I am a UK based mum of 3 lovely but refreshingly imperfect children, married to a New Zealander who I met in a bar in Hong Kong (what can I say when it's meant to be it's meant to be!) and owner of 1 beautiful Springer Spaniel who is not above occasionally disgracing himself in public seemingly, like my children, just to see what I will do!
I started this blog because the closer my friends and I got to our 40th birthdays the more negativity and worry I noticed around this 'milestone' aka 'millstone'. I found that I automatically began to bemoan my forthcoming birthday and making silly jokes about it as though I was stuck in some hideous default setting that I couldn't turn off. Actually in all honesty I am not that bothered about being 40 (I have about 10 weeks to go). I have already noticed a lot of positives - I frankly don't have any time for nonsense and find it far easier to say no than in my 20's. NO! NO! NO! See, easy. I am also much better at putting my own needs first and being aware of what I like and don't like (and less willing to compromise on them). However I won't lie and say that I don't have any concerns. Mostly in terms of things I still want to do, dreams and goals I am still looking to bring to fruition, and wondering whether I have left it too late - well, okay, to be a Wimbledon Tennis player maybe, although the fact I actually haven't played tennis properly since I was about 15 probably has a lot to do with that! But adventures and other goals...I don't think so.
I already had a successful website but it no longer made my heart zing so (after a fortuitous accidental deleting of my old site- oh fates you really are hilarious!) I decided, after a few tears, to create the space that I actually wanted to hang out in now. Somewhere that fitted who I am and where I am in my life right now. A space for women over 40 (or approaching 40 fast) where we could share our stories and experiences, learn from others and generally have a good time. As a bit of a late blossomer in many ways I want my next 40 years to kick the first 40's arse well and truly. I don't want to muddle through or just survive the next 40 years I want to absolutely LOVE Life After 40...
This site is a combination of my own discoveries, anxieties and honest sharings about life after 40 plus a whole heap of inspiration from others. (If you want to share your story/tips etc. then drop me a line). This means I cover all sorts of subjects from food, beauty and wellbeing through to travel, books and business. I am always looking for new and inspiring things to write about, so if think that you, your company or your product would be a good fit for my blog, please drop me a line.
So that’s pretty much it really. My family and friends are the heart of my world and I love my little life and look forward to loving it even more over the next 40 years. It’s a pleasure to have you with me on my journey. I hope you enjoy hanging out here with me. If you do then grab a cuppa and come and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram too. If you want to get to know me even better then put your feet up for a minute and read '10 things about me'