50 Over 50 Project for 2020

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Gail Root

Age: 70

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"At 70 years of age, I want to say to all younger women: trust your gut, listen to your instinct, maintain your integrity, and enjoy life."

Age: 70
Profession: Parent Educator

What is the best thing about being your age?
Confidence.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising my daughters (3).

What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?
This photo shoot.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Rocking a baby, outside, listening to live music.

What is a trait you are most proud of?
Honesty.

What is your greatest fear?
I’ll have dementia and be difficult to care for.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Getting my nails done.

What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Listen to your intuition.

What is your motto or favorite quote?
If we baby our babies when they are babies, then we won’t have to baby them for the rest of our lives.

Additional thoughts...
Being an army wife – moving 28 times in 35 years of marriage – made me a much stronger woman then I ever could have imagined (and having 3 kids in 4.5 years while we were in the military). I take a quote from Rene Brown: "Lean into the fear."

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