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 40 Over 40 for 2023
Annie Maciel



"Be just fine

with saying no



AGE: 59

PROFESSION: Engineer, Entrepreneur and a Philanthropist.

What is the best thing about being your age?

I get to say NO when I want to! Strength! Stronger than ever! I was such a wimp in my 20's & 30's. Never speaking up for myself. Well, now......I have no problem doing that anymore. Age is wisdom!

What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger?

I come from a very abusive past life. Mentally, physically, and sexually abused starting from a young age. I'm also a recovering alcoholic and my sobriety is so important to me. I have endured a great deal of hardships in my life, but life is grand only because I've worked hard and made it that way! I don't like to dwell on my past, but I know that those hardships are what has made me who I am today.

What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?

I traveled to Ireland and England. I'm a real Anglophile.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being with my daughter.

What is your most treasured possession?

My Great, Great Grandmother's moccasins.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Surviving abuse and alcoholism. daughter. :)

What is a trait you are most proud of?

My positive attitude.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Buying a painting of my late Great, Great, Great Grandmother that was done by a cousin who remembered her on the reservation.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

To stop putting myself down and stop trying to make everyone happy and love you!

What advice would you give your younger self?

LOVE yourself completely and wholly. You are such a beautiful and sweet young woman. Don't let anybody tell you any different. Don't take shit from anybody!! Hang in there! It all gets much better! I love you!

What is your motto or favorite quote?

"Whatever people think of me is none of my business." - RuPaul


Words of wisdom to younger women...

Be just fine with saying no without explanations.

Additional  thoughts...

On the body, aging can be difficult. But in the mind, I feel so much stronger and extremely much wiser. It's good. I'm enjoying that I will be 60 in August. Things finally fall into place and you have peace again.



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