaced with late nights up feeding and soothing sweet babies. My weekend getaways were swapped with sporting events, birthday parties and family gatherings. My worldly traveling adventures were now replaced with family vacations (or relocations as we like to call them) in beautiful New England.
I think this is where a lot of us get caught up in the fear of growing older. We fear aging bodies, aging minds. We look back at our younger life – maybe even longingly through pictures of these memories – and begin to miss our youth. Our once youthful physical appearance that is now showing signs of all that we have experienced; through wrinkles, graying hair, tired eyes. We may reminisce of our youthful heart and decision making; so carefree and wild at one time now forced to be more mindful and careful of the actions we take. We may think that we have lived quite the life and had so much fun along the way that it probably just goes downhill from here, right? Well, I beg to differ.
I look back on my journey thus far and am so very thankful for these vastly different periods of my life. My experiences have all shaped me into who I am today. However, I know I have a lot more growth ahead of me.
With that said, as I embark on this new decade and turn 40 today, I will prematurely title it GROWTH.
This work from home wife and mom of 4 amazing children enters this chapter with optimism, excitement, and a desire to grow in many areas of my life – personally, professionally and spiritually. And I couldn’t be more thankful that you – my friends and family – are all here with me through this journey.
So, I welcome you, 40, and I so look forward to all we are about to accomplish together.
Let’s get to it ❤️