March 25, 2010 |  Category:   life me




I hate getting my picture taken. HATE. But I took these photos the other day because I suppose now that it’s only a few weeks away, it’s officially the countdown to the big birthday. There aren’t many photos of me laying around and I thought I might want to see what I looked like at 40 when I’m really old (yes, I did just say 40 for those who are new around here) because I just took a look at photos of myself when I was 30 and like, whoa! Not that I look all *that* different, but yeah, I looked different back then.

I’m pretty okay with turning 40. I haven’t had that much time to think or dwell on it, but I’m not freaked out by it or anything and I’m not going to start lying about my age. Sure, a lot has happened in the last 10 years since I celebrated the last milestone birthday, but I don’t feel 10 years older, I still kinda dress the same, and even though I know I’ve aged I don’t feel like I look that much older. (or maybe I do. I don’t know. Okay, I do have a lot more gray hair now, like a lot more). For a long time I didn’t see any wrinkles and I began to think that I’d look the way I did forever, but they are there.

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  • ErinTimColin March 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    you look stunning. thank you for this blog, I love hearing about the girls, you, Mark, and life. enjoy the countdown to another wonderful birthday celebration.

  • ChantaleP March 25, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I agree, you DO look stunning & stylish. Btw, 2 peas in a pod you and Claudine! Here’s hoping you have an excellent birthday celebration! Out, catered, not cooking. lol.

  • Kim March 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    You look amazing. Love your blog – especially now while I’m visiting NYC.

  • emmy March 25, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    You look beautiful!!!!!

  • Kerrie March 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    You are so beautiful! Have a great birthday.

  • Chai Ling and Lem (Singapore) March 25, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I simply love that picture of you and Claudine together 🙂 You are talented and unique, Jenna!

  • cde March 25, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I think you are completely lovely, and I enjoy reading about your life and family. I’m glad you aren’t feeling too down about your birthday. You’re an inspiring person. 🙂

  • Indie Mom and the Reluctant Banker March 25, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    You look great. If I look as good as you when I’m 40 I’ll consider myself lucky.
    Hope you have a great birthday.

  • mau March 26, 2010 at 12:07 am

    you’re beautiful jenna! and you look 30, not 40. i feel the same way about having my photo taken. my husband’s a photographer and there is a total of about 20 photos of me in his computer. he knows better than to try to take my picture! but recently i realised that my daughter will not have any photos of me to look back at when she’s older and so i’m making a little more effort.i’m trying…

  • quyen huynh March 26, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the picture of you and claudine together!

  • emily March 26, 2010 at 12:59 am

    you honestly look like youre in your 20’s. beauty tips to looking so young? have you been using a good sunscreen?

  • Renita March 26, 2010 at 1:25 am

    You definitely can say that you have the professional stamina that a lot of 20, 30, and even 40 year olds do not have.

    You look great, and being Asian does play a part in how well you will age. (I can say this because I am half Asian/Black)

    Revel in it ….

  • Lou March 26, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Happy birthday! I’ve only just started reading your blog, and really love your honesty. Enjoy your 40th, look forward to hearing about the celebrations.

  • kribss March 26, 2010 at 6:25 am

    you look fabulous and claudine is such a cutie pie!!

    i can totally relate to this post. in a few weeks will be my birthday though i’m going through a semi mid life crisis {i’m two years younger than you} for some reason i tend to have a problem with my age a few years before the big milestone ones.

  • Emily March 26, 2010 at 6:39 am

    You look no where near 40! 30 yea, 40 no!

  • Nisha March 26, 2010 at 6:47 am

    You have the classic beauty look! I don’t think you have a thing to worry about aging.
    40 didn’t do anything for me – all the build up and then blah.
    I had read “40 is the new 30” and all the other crap but it was all a big let down. UNTIL I hit 43!!! And then…..YIPEEE YAW YAW! Life suddenly has a new spark to it. Maybe it’s the urgency that if there’s things you want to accomplish in life you better get a jump on it. I can’t pinpoint the exact day that things changed for me, but they did and everything sort of fell into place: priorities, my self confidence, and finally the determination to make something of myself.
    Happy Birthday to you Jenna! I wish for you a YIPEE YAW YAW life in your beautiful 40’s!

  • olivia rae March 26, 2010 at 7:14 am

    so stunningly gorgeous, and you could pass for 25 easily! but you’re right, 40 means nothing – both my parents just hit their fifties and they are thriving in every way possible (including looks).

  • Mary-Ellen March 26, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Happy Birthday.

  • Elena March 26, 2010 at 7:19 am

    I just had to comment as I am in the same boat. I will be turning 40 next year and I am already stressing about it. Like you I will start taking more pictures of myself. I am sure that when I’m 60 I will be wishing I look as good as I did in my 40s (like now I wish I looked as good as I did in my 20s). I enjoy your blog immensely and have a great bday!

  • paule Trudel Bellemare March 26, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I can only agree with all the other comments, you look amazing.
    Your skin seems flawless and your hair looks really good.
    I think sometimes asian women dont realise the luck they come to the world with..haha. skin and hair that look like you’re always out of the salon or mac cosmetic…

    Maybe its time for a change of haircut? that always is a good move lift. (when you thrust the hair dresser that is)

  • Heather March 26, 2010 at 8:43 am

    My first thought, as I was scrolling down looking through the photos, was how beautiful you looked. And how rarely we see a photo of you! Congratulations and happy early birthday.

  • Toni March 26, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I turned 40 last year, and I had to laugh when you mentioned being called ma’am a little too often. That and not being the oldest in situations are really my biggest pet peeves about it too! I suppose if that’s all there is to complain about, then all is well! You’re photos are lovely as always.

    Have a happy birthday!

