50 OVER 50 PROJECT FOR 2022
#20
Sara Kimball

Age: 61

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"Every day counts.

Take care of yourself

and do something that makes you smile

every single day.

Be confident and don’t let others steal your power."

age: 61

 

profession:  I was a high school teacher for 25 years. I retired from teaching in 2019 and now run my own small business as a travel advisor and tour guide. 

 

What is the best thing about being your age?

I love that my children are adults now and I can watch them grow and mature and form their own families. It brings me joy, gives me hope and provides me a glimpse into the future.

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

I had a difficult upbringing and then got caught up in abusive relationships because I didn’t have confidence or value myself. I had to work hard to take charge of my life. Becoming a parent and having a baby totally dependent on me gave me the motivation to move forward and become a stronger person.

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

My bucket list is all about traveling anywhere and everywhere, and visiting our National Parks in particular. Experiencing Carlsbad Caverns recently was absolutely awe-inspiring.  Touring Australia in February 2020 was something I planned for a long time and it was amazing, especially Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef. 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I feel happy and blessed every day, but relaxing on a warm tropical beach, with a light breeze and my wonderful husband by my side is bliss.

What do you most value in your friends?

I value friends who are non-judgmental. I want to feel that my friends accept me as who I am.

what is your greatest extravagance?

Travel. I am so fortunate to have a job that allows me to indulge in what I love to do.

What is your most treasured possession?

I don’t possess it, but what I treasure most is my family- my husband, my kids, my grandson.

what do you consider your greatest achievement?

 Raising three wonderful young people.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Be more confident and don’t let others steal your power.

What is your motto or favorite quote?

Carpe diem! I was very sick in 2014, in the ICU on a ventilator. That experience emphasized to me the importance of valuing my time and spending it in positive ways with positive people.

Words of wisdom for younger women

Every day counts. Take care of yourself every day and do something that makes you smile every single day.

Age is a state of mind. You are only as old as you think you are. Staying connected with younger people will help you stay young at heart.

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