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Life lessons when leaving your 30's behind!

Congratulations on your 40th birthday! 40 is such an important milestone, and it's a time to reflect on all of your successes so far and to look ahead to the future. I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating and may the years ahead be filled with abundance, peace, happiness, blessings and endless love...and let it overflow so that everyone in your corner feels it too!

Read on to see 10 things that we recommend now that you're the BIG 4-0!

1. Celebrate your accomplishments! Shake off the age-image and embrace how far you have come! Turning 40 is a milestone to be proud of, so don’t be afraid to take some time to reflect on all you’ve achieved. It's a reminder that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, and I you'll feel more motivated to take on more challenging tasks in the future.

2. Connect with friends and family. Keep those bonds strong by taking the time to reach out to those you care about and make plans to meet up or talk. My son ran up to a kid on the playground the other day grabbed his hand and they took off running towards the swings. If only it were this easy to make friends as adults right? Though making new friends may be a little harder as we age. We can definitely cherish the old bonds we've built. And luckily for us technology has made it that much easier to stay connected. It’s easy to overcome barriers such as distance, mobility, lack of transportation with smartphones and tablets that have video chat apps such as FaceTime or Skype, or even through social media such as Facebook.

3. Get organized. It's never a bad time to tackle the clutter in your life and organize your space. Take some time to get your home, workspace, and finances in order – it’ll make you feel more in control of your life. My advice is visualize the space and start small so the project won't seem so daunting. But. . . DO! Don't just sit around planning and researching. You must take action or hire someone to do it for you.

4. Make time for yourself. Take moments throughout the day to relax and do something you enjoy, whether it’s reading, taking a walk, or listening to music. I know! I know! There are only so many hours in a day. Try habit simply organize things that you have to do in a way that makes sense. For example, I'll marinate chicken for dinner, start a load of laundry, load the dishwasher and while that's going I iron our clothes for the week while listening to an audiobook. This knocks meal prep, reading and a few chores off my list and makes time for other things that I enjoy.

5. Prioritize your health. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating nutritious food, and exercising regularly. I can't stress this enough. Health is wealth and it's quite true you're only as old as you think. Try to push yourself this year to be more disciplined in one or all of these areas. Whether its moving more, giving up soda or kicking a nicotine habit your body will thank you.

6. Try something new. Expand your horizons by taking a class, learning a new skill, or exploring a new hobby. Not only can developing a hobby increase your confidence but this is an easy way to expand your social circle and get out more.

7. Take a break from technology. Unplug from all the screens in your life and focus on the people and things around you. This helps you to be present. Try and start small by implementing little changes such as no phones at the dinner table, no phones at bedtime, or scheduled notifications so you're not constantly tempted to reach for your phone.

8. Stay open to change. The older we get the more comfortable we are with our current routine and way of doing things. Many are holding onto beliefs that may no longer serve them or suit their lifestyle and this approach can stunt our growth. But even a minor adjustment can lead to a major improvement. Growth is positive, and it’s important to be open-minded and willing to change. Embrace the changes that come with aging, and be open to new experiences and opportunities.

9. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Stand up for yourself and don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. Opening your throat chakra or 5th chakra can help you get the words out. A person with an open throat Chakra is able to speak up and express themselves but also deeply listen, giving the other person that experience of being heard.

10. Invest in yourself. This can be interpreted many ways...if prioritizing your health is important... Do it! Yes, it cost a little more to eat healthier but you're worth it! You could also start that business you've been dreaming of, splurge on something that you’ve been wanting or get away and take the time to do something special for yourself.

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