50 OVER 50 PROJECT FOR 2020

#35
Mary Jessen

Age: 62

"It's okay to recognize your past and the mistakes you've made, but you can't change it

so don't waste

your time on it.

Let it go and

move forward."

age: 62  profession:  Business Owner, Deerhaven Herb & Flower Farm.

 

What is the best thing about being your age?

Beginning to feel comfortable with myself and expressing my beliefs.
 

What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger??
I grew up in a large family with an authoritarian father who had rage and PTSD symptoms. I carried that around for years, but looking back I believe that shaped me to be the person I am today.
 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My two children. I was young and still growing up myself when I had them. They both have become successful adults with high self-esteem and self-worth, with families of their own.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Having a pool party drinking Mai Tai's with family and friends or sitting under an umbrella at the beach watching my grandkids splashing in the ocean.
 

What is your most treasured possession?
My husband and partner. And not in a possessive way. We basically grew up together, married young, and after 40 years or marriage we still learn about each other every day.

 

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

I've never had a bucket list until recently. I'd like to walk the Camino in Spain.
 

What is your greatest extravagance?

Having pedicures and massages.
 

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

This is work in progress...learning to communicate. Not being afraid to express my opinion.
 

What is a trait you are most proud of?

My ability to work hard at something until it's done.
 

What is your greatest fear?

Losing one of my kids or grandchildren before my time to go. Spiders.

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty and a sense of humor.
 

What advice would you give your younger self?
Stop worrying what others think about you. Work hard at whatever you are doing at the moment. Where you are now is not where you will be in 1, 5, or 10 years from now.

What is your motto or favorite quote?

Don't keep looking in the rearview mirror because you're not going that way.

That ties into my words of wisdom to younger women...
It's okay to recognize your past and the mistakes you've made, but you can't change it so don't waste your time on it. Let it go and move forward.

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