'I was afraid that I'd be really depressed when I turned 40, but I'm delighted with life' - TV3's Elaine Crowley
Broadcaster Elaine Crowley hopes it will be a case of "happy ever after" when she celebrates her 40th birthday on Friday.
While some people may hate the thought of the "big four-o", the TV3 presenter said it doesn't bother her in the least.
"For a while there I was afraid that I'd be really depressed," she told the Diary.
"Some of my friends went into a complete depression turning 40.
"But I haven't found the need to run away to Thailand or anything like that. I'm delighted with life.
"It does feel like the last decade has just gone in a flash.
"This year and last year particularly have been mental for me and I didn't really have a load of room for any-thing else with everything going on with work.
"But, physically and mentally, I'm in the best shape I've ever been. I mean that genuinely. I'm happy as Larry with life."
Elaine recently reconnected with someone from her past and said that, while it's still early days, she's feeling positive about romance.
"There's always room for romance. I have to stop being so cynical about life," she said.
"What's for you won't pass you by and there's lots of nice people out there.
"Just because I would have had terrible luck with men before now doesn't mean that won't change."
Elaine also made a deal with her good friend, author Emma Hannigan, to get a tattoo whenever she was released from hospital after the writer's most recent battle with cancer.
She said Emma, who recently underwent another round of treatment to shrink her tumours, is determined to hold her to her promise - which coincides with Elaine turning 40.
"I haven't decided what I'm going to get yet, maybe a unicorn or an elephant, I don't know," said Elaine.
"I promised I'd get a tattoo when she kicked cancer in the ass.
"I mean, how can you complain about getting older when you have someone like Emma fighting cancer?"
One of 11 children, the Cork-born presenter went back to her family home just outside Mallow at the start of this month, when her large clan threw a festival-themed party to celebrate her birthday.
This Friday will see her hosting a bash in Dublin nightclub Krystle, where she will be joined by all her friends and colleagues from TV3.
She is also busy training for the Great Pink Run for Breast Cancer Ireland in the Phoenix Park on September 9, when she is expecting to be joined by singer Mary Byrne.
The X Factor finalist has signed up to season two of Celebrity Operation Transformation, and Elaine said she has already been giving her advice about going on the show.