The 20s are your decade of uncertainty and experimentation. Your 30s are a time of rootedness and growth. But the 40s? Well, now that I am here, I would say that it's a decade of expansion and also strategic experimentation—unlike the chaotic experimentation of your earlier years.
Your 40s come with the air of wisdom that you are certain of who you are, and now that you've paid your dues, you get to take some chances. You can reinvent yourself a bit. You're not the most seasoned rooster, but you're no spring chicken. You have an edge up on the slightly demure but confident 30-year-old you were. And most certainly, you're a lot sexier and more powerful than you were in your shaky 20s. There are things you know now more than ever because you own who you are, completely.
For me, that's exactly how it has been. My 20s had extreme joys and lows. The more-rooted growth period of my 30s brought me a child. And now entering my 40s, I feel like I own my own skin and soul. It's a bit scary and amazing. And while I don’t claim to be an expert at this working motherhood gig, I’ve found there are definitely some things working moms have figured out by the time they hit 40—and that’s a wonderful feeling. Here’s what we’ve got down pat: