40 on The 4th :: 40 Things About This Woman Who Turns 40 Today!

First and foremost, let me greet my USA readers and loyal subscribers Happy 4th of July! What are your plans for the weekend? Fill me in!

Incidentally, today is also my birthday. It’s not just an ordinary day, another year older, another kind of event. Ladies, I am now in the 4-0 demographics! I tell you what, aside from gray hairs here and there which can be remedied by hair coloring or highlights, I don’t feel different. Not just yet. I’m still haunted by obnoxious zits, still mistaken for twenty-something (blame my petite stature), and still walk in four-inch wedges. I try my best to be in tip-top shape but my recent triglyceride level tell me otherwise. 

So let’s keep things light today. After all, I know most of you are prepping up for family barbecues and whatnots. I am stuffing my face with food, that’s for sure. And yes, I’m doing major shopping today! So before the festivities begin, I want to share 40 things about myself. I know 40 isn’t enough to know me as a whole but hey, I have a cap. Maybe next year I should do 41? lol

1) I was born on 7/4/74

2) Birth weight: 4 lbs (too tiny and fragile!)

3) Birth time: 4:00 pm…. Seriously, what’s up with all the 4’s???? 

4) Doctors feared that I will be born blind 

5) Thankfully not blind but I do wear Rx eyeglasses and contacts for eons

6) I used to be shy and soft-spoken

7) Which is highly contested by the hub because according to him, he sees no trace of shyness at all

8) I have one sister and one half-brother

9) Which tells you that my parents separated (and eventually divorced) when I was six

10) My childhood wasn’t that great because I didn’t understand the family drama back then

11) But I wasn’t a “pity me, poor me” child because I had very loving grandparents who raised me and my sister

12) I call them Mama and Papa because that’s what they were to me and my sister: real parents since my biological were too busy with their own lives

13) My Mama and Papa are both in heaven now but I’m forever thankful to them. 

14) I forgive but don’t forget

15) Meaning, I forgive but don’t forget the lessons I learned from hurtful experiences

16) Meaning, if you have betrayed my trust twice because thrice is too much, I cut the ties

17) Regardless if you’re a relative or long-time friend

18) I love watching zombie movies even back then

19) That’s why I knew hub was the one because he’s the only guy I met who knows all zombie movies (of course among other things: smarts, humor, chemistry, etc.)

20) During our courtship phase, I asked him how to kill a zombie

21) He asked me back why zombies go to the mall

22) We both knew the answer

23) We eloped and surprised our families

24) No kids, it’s a mutual decision

25) But we have a furry baby, an English Cocker Spaniel!

26) I am a monster when I’m HANGRY : angry when hungry

27) I have a sweet tooth

28) But recently curbing this unhealthy snacking of ice cream, Long Johns, and donuts

29) I used to work for pharmaceutical companies as Product/Marketing Manager

30) But all the constant traveling, endless presentation, including red tape and mudslinging wore me down

31) That’s why at mid 30s, I decided to slow down and switch career path

32) I revisited my BSN degree and now I’m an RN

33) Former colleagues don’t recognize me now

34) Because I used to be chunky, acne-laden and overall haggard-looking

35) But I learned to stay active through exercise and by eating in moderation

36) I rarely watch TV

37) But I can’t wait for The Walking Dead to come back in late October!

38) Thank you my readers and subscribers

39) Because you made this far

40) Remember, age is just a number. Look young, feel young.



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  1. July 4, 2014 / 7:21 am

    I'm so envious i'm turning green. If not for this post, I would've thought you were in your 20s! Please share some of your skincare secrets (preferably privately so that only I look as fabulous as you do when I'm 40) Haha XD Just kidding. Not.

    Have a blessed birthday!

    xoxo, Christine
    Shamelessly Polished

    • July 4, 2014 / 9:36 am

      Thanks Christine for stopping by. You made me smile w/ your comment. Wish I was really 20, lol! I don't have skincare secrets. I admit I test out skincare products here and there but my staples remain the same: (night) remove makeup, wash face w/ cleanser and clarisonic mia 2, tone, apply serum and moisturizer (day) wash face, serum, sometimes w/ moisturizer; 3x a wk I apply mask; on Friday nights I use Paula's Choice weekly resurfacing peel 🙂 And yeah, drink lots of water, don't forget to apply sunscreen. Most important of all, stay away from DRAMA. Positive attitude keeps wrinkes away :-))

  2. July 4, 2014 / 8:28 am

    Happy birthday! I want your skincare regime! I was 100% sure you were in the Uni or something, in your 20s. It was quite a surprise to see the title of your post!

  3. July 4, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    Posts like yours make me realize that I have so much to look forward to in my 30's (I turned the big 3-0 in November), so thanks for sharing all these facts!

