So, This is 40?!

 

I will admit, I have definitely been having a whoa is me pity party.  This is not the life I planned or where I saw myself when I turned 40. 

I could not have predicted that, I'd be a divorced, single Mom of three, working 2 jobs, writing a book, publishing a blog and having zero love life(more about that in a future blog).

I thought I'd still be married, I thought maybe I'd be doing more TV, I knew I'd be working full time, since all the kids are in school and my stay at home mom life would end, I knew I'd have a kid graduating and 1/3 of the nest would be empty. Other than that, I hadn't really looked that far past the big 4-0.

Now that I'm here, it is time to forget about the life I planned and start making the most of the life I have. 

Most people do a vision board at New Year's, but I have always started my vision board on my birthday. To be honest, I already started planning my 2017 in September. This year of 40 will the best decade yet, at least that's what all my friends have told me. I will say, I do feel the most comfortable in my skin. I am not sure if that is age or the work I've put in on being fit,  healthy and doing things on purpose. 

My vision board includes a ton of things,too many to list,but some of them:

Tops on that list- travel. There are lots of places I want to go, but first on the list is a beach. Maybe back to Cali or Hawaii, but the beach is definitely calling. 

Next - saving. Since, I'm getting older retirement is on the brain.  If it wasn't on my mind because of this birthday,  we can just say seeing Luke Perry on the cover of AARP cut like a knife! 

Do this splits - again. I used to be able to drop down and do the splits with ease. Those days are gone, but I'm still pretty flexible and plan to be able to do them again this year! Of course, there will be social media post when that happens! 

I won't bore you with too many more,but lastly - alone time.

There is just not a lot of it to go around. I know it won't always be this way, that kids do grow up and soon my nest will be totally empty. I also know that you can't pour from an empty cup,so taking care of me is on the list.

So, this is me - at 40. Ready to begin a new decade and excited for all the new dreams and promise it brings with it. 

 

Mikita Burton