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 40 Over 40 for 2024
Kathleen Morgan Thomas



"Be gentle with yourself and others. Trust when people tell you who they are. It is okay to live with an open heart."

AGE: 64

PROFESSION: Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Retired

What is the best thing about being your age?

Trusting myself, allowing myself to take risks, be open to firsts even now, having more compassion for myself and others, Letting go of the pressure to compete with other women in particular.

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

Loss of loved ones (parents, friends), physical challenges (hip replacements, back injury, Graves disease), Divorce. Great appreciation for my health, absence of pain, ability to explore, engage and be active. I appreciate that no one in my life is permanent.


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

Travel experiences, securing a place in Aptos.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

What I just experienced in Chachapoyas, Peru. Feeling that I am my very best self. Loving with my whole heart.

What is your most treasured possession?

A painting of my grandmother.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Raising two amazing children who are now young adults.

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

I would increase my confidence.

What is your greatest extravagance?


What is a trait you are most proud of?

Being bilingual, which allows me to connect with other cultures.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Trust yourself. If you feel small or less than with anyone, walk away. Trust when people tell you who they are. It is okay to live with an open heart.

What is your motto or favorite quote?

Live wild, love hard and keep smiling.

Words of wisdom to younger women

Be gentle with yourself and others.

Additional Thoughts...

My capacity for joy has grown, not diminished, with age.


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