    • July 4, 2014 / 4:48 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Michelle. I'll tell you the difference how I met age milestones. I was happy when I turned 20 because I wasn't in the teen category anymore; when I turned 30, I cried thinking shoot! I'm getting old; now that I turned 40, who's old?? xox

  4. July 4, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    Kathryne, I knew we had a special connection! As you probably know, it is my birthday today as well! I turned 40 last year… I have learned so much in the past year… Age is just a number… I think our 40's is a very special time in our lives. I think they are about harnessing our wisdom, setting fear aside and making all dreams become realities! Happy Birthday my dear friend! #XOXOEDDIE

    • July 4, 2014 / 4:51 pm

      OMG Eddie! Happy Bday to you and I appreciate you stopping by, ultimate fan girl moment here! Can I just say that you look so young for your age? who would've thought you are in the 4-0 demographics? Yes, age is just a number. Someone is going to be older than somebody, that's how I look at it. Happy Bday and enjoy the festivities and fireworks my friend!

  5. July 4, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    Happy 4-0! I love zombie movies as well and cannot wait for the return of The Walking Dead. I'll be catching some of the TWD marathon on TV today 🙂

    • July 5, 2014 / 8:48 am

      That's so nice to know! We are multiplying in number, zombie lover!

  6. July 4, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    You look absolutely beautiful and nobody would ever know you are 40. Happy birthday! I hope you have a fantastic day and loved reading your list 🙂

    • July 5, 2014 / 8:49 am

      Many thanks Justina. I had a great time today! Enjoy the long wknd w/ your family

  7. July 4, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    Happy Bday! 4 must be your lucky number! I've got some meat to grill up and some cocktails to enjoy 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful day!

    • July 5, 2014 / 8:50 am

      Thanks Miranda. Must be!!! I hope you had fun today! I had a great time celebrating this demi-milestone

  8. July 4, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! I would have never guessed you were 40!!! Looking good darling!! Have a wonderful birthday!

  9. July 4, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    Happy birthday! CANNOT believe you're 40, you look absolutely stunning. I love reading things like this!

    • July 5, 2014 / 8:52 am

      Thanks much. 'been blogging for a while so I thought of opening up myself 🙂

  10. July 4, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    Happy birthday Kath! You look so fab at 40! Love your list xo

    • July 5, 2014 / 8:52 am

      Thanks Judy! I'm embracing my new demographics w/ flying colors, haha!

  11. July 4, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have had a fabulous day!

  12. July 4, 2014 / 9:10 pm

    Happy Birthday! You are 40 now? You seriously look 20-something in my opinion!

    • July 5, 2014 / 8:53 am

      Oh my Leelo. If we can turn back time, lol. Thanks much for the greetings

  13. July 4, 2014 / 9:15 pm

    Happy Birthday! You are one gorgeous (looks young for her age!) 40 year old! <3 Hope you have a beautiful and blessed day! <3

    • July 5, 2014 / 8:54 am

      Awww thanks so much. I guess beauty blogging has its pseudo benefits. Have a great weekend to you! xo

  14. July 5, 2014 / 12:01 am

    Happy birthday! I'm the same way in that I used to be PAINFULLY shy, but my boyfriend can't even imagine it hahahaha!

    • July 5, 2014 / 8:55 am

      I know right. My hub laughs every time I say that I used to be shy and innocent. Oh well…. Thanks Chelsea

  15. July 5, 2014 / 12:21 am

    Well, for 8 and 9…… your parents could still be together… if they had been married to other people before they had you! 🙂 At any rate, hope your birthday is exciting! Have a great one 🙂

    • July 5, 2014 / 8:57 am

      Possibility because some people improve for the better… but not in their case, LOL. Oh well, we can't choose our parents 🙂 Thanks for the b'day greetings, I had fun today!

  16. July 5, 2014 / 3:26 am

    HAPPY B-DAY fellow gorgeous Moon Sister!!! Hope you had a fabulous day!


    • July 5, 2014 / 8:58 am

      Thanks Moon Sister Sharon! I had a great time today. Have a great weekend!!xo

  17. July 5, 2014 / 6:03 am

    Lordy, Lordy, look who's 40! Happy birthday, beautiful!!

  18. July 5, 2014 / 9:00 am

    You are so fabulous, Kath, and I am so glad to know you through blogging! I'm so inspired by how you changed career paths and found your fabulosity!

    • July 7, 2014 / 12:38 am

      Thanks so much for your sweet words! Same here, I'm happy to have discovered a blog who empowers women beyond makeup! High five sis!

  19. July 5, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    Happy 40th Kath! I hope when I cross that line in 10 years I'm half as fabulous as you 🙂

  20. July 6, 2014 / 3:10 am

    I hope you had an awesome birthday! Also, I seriously hope I look as good as you at 40. Holy crap you look 25 I'm not even kidding.

    • July 7, 2014 / 12:40 am

      Thanks Brooke! You would of course, beauty blogging has its perks after all, lol

  21. July 6, 2014 / 10:09 pm

    Wow I didn't even realize that you were almost 40. You look gorgeous for 40!

  22. July 7, 2014 / 1:54 am

    Shut the front door. YOU'RE 40!? Girl. You look AH-MAZING!

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