50 OVER 50 PROJECT FOR 2022
#21
Jana Barry

Age: 55

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"Love yourself today for all of the good, all of the bad,

all of the vapid

and all of the abundance."

age: 55

 

profession:  Functional Medicine Consultant

 

What is the best thing about being your age?

Perspective.

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

Our family has lost people (yes, plural) to sudden, and violent, death. At a tender age of 21 I chose to stay positive within my tragic reality. Choosing and practicing gratitude was the best decision I have ever made. Practicing gratitude gives me the strength to survive tragedy with appreciation.

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

My husband and I took our amazing kids on a trip to Europe. Every minute was magical. 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

When I feel safe, when I feel loved, when I feel ease in life.

What do you most value in your friends?

Realism and humor.

what is your greatest extravagance?

Travel.

What is your most treasured possession?

My wedding ring.

what do you consider your greatest achievement?

I did not do it alone, but my children are by far my greatest achievement.

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

My sharp edges. They were perfectly placed for protection long ago, but are no longer necessary.

What is a trait you are most proud of?

That I can laugh at myself and life's crazy circumstances. I am also very proud of the friendships I have cultivated and tend to.
 

What advice would you give your younger self?

Enjoy the moment. Contentment is a revered quality - not a boring quality.

What is your motto or favorite quote?

"Acceptance" is my mantra.

Favorite quote: “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu

Words of wisdom for younger women

Love yourself today for all of the good, all of the bad, all of the vapid and all of the abundance.

Aging is a PRIVILEGE and I cherish each day that I am allowed to age with those I love.

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