Katherine Heigl Reveals What It’s Like Turning 40-Years-Old In Hollywood

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With over 25 years in the entertainment industry, Katherine Heigl has spent more than half her life in front of the camera. Now, the Life As We Know It actress is celebrating her 40th birthday. On Sunday, November 25, Katherine Heigl took to Instagram with an interesting post from her birthday celebration the previous night. She shared a series of photos from her beautiful occasion. One of the photos captured the famed actress standing in front of silver balloons with the numbers “4-0.”

With the photos, Katherine Heigl included a lengthy post explaining what it’s like to turn 40-years-old in Hollywood. She admitted she’s absolutely “thrilled” about the new chapter in her life. She also expressed how she plans to embrace the new milestone.

“I’m pretty d**n thrilled to be 40. For one thing, as my mother always says, ‘Getting older is better than the alternative.’ Too true mother, too true! For another thing 40 feels to me like a certain kind of freedom. Freedom from all the self-doubt, insecurities, self-loathing, uncertainties and anxieties of my 20’s and 30’s,” she wrote. Katherine continued, “Not to say I don’t still have those moments but I just feel like 40 makes me older and wiser. Steadier in my convictions. More certain of my strengths. More forgiving of my faults. I’ve spent the last five years of my 30’s doing the work to evolve my mind and spirit.”

Katherine Heigl also touched on the next milestones she’ll be bracing for as the years continue to progress. The famed actress expressed gratitude for her life and the opportunity to be surrounding by loving, inspiring people.

Check out Katherine Heigl’s full post below.

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Well…I am officially 40 years old. I know you’re going think I’m full of it but the truth is…I’m pretty damn thrilled to be 40. For one thing, as my mother always says “Getting older is better then the alternative.” Too true mother, too true! For another thing 40 feels to me like a certain kind of freedom. Freedom from all the self doubt, insecurities, self loathing, uncertainties and anxieties of my 20’s and 30’s. Not to say I don’t still have those moments but I just feel like 40 makes me older and wiser. Steadier in my convictions. More certain of my strengths. More forgiving of my faults. I’ve spent the last five years of my 30’s doing the work to evolve my mind and spirit. To move my heart towards a more profound and loving expression of my best self. I’ve read, studied, explored and practiced ways to expand my understanding of myself and the world around me. I’ve clarified my deepest desires and found that all I really crave is well being. For myself and those I love. I know there’s a certain stigma attached to 40. I’ve had plenty of well meaning acquaintances and even strangers tell me not to worry I still look great. Or soon you’ll be 50 and then you’ll really feel old. Or youth is so fleeting isn’t it. I guess I kind of feel like it’s all about your frame of mind. And I’ve made up my mind not to let a number determine how I feel about the way I look. Or what my value as a woman in society is. I’ve decided I will let the number and every one after it determine the strides I make, the enlightenment I seek, the compassion I show, the beauty I radiate from within that grows and expands with life experience. I’m a stronger, better, more grounded and courageous woman today and I will do my best to continue to grow so I can say the same thing at 50, 60, 70 and beyond. It doesn’t hurt that I am surrounded by so many inspiring people who love me and support me through this life. Without them…well I’d still be floundering around in uncertainty. Ok, I’m done pontificating now. ????❤️ #thoseheavenlydays are making every year of your life matter as best you can.

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As expected, fans immediately began commenting on Katherine Heigl’s post wishing her happy birthday. This year has been relatively different for Katherine Heigl. In the past, she’s had leading roles in multiple films that have appeared on the big screen, but now her focus has shifted. Last year and this year, Katherine Heigl has been more focused on leading television roles. In 2017, she had the leading role in the television series, Doubt.

For most of 2018, Katherine Heigl has been away from the big screen focusing on her role on the legal drama series Suits. The first half of Season 8 premiered back in July, but according to ComingSoon, the popular series is set to return for the second half of its eighth season on January 23, 2019, at 10 p.m. ET. Happy Birthday to Katherine Heigl!