updated 04/20/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/20/2012 AT 12:30 PM ET
Jennie Garth can talk about her divorce from Peter Facinelli, but weeks after turning 40, there’s one thing she says she won’t be sharing: her birthday wish.
However, now that she’s marked the milestone, she says she’s discovered a sense of certainty and confidence.
“What a great time in a woman’s life. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen or how I was going to feel about it,” the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star told reporters Thursday. “But now having turned the corner, it’s really empowering.”
That inner strength has come in handy. “I have been working toward that, pulling that strength up for a few years now, going through everything that I have been going through,” she added. “I really feel that I am in touch with it now.”