50 over 50 project – Portraits of 50 women over the age of 50.
Let me introduce 3rd woman of my 50over50 project – Jo.
I have known Jo for a while through Business women networking group.
I love her energy. She is very kind, confident, and a beautiful woman inside and out.
Jo says: I’m 54, and married to a wonderful man and I am part of a close knit loving family. After a long and reasonably successful corporate career I found myself in a situation at 40 where I realised I wasn’t going to have children of my own which was a very different outcome to what I had always imagined, and I became hungry to find out what my true purpose on this planet was. I began to learn more and felt driven to help others in a different way and in turn add more meaning to my life so I started learning more about myself and studied counselling coaching NLP (neuro linguistic programming) and this led me to meet my current business partner and together we are Positive Living Skills. Through Positive Living Skills we are supporting teachers, children and the wider community with a goal to drastically and positively impact the growing and alarming statistics of anxiety, depression suicide and violence that are devastating families. Some people would think that it’s too late to start a new business with a big vision like this at 50 (and yes it has been challenging) although my firm belief is that women (and men) 50+ or any age can achieve whatever they set their minds to if they develop self belief and they persist through all the thoughts of giving up or self doubt, and I want to show women of all ages that their opinion matters and they are more capable, more creative, and more valuable then they often give themselves credit for and they can laugh and have fun. We have so much to offer and I am excited to join this group of women who are stepping in to their confidence even more and letting themselves celebrate their value and their uniqueness.
Jo started Positive Living Skills after 50. What she does is remarkable.
Please support her vision.
Hair & Makeup by Rita’s Makeup Artistry
Photography and video by Sumico Photography
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Q & A After the Photo Shoot
Q. The reason why you wanted to participate into this project
A. I want to show women (and men) of all ages that their opinion matters and they are more capable, more creative, and more valuable then they often give themselves credit for, and they can laugh and have fun. Each of us has so much to offer and I am excited to join this group of women who are stepping in to their confidence even more and letting themselves celebrate their value and their uniqueness.
Q. What was your favourite part of the photo session?
A. I loved everything about this experience, getting my hair and make up done, dressing in different outfits and especially clothes I wouldn’t normally wear (the black dress Sumi had in her collection) and getting the experience to watch Sumi in her element – so confident, knowing exactly what to do and what to try next to capture the optimum outcomes. I guess the thing I liked the most was that I was lucky enough to do this with a friend so I got to watch her shine as well and we had such a good time – lots of laughs and it was a true celebration.
Q. What would you advise to younger yourself or other women? Or what is the best lesson you have learned so far?
A. I would say to younger women two things.
- Don’t wait until you’re 50 to give yourself ‘permission’ to appreciate yourself and really shine and enjoy being the centre of attention. Give yourself the gift of enjoying who you are and being proud
- Let go of judgement of others which gives you permission to let go of your judgement or criticism of yourself and this will help you to achieve #1 above 😊
Thank you, Jo.