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Upon turning 40 last month, I reflected on a few important lessons I learned over the years. Oh, and I may have done a birthday boudoir session… 😉

On Confidence

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“Any woman can look her best if she feels good in her skin. It’s not a question of clothes or makeup. It’s how she sparkles.” – Sophia Loren

Only a month into my fourth decade of life, and I can already tell you I know I’ll love this chapter more than any other one. That’s because I’m able to say “I’m forty!” with so much pride. I feel so much more confident and prettier now as a 40-year old–and after giving birth to three kids. I know my body will never be the same as it was when I was 20 (heck, even in my 30s) and I’m so perfectly okay with this. Confidence and style go hand in hand, but it’s not about the clothes, it’s about the individual.

For my 40th I booked a boudoir shoot. It wasn’t for Michael, it was for myself. To celebrate all my imperfections and to channel my inner Beyoce. It’s about being able to say f*ck it and own your body, because you’re only given one body.

I feel so much more beautiful, composed and empowered now than I ever did in my skinny 20’s. At the age of 30, I worked towards and discovered self-love and this was life-changing. I always heard the phrase “forty and fabulous” and now I totally get it–it’s really not just a saying for cheesy birthday sashes!

On Love + Relationships

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Love yourself first and foremost. When I was in my 20’s and early 30’s, I was the pleaser and always settled. It led to heartaches and wrong relationships. It wasn’t until I loved myself and learned not to settle that my relationships blossomed with the right men. I would have also told my younger self to live in a shoebox, eat ramen everyday, and travel the world with my money saved. I regret never having lived in other countries.

On Motherhood

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As a mother to 3 kids under 5, the best lesson I learned in motherhood is to let the small stuff go. Spilled milk, tantrums in public, skipping naps. With every child, I’ve become more relaxed. Be the opposite of a helicopter parent. (Your other half will likely do that for you.)

On Independence

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It’s okay for a married couple to have their own hobbies. For me, I love to travel. I sent myself to NYC earlier in the month as a birthday gift to myself. I go out with my girlfriends a few times a month. I feel like you need that time away to appreciate and miss each other. I depend on him as my husband because I crave his love and affection he equally misses me when we are not together. When he and I go on his work trip to Germany in a few weeks, I plan to take the train to Cologne for the day and skip out on boring business dinners. And of course, I depend on him for being such a hands-on dad.

On Future

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I strive to travel more and show more patience. I want my kids to see the world so they don’t live in a tiny bubble. More patience because having three kids CAN test you. I sometimes believe it’s their mission to break you everyday.

A big thank you to everyone for all your birthday wishes last month! Looking forward to sharing my journey into my 40s with you all!

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    Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels - Happy birthday! Gorgeous as usual!ReplyCancel

  • Kelssey Layton - Girlfriend, you look amazing! You absolutely don’t look 40 but I LOVE your outlook on life! Cheers to you!!ReplyCancel


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    Megan - Girl you look so good!!! And such great lessons! I have a life lesson post planned for next week because I’m turning 25 haha!

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    Makayla M. - You look amazing!! Love your confidence!

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    Kelsey - I absolutely love this!! Love who you did the shoot for yourself! I love your confidence, it’s so so inspiring!

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    April - These photos turned out beautifully. Happy belated birthday girl!

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    Tiffani at Breton Bay - These are AMAZING…you are breathtakingly gorgeous!!! I am 38 and have 3 kids 6 and under so I am totally in your shoes mama!! I feel so much more confident now even though I am so far from my 25 year old body. I adore my imperfections and adore my life even more. LOVE that you did this!!

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    NYC Birthday Getaway + Lookbook » Melissa Takes Fashion-A Mommy Lookbook - […] my 40th birthday, I wanted to celebrate by having a little solo time. So, I booked a trip to New York City, sans […]ReplyCancel


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    Chicago Portrait Photographer | A Sweet and Sexy 40th Birthday Portrait Session | Wedding Photographers Chicago | Melissa Diep Photography | Blog - […] momentous like sky dive or go on a fancy trip. And some gift themselves boudoir shoots like I did, or special portrait sessions. As a photographer, I always recommend every woman to embrace her […]ReplyCancel

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