Ready or Not, Here It Comes
The time has come: the final countdown of my thirties. That’s right, forty is on the horizon. I am currently weeks away from my 40th birthday, and I am feeling a lot different about it than I thought I would. For as long as I can remember, the idea of being FORTY has loomed over people like some imminent scary event, but as it comes closer, I am not scared or saddened by the changing of the decade.
Bring It On, 40
I have never set goals in the sense of “by the time I am X years old, I want to do this or be here;” I set goals but I don’t set limits because I have learned that we have zero control over outside forces. We can make all the plans and set all the goals we want, but sometimes the universe has other plans. I feel good about where I am in life; I own my own home, I have been married 16 years, I have two very cool, smart, well-rounded kids, I have a career I love, I have family and friends that I can rely on and who can rely on me.
I also don’t “feel” like I thought I would at forty. When I was younger and thought of forty, I thought “that’s old.” Now, on the dawn of forty, I don’t feel old, act old, or look old. My 20’s were filled with college, getting married, and babies/toddler/little kids. In my thirties I was growing as a nurse, we lost my dad to cancer, we moved across the country, and then I entered being a mom to teenagers. So my forties seem like the time when I get to be a little more about me. I don’t know what I expected would happen, but so far I am the same person I was when I was turning thirty–a few more life events have shaped me, a few more curves, a few more opinions, and definitely a few less f*cks.
Ready For A Celebration
We all know the past year has been one for the books, and we are all ready for a reason to celebrate. So, even in the times we are living in, I have some big things planned to celebrate the changing of the decade. We are taking a family trip to Disney, because after our trip in September, I know that it is safe, and well, who doesn’t love a Disney trip. #40infantasyland is the theme, I ordered the most amazing mouse ears from SewCuteEarCo, the coordinating nail polish, and of course I will make a themed shirt or two. I am doing a 40 and Fabulous photoshoot that will be filled with a few of my favorite things: champagne, glitter, and Lilly Pulitzer. I will be taking over the New Orleans Mom Instagram on my big 4-0, so be sure to follow along and celebrate with me. Cheers to 40!