40 Over 40 for 2023
Julie Del Fava
"Listen closely to the quiet whispers
of your heart.
She's in there telling you your truth."
PROFESSION: Office Manager/Policy Aide
What is the best thing about being your age?
That I feel more of myself than I ever have. I know who I am and I like who I am. I feel like this life is a gift and I am trying to fully live it each day. I am also much more graceful with myself for the things I don't do so well. And prouder of the things I can see that I do with flair, vivaciousness and tenacity.
What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger?
I was lucky enough to be a stay at home mon for twenty years. I raised two amazing children and one who had a lot of challenges and struggles to help manage. My husband traveled a lot and I was on my own a lot. I had to overcome undiagnosed ADD and manage a lot that didn't come naturally to me. I had to learn a lot FAST. And I did. I feel very proud of myself for how hard I worked and how much I accomplished in my role as a domestic goddess.
What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?
Finishing college at age 50!
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Feeling awake and alive and in the moment. Throw in being on a beautiful beach in the sun and I'm GOOD!
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would not give my younger self any advice because I am who I am now as a result of everything I did back then. So, no advice, if I could I would go back and love her more.
What is your motto or favorite quote?
"We can do hard things." - Glennon Doyle
Words of wisdom to younger women…
Listen closely to the quiet whispers of your heart. She's in there telling you your truth.