Joan Jakel

Age 55

In my 55th year of life, I want every woman to recognize age is just a number. What really matters is the quality of life you pack into those years. Every year, every decade, can be better, richer, more aligned with purpose, more fulfilling, more connected … MORE of whatever you want. You can be more sexy, confident, wise, authentic, vulnerable, fun and adventurous. There are no rules and if there are rules in your world – start breaking them or create new ones that fully serve you!

I am living my most extraordinary life right now by living life my way, on my terms and not by anyone else’s rules. I listen to the inner whispers and unconditionally follow them. There’s a deep-seated freedom that comes from a lifetime of exploration, personal development and commitment to follow my unique path.

In the next decade, I aspire to create a soul center where artisans can gather to share their gifts and talents with the community. A place where women can gather and connect with themselves and each other. A place where creativity is nourished and dreams unfold. A place where rescued animals and humans can heal one another. Where nature, art and architecture provide an oasis for those ready to follow their hearts and join kindred spirits on an epic adventure.

When I saw my portraits for the first time, I was in complete awe. Karianne captured my energy and badassery. She revealed my inner essence in an outer beauty, strength and vibrancy. I was overwhelmed to see myself reflected through her lens. She gave me permission to share myself in a way that was at once fully authentic, yet rarely witnessed.