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COLUMBUS -- Age really is just a number to Kris Frederick.

The Lakeview High School graduate isn’t going to greet her 40th birthday with dread that some do when approaching the age that is labeled to be “over the hill.”

Instead, Frederick, who lives in Chambers, started off the year by coming up with a list of activities and goals she wanted to accomplish before Oct. 10, which is when she turns 40.

It is only fitting that her list includes 40 things, from going to cities she always wanted to visit to running a 5K race. She has made her list idea known on Facebook, and it has attracted attention of some who have told her what she is doing is an inspiration.

“That wasn’t my intention, but I have gotten so much positive feedback,” Frederick said.

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The whole idea behind the list is to feel empowered and embrace her age. She started her journey in January and has so far ticked off 38 items from her list. One of those happened in Columbus last weekend where she invited nine other Columbus natives and friends who also were turning 40 this year for a photo shoot.

The 10 dressed in jeans and dark blouses and got spruced up with makeup applied by Joe Bohac before having their photos taken by photographer Gina Borer. They visited a few stops in town, mostly the downtown area, where they posed for the camera and enjoyed each other’s company.

One of the poses showed how much the group has embraced their age. Written in marker on the back of their hands were letters that spelled out “40 is the new black.”

Those in the photo shoot are all graduates from Lakeview or Scotus Central Catholic. They include Julie Myers of Pierre, South Dakota; Camie McIalwain of Castle Pines, Colorado; Tara Stille of Lincoln; Stacey Vogt of Creston; Breya Langer of Omaha; Nikki Eberhart of Fremont; Kristy Lichtenfeld of Monroe; Mary Sueper of Columbus; and Kim Brandenburg of Columbus.

Frederick said the final items on her list will likely include a birthday celebration with two of her friends whom she hasn’t seen for 20 years.

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