Sep/Oct
2018

Finding Style & Fitness at 40

Written by Melissa McNallan
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I’VE BEEN TRYING DREAMS OUT SINCE MY 36TH BIRTHDAY. AROUND THAT TIME, I WAS LEADING THE SALES BOARD AT A CAR DEALERSHIP, HAD RECEIVED A PROMOTION DESPITE DAMAGING A FEW $40,000+ VEHICLES AND WAS ENJOYING MY WORK. IF I COULD SUCCEED AT SOMETHING I DIDN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT, I THOUGHT I COULD BE SUCCESSFUL IN SOMETHING I DREAMED OF DOING.

For the curious: The vehicle damage was caused by my errant perception when parking large SUVs. I still remember that horrible crunching noise. Both times I was pulling forward and turning left.  

Pre-Blog Dream Chasing

When I was growing up, I wanted to be an actress, writer and editor of a major fashion magazine. I planned to live in Manhattan, Paris and Los Angeles whenever I wasn’t traveling. Life happened, and I’ve stayed planted in my hometown: Rochester. 

 

After leaving car sales, I began chasing my younger dreams. Why not? I worked full time as a freelance writer, traveled the country setting up 5K races, and doing commercial acting in the Twin Cities. I was even an extra on ABC’s “In an Instant: Home Invasion Horror.” My adventures were fun, but unfulfilling.

Beginning 40 Fit N’ Stylish

My fiance is CEO and founder of PayGo, a software company. His advice is always from that creative, own-your-future mindset. While on a date night, he encouraged me to make a profitable outlet for my interests that would allow me creative and schedule control. 

The next weekend we were at a cabin up north. I’d just learned that I hadn’t gotten the part of a kayaker in a Nature Valley commercial. One friend mentioned Instagram influencers and bloggers. She follows several, knows of profitable ones and suggested I give it a go. I began structuring 40 Fit N’ Stylish before we left the cabin. I was 39.  

Over a Year In and...

Soon after I began my blog I was explaining what my blog would be with some uncertainty to Tessa Leung, owner of Tessa’s Office Wine Boutique. She reassured me that my business would tell me what it wants to be in time. Leung was right. My blog’s data indicates my audience is most interested in working out, handling life’s complications and food.     

Along with being a dream job, blogging gives me an excuse to follow my curiosity. One of my followers may want to know if they should give online yoga a go, which restaurants are calorie splurge-worthy or what to do (and not) when visiting San Francisco. 

What’s Next for 40 Fit N’ Stylish

Future blogs will include posts about finances and physical fitness. Both have been challenges for me. In the past decade I’ve gone from a size 14 to a size 4. My muscles have been sculpted thanks to good nutrition and well-spent hours in the gym. As I trim and sculpt my financial well-being, I’ll share my struggles and what I learn. It’s one of those if-I-can-do-it-anybody-can journeys.  

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