  • Tim Walker March 26, 2010 at 9:18 am

    For me, my 40s have been the best years for me in many ways. Some wisdom gained from experience finally caught up with me and I feel empowered to move forward in a way I never did before. That’s my birthday wish for you.

  • Mel March 26, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Oh come on – yes, you do look fabulous. More importantly, you have a beautiful and thriving family, great friends, self empowerment, and a growing throng of internet fans who are being inspired by you. Not to mention you work for yourself and have your own business! But the best thing of all, is that you are thinking for yourself and creating the life that you want for you and your family – and showing the rest of us that, even though it’s challenging, it IS possible. So thank you for that, you 40 year old woman!

    As far as the hair goes – either grow it out long, dye it, or cut it short and buy fabulous earrings…

  • monica from hola!design March 26, 2010 at 9:43 am

    happy b-day! you look great!

  • Uncle Beefy March 26, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I love this post, Jenna. Probably because I went through my transition just months ago myself. You sound decidedly assured about the whole thing (and, really, is it *that* big of a deal?). I, on the other hand, became a wreck that day. No. I mean a mess. Friendships were pushed to the brink. And, frankly, I’m surprised I didn’t go get plastic surgery and a sports car the following morning. I’m better now. You have clearly taken a more poetic approach. Wish I’d had this post back in June. 😉

  • Sandy March 26, 2010 at 10:14 am

    You look lovely! 40 is just the beginning. Happy birthday!!

  • maura March 26, 2010 at 10:19 am

    you look gorgeous
    the color on your lips is perfect
    wishing you a happy entry into a new decade

  • Robin March 26, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Just wanted to say that you are really pretty – I know that word has come to pass but for me it/you are classic. Thanks for your site – it calms and soothes me so. HAPPY BIRTHDAY :>

  • Robin March 26, 2010 at 11:03 am

    by the way – what type/shade of lipstick is that? really gorgeous- i must buy!

  • Michelle March 26, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I can relate to *everything* you just said-it’s nice knowing you’re not alone! Oh, and for what it’s worth, you look beautiful and could easily pass for someone in their late twenties! (I thought you were about 28, lol. Quite shocking when you said you were turning 40!). Gotta LOVE those asian genes!! Have a fabulous birthday!

  • Claudia March 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    If you haven´t toldyour age, I would never guess you´re turning 40, really! You don´t seem this age and I think that us, Asian descendants, are privileged in not have the appearance of older girls. 🙂 When is your birthday? Today is mine and I´m turning 35, and I know that the next 5 years will be faster than never.

  • caroline March 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Turning 40 means ‘nothing’ when you are content and happy with your life.

  • Ari March 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Love your blog, Jenna, and have been following it for at least a year and a 1/2. If I met you on the street, I’d quickly assume that you were about 27, 28 years old at the most. You look absolutely lovely, whatever’s in the water you’re drinking…can I have some? Apparently, you’ve found the fountain of youth! 🙂 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, in advance.

    p.s. your girls are too cute!

  • Rowaida Flayhan March 26, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Hi Jenna, I enjoy reading your blog and your tweets you are so honest I love that. You don’t look your age I thought you are much much younger. Love the picture of you and Claudine, she is soo cute! I want to wish you a great birthday in advance. God bless you and your family.

  • karen March 27, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Hey Jenna, you are gorgeous and definitely don’t look your age! Love your pics and blog! Happy Birthday in advance 🙂

  • lemon March 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I do wonder how can you stay thin with this husband!! I would like to taste every cookie he makes and I like every kind of food that you post.
    It is a pity you do not post to Greece!

    I wish you happy birthday, enjoy life with your nice family and do not wonder about years or beauty-these are of no importance at all.
    My love 🙂

  • Kaho March 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday!! You look gorgeous!! I love your necklace by the way. The color of your lips look gorgeous, too. I think you know how to make yourself look good. I would’ve guessed that you were 30 if I didn’t read this post. I’m surprised you hate getting your picture taken since you look beautiful in them! I don’t mind getting my picture taken, but I usually don’t like the outcome. I must have a different and forged image of myself than real self and I get so disappointed seeing myself in photos!!

  • naomi March 28, 2010 at 5:07 am

    You look beautiful. Certainly not an ajumma in sight.

  • Deepa March 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Go on….take more photos. You are soooooo beautiful. I’m the same- resist getting photgraphed. But then that’s because am no beauty like you:-( But you made me think. I will perhaps regret I didn’t take any later and feel that I did look better *then*!!!! Also, if my son were to flip thru our albums he’d find nary a photo of me.

    And….the metabolism……mine already sucks and I’m 35. Yes, I can remember those *eating contest* days myself. I could and still do consume copious quantities of food. To think that as that well into my 20s I would be taken by my mother to docs looking for a way to fatten me up a tiny bit atleast!!!!

  • A Merry Mishap March 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    You look great for 40, you really don’t look 40 at all!

  • kathleen March 29, 2010 at 8:47 am

    HaPpY BiRtHdAy, Jenna!

    enjoy your day. 🙂

  • Christina March 30, 2010 at 4:40 am

    like you I am turning 40 this year and it is freaking me out. My husband is 46 – and has talked about his age since his 40s but I never paid attention… saying to him you look good! I could not have said in better words my feelings than what you said – your text is beautiful and encapsulates all that I feel turning forty without having taking care of myself in the last 10 years because of having young children to take care for… and the fashion now is so confusing, it came and went, now I don’t know anymore what is fashionable or not…. I am sure we will be alright!

  • mickie March 30, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    happy birthday!

  • Jennifer April 6, 2010 at 1:43 am

    What does 40 mean? Just look at that beautiful picture of you and Claudine. She is so content – and you are so elegant. That picture says it all.

    Happy Birthday – may all your birthday wishes come true!