How 40 Is Making Me Ballsy

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with BROOKSIDE Chocolate. All opinions are 100% my own.

I’m turning 40 years old on May 23rd. You know what that means, right? My 40th year will be filled to the brim with ballsy moves and I will go outside of my comfort zone and do (for me) daring things.

The first ballsy thing on my list?

I’m training for the New Balance Falmouth, MA 10K Road Race on August 19th, 2018!

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This is very out of my comfort zone because I haven’t trained for anything in over 6 years! I’m very nervous, but it’s something that I want to do for myself. Cape Cod is one of my favorite places on earth, so I know this will help me as I train for it throughout the summer. Not to mention – I’m just excited to have my kids see me do something that’s daring! I want them to be proud of me and hopefully I will inspire and motivate them, too!

Brookside Chocolate

BROOKSIDE Chocolate is the fuel for these ballsy moves that I’m making this year! They have a tremendous campaign going on right called, “That’s Ballsy” and it is quite literally making me look at my own life and (as I’ve mentioned!) make some ballsy and daring moves. As you already know, BROOKSIDE is known as the daring ball of dark chocolate with exotic fruit flavors created for daring women. I personally have been a fan of BROOKSIDE Chocolate for years because they mix, fuse and experiment with flavors such as acai, pomegranate and goji until they uncover the most interesting and delicious dark chocolate combinations. The result? Tart is zingy, dark is sweet and chocolate is ballsy! It’s the perfect trifecta!

My personal fave that gives me that ballsy jolt?

BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate Goji & Raspberry Flavors. It is absolutely delicious! We’re talking Tangy goji and tart raspberry flavors are enveloped by smooth dark chocolate, creating an utterly new sensation. You will be amazed and dazzled truly from start to finish!

Brookside Chocolate

And so … training for this 10K road race will be the start of my own experience with 40! Just as BROOKSIDE Chocolate is inspiring and championing and celebrating women everywhere be daringly different and ballsy, I’m taking this and running with it (pun intended!). As a full-time working mom, finding the time to train will be my pain point, especially in the summer with busy schedules with my 5 kids – but I’m determined! I want to do this for myself and prove that age is just a number and that you can do anything, as long as you go after it!

I wrote about my mother a couple of weeks ago in my blog post called, “5 Ways My Mom’s Ballsiness Has Impacted My Life” and it inspired me to look at my own life and want my kids to look at me like I look at my mom. My mom is the quintessential classy woman, she doesn’t let anything stop her and I love that about her. I want to be just like her and I love that even at 40 years old… I still look at my own mother for inspiration and motivation! This 10K journey will be a true kick in the butt for myself to get moving and show my kids the ballsy and daring side of their own mom!

I’m thrilled to share with you that BROOKSIDE has an amazing contest going on right now called the, BROOKSIDE The Ballsy List Contest! BROOKSIDE wants YOU to share a #ThatsBallsy daring move (a goal or aspiration) that YOU want to make this for a chance to have it funded by BROOKSIDE!! That’s right!! You might get picked to have it funded with a total of $50k worth of prizes by BROOKSIDE!! How incredible is that??? Learn all about the BROOKSIDE That Ballsy List contest on and BROOKSIDE’s social channels (will link to them!).


Let’s go be BALLSY TOGETHER!!!

About Audrey

Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 5.17.18
    Kim Pincombe-Cole said:

    Happy Birthday & Welcome to 40’s!!

  2. 5.18.18
    Rosie said:

    I hope you have a most wonderful 40th birthday! I would love to try the Brookside chocolate, wow does it ever sound good and good for you. Good luck with the training, should be fun!

  3. 5.18.18

    I hope you have an awesome 40th Birthday! And here is to the most ballsy year of your life, enjoy every moment of it!

  4. 5.18.18

    Good luck on your quest to run that race. I know you can do it and I am sure you have a lot of support. That chocolate is making me hungry so I have to get some.

  5. 5.18.18
    Kimberly K Croisant said:

    You look great for turning 40. Good luck with your run, I’m sure you’ll do it with BALLS

  6. 5.18.18

    Let me tell you: 40 looks amazing on you! I have been a huge fan of Brookside chocolates for a long time so I totally get where you’re coming from!

  7. 5.18.18
    Theresa said:

    I will be turning 40 in 1.5 years and I already feel like I’m doing more ballsy things than ever before. Happy early birthday and good luck on your marathon!

  8. 5.18.18
    Joyce Brewer said:

    Welcome to your 40s. It’s an amazing journey to reach this age and set new goals.

  9. 5.18.18

    I’m sure your kids are proud of you no matter what! And yes, I think what you’re doing is so brave and inspirational – I don’t think I’d have it in me to do a run like that!

  10. 5.18.18
    Ashley B said:

    Making casual look GREAT!

  11. 5.18.18
    Brandy said:

    Almost Happy Birthday 😉 I have another three years to go before I get to 40 but it’s funny I’m reading this now as I was just telling my kids that I hear the 40’s are when you really sort of enjoy life and let go of a lot of fears. I am excited for you, cannot wait to watch you continue on this mission of training and to nail that 10K!

  12. 5.19.18

    That sounds really exciting! Happy Birthday! And I think going out of your comfort zone is a great idea!

  13. 5.19.18

    I have always wanted to train for something like this. This is very inspiring, and I love the “ballsy” attitude you have.

  14. 5.19.18
    Annemarie LeBlanc said:

    Wow, that sure is a huge prize from Brookside Chocolates! I will have to think about a a ballsy move that would stand a chance at winning. Anyway, wishing you an awesome birthday! Welcome to the 4th decade of life. 🙂

  15. 5.19.18
    Ruth I. said:

    This sounds amazing! My niece loves the Acai flavor, it is kinda rewarding for her. Love this cause, good luck!

  16. 5.19.18

    Way to go, I always feel accomplished when I do something ballsy too. I’d really like to check out this contest and try those chocolates too.

  17. 5.19.18

    I love that you’re doing all of these things for you and that Brookside is supporting and urging women to be different. It’s the kind of support that women definitely need.

  18. 5.19.18
    Heather said:

    Happy 40! I love that you’re confident and have a great year ahead planned. That chocolate looks fabulous!

  19. 5.19.18

    I am trying to get ballsy before my 35th lol. I absolutely love Brookside and am packing some for my upcoming road trip!

  20. 5.20.18
    Catalina said:

    40s are the new 30s! 🙂 You look great! And the race is the right start of this period! Good luck!

  21. 5.20.18
    Lynndee said:

    Happy 40th Birthday. Have a good one and good luck on the race. I am a chocoholic so I need to check those chocolates. Sounds yummy!

  22. 5.20.18
    Rose Ann Sales said:

    The Brooksides Chocolates look so delicious and it looks like a fun contest. Happy 40th Birthday in advance and wishing you a good health.

  23. 5.21.18

    Sounds like a cool contest. I absolutely love Brookside! Yum!

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