My favorite thing about being a woman over 40 is knowing who I am and loving who I am. For years, I felt as though I needed to do more and be more for everyone else. Now I realize that who I have become over the years is someone who loves hard, works to make an impact and leans into people and activities that make me happy. I can be alone with my thoughts and feel good. I can be in a crowded room and connect with someone in a meaningful way.
I am living my most extraordinary life right now by enjoying the opportunities that come my way. This photoshoot being a great example of that. I would normally never do a photoshoot to celebrate me, but I did and I enjoyed it. I am embracing the journey of life and loving every minute of it! Going on trips that take me to the most beautiful places on Earth or floating around my pool all bring me joy. This life is extraordinary!
In the next decade, I will travel more and see new things. I will visit different places and meet new people and learn from them. I will enjoy the life I have built. I will also enjoy seeing my 19 nieces and nephews continue to grow and dream big. I will celebrate with them and support them in whatever they do.
When I saw my portraits for the first time, I was surprised that I felt good about what I saw. I didn’t know what to expect and I was nervous. Karianne did a great job of capturing me, the real me. That took me by surprise but also made me happy. I love the fire in my eyes and the joy in my smile!