50 OVER 50 PROJECT FOR 2022
"I reject the idea that younger is better. I’ve earned each line, scar and gray hair. Each is another Manor-ism that makes me more myself than I’ve ever been. And for that, I’m grateful."."
profession: Advertising/Marketing Agency Owner
What is the best thing about being your age?
Confidence. Experience and perspective have freed me from self-doubt and self-consciousness that plagued me earlier in life, giving me confidence in my instincts, intellect and intuitions. Each time I’m tested – mentally, emotionally, physically – I emerge stronger, smarter, knowing I can do more than I believed I was capable of doing.
What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger?
We moved a lot when I was growing up. When I say a lot, high school was my 12th school. Constantly being the kid from somewhere else, making new friends, acclimating to different places, finding my place was difficult. I grew observant, empathetic and adaptable. I know I can always count on my family. I do not fear the unknown.
What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?
Owning trees. No longer am I a “tree-hugger without a tree.”
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Freedom is happiness. The feeling there is nothing that I must do, and the ability to do what I want to do; freedom to create, explore, discover and experience, or simply to be, and to be in nature. Everything is leveled up with love; being with my best friend and partner of 31 years.
What is a trait you are most proud of?
What is your most treasured possession?
A collection of ticket stubs. Like photographs, each one elicits memories of moments and shared experiences.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My marriage is my highest accomplishment and brightest joy. My business is a solid second, helping others be successful, working with talented and dedicated people to bring positive change to our communities, while making a living doing what I love to do.
What do you most value in your friends?
Unconditional love. Loyalty. Honesty.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Trust your gut. Give fewer fucks about what anyone else thinks. Make more time for fun. Perfection is not a worthy goal. You’ve got this.
What is your motto or favorite quote?
Words of wisdom for younger women
Keep fighting for your rights.
Take chances to follow your passion.
A tribal elder once told me, “Enjoy how you look right now because you’ll never look this good again.” It seemed a universal truth, but with time I grew to disagree. Perhaps what she intended was “you’ll never look this young again...” which may be true. I consciously appreciate my health and circumstances each and every day, but I reject the idea that younger is better. I’ve earned each line, scar and gray hair. Each is another Manor-ism that makes me more myself than I’ve ever been. And for that, I’m grateful.