I had always taken health for granted. Growing up with my mom's first-rate cooking, staying fit as a dancer and being a yoga teacher for 20 years had something to do with it.

But when I hit 40 my life took a different turn. I became a new mom staying at home caring for a young child, struggling with fatigue, insomnia and stress while balancing family life and personal ambition. And like most of my peers, I started to feel that my life was slowly slipping away from me with the inevitable onset of aging!

What would my life look like in 10 years, or 30? I knew in my heart I wanted to stay active till my last breath. I wanted to die "standing up", like one of my friend's grandmother! I knew I had to do something about it. I started taking care of myself.

I created a set of health habits I would stick to as if my life depended on them. I started running. I reinvigorated my yoga practice. I established a regular meditation routine. I enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and became a certified Health Coach. I juiced. I learned to home-cook everything. I worked to get my sleep back in order. I prioritized relationships, love, play and self-expression.

I just turned 50 this year! Woohoo! Somehow despite a few more wrinkles and grey hair, I am feeling stronger and more comfortable in my own skin every day. Who knows? Life is full of uncontrollable events and mysterious mishaps. All I can do is to acquire as many health tools as I can so I will be more resilient in the years to come. And hopefully I'll step into my menopausal midlife years without a major crisis!

Does that resonate with you? Trust me, I know what you're up against and how hard it is to make changes. Let me share with you what I know and take action now!