50 Over 50 Project for 2020
"Embrace who you truly are with grace and style. Learn to be patient with yourself and others as you age. Your beauty is not marked but the number of times you have fallen but by the number of times you have gotten up stronger than ever."
Profession: Retired – County of Santa Cruz Human Services Dept.
What is the best thing about being your age?
Still being alive and able to get up in the morning…haha! Freedom to do whatever I want, whenever I want. The wisdom to make choices I feel right for me and the people in my life.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Spending 27 years in the service of others, helping people make better lives for themselves.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
There is no such thing as “perfect,” but nothing gives me greater pleasure than being on stage singing and performing for people who are no longer able to enjoy life as they once knew it, people in Assisted Living Homes especially.
What is your most treasured possession?
My freedom, my life, my son – but as far as “possessions," it would be my extensive Buddha collection.
What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?
I am open to all possibilities and the “bucket list” is ever changing, however two things come to mind. One, was learning to ride and own a Harley Davidson at the age of 56 and the other is to start singing and performing at the age of 68.
What is your greatest extravagance?
My extensive clothing collection, vintage is my most favorite.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Change is constant but learning to be patient is a life long lesson that I've yet to master.
What is a trait you are most proud of?
Loyalty and honesty with myself and my friends.
What is your greatest fear?
Growing older alone. I’d love to enjoy the companionship of a really fun man while maintaining my strong independence.
What do you most value in your friends?
The unspoken trust between us, each of us allowing the other to simply be who we are.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Learn to be patient and accept things for what they are. Strive for inner peace, confidence and most of all: humor gets you through even the most difficult times.
What is your motto or favorite quote?
“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." Thank you Paul McCartney.
Advice to younger women....
Just remember to be yourself. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Set boundaries and keep them. Your wrinkles are the roadmaps and stories of your life so embrace them and love yourself unconditionally.