50 Over 50 Project for 2020


Janmarie Silvera

Age: 62


"Take responsibility for creating your own happiness. Celebrate for any reason. Be undaunted, take the leap."

Age: 62
Profession: Children’s rock musical theater producer, Soap maker, and small business owner.

What is the best thing about being your age?
Sleeping in every morning.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My children. Though I sure as hell didn’t do it alone, their amazing dad and large cast of teachers, family, friends, and mentors were key. But I played the leading lady.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
So, assuming this is not a “World Peace” kind of question. I experience perfect happiness often, the moments are fleeting, varied and usually unexpected. It could be laughing so hard at the dinner table that I fear choking, listening to rock and roll way too loud, seeing something unexpected in nature, resting my hand on the arm of my husband as I fall asleep. This list could actually be pretty long for me, listening to my son play guitar, perfect scrambled eggs, just the right neck pillow, a foot massage…

What is your most treasured possession?
After evacuating from the wildfire, with not much more than a few changes of clothes, I realized many things were my "most treasured possessions" and at the same time I could let them all go. But if I had to choose one thing it would be the serpent bracelet I am wearing with the black low cut dress. It belonged to my great grandmother, I have a painting of her wearing it and I love the lineage of it being passed down through generations of women in my family.

What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?
Traveling in Europe with my family.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Shopping organic.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My health and chronic pain. Just to be clear, I would improve my health and erase my chronic pain.

What is a trait you are most proud of?
My tenacity and grit.

What is your greatest fear?
Outliving my children.

What do you most value in your friends?
Our endeavor to be our true selves with each other.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t change a thing. All those mistakes, bad choices, terrible experiences, close calls and regrets are the source of the growth and lessons it took to get me to who am I am now. Not to mention all the fun, moments of awe, and wild adventures along the way.

What is your motto or favorite quote?
Count your blessings, not your problems.
Leave it better than you found it. (this applies to everything from the kitchen sink to the world).

Advice for younger women...
• Some things I have learned:
• Be thoughtful but don’t overthink.
• Be accountable for your actions.
• Take responsibility for creating your own happiness.
• Apologize when you should.
• Celebrate for any reason.
• Don’t try to be perfect, work on being you.
• Be undaunted, take the leap.