When I turned 30 a friend bought me a photo shoot as a gift. The photos were stunning and I’ve always kept one on my wall as inspiration for how I would like to look when I had finally finished my childbearing days.
When I was 30 I felt pretty good about the way I looked, I had just got engaged, was going to the gym regularly, eating healthily and was happy. More recently however I have come to the conclusion that I have always been too self critical and never really accepted how amazing I looked.
This year I turned 40. As clichéd as it is, I see this as a turning point. I don’t want to have anymore children so I now have the opportunity to get my body back in shape, to build a career and to become me again. I have just returned from a photo shoot for my 40th birthday. In the past 10 years I’ve had 3 kids and 2 miscarriages, I’ve got more wrinkles and spend a lot less time on looking good. I rarely get a haircut and lots of my clothes are past their sell by date. However, I have finally stopped beating myself up for not being as slim as I was in my 20’s. For the first time in a very long time I feel good about the way I look. I think for a 40 year old with 3 kids, the youngest of whom is only 9 months , I look pretty damn good.
I kept the cat suit from the first photo shoot – I never really believed I would ever be able to wear it again, but today I proved myself wrong. Ok, I’m not quite as slim as 10 years ago and I did need a bit of help from some Bridget Jones pants but I did it and I think I look pretty good .
So here are some of the photos from my 30th
And the one’s I had taken today proving we can still look fabulous at 40
For anyone who wants a special gift for a special birthday I can highly recommend New ID Studios for a makeover photo shoot. The shoot includes a hair wash, cut and style, makeup and the photoshoot. A lovely day out and a great way to boost your self esteem.