Four days ago I turned 39.
When I say it out loud it’s surreal. I feel young and old simultaneously. I can’t lie, it has me a little depressed. The clock isn’t stopping. Time keeps on slippin’… .slippin’… slippin’… into the future (if you didn’t get the reference you are too young to be my friend). And yes, I know I’m a “baby” to anyone older than me. Just shh already and let me wallow in my old-ness.
See, I’m getting grouchy!
I blame my age (and PMS).
That said, I’m not taking this getting older thing sitting down. This is the last year in my 30s and I’m going to suck the marrow out of it. I have a book that I’m promoting, two amazing kids who need me, and a shit-ton more things I want to accomplish. I have 365 days until I turn the big 4-0 and I’m going to do one thing every day until then just for me.
That’s right, for ME. This isn’t about the kids or my marriage or my career. It’s selfish by design. There’s no reason I can’t carve at least 5 minutes of out each day to do something that makes me happy or helps me grow. This is about Self-Nurturing not Self-Indulgence. I want to take care of myself. I want to push myself even farther out of my comfort zone. I want to seize the little things. I want to experience every day.
It’s my own version of a 365 day project but I’m calling mine #loving39 because if there’s anything I learned from #wycwyc it’s the power of words. No more “Ugh, I’m getting SO old!” I’m turning those words inside out (spoiler alert — that’s in the book!) and celebrating my oldness!
Here’s what I have so far…
My birthday — Had my cake and ate it, too.
I didn’t blog much about my recent trip to Punta Cana but that’s where I celebrated this year. It was an amazing experience and I’ll be sharing more about the trip on TheUnworldlyTravelers – click here to see a few pics.
#loving39 – Day 001 — REALLY out of my comfort zone!
I can’t believe I’m about to confess this publicly but… I skinny dipped for the first time in my life!! I snapped this photo right afterwards (once we put our clothes back on). It was one of the craziest things I’ve ever done! Scratch that… it WAS the craziest thing WE’ve ever done!! (He’s totally going to kill me for sharing so don’t say a WORD!)
#loving39 – Day 002 — Skipped the gym and tried something new.
I woke up early to take a bike tour in the Dominican Republic. I’m not the biggest bike rider (I haven’t been on one in years) but I figured…. why the hell not! Let’s do something new!
#loving39 – Day 003 — Took advantage of where I was and ran solo on the beach.
We had to leave for the airport mid-morning but I didn’t let that stop me. I haven’t been running much lately but I dragged my butt out of bed to hit the sand before our long day of travel.
#loving39 – Day 004 — Straight back to my routine.
My favorite hour of the day is spent at 6 a.m. lifting with my friends. When that alarm went off at 5:30 I was TIRED but I knew I wouldn’t regret it. I’m looking forward to training and I have a few things I’m working on (more soon).
Note: My friend’s nephew photobombed my gym selfie and it was too funny not to share.
That’s all I have so far. The first few days were pretty easy considering I was out of my element and on vacation. The next 360 will be the real challenge.
I’m coming for you 40!