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Turning 40

The Truth About Being 40

Lindsey Mead | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

Forty has answered many -- most? -- of the big questions that haunted my young adulthood. Forty is about embracing the reality that those answers have built.

Nobody's Mother

Joy Mushacke Smith | Posted 08.15.2014 | Women
Joy Mushacke Smith

After divorcing in my late twenties, I was glad I didn't have children. For a time I believed I didn't want kids at all. But in my mid-thirties when my younger sister got pregnant, I absolutely struggled with the choice.

5 Things You Happily Stop Doing By the Age of 40

Sara Morgan-Beckett | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Sara Morgan-Beckett

It doesn't get any more grown-up than 40. But I found that, with this realization, my shoulders noticeably dropped. I don't have to try so hard to be in the know. There's a freedom in becoming a bit of an old fart.

Age Is a State of Mind: I Choose Happiness

Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD | Posted 08.10.2014 | Women
Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD

How can we choose happiness when society has programmed us to fear the aging process? Age is a state of mind. If we are always chasing youth, we are stuck in the past. But being stuck in the past only fuels the negative thought patterns in our minds.

The One Routine Guaranteed To Make You Beautiful

Glennon Melton | Posted 08.10.2014 | OWN
Glennon Melton

Since I am almost 40 now -- God, I love saying that -- I finally know what beauty is. To me, beauty is the beach near my house, puttering around my kitchen, the laughter of a good friend, my dogs' stinky fur, Amma's inability to say the letter R, Tish's sensitive heart, Chase's darkening summer skin against his ultra white teeth, Craig playing hide and seek by himself, the steeple of my beloved church, a hot chai tea, and the banyan trees in my front yard. Today I will FILL UP WITH THIS BEAUTY.

The 50 Shades Of Being Almost 40

Lynn Morrison | Posted 08.10.2014 | Women
Lynn Morrison

The gray hair on my chin is mocking me. I try to pluck it and miss. It cackles. This is one of the 50 shades of almost 40. With the big day looming off in the not too distant future, I am coming to realize that 40 does not look like what I thought it would.

40 Years on the Fence

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason P. Stadtlander

I think in turning 40, perhaps it is forcing me to take a step back. Not to look at 40 years that have passed, but rather 14,600 days that have passed -- 14,600 days to make myself either a better person, a worse person or a person that can make a difference in someone else's life.

Turning 40: A Mindful Shift in Perspective

Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD | Posted 07.21.2014 | Women
Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD

Age is a state of mind. If we are always chasing youth, we are stuck in the past. Being stuck in the past only fuels the negative thought patterns that can lead to feelings of hopelessness grief or depression. To be mindful is to be fully in the present moment without attachment.

Let's Celebrate Turning 40 Instead of Dreading It

Risa Sugarman | Posted 07.20.2014 | Women
Risa Sugarman

Why should it matter? I don't feel 40, but when I turned 30, I didn't feel that, either. I don't know what it is supposed to feel like and the truth is, why should I even spend time worrying about that?

My Mother's Day Wish?

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Valerie DeLoach

I may be holding on (not so gracefully) to 39 with every ounce of my being, but lately I have noticed a few things that may be indicators that I really am older than I think I am...

Why I Spent My 40th Birthday In My Mother's Closet

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Rachel Levy Lesser

In the years since my mom died, I watched my friends rely on their own moms to help care for their young children, seek advice and tell them every once in a while that they were doing a good job. I don't think anyone ever told me that. I knew mom would have, but where the hell was she?

10 Things To Remember For Your 40s

Sara Sutton Fell | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Sara Sutton Fell

I am more comfortable in my own skin, calmer about the challenges I face and able to function better in my relationships in my personal and professional life. I also look a hell of a lot better because I have more money than I did at 20!

A Little Older, and Maybe Wiser

Yasmina Zaidman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Women
Yasmina Zaidman

Some women dread turning 40, and some insist that it just doesn't matter to them, they're totally over it. Well, I am neither indifferent nor depressed about this birthday. But it means a lot to me.

Six Things Skiing Can Teach You

Dana McMahan | Posted 05.27.2014 | Travel
Dana McMahan

When people moan about being too old to learn this sport or that, I usually want to scoff. Abilities often have way more to do with your enthusiasm and fitness level than any arbitrary number does.

The One Thing Turning 40 Brought Me

Amanda Magee | Posted 04.11.2014 | Women
Amanda Magee

I want to go toward happy. I think that a lot of us do, but for whatever reason we get tripped up in what we're supposed to do. How we're supposed to look. What people think.

40 Things I Can Do At 40 That I Couldn't When I Was 20

Wendy Fontaine | Posted 03.05.2014 | Women
Wendy Fontaine

To celebrate my passage into this fourth decade, here's a list of 40 things I can do now that I couldn't do then.

What Does 39 Look Like?

Danielle Herzog | Posted 12.31.2013 | Women
Danielle Herzog

How should I look? What does 39 look like? I decided to investigate what it means for my own life. Here's what 39 looks like to me.

My 40th Birthday Wish: A Baby

Kim Lute | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kim Lute

Cupcakes with pink and blue frosting curlicues imitating sperm (a nod to the party's missing guest) and mini quiches (because it only makes sense to pay homage to "eggs" at a sperm donor fete) rounded out a menu for guests who helped my cousin choose a father, err... a donor.

Why I Don't Want a 40th Birthday Party

Melissa Chapman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Women
Melissa Chapman

pparently, when one turns 40, one is expected to celebrate in a spectacularly grandiose fashion. One is supposed to go into their fourth decade on this planet roaring like a lion, taking 40 by the horns and MAKE 40 THEIR BITCH. Or so I've been told.

Getting Too Old for This Crap: An Ode to My 40s

Kira Sabin | Posted 09.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Kira Sabin

I would rather keep trying for the life I want and falling down awkwardly sometimes then trying to control every part of my world around me and end up freaking out every time things don't go as planned.

The #1 Question You Should Never Ask a Woman Turning 40

Kristin Graham | Posted 08.31.2013 | Women
Kristin Graham

While taking a cab to the airport yesterday, the cabbie asked me the most horrifying question. It seems like I've committed a crime against society.

9 Secrets You Can Only Learn by Turning 40

Posted 06.28.2013 | OWN

by Jami Attenberg The author of the funniest, most endearing novel in years, The Middlesteins, explains the mysteries of the newly not-39. One M...

Heidi Legg: How to Survive 40: A Summer Reading List

Heidi Legg | Posted 08.24.2013 | Books
Heidi Legg

I noticed all the spines of books littering my bedside table. It was as if my subconscious had been amassing the required reading list for "Marriage in your 40s."

In the Search for Success: The Toy Industry Is No Fun

Jorge | Posted 08.12.2013 | Small Business
Jorge

I was around 30 years old and I needed to come up with a new plan to achieve success. That's when I decided I was going to be: a Toy Inventor!

40 Effed Up Things About Being 40

Amy Wruble | Posted 08.06.2013 | Women
Amy Wruble

After a few years of not being able to read the fine print, I broke down and bought my first pair of reading glasses. It was like the reverse of a teen nervously buying condoms. "First pair of reading glasses," I informed the clerk, just to prove that I'm not at all embarrassed. "My mom wears those," she smiled. And now I'm mortified.