It's hard to believe Nikki and Brie Garcia are about to be in their fourth decade of life, but they wouldn't have it any other way.
“I didn't know my journey would be here,” Nikki told People. “I definitely envisioned being a mom and being in entertainment, but I would've never thought, being a winemaker and Bonita Bonita and living in wine country and actually living and breathing this wine life. That's what's so beautiful about life is it takes the journey you're meant to be on.”
For her part, Brie, who shares two kids with husband Bryan Danielson, thought she might have been stagnant at this point. “When you're in your 20s and you think 40s, I was like, ‘I'm going to try to be retired, not do anything, not be on social media,’” the athlete shared. “I thought I would escape from the world because I do believe at 40, it's a new chapter in life.”
Instead, Brie feels better than ever.
“I feel so powerful,” she shared. “I feel like I'm capable of anything and everything and I feel much more daring and want to go on more adventures. You almost start living because you've gone through all the B.S. and the hustle and trying to figure out who you are. At 40, you know who you are and then you start to go after those things that you always desired. I can't believe I thought you stopped living at 40 when I feel like I'm starting to live.”
Now, the sisters try to find a healthy work/life balance.
“We realized, up until a couple years ago, that we were workaholics,” Brie said. “We started to be really mindful to let our brains rest from work and be more present and enjoy the moment with the family and everything. We are so great now about that. Nicole and I are at the point in life where our Friday and Saturday nights are about giggling with the kids, enjoying some really delicious vino, making pizzas. We're like, ‘Who would've thought this would've been our weekend?’ But we love it.”
The siblings, formerly known as The Bella Twins, left the WWE in March and are now on this new path — whether it's hosting the new show Twin Love, being involved with their wine or podcast — and they wouldn't have it any other way.
“I never would've thought going into 40, I wouldn't be a Bella, I'd be a Garcia, but how much it's had me reconnect with what I loved when I was growing up has been amazing,” Nikki, who shares a son with Artem Chigvintsev, said. “I didn't think I'd have a rebirth at 40, but it's been the most exciting thing ever. I just look up all the time and I go, ‘All right, I know your plan. I like it. I needed this.’”