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Turning 40 today has made me ridiculously excited. I am also very excited (and shattered) after spending the day at Harry Potter Studios with my Besty Lynn.

Best Birthday Ever!

Those who know me, know that I’m a massive Harry Potter fan. I love the books and the movies. I have the audiobooks and listen to them often. So turning 40 at Harry Potter Studios was the best birthday idea ever!

Turning 40 in style, Sara on a broomstick at Harry Potter studios
I’d be awesome at quidditch!
Turning 40 - Have you seen these wizards poster
The one on the right looks well dodgy!

Birthday Freedom

I think the main reason why I’m so excited about turning 40 is because I spent most of my 30s in an unhealthy relationship with a man who had a knack of putting a dampener on my birthdays. 2 days after I left my marriage and moved to Cardiff, I turned 37. Although I didn’t really do anything big to celebrate, it was a great birthday. I felt free and able to enjoy it in the way I wanted to.

Turning 40 - drunk girl saying Woooooo hoooooo gif

I suppose I feel as though my 40th birthday is the beginning of a new milestone in my life. I’ve never been this fit, healthy or happy before in my whole life and it feels as though anything seems possible.

Leslie from Parks and Recreation

Lifes Ups and Downs 

My life has changed so much in the last 3 years. I’m now a runner and with that I’ve increased in confidence, my self-esteem is pretty high and I’m learning to love myself and my body. I’m finally realising my worth. And I won’t accept people or situations in my life that don’t contribute positively towards it.
Running has been a good influence on me. I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone and run a full marathon, 4 half marathons and a bunch of other races. I’ve also made a lot of new friends, joined a running club, changed jobs twice and discovered what I want to be when I grow up. This year I’m going to being brave and completely changing my career.
My lovely dad passed away and I finally decided to have counselling to help me to deal with the grief that felt as though it was consuming me.

Sara's dad on his motorbike
My dad was a badass!

I can’t wait to see what happens in my 40s. I know they’ll be filled with highs and lows but each experience will teach me something new and add to my adventure.

Turning 40 - baby 'bring it' meme