I’m going to keep this one short and sweet in honor of all the women in my family who’ve reinvented them self late in life.
First, I salute my sister Diana.
My sister Diana, who with me found the stresses of caring for our aged and dying parents quite trying at times. It forced us to find ways to grow and be better than we once were.
Di found that drawing would calm mother as well as herself and she developed her own unique style of crayon art
and from there she wrote her first book “The Importance of Thomas” which reveals, as told to her grand kids, her journey with me in caring for our parents.
Second, My daughter Andrea:
My daughter Andrea, who just started writing her own blog, I salute as she embarks on a new career which is growing stronger everyday.
At 34, she went back to school and was the first girl in my family to finish college and get a degree. You can read her story and goals at the link that follows. (Actually, Diana was the first in my family to finish college, but of me and my girls, Andrea was)
Her blog: http://usmountainstandard.com/about
Third, I salute my daughter Tina
Now, my firstborn Tina, married at 17 and didn’t even finish the last 6 months of school thinking marriage was her destiny, At 45 she found herself evolving.
Despite the fact that she didn’t start her family until she was 29, my former 3.5 grade point average student took her time getting that GED.
I only list her third because she is only now starting her journey.
At age 47, she started college and is now waiting to be admitted for a nursing degree, which I don’t think will be a problem with her getting straight A’s.
Both girls following in their mother’s footsteps taking strides, moving forward late in life. I guess you could call us late bloomers.
And well, most of you know my story. It’s been a rocky road but I keep on truckin’. I’m blogging while embarking on a screenwriting career.
And finally, I salute me:
My first screenplay was written with Andrea in mind, but even though her acting career took a detour, she is now back on track. With encouragement from Sean Astin and others, she has renewed her enthusiasm for film. Like me, she doesn’t know where that will end up.
With Andrea, I have just completed the first phase of a web series we hope to start filming sometime next year.
Both girls are supportive of my efforts and eager to collaborate.
Everything I’ve done I did after 45. It took three marriages for one to take and that was at 45. I raised four children, two girls and two boys and in the interim pretty much kept my dreams on hold. Now it’s my turn.
At 45, I learned to ski and…
I rock climbed and loved it. I would say it was my favorite sport. I also climbed mountains.
and at 50 I got to go to one of the most prestigious acting schools in LA, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
In addition, I got to learn more from LA Coach Molli Benson, Check out her site: “Specialty Acting Workshops”
At 65, after mother died, I learned belly dancing,
It’s been quite a journey for us, but here’s to the ladies…AND we’re not done yet!