This upcoming Saturday (March 28th) is the go-live of my Forty & Fucking Fabulous Project (F&FP).  It will be a week long launch on the Big Island so we can celebrate 40 years of my wonderful life – and it has been a joy.  If you’ll remember, on January 1, I launched the F&FP in hopes of preparing myself to start the next decade out with a bang.  I had goals, milestones, and aspirations to accomplish by the time I turn 40. Have I accomplished them…well, you’ll just have to wait and see…

In case you don’t know, I’m a Project Manager by day.  What does a Project Manager do?  Well I basically manage three aspects in a project – scope, schedule, and budget – this is known as the iron triangle.  Don’t get me wrong, there are a few other things such as resources, risks, issues, etc but you can usually lump those into one of the categories of the iron triangle.  Why am I telling you this?

Well I’ve treated a lot of my life events as projects so I can cope with them better.  I started this when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and felt overwhelmed.  That project, I named Project Teton.  Granted, turning 40 is a hell of a lot easier than breast cancer but I still felt overwhelmed with this milestone.  I just didn’t feel like I had accomplished what I ‘should have’ accomplished by the time I was 40.  Funny, my life really isn’t what I imagined at all when I was dreaming as a kid. Anyways, I figured if I turn this life milestone into a project, I can accept it a little better.  I like to be in control and creating a project and planning helps me feel better…and it worked.  I’m a little more comfortable with 40 than I was in January.

The last few months have been great!  I felt like I’m back on track with my fitness, eating habits, and just life in general. I’ve mixed things up and tried new things.  I started a new job and I’ve challenged myself in ways I haven’t been challenged before.  The biggest accomplishment I feel like I’ve reached is realizing that my F&FP won’t just end on my birthday or a month after or even a year after. I realized that I’m a WIP….”work in progress.”

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