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    Life Lessons on My 40th Birthday: On Confidence and Much More

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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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    39 Trips Around The Sun

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    Happiest birthday to me!!! I’ve taken 39 trips around the sun! How do I feel? Fantastic. Confident. Happy. Content. I feel like as I got older, I became more confident with myself and my body. To be honest, I feel like I look better now than I did when I was in my 20’s. How odd this that, huh? I guess growing up I always thought when I reach 40 or come closer to it, it’ll just go downhill. After three kids, my body has changed and guess what, I’m ok with that. I love my 39 year old self and body. Even with lack of sleep, I still love everything about my life and would never change it. I’m already looking forward to turning 40!

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    These balloon pictures were taken over the weekend. We had to tie the ballons around the kids so it doesn’t fly away. They were acting soooo crazy the photos with them didn’t last very long. A minute or two tops. We then piled them back into the car. The number three balllon came undone from the string so I tied it back. A split second after the Giant started snapping my photos, the three balloon flew away. All we did was stood there and just laughed and laughed. So the Giant just kept shooting me holding just the nine balloon. I was in tears from laughing so hard. Maybe because last week for Cole’s birthday, I bought me a number one balloon that ALSO flew away not even seconds into his shoot. Lol. Oh well.

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