Being the web editor for More.ca (and before that, 50Plus.com) has really coloured my view; I spend so much time listening to, reading about, interviewing, and writing about women who are truly inspiring that in some way I feel like my 40s can never measure up. But I’m also deliciously aware that this is a time when many of us come into our own; having defined ourselves as workers, wives, parents, daughters, and siblings, we come back to trying to define ourselves.
Part of what I admire about many women over 40 is the way they get out of their comfort zones and push themselves to try new things. I sometimes have a first response to new things that can be summarized in two letters: No. Or even, Oh no! This year I am working to turn that into yes.
I have been trying for at least week to decide what I could tell you about myself that will give you a starting point for where this section of the blog might go. I think I’ve narrowed it down to three things:
- Sometimes, I over think things. Being a planner has served me well in some areas of my life but I increasingly feel like I need to adopt the Nike slogan and “just do it” more often. I will be looking for inspiration and help from you guys in doing more this year.
- My husband and I planned to have kids earlier in our lives but for various reasons, including a perinatal loss, we find ourselves with a 4 year old. I’m so, so, so glad for my son Noah but I have felt that the struggle to achieve that crazy thing called balance has been a challenge. Or maybe I’m just whiny. I want to bounce some of these issues off you all.
- Out of these two challenges I have really lost ground in terms of staying fit. My body is not my best friend! All right, I’ll get real: My body has never really been my best friend for reasons I’ll discuss in an upcoming post. I really want to address this now, because I really do believe that being active is something I want to be for decades. And, honestly – I want to dress and look better too.
So here we go! Feel free to start sharing your advice, responses, and anything I should be reading/trying/thinking about in the comments. And don’t worry – Vanessa and I will still be blogging in the usual way, so stick with us for those posts as well.