At almost 53 I have had a full and good life so far. I grew up in challenging conditions and for the first 35 years of my life it was more about “running away from” than towards anything meaningful. Mental health struggles were part of my upbringing and one of my brothers died of suicide. Slowly and with great help, I started to heal old wounds and figure out who I was. I launched two successful companies and in my mid-forties, went back to school to become a nutritionist. My family background and struggles have definitely made me very aware of how fragile our health is.
What would you say has been the biggest shift in your life since turning 40?
Pursuing a career that fits with my values by becoming a nutritionist and wellness coach. I’ve also chosen relationships that align with who I am.
When do you feel you are most powerful?
I feel powerful when I feel healthy. When I am physically active, when I feel connected with my partner, my friends and family, and when I am eating good food. I feel powerful when I guide others in that direction by being true to who they are and by respecting their bodies’ needs.
What are the top 3 most important things to you right now?
- My health.
- My relationships.
- Creating a meaningful new business.
How do you make sure your actions are aligned with what’s most important to you?
I sort of know when I am out of sync; I feel like crap usually!
What seeds are you planting today for the future?
Writing a book.
Always nurturing my family despite the distance and the pandemic.
Learning a ton — especially about the brain these days.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in redesigning midlife?
I’d say stay curious! In curiosity there is magic. Stay open to possibilities. We are all work in progress.