This is the year… We hear this often from our friends and family. As one year ends, people look forward to the next.  Whether it is a relief to end one chapter, or looking forward to continuing a good year.  However people phrase it, it seems to be a “marker”.  For me, the start of the year marks about 6 months until my birthday.  Twenty-Thirteen is the year I turn 40.

Forty…40.  The “F” word, as some refer to it.  I am not afraid, nor am I looking forward to it.  It is another year.  It is another age. It is another decade, the fourth one. I will no longer be in my thirties.  I will be in the second half of my life. Is it middle age??? Hmmmmm…

For some time now I have been using my 40th birthday as a deadline of sorts.  I have used it for where I want to be in my business.  I have used it for where I want to be in my self. I have actually been saying for some time that I “want to be in the best shape of my life by the time I am 40”.  Last year I decided that I needed to figure out exactly what this means.  Physically, often seems to be the obvious front runner. However someone looks at aging-it is always nice to hear, “you don’t look” (insert age), age is a number.  The saying, you are only as old as you feel?  How does approaching 40 feel?  What IS 35 supposed to look like?

I have now further defined this goal. I am now looking at “shape” as being something more.  Physical, mental, financial, business, and more.  In general I feel as though I am a pretty well rounded individual.  I may not be well travelled, but I am well educated.  I may not be a risk taker, but I have been trying new things outside of my wheelhouse.

So, now what?  The question from many seems to be how to define and measure the success of some of these ideas.  Well, I have decided my answer is…I am not.  I will just continue to make more goals and markers of my own progress.  I don’t want to create an endpoint.  I want this to continue.  My goals, my success, my dreams, my wishes, all of it.

For now…I am training, I am beginning to budget (again), and I am organizing. I am continuing to grow.  Nope, not done yet!

I am guessing that it is safe to say….to be continued 😉

Thanks for reading…

Balance in your body.  Wellness in your life.

Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I think this is one view of what happy looks like, just in case…





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