Shamelessly Feminine | This is 40!

Today is my 40th birthday.

I almost made it up until midnight last night. I aborted my mission to do so around 11:35. I admit, I started feeling a little anxious. Not about turing 40, but about letting go of my 30’s.

My 30’s were busy, fun, exciting…. predictable. When I turned 30 I was a newlywed and pregnant with my daughter. We had just bought a new home. It was such a brilliant time of my life. When I turned 30 I didn’t have any anxiety. I was on the path I wanted to be on. I knew what I wanted from my 30’s. Maybe even what was expected of them.

40 feels different.ย 

 

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This decade doesn’t have the same road map. I am done having children. I am done buying houses. Done knowing what is next. I have NO CLUE what my 40’s holds for me. At times I get butterflies in my stomach about it. At first I think it’s anxiety, when I really think about it though, it’s not. It’s an anxious excitement.

Yes, I said it. I am excited about being 40!

 

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I’ve spent the last month counting down my birthday and celebrating the things that make me feel #ShamelesslyFeminine.ย One thing I do know is that 40 will bring more of that for me. I am finally feeling more comfortable in my skin than I have ever felt. I don’t mean that in a superficial way. I mean it in an all around knowing who I am sort of way. I am more confident in myself and my abilities to do and be what I want. It’s freeing.

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I have also realized that beingย #ShamelesslyFeminine isn’t always easy. It’s not always a pair of shoes and a new lipstick (although sometimes it is!). #ShamelesslyFeminine is a feeling. It’s an emotion. It’s just like all other emotions. Sometimes you feel it more than others. Sometimes you lose touch with it completely and other times it just oozes out of your pores.

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Today, on my 40th birthday, I feel many emotions. Happy, grateful, blessed, excited and yes… #ShamelesslyFeminine.

Thank you to my Friend Mike Allebach and my Beauty team of Diana and Toni for helping me celebrate my birthday with an awesome photo shoot. Love you guys!!

Hope you all have a beautiful day!

xo,

Jen

 

 

33 Replies to “Shamelessly Feminine | This is 40!”

  1. Happy Birthday Jen! In two years I’ll be 50 believe it or not, and I hope to post a similar thing after my shoot with you some day!

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jen! You are such an inspiration! I am turning 30 this year and just bought a home, doing the baby thing etc. Looking so forward to the decade, and beyond. Be blessed and keep rocking on girl! You look incredible.

  3. Happy birthday !

    Great photoshoot, and your writing made me think : I’m about to turn 37, and all the things you get in your 30’s are the one I expect my 40’s to bring me… but in the end, indeed and just like you, I do feel more comfident and definitely feel on my way to be #ShamelesslyFeminine.

    Give me 3 more years, that’s probably what I’ll be for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy birthday again, and a kiss from France ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Happiest of Birthdays, Jen! You are truly an inspiration and have helped put the pep back into my step when it comes to my career and helping women! You are so beautiful and hope I can feel that comfortable one day!

    1. Beautiful photos!!!!! Happy 40th and wishing you only amazing, exciting things to come….. xoxoxox

      P.S. I know from experience that the 40’s decade is the best yet!!!!

      Stacey

  5. Feliz Cumpleaรฑos Jen! I am 66 now, and believe me, it just keeps getting better. I am certain that it will for you too. ( I would post pix of myself, but first someone must iron the wrinkles out of my birthday suit ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Happy Birthday, Jen!

    I’m 50, and I love it! You’re going to be amazing. I’m the most comfortable that I’ve ever been in my life.

  7. Enjoy your 40’s. It’s the NEW 30’s. Have a great birthday! Thank you for what you do in the photographic community and II hope Tonya and I can see you at some point in the near future ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Happy birthday to my friend and mentor! You look beautiful at 40 and I hope I am just as fabulous as you are when I turn 40 in a few years! Thanks for all of the knowledge and tips I’ve learned from you as a boudoir photographer! #shamelesslyFeminine #Girlboss

  9. Happy 40th and exquisite images! I’m happy to report having just turned 49 with 50 looming in the not to distant future that I feel even more of this now than I did turning 40! Maybe I’m a late bloomer or maybe it does just keep getting better, but I have never felt more alive, more content while still being ridiculously excited about the future and quite honestly sexier then ever before. So keep on being self aware and feeling everything every minute!

  10. I know I already wished you a happy birthday, but I’m just now getting around to reading this. I hope that your first few weeks into your 40’s has been an amazing experience.

    These are awesome photos of an awesome lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. We met in Atlanta (Hilton) at the Pop Photography portrait shoot. You know how to do it in front of or behind the camera!!!!
    Hope to see you again one day. If you are ever in the south I want you to work with my wife.

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