Celebrate my 40th birthday with a look toward the next decade. Turning forty sounds like a huge milestone!
Here she is turning forty!
A new decade feels like a giant leap! After all I haven’t started a new one in ten years – haha. I’m going to have to change my Peloton profile to go from my 30’s to my 40’s today! This seems like a big leap.
My Twenties: About Me
(I always have to think of my own Sister’s Blog When you remember your twenties!)
My twenties were a time of self-discovery. College graduation. searching for work. Start a home routine. adults for the first time. Learn the budget. Choose a profession… ..then another profession. Moving to a new country.
I’ve done a lot of self-discovery and I’m starting to figure out who I want to be in the world. (Then I doubted it all by my mid-30s…)
The 1930s: About Family + Friends
Having two children, one at thirty and one at thirty-six, shaped this decade in a very purposeful way. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a mother and I am thankful for my two sons who are so great with their opinions 😉 They complement each other very well and are the duo when they laugh together.
I also look into my thirties as a time to surround myself with people I love and care about and who will support me unconditionally, from my partner to foster friendships. I made many new friends and let some friendships go that weren’t as normal as they were before. I love the Charlottesville community and that there is a lot of overlap between groups of friends. And that you can’t walk to Downtown Mall, Farmers Market, or Akac without seeing three people you know.
I’m looking for the forty ward
Last year’s birthday when I was 39 years old It was a look back in time. This year I’m looking forward…forty suites.
While I’ve heard many people talk about their forties and fifties as “the best years of my life”. I’m also a little nervous! I know diseases like cancer can strike at any age, but now I’m more concerned about this kind of thing than ever before. I’m more concerned about our safety in general than I did in my younger years, not sure if it’s because of my kids, the world, my age, or all of the above.
So while I want to make big plans for this decade, a big part of me says KNOCK ON WOOD. **do it now**
Things to look forward to:
In the near future, here’s what we should be looking forward to in this 40th year!
Birthday Weekend at Bald Head Island
Birch and I celebrate our birthdays for three days, and the boys are out of school on Thursday and Friday for teacher work days, so naturally we head to our family home on Bald Head Island for a little escape! In my day I hope to eat some delicious seafood, and in Birch I hope to have a pirate cake!
Common birthdays in Anguilla
Thomas and I go on a dream trip to Anguilla in December to celebrate our birthday! (I’m six weeks older than him.) We mostly booked the flight Chase Pointswe stay in four seasons There thanks to the gift card I got with Beautycounter last year!! I love a tropical vacation more than anything, so I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time. ** Knock on wood again **
I really hope the kids don’t read this post because we’re going to Disney World next year! We’ve been discussing when to go, where to stay, how to do it, and all that fun logistics for a long time now. We were so hesitant!! Finally I said the only way to make our first ride was with points, so we could learn the ropes without spending a fortune. And I think at the age of four and ten, the boys are a good age to go.
we used credit card strategy to get Unlimited Marriott Card They will be staying at the Disney Swan Resort for four nights! (This is the only Disney property you can book with points because it’s a Marriott.) I also found cheap JetBlue flights from Richmond, and I’ll get our tickets via secret tourist Using the Capital One points eraser. I’ll be sure to share the travel rewards plan on what we did as it nears if you want to reverse it.
Home renovation next year
renovate our house It starts in March and it’s looming a bit on the horizon! We have to pack up home and go out… for 5 months. Not exactly something super fun to look forward to, however, hopefully the end result will be amazing (**knock knock**) so it’s now or never!! Hopefully we’ll be back again by the time I’m 41. I have a blog post featuring some of our design inspiration!
What tips or ideas do you have for me on this important day?
One thing is for sure: I will always be younger!
photos by Cramer pictures!