On turn­ing 40

In the Moment - - Wellbeing -

For mind­ful­ness and well­be­ing coach Nat Malila (www.well­ness­nat.com), re­al­is­ing she would turn an age she had al­ways con­sid­ered to be ‘old’, ini­tially caused a urry of self­ques­tion­ing: “Can I still have chil­dren? Can I still wear that? Can I say that? Am I do­ing what I want with my life?”

How­ever, this mile­stone birth­day has turned out to be a true bless­ing for her: “I have put so much into the world and sur­vived ve years of per­sonal highs and lows due to a de­gen­er­a­tive eye con­di­tion,” shares Nat. “I re­alised it’s time I give back to my­self and make the most of my 40th year – ditch the rou­tine and treat my­self to a year of travel, med­i­ta­tion re­treats and sun­shine!” Nat is now clearer than ever on what she wants her fu­ture to look like and, best of all, she’s in a po­si­tion to make it hap­pen on her own terms.

Turn­ing 40 turned out to be a trans­for­ma­tive time for pho­tog­ra­pher and stylist Jennifer Sch­midt (www.jen­nifer­schmidt.com.au) too, giv­ing her the courage to nally fol­low her ca­reer dreams.

“Grow­ing up, I’d al­ways been artis­tic, but was told there was no money in art so I was pushed into an ac­count­ing de­gree. I re­alised

I’d spent the rst four decades of my life try­ing to please every­one ex­cept my­self. Then, at 40 years old, I de­cided that I wanted to turn my hobby of food pho­tog­ra­phy and styling into a full-time ca­reer.”

Like Nat, Jennifer also de­cided to treat her­self more kindly mov­ing for­wards, and started by mak­ing her well­be­ing a top pri­or­ity: “I chose to seek help for the se­vere anx­i­ety that had plagued me my whole life,” she shares. “It has been a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence to put my hap­pi­ness and men­tal health rst.”

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