The oldest of five in an Irish Catholic family, I’d always seen myself as a bit of a Gidget, the all-American, “central casted” girl next door. I was a Brownie, a Girl Scout, a baton-twirling majorette and I even won a contest when I was 15 as a teen model for Jordan Marsh. And, I had brains to boot – but being a “girl” I kept that well-hidden except for the occasional mention of honor society.
I attended a local public high school and studied at a small private girls college in Maine. I still look forward to getting together with my 8 friends from Hershey dorm at Westbrook College. We’ll always be single, no matter what. We’re simply evolved archetypes of our days in the 70’s.
As a first career, right out of that small college, I was a dental hygienist. But, as an adventurous and restless young woman, I was afraid of fate and that I would settle down at 22, work for a dentist and find myself quietly and predictably living in the burbs and married to the town dentist. Instead, I flew the coop and moved to Switzerland after an Alpine dentist found me waitressing breakfast on Cape Cod in the local Hearth n’ Kettle restaurant.
So, on Thanksgiving Day in 1983, along with the Swiss Olympic Ski Team on a Swiss Air jet, I flew to the land of chocolate, cheese, and alpine skiing. I learned how to speak Swiss German, cross country ski and make Swiss fondue. I traveled throughout Europe and visited Africa on a Safari. And, I cleaned a lot of teeth in a small town with a 2,000 year old Benedictine Monastery.
My adventurous spirit has kept me loving three different careers, and today, serves me really well as a make my way in a new world with younger women and men who seem to be on the straight and narrow, missing the roses. I lived in Manhattan after going on to study for a Masters degree in Public Health and worked in health care advertising on Madison Avenue. To complement my marketing career, I became a certified yoga teacher and a wellness coach. It all works well together for me, though my future is not as secure as it could have been if I just stayed put…cleaning teeth.
Today, I’m a health care marketing consultant and social media strategist working virtually with partners on the east and west coast. Here’s my women’s blog, Real Women on Health! and my new marketing to women blog.
I love to row crew with the Maritime Rowing Club in Norwalk, Connecticut and enjoy the friendship of a dozen ladies at the club who meet the early morning twice or three times a week. As a team, we enjoy competing in Masters rowing, as a quad, double in the boat with seven other women on Tues and Thurs mornings at 9 am.
I did manage to get married to a wonderful man, and have two stepsons and seven nieces and nephews. My dogie, Lucy, a cockapoo, is my baby!
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