Warning: 40 Year Old Dreamer On Board

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Heather’s dream is to share with the world her success at becoming healthy after age 40. Heather lost over 88 pounds through changing her diet and incorporating exercise into her busy life. She would like to take what she has learned about becoming fit after 40, and using her Metabolic Training Certification to help others struggling with weight issues mid-life. Heather’s post day is Monday.
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I’ve been dreaming for a really long time.

Starting a new decade of my life as of yesterday kicked something into gear. I’ve been preparing myself for the BIG 4-0 for the last 6 months. It took me that long just to say it out loud. Yes, I’m admitting it in print. I’m officially 40.

The typical birthday crap that runs through my head started this morning. See if any of this feels familiar:

40 Year Old Dreamer necklace

Some of my recent sparkles

By (insert your age here) I was going to…

  • Make more money
  • Travel 4 weeks a year
  • Have enough money put away for my son’s college tuition
  • Put more money into my 401(k)

Once I got past that bullshit, I revisited a couple old dreams I had growing up and made a few connections.

I loved to dance, enjoyed ballet for 10 years, and had to quit if I wanted to keep my knees.

  • How that relates to today: I discovered NIA thanks to Cath – lots of dance and way to fun to be working out. And I get to laugh the whole time since our Laurie teaches a kick ass class.

I learned to sew early on, having lots of fun creating everything from quilts to dresses.

  • How that relates to today: One of my previous businesses was making custom quilts. I love to incorporate fabric and ribbon into my jewelry design.

I love the beach and ocean and all the pretty rocks and sparkly shells I found there.

  • How that relates to today: I know I will ALWAYS be within an hour of getting to a beach, no matter what country. And I seem to making a ton of jewelry lately that does tend to be sparkly.

So are you freaked about your next birthday? Do you have a false belief that at a certain age, you can’t go for your dreams anymore? I know people like that and it gets sad after a while.

If you think your age has anything to do with dreaming, here are some incredible examples of dreamers who kicked ass after 40:

Yeah, yeah, yeah. 40 is no excuse. Just to confirm – I don’t feel 40 and this quote confirms that.

You’re not 40, you’re eighteen with 22 years experience. ~Author Unknown

Here’s to kicking butt after 40

~ Heather

  • Ooooh I can totally relate to those “birthday feelings”! It seems to happen to me at every quote-unquote “major” birthday! (I once thought I’d have my whole life “figured out” and everything in order by age 26… Ummm, who was I kidding?!?).

    I think you are doing amazingly well and I love how you tied your current life back to your childhood dreams… Keep on livin’ em!

    So glad you found NIA – nothing like dancing to raise our spirits.

    Wishing you the happiest of birthday from here, beautiful dreamer! Keep on dreaming BIG! (And, living it!)


  • Laurie Allen

    40 is so awesome because you really start doing for you. It was great for me to feel this sense of entitlement…..yea I said it, entitled to be the true me, live authentically and delete a few jobs I no longer enjoyed. I love having you in class! Bitch, you can dance!!!
    LOVE, Laurie

  • Remy, the photographer

    So welcome to the 40s. I know people say that this is the decade that their lives really start, that it’s the best years of their lives. I think I have to say that cause my 20s were kinda all over the place, my 30s I made alot of relationship mistakes that I”m now benefiting from, wisdom wise – and at 43, I’m single and the brokest I’ve ever been in my adult life, even in the crazy college years! And I’m the happiest. I finally “get” me – now i get to spend THIS decade figuring out how to get what I want. Thanks for the post. And I have one of the most beautiful quilts you have ever made, I’m going for jewelry next! Happy birthday my friend – I love you! Rem

  • Veronica

    Good morning, I am back from Mexico and ready to kick some butt. Reading your post this morning reminded me of myself at 40. It was one of my very best years, mentally, physically and emotionally. It will be for you as well.
    Now when you get to be 50 like Cath or 55 like me, we will still be there to cheer you on as we will be much older still, and of course still loving life. Because you are in it with us my friend.
    Happy Birthday….
    Love Veronica

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  • Catherine, Site Admin

    You are just a baby. I am turning 50. But I still love ya anyways ;-) Happy Birthday.