40 Things Every Woman Needs To Know Before She Turns 40


No matter what stage of life you’re at, there’s always room for improvement. In this day and age, we’re always too busy to get those wise words of advice from the people who’ve been there before, but if you want to make 2019 your best year yet and become the best version of yourself before you’re well into your forties (and beyond) you need to have a bit of life advice that you can actually learn from. There are some very successful women who are redefining what forty (and beyond) actually looks like, for example, Victoria Beckham, January Jones, Jennifer Lopez, and Gwyneth Paltrow so take some inspiration from them while you’re trying to live your best life, whether you’re eighteen or eighty – age is just a number.

You might want to write these life lessons down somewhere you can see them, or pick and choose your favorites and start every day in your Getting Stuff Done planner with them. Share your best life advice with us in the comments below, I love to read your best tips and tricks.

1 Look as stupid as possible enjoying as much of life as possible.

Looking at the past is good, yearning for it is pointless.

You won’t get more time, do what you’ve been putting off now.

Self-care is more than running a bath, it’s what you wear, what you do, how you feel, and who you spend time with.

I recommend you prioritize, and that starts with having goals. You’ve got to know what’s the most important thing in your life right now and focus on that. – Eva Longoria


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Try to think about your life from an outsider’s perspective, you have so much to be grateful for and in awe of.

Nothing good comes from being unprepared. Your ultimate weapon in life is a planner.

Be nice, always. Small acts of kindness make a huge difference.

Start doing ‘grown-up’ things as early as possible. Get your finances in order, work out more and meal plan.

10 Sleep as much as you can because once you have children, you’re never going to get that much sleep again. – Victoria Beckham

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11 If an opportunity comes that you’re too scared to take, take it.

12 Nothing happens for ‘a reason’, sometimes the Universe is totally random. Tough but true, liberating once you realize it.

13 Travel as often as possible. It’ll never get easier to plan.

14 You’ll only regret the things you didn’t do.

15 Start filling in a notebook. You can use it for so many things. In mine I’m writing beauty reviews; making lists, including the grocery kind and documenting dreams I wake up to and the crazy stories my son tells me so I never forget. – January Jones


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16 Working out will always make you feel better, whether its day one or day one hundred

17 No Instagram post reflects real life. Repeat this while you scroll.

18 You’ll do your best thinking when you step away from your phone.

19 Your elders do know better when it comes to recipes, tips, and life improvement. Make use of their knowledge while you can.

20 Support other women. It’s important to not have women be afraid of you, to accept your mortality and your aging so that you can be a better mentor for up and coming women.  – Zoe Saldana


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21 Cut out all those expectations you’ve put on yourself because of other people. What works for them won’t work for you.

22 Make time for the outdoors as often as possible.

23 Work hard, play hard. Don’t get lost in the 9 to 5, keep your sense of self even when you’re giving 100%.

24 Overthinking can ruin a perfectly good experience, try to be as spontaneous as possible.

25 I also think it’s really important to be surrounded by people you really love who inspire you. Then you feel happy and content and beautiful. – Gwyneth Paltrow


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26 Don’t keep things for a rainy day, the candle is not too pretty to light, the dress is not too formal. Live your life and enjoy yourself fearlessly.

27 Distance affects your relationships, even if you don’t mean it to. It’s better to be in touch now than let it get to a point you can’t return from.

28 Learn how to listen. Perceptive people know when to give up the conversational floor, allow people to share their problems and issues and reserve judgment until later.

29 Think about rifts you have with your family and friends. Time heals all wounds and it’s always better to be the bigger person.

30 We all have doubts in our abilities, about our power and what that power is. My advice to young women is that you have to start by getting those demons out of your head. – Michelle Obama


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31 Some competition is healthy, too much competition is harmful. Stop comparing yourself to others in a negative way and start embracing your differences.

32 If there’s something you dread every time it comes up, think of a way to make it something you’re excited for.

33 Some fear is healthy, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will always surprise you.

34 You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. Stop putting off those goals and start working on them now.

35 Take today to consider people who take you out of your comfort zone, find something you feel you cannot do and create an opportunity for yourself to do it. – Halle Berry


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36 When you feel like you haven’t achieved anything, take a second and look at the past month. What do you have now that you didn’t have then?

37 As you get older, you get happier. You’ll be more content with where you are, so try to bring that happiness in early and be as positive as possible.

38 Plan (and throw) as many parties as you can now, they’ll always produce brilliant memories and photographs to cherish.

39 Be vulnerable. Remind people why they’re important to you, share your fears, insecurities, and weaknesses. There’s always someone who is experiencing a similar thing.

40 I want to remind people that it is not always the most glamorous door that will be your door. I certainly had no idea that working for a man in a factory in Italy was going to be my door. Yet I owe that man everything. – Diane Von Furstenberg


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