That sounds cooler than saying that I’m 55! Jersey girl, born in Newark and currently residing in Plainfield. I am a Senior Payroll Testing Lead at Johnson & Johnson and have been there for 31 years. Early retirement is right around the corner! I’m married for 22 years and no children.
What's your no-fail motivational song? Just Fine by Mary J Blige.
What's your guilty pleasure? Chocolate.
What's your worst habit? Procrastination.
What talent would you love to have? To be able to play the guitar.
What's the greatest gift we can give one another? Unconditional love.
What small change has made a big impact on your life? Being.
If you could send a note to yourself in (pick one: 5, 10, 15 or 20) years, what would it say? To thine own self be true.
Breakfast: Sweet or savory? Sweet.
ON TURNING 50.
What age did you think was old when you were twenty? 50
Did you have any fears about getting old when you were young, if so what were they? My biggest fear about getting old was exactly that...getting old! In my head, it meant that death was soon to come.
Tell us a little about turning 50. Did you celebrate? Was it a big moment for you? Turning 50 was awesome!
I celebrated with friends and family! It wasn’t the celebration I had hoped for, but it was great to be alive. Although it took a minute for me to “settle into” turning 50, once I did I remember thinking “Ok girl, what are you going to do with the rest of your time here? Simply occupying space is not an option.”
Was personal attractiveness and/or a change in your physical appearance an issue for you at 50 (or in your 50's)? No not at 50. At 55, I am being to notice changes related to age, but I’m learning to embrace the changes. It means that I’m still alive! And for that I’m grateful.
What burning question are you asking yourself right now? How can I die empty? It’s important to me to leave this earth empty...having used all of who God made me (withholding nothing) to make a difference daily. Not one moment wasted...not one experience missed. And to do it one day at a time. Not in a frantic rush, but humbly, faithfully, and gratefully.
Within the last couple of years, I’ve become a children’s book author and literacy advocate. This journey started when I noticed the lack of diversity in children’s books. I wondered how much more enjoyable reading would be for children of color if they saw pictures of people in them who look like them. Along this journey by God’s grace, I’ve humbly discovered that He has equipped me with everything I need to be who He intended me to be.
What advice would you give a woman about to turn 50? Take one moment at a time. There is no rush. The race is given to those who endure! Live each moment to its fullest. To Thine ownself be true.
If anything, what has surprised you about the experience of aging? I had an “AHA” moment when I finally realized that aging is inevitable so I need “to get busy living or get busy dying.” Andy Duferesne, Shawshank Redemption.
What do you enjoy the least about your age? That my parents will always be about 25 years older than me.
What do you enjoy the most about your age? With age comes a boldness that wasn’t there in my 20s, 30s, or 40s. I love it!❤️