Get your FREE Nutrition eBook → Click Here

Healthy Living

40 Lessons I Learned by 40

by Marissa on October 9, 2018

 

40 Lessons I Learned by 40 | Marissa Vicario Health Coach

Turning 40 hasn’t been high on my priority list. In fact, it’s safe to say I’ve been dreading it since the day I turned 30. The past 10 years have seemed to fly. Lately, I’ve been nostalgic for my younger years and yet doing my best to fully embrace this new decade with grace. Although my life hasn’t gone nearly the way I had expected it would at 20, I now know there was an even better plan in store for me. To top it off, I feel even better and more vibrant at 40 than I did in my 20s and 30s.  

To celebrate 40, my husband, David, planned a 5-day trip to Bermuda (separate post to come) and a weekend in my hometown of Louisville, Ky. with my family. I couldn’t have asked for a better or more memorable milestone celebration and as I reflect on the past four decades of my life, I’m overcome with emotion. 

The past few months I’ve been thinking more about all the experiences that have shaped 40 years of my life and the lessons I’ve learned along the way. Since I did something similar for 30, I’m doing it again for 40: 

40 Lessons I Learned by 40

One // You’re never too old and it’s never too late. 

Two // People will disappoint you. Don’t take it personally. It’s not about you. 

Three // There is always a silver lining. 

Four // Friendships require care and attention to thrive. 

Five // The best friendships will withstand time and distance. Recognize the ones that do and take care of them. 

Six // Those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.

Seven // You are responsible for your own happiness. 

Eight // Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. 

Nine // Use sunscreen and take good care of your skin.

Ten // Always send a thank you note. 

Eleven // It’s ok to say “no”.

Twelve // Protect your energy. 

Thirteen // Fear is not an excuse. Feel the fear and do it anyway. 

Fourteen // Anything worth having takes work. 

Fifteen // Success looks different for everyone. 

Sixteen // The greatest gift you can give someone is to listen. 

Seventeen // How you do one thing is how you do everything. 

Eighteen // This body is the only one you have – take care of it. 

Nineteen // You can’t please everyone. 

Twenty // Change is inevitable so embrace it. 

Twenty-One// Nothing changes if nothing changes.

Twenty-Two// There is no better meal than the one you make at home.

Twenty Three // People will remember how you made them feel. 

Twenty Four //  Marry your best friend. 

Twenty Five // Show up and follow through.  

Twenty Six // Travel often. The greatest education comes from seeing the world. 

Twenty Seven // Set boundaries and adhere to them. 

Twenty Eight // Meditate daily. 

Twenty Nine // One workout can change your entire day. So can one matcha latte. 

Thirty // Sleep is free. Get as much as you can. 

Thirty-One// Finding your purpose is the most fulfilling thing you will ever do. When you hear the call, answer it. 

Thirty-Two// The greatest love you will ever know if the one you have for yourself. Only then can you truly and fully love someone else. 

Thirty-Three// Every experience has guided you to this moment. Be grateful for them and find the lessons.

Thirty-Four// Everything you need is already inside you. 

Thirty-Five// Fail and fail hard then get back up and try again. 

Thirty-Six// Know when to walk away. 

Thirty-Seven// Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. 

Thirty-Eight// Never stop learning. 

Thirty-Nine// Know where you’re going, and take the road less traveled to get there.

Forty// Leave your comfort zone often, that’s where growth happens. 

Do any of these lessons resonate with you? Or tell me, one of the lessons you’ve learned from life. 

If you liked this post, share it!

{ 0 comments }

Five Benefits of Magnesium + Why You May Need to Supplement

October 5, 2018
Thumbnail image for Five Benefits of Magnesium + Why You May Need to Supplement

If you’re stressed, drink alcohol, eat any amount of processed food or take antibiotics, chances are you may be magnesium deficient. Up to 75 percent of US adults are deficient in magnesium not just because of lifestyle choices, but also because of the poor soil quality and chemicalized water rampant in this country. Magnesium is […]

Read the full article →

What is Intermittent Fasting and Should You Do It?

September 24, 2018
Thumbnail image for What is Intermittent Fasting and Should You Do It?

  As I write this, I’m fasting. Am I hungry? Getting there. Do I feel that I need to eat immediately? Not at all. When I first heard about intermittent fasting, I quickly dismissed it as a fad and even if it turned out not to be, it wasn’t for me. After all, everything I’ve […]

Read the full article →

Top Five Food Trends from Expo East 2018

September 18, 2018
Thumbnail image for Top Five Food Trends from Expo East 2018

   If you love, make, buy or sell natural foods, supplements or personal care, then chances are you were at the Natural Products Expo, Expo East, last week. After a great first year, I was invited back again as part of the New Hope Network’s Influencer Summit. (See last year’s Expo East recap here). I […]

Read the full article →

My Top 3 Daily Supplements

September 5, 2018
Thumbnail image for My Top 3 Daily Supplements

As a Health Coach, I’m often asked about supplements. Most commonly: Do I need to supplement? What supplements should I take? What brand of X supplement do you recommend? Until a few years ago, I was just as confused as most people. The thing is, supplementation is deeply personal and individual and I recommend that […]

Read the full article →

Gluten-free, Sugar-free Banana Bread Recipe

August 28, 2018

I’m pretty sure banana bread is one of my all-time favorite things in this world. I’ve had a number of go-to healthy banana bread recipes over the years, but I just recently created my own by combining elements of a few of my favorites. This one is a gluten-free, sugar-free banana bread recipe that uses […]

Read the full article →

How to Practice Mindful Eating

August 24, 2018
Thumbnail image for How to Practice Mindful Eating

This post is sponsored by Gerolsteiner USA and Fit Approach. All opinions are my own.  In this fast-paced world of digital technology and instant gratification, most of us have fallen into the habit of operating on auto-pilot. We go through the motions, we multi-task and we move at warp-speed. In short, we’ve lost our connections […]

Read the full article →

Why Vacation is Healthy + A Summer Trip to the South of France and Ibiza

August 21, 2018
Thumbnail image for Why Vacation is Healthy + A Summer Trip to the South of France and Ibiza

Ever get vacation guilt? That feeling where guilt about lying around, ignoring your emails and not being productive creeps in? It happens and I daresay it’s happened to me. As much as I love vacation, as a small business owner, I tend to feel like the longer I’m on vacation the more my to-do list […]

Read the full article →

New York City Wellness Guide

August 17, 2018
Thumbnail image for New York City Wellness Guide

Photo by Katherine Mendieta Photography Once upon a time, I had a corner of this blog dedicated to Healthy Hot Spots – local restaurants that served up “healthy-ish” food which at the time was harder to come by. That was then. Now, New York City is ranked among the 20 healthiest US cities and the […]

Read the full article →