On turning 40
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.”