One month from today I will turn 40.  FOR-TY.  That is tough to say.  Why?  I’m not sure.  I know that it is better to be turning forty than the other option, but it just seems like half my life is over.  Have my first 40 years gotten me ready for the next 40 years?  Am I happy?  Am I where I should be at this point in my life?  What am I going to do in the next 10 years to prepare for being 50 and an empty-nester?

I set a goal for myself to accomplish 40 things before I turned 40.  The list of them is available by clicking at the top of the page.  When I looked over that list today, many things have been checked off and others likely won’t be and yet, others really aren’t that important any more.  I was working on this list a year ago, trying to decide what I wanted to accomplish in this year.  Some of the things that were important to me a year ago, no longer are….for example: Having a big bash to celebrate.  I’m not going to do that.  I have something else planned and I am so excited about it.  Some of my organizational items likely won’t get done in a month and I am ok with that.  They are still there, hopefully I can tackle them soon, but, if it takes another year, that’s ok.

Lately, I’ve been trying to take things as they come, relax, go with the flow, and just Be Happy.  I am currently reading THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin and I look forward to writing about my experience and thoughts while reading this book.  I think this will be my focus for my 40th year.  But, you will have to stay tuned to find out.

Until then, I’m going to enjoy my last month of being 39, work on a few more of my 40 Before 40 goals, and look ahead to my next 40 years.

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