Marie Gonzales

Age 57

“Spending all your time waiting for that second chance…” Sarah McLachlan words couldn’t be more spot on. Being daughter, sister, wife, mother, widower all before 40, my life was lived day by day without intention. It was a maze of adventures with a lot of turbulence. I was surviving. It was once I became an Empty Nester at fifty that I finally found myself and embraced my self-worth. Today, my favorite thing about being a woman over 40 is that I live with intention and freedom to be just me and embrace living life to its fullest with inspiration and joy.

I am living my most extraordinary life right now by owning my own Independent Insurance Agency. I provide clients concierge service through education. Growing my business by networking opened more doors than I could have imagined. I grew a diversified client base and many new friendships. It has provided me with additional personal and business knowledge through amazing groups of women striving for similar successes in a wide range of other industries. Having control over my time gave me the freedom to travel and enjoy new opportunities. I thoroughly enjoy my work and strive to continue life and work balance.

In my next chapter, I hope to find a seasonal residence in Washington along the water. It will get me out of the heat of the desert in the summer months but also to provide summer camp for the grand kids! I also would like to serve on a non-profit board helping single parents and children that have experienced the loss of a spouse and parent. I feel through my personal experience I could be of assistance helping other’s that find themselves struggling to move forward.

When I saw my portraits for the first time, I was super impressed that Karianne was able to capture my emotions in each photo of my outfit intentions. Each photo represented a distinct time of my life. It made me feel proud of who I have become in my life journey from wife, mother, and business owner. However, most importantly she was able to show me my sexy bad ass side! That photo became my favorite, hung in my bathroom, to remind me every morning to embrace life and have a whole lot of fun living life to my fullest.