I went from being a daughter to a mom with very little space in between. My oldest daughter, , was born 4 months after I graduated high school. During a time when lots of young women have the chance to explore who they are at college or in their first foray into working world, I was making sure my baby girl had a great shot at life by waiting tables.
At 22, I met my wonderful husband, Rob, and took on the role of wife and stay-at-home mom. I adored both my daughter and husband, but I’d also taken on two huge responsibilities as a very young woman. I was still figuring myself out.
That’s been the journey ever since, during Rob’s long hours at the business and a few rocky years of marriage; when my second daughter was born, and then my son; through life-changing family grief; and through discovering that my savvy in Rob’s business was a great sign that I’d always been meant for entrepreneurship. Every phase of my life has been a challenge and an opportunity to get clear on who I really am, and what I want out of this beautiful life.
And you know who was there for me through it all? Other women. Women of all ages and walks of life. From my best girlfriends to my mother-in-law, from my fitness studio pals to my own daughter as she started to become an adult. Each and every woman had so much to share and so much love to give – not to mention that she set her own example of living a life true to her values and who she wanted to be in the world.
The idea of Forty Young was sparked by this circle of women in my life. I created this community to bring you into the incredible sisterhood I’ve built around me – and to share all the lessons I learned along my journey of womanhood. Yep, even when it means admitting that I forgot to pick up my kids or sharing the less than glamorous recovery from breast augmentation. Because I know I’m not the only one, and by telling the whole truth of my life, it can empower you to embrace yours too.
There’s a saying my dad once told me that I know will strike you: “Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. You get one big show.” Make the decision to claim the lifestyle, the family, the body, the feelings, the career, and the community that is true to the life you’ve always wanted to live. The curtain’s up and I’ll be the first to give you a round of applause.