Kristen Wilson

Age 43

The best things about being over the age of 40 are the knowledge and experience to know what I want (and don’t want), the means to make it happen, and the wisdom to know that time passes so quickly…so, if not now, when?

For more than 40 years, I lived my life to please others. Thinking, if I am perfect, they will love me – they will choose me – they will accept me. Heartache after heartache finally broke me, and in the breaking, it actually set me free. I chose to shed the expectations and desires of others to emerge as my most authentic self and am now allowing my brokenness to be a bridge for others…and that is living my most extraordinary life.

“My brokenness is a better bridge for people than my pretend wholeness ever was.” – Sheila Walsh

I have never been one to write down dreams or goals, and I often find myself simply living in the moment. I choose to strive for progress versus perfection, which is an everyday battle but one so worth fighting. In ten years, I want to be better, healthier, and happier in life, relationships, finances and my career. I’m always changing and moving forward, and I always find a way to start over again.

When I first saw my portraits, I felt free.