In the words of David Byrne “well, how did I get here?” Over time, I’ve imagined and re-imagined me many times.
Professionally, I am a freelance writer writes quite a bit on the impact of social media on the newspaper industry for Poynter.org here. I am a social media strategist who has also been a professional blogger for a multi-national telecom, a thought-leader blog network and several noteworthy projects, as well as a community developer for Placblogger.com, Assignment Zero, and NewsTrust.
Personally, I’d consider myself a dating genius, for whom long-term relationships remain a mystery (although some friends would disagree on the latter.) I’m a fashionista with a knack for adaptting youthful looks for an older, curvier body. I love makeup no less than I did when I was 20, yet know that the orchid eye shadow that looked great at 20 looks godawful at 40. I also love books, and music, and travelling in the U.S.–yet harbor a strange aversion to chick-lit, folksy singer-songwriters, and anything that’s way too pink. Including certain shades of lip gloss.
What brought me to AtSGfs is this: there’s not much out there to help a single woman over 40 negotiate the world around her. Not too many books or magazines or blogs with good advice on re-entering the dating world, or on re-imagining one’s career, or what it’s like to create a personal style that’s not something between dowdy-frumpy and inappropriately trashy.
Or, for that matter, what life might look like for her now that she’s no longer a bright young thing. I believe it’s in sharing experiences and wisdom we’ve gained that we can begin to share our wisdom and experiences to help one another and those who will be turning 40 eventually….
Because whether we want it or not, 40 happens to all of us. Just the way 20 did. Only with a few more gray hairs, a lot more opinions, and the keen ability to say “no, thank you.”
I hope you will enjoy my posts.
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