I'm over fifty. And if you spend much time with me there is a good chance you are too.
For the past year or so I've been thinking about the power and insight that women our age have accumulated. I know that living this long has given me the opportunity to make horrible choices, stupid mistakes and pile up a bunch of regrets.
But I've also gained a lot of wisdom. It's sometimes actually sought after! I've also learned that people don't always want my advice, which I have often been too quick to lay on them. Therefore I am learning to step back, and speak into others' lives when invited.
Nowadays, I aim to apply the wisdom I've gained in five and a half decades to my own growth and maturity, so I can live these next few decades as well as possible.
This is a journey that many of us are on, and I certainly don't have all the answers. I have to admit, in the past three years, I've tried to give myself all sorts of labels that haven't fit well. I've tried them on and tore them off. Finally, in 2017 I'm ready to stop labeling myself beyond these facts:
I am an artist. I like to create in a variety of media and I intend to grow deeply into this lifelong calling. This artist has not been nurtured for a long, long time.
I am an American woman in my mid fifties. All the good and bad decisions I've made or avoided are catching up with me. I'm finally experienced and wise enough to understand the ramifications of that. This is very humbling.
I have more years behind me than in front of me (unless I make it to 110...) I want those years to count.
I want those years to count for you too.
So I'm dedicating this website to that journey. I invite you to journey with me, and together we can redefine who we are, how we can live well and creatively in midlife and later!