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Felice Arredondo

Age: 59

Construction Management

"Enjoy the journey. There is no navigation app for life. Take chances, explore all the paths and make the most of the twist and turns, even the wrong ones."

Felice Arredondo

What is the best thing about being your age? Experience and knowledge. I‘ve seen a lot, been through a lot and learned a lot. The experience and knowledge has taught me to have the patience to deal with what comes at me and reminds me it’s not the end of the world…just a plot twist. ​ What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger? I have had several medical challenges and most recently divorce and the challenges mentally, physically and emotionally can knock you off your feet and test your faith. But they also remind you that you are stronger than you know, things will get better and that God doesn’t give us what we can't handle, he helps us handle what we are given. ​ What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list? Just bought my bucket, starting to fill it now. ​ What is your idea of perfect happiness? Loving what you are doing and who you are doing it with, including yourself if you are spending the day on your own. At home, at work, weekends, weekdays…24/7. ​ what is your greatest extravagance? After going through a couple of surgeries and months of recovery, my Mom, sister and I treated ourselves to fur coats. Mind you, it was January in Chicago. ​ What is your most treasured possession? I have several, all gifts from those in my life who I’ve treasured…my Mom, Aunts and girlfriends. My Tribe. ​ what do you consider your greatest achievement? After walking away from doing local news, I was blessed to meet some people who saw something in me and with their mentoring and encouragement I learned, created and built a successful career for myself. I love what I do. ​ What is a trait you are most proud of? I am happy and funny. I make those around me laugh and smile often without trying, just by being me. ​ If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d be taller – then I’d have less clothes hemmed. ​ What do you most value in your friends? Their unwavering love, never ending encouragement and timeless friendship. We can go months, even years, without seeing each other but when we do come together it’s like no time has passed. ​ What is your motto or favorite quote? I have two : 1. Never say you can’t, always say I’ll try (my Mom had it hanging in front of where my brother, sister and I ate most of our meals growing up). 2. Say what you mean, mean what you say. What advice would you give your younger self? Enjoy the journey. There is no navigation app for life. Take chances, explore all the paths and make the most of the twist and turns, even the wrong ones. ​ Words of wisdom for younger women My Dad always said, “If you don’t like what you are doing, do what you like and if you aren’t happy doing what you are doing, do what makes you happy.” ​ Additional thoughts... Aging is a number, nothing more. Stay young at heart and let your spirit be free and soar.

Felice Arredondo
Felice Arredondo