Here at Stylebook, we don’t usually write about negative things, so please trust that this post will end on a positive. If you follow me on Instagram (@drmeganbrown), you know I was in Bermuda this summer for several weeks. On our last day, I sat on the beach and watched my boys play in the waves. Instead of wallowing in sadness on my last morning, I was inspired to write this post and even dictated into my phone as I sat under the beach umbrella…
I’ve been thinking about age a lot lately, mainly because I just can’t believe how much I love my 40’s. As you may remember my post from last year, My 5 Healthiest Habits Since Turning 40, the 40’s have been the happiest of my life.
But that morning on the beach, I reflected on my 30’s. For some reason I focused on my regrets. I chose to, and was lucky to be able to have kids, so that decade was basically devoted to having babies and caring for small children (lol, no…I don’t regret them). But regardless of whether you have kids or not, there is something about that decade that doesn’t sit well with some people. Maybe you are in them now…slightly lost. So I’m sharing my top 5 regrets…but with a positive at the end, to let you know you’re not alone.
In summary, I’ve learned to care more for myself on the inside by finding inner strength and peace. In my 30’s, I was desperate to control the outside. That strategy is not sustainable, nor reliable when trying to find happiness and balance. In the end, what we can ultimately count on is ourselves, but sometimes that takes work. Here are a few resources I could have used from Mind the Mat:
Please note that many of the above are centered around therapeutic yoga and stress management.
Now for the good lessons…what I’m grateful for from my 30’s:
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Let’s live life. Sometimes it’s not pretty, sometimes it’s spectacular. It may never be perfect but we’ve only got one…LFG! #yolo #LFG #uglyhandspring 🤷🏼♀️ #openleghandspring 😂 #openlegrocker #backhandspring #hawtpilates #physicaltherapist #mindthemat #BERMUDA @bermuda @tsgalexandria #outhere @lululemon bikini #thesweatlife #lululemonambassador #bermudacon
In my next post I look forward to sharing: “How to Slay Your 40’s!”
In preparation for that, I’d love to hear from you! What have you learned from your 30’s (are you still in them, please share), what have you loved about your 40’s? What’s your best advice? Message me on Instagram (@drmeganbrown) or write in the comments section below!
Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga was founded in 2008 by Megan Brown, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Polestar Certified Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation and Sara VanderGoot, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher (e-RYT 200, RYT 500). In their private practices as physical therapist and massage therapist respectively Megan and Sara observed that many of their clients were coming in with similar needs: relief for neck and shoulder tension and low back pain as well as a desire for more flexibility in hips and legs, stability in joints, and core strength.
Together Megan and Sara carefully crafted a curriculum of Pilates and yoga classes to address needs for clients who are pregnant, postpartum, have injuries or limitations, who are new to Pilates and yoga, and for those who are advanced students and are looking for an extra challenge.