50 OVER 50 PROJECT FOR 2022
"Embrace your birthday each year with open arms and celebrate the whole month! Be grateful for the opportunity to age."
profession: I have worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist for the last 29 years. However, I just recently retired
What is the best thing about being your age?
At 57 I feel confident in myself, I have the freedom to travel and do anything I want without any commitments. I have been married 38 years this year, raised two adult daughter's and currently have no pet's to care for. I love the freedom to get up each day with no agenda.
What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger?
In my teenage years my mom moved around a lot, I attended 5 different high schools in 4 years. This was difficult not only keeping up with class credits for graduation but socially as well. There were no cell phones or social media back then, having to constantly make new friends was a challenge. Because of this experience my personality became more outgoing and confident each year.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My ability to make friends easily and to make people feel happy.
What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?
I traveled all over Europe for three weeks with my entire family for my 25 year anniversary. To this day it has been one of my most favorite memories.
What is your most treasured possession?
My family, and the photographs of all the places I have been and all the people I have enjoyed spending my time with.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Having my family and friends around, enjoying time with them, eating good food and laughing together.
Having my health and being able to do what I enjoy, hiking, biking, travel, and playing pickleball.
What is a trait you are most proud of?
My kindness towards others.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Not to worry about things about things I can't control, everything ends up working out or you just adapt.
what is your greatest extravagance?
What do you most value in your friends?
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don't worry about what other people say or think, just stay true to yourself, integrity and kindness will take you where you want to go.
What is your motto or favorite quote?
Just say yes and go for it!
Words of wisdom for younger women
Don't worry so much about the small things like what people think about you or how you look. Just be you.
Additional thoughts about aging...
Embrace your birthday each year with open arms and celebrate the whole month! Be grateful for the opportunity to age.
Life goes by too fast when you look back so just keep looking forward.