Gwyneth Paltrow recently celebrated her 50th birthday on Instagram by posting a joyous bikini pic. She has now gone a step further, with a completely nude photo session .

The actress and Goop founder, who turned 50 on September 27 , shared several images of herself covered in gold paint…and nothing else . “All I know is they’re painting me gold and I have to be naked,” Paltrow said of the Andrew Yee photo shoot. “I feel great turning 50, and it’s about expressing the feeling of energy and optimism that I’m experiencing. It’s more about the feminine gaze and a certain sense of fun.”

The photo shoot wasn’t the only way for Gwyneth Paltrow to celebrate her milestone. She expanded on how she felt about the event in a post she wrote for Goop . After sharing how her parents spent their respective 50s – one happy, the other not so happy – Paltrow wrote of the passage of time in her own life: “I understand that, on some level, life is linear. I have lived x number of days so far and I have more in my basket under my arm than I have left in the field ahead,” he said: “But there is something about the sweetness of life that exists deep within me that I don’t It changes, it won’t change. It’s the essence of the essence. And it seems to become sweeter.”

Next, Paltrow shared what she felt about her body, specifically, at 50. ” My body, a map of the evidence of each day, is less eternal ,” she said. “A collection of marks and irregularities that mark the page of the most important chapters. Scars from oven burns, a finger smashed into a window long ago, the birth of a child. Silver hair and fine wrinkles. The sun has left his heavenly footprints on me, as if he had dipped a brush in taupe watercolor dappling it on my skin.And though I do what I can to fight for good health and longevity, to avoid weakening muscles and receding bones, I have a mantra that I insert into those reckless thoughts that try to derail me: I accept.I accept the marks and the loosening of the skin, the wrinkles. I accept my body and let go of the need to be perfect , to seem perfect, to defy gravity, to defy logic, to defy humanity. I accept my humanity.”

Paltrow also spoke of past mistakes and her belief that the most lasting ones were caused by not being “fully” in her truth. However, he added that he doesn’t believe in going back in time to correct any of those mistakes. Instead, he asked himself as he turned 50: what does he want to do with the rest of his time here?

The answer: “I would like to slow down,” he said. “I would like to step back a bit. I would like to make my circle smaller. I would like to cook more dinner. I would like misunderstandings to become understandings. I would like to continue opening the depths of me to my husband, even if it scares me. I would like to sing more, even if it’s in the shower. I would like to say to anyone who has had a negative experience with me that I am sorry. I would like to fully acknowledge myself. I am imperfect, I can black out and turn to ice, I have no patience, I swear at other drivers, I don’t close my closet doors, I lie when I don’t want to hurt feelings. I am also generous and funny. I am smart and brave. I am a seeker, and I can take you with me in my search for meaning. When he loves you, you will feel that he envelops you through time and space and to the ends of the earth. I am everything.”