50 OVER 50 PROJECT FOR 2022
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Denise Rossi

Age: 68

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"Everyday is a gift; there is always something to add to your gratitude list."

age: 68 

 

profession: Currently Retired, Wife, Sister, Auntie, Friend and Mosaic Artist. Transit Supervisor for Santa Cruz Metro Transit District for 28 years.

 

What is the best thing about being your age?

Being retired with the knowledge I have gained in life.

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

Many!  Alcoholic family, mentally ill mother, deaths, husband's botched hip surgery that left his leg partially paralyzed and caused early retirement for him.  Growing up in my family has made me a little “too even.” I’ve seen so much.  It takes a lot to make me cry.  But I usually can have empathy and compassion.   

 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Having a stable career and great retirement, a 35 year marriage, and staying clean and sober since October 1994.

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

Going to Ireland.

What is your most treasured possession?

My HEALTH definitely.  I do the best I can to nurture it by eating well, exercising and doing yoga.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Contentment—Peace of mind and Serenity.

What is a trait you are most proud of?

I love animals, especially schnauzers.  I’m socially smart and can usually read a room and I’m definitely resilient.

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

I would try to be positive MOST of the time and stay out of the negative.

what is your greatest extravagance?

Travel.

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty, reliability, vulnerability, and a sense of adventure.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Invest wisely, plan for retirement, Love Big, and don’t drink or use drugs!

What is your motto or favorite quote?

Let it go!

Words of wisdom for younger women

Learn how to support Yourself.  Everyday is a gift; there is always something to add to your gratitude list.  Do a craft you love, or several.

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