For some people turning 40 isn’t a big deal; it’s just another birthday, just another year. For some people turning 40 is a huge deal; it’s a defining moment, a moment that makes you stop and think about life as you know it.
I’m in the second group.
I wouldn’t say I had a midlife crisis when I turned 40 earlier this year. I would call it a midlife reflection. I wouldn’t even call it ‘midlife’ (because I plan on living for a loooong time), so let’s just call it a life reflection.
What I realized as my 40th birthday approached is that I have to get stuff done. And I have to get it done now! I’ve started thinking about life like a vacation: during the first half of your trip you think you have all the time in the world. Then you hit the half way mark and you think “I’ve got stuff to do and see and I have to do it now!”
That’s how I felt about turning 40. If there’s something I want to do or see or celebrate, the time to do it is now. It’s time to get things done. Do it now. No time like the present.
So when my amazing friend Laura told me to fly up to Prince George for a 40th birthday and friends photo shoot, I booked my ticket immediately. Because now is the time to celebrate. Now is the time to celebrate the memories that brought you to the place you are and now is the time to create new memories to celebrate where you are going.
And celebrate we did.
We celebrated our friendship. And we celebrated our lives. And our memories. We celebrated the love that is so grounded and so deep between us that I know no matter how many years pass, we will never stop celebrating together.
Laura, Kristy and Kristen: thank you for all of the beautiful memories from this very special day and from every other day we are together. After all these years, thank you for continuing to celebrate with me.
I can’t wait to see the photos from my 80th birthday photo shoot. 😍
Thank you Emily Jane Photography for your gorgeous photos. You are the best. And thank you Special Occasion Stylist and Polished Chaos for making me look and feel like a glamourous movie star.
This is 40.
I totally understand you. I am on my late 20 and I’m already worry about it because I still have a lot of things to do before the 30’s.
By the way, you look gorgeous!
No time like the present!!!! Do those things you want to do… now. 😃
You look stunning! I enjoyed looking at all the photos!
Belle | One Awesome Momma
I love this idea! What a great way to celebrate 40! You all look fabulous!
Thank you! It was such a great way to celebrate a milestone birthday.
What a great idea! Gorgeous photos!
I’m so glad my friend suggested doing the photo shoot. I’m so happy with the photos!
Love this celebration of friendship – so perfect and wonderful and fun!
It was one of those days you’ll never forget.
I love this! How awesome that you have such a close group of friends. Also, reading your bio, you’re surely an impressive momma! Go on with your bad self!!
Awww thank you! Right back at ha Amanda!!!
What a fantastic way to celebrate a birthday!
It was pretty amazing! 😃
40 looks good on you ; ) I love this photo shoot idea with your lifelong friends. NOW is the time to live big and bold. Happy Birthday!
Thank you so much!!!! 😃
These are amazing photos. I’m dreading 40. I’m not there yet, but it is approaching quickly. I swear, it seems like I just turned 20 last week. It was more than 17 years ago though. Where does the time go?!
I totally agree: time flies! That’s why you have to make time to do things like this… You’ll have so much fun!
This is amazing. You girls look gorgeous!!!! One day. ONE DAY. I’ll do a photo shoot!
Do it!!! You won’t regret it.
I ADORE this idea. I’m 36 and am anxious about the big 4-0…but I’ve also learned turning 40 beats the alternative, right? P.S. You look fabulous!!
Embrace it!!! Start planning now. I’m celebrating all year long. 😃