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I wasn't afraid to turn 40. But I’ve never been a big fan of birthdays and I DO NOT want to be the center of attention. I'm happy to celebrate anyone else, just not myself. Can you relate?

In June, I turned 40 and I was ready for it! So many friends have turned 40; it must be because I am so mature(!) and have hung out with older people for the majority of my life. (I hope you can hear the sarcasm in my voice here!).

Everyone says your 40s are the best years of your life and I am excited! This is a big year for our family with lots of changes. Our oldest goes to high school and our youngest starts kindergarten. (Yep, that big of a gap!). So, once again, I ask myself: what the hell will I do with my time? I'm having fun with that one right now – stay tuned!

For now, though, I’m sharing my Top 40. Thank you for being a part of this wild ride with me.

  1. Who you spend the rest of your life with is the most important decision you will ever make.

  2. Your circle, the real one, will be less than five people.

  3. Practice gratitude daily to find joy. Happy, joyful people are that way because of their gratitude practice.

  4. Boundaries are not just healthy – they are vital.

  5. Trust your gut – always.

  6. Take the road less traveled. Most people won't do it; you won’t be in the majority. Don't go the traditional route.

  7. Take risks, often – that’s where you find success.

  8. Travel as much as you can. Remember: you can enjoy experiences OR things.

  9. Your parents were right 99% of the time. (Damn it!).

  10. Where you come from matters. Your roots shape you.

  11. Most won't approve; but guess what? You don't need them to.

  12. Goldens are a girl's best friend.

  13. Be your own boss. Make your own money. Bet on you over anyone else.

  14. Your kids won't listen to you; they will watch you. Show them what you want to teach them.

  15. Keep an open mind, always. Love to learn.

  16. Everyone's family is crazy. If they say otherwise, they are full of shit.

  17. Work on your mindset daily.

  18. Live by the water, at least part-time.

  19. Always stay true to yourself; don't change to fit in. Don't be a follower.

  20. Stay loud.

  21. Discipline + Consistency = Success & Freedom

  22. Don't take shit from anyone.

  23. Laugh daily.

  24. Nobody knows what they are doing – it’s not just you.

  25. Friday is my second favorite F word. Hey, I'm Irish.

  26. Being blessed with kids is your greatest adventure and damn, does it go by fast. Enjoy the ride!

  27. Marry an older man.

  28. Get in the water.

  29. Say NO a lot and without explanation.

  30. Be willing to outwork them – all of them.

  31. You are all you’ve got; invest in yourself.

  32. Time freedom and flexibility are priceless.

  33. It is not a sacrifice; it is an exchange for something better down the road – an investment in your future.

  34. The world is rigged in your favor.

  35. I'll to piss off a lot of people. Who cares? It's not about them.

  36. The more confident you become, the less the world will like you.

  37. Life is short. Making it to 40 is a blessing; too many people don't get here.

  38. My girls are everything and will change the world.

  39. Know when enough is enough and when it’s time to get off the hamster wheel.

  40. I'm doing pretty damn good for 40, but I have a lot more to learn and do.

What would you add to this list?


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