Friday, November 11, 2011

YOUR Faces Through The Ages

Mary Timmers
Your stories are so rich and wrought with beauty and bravura that truly, on my side of the computer, words fail. You are not only clever and creative, you are also curious and courageous.

You have survived illnesses, unhappy marriages and perhaps the most tragic loss of all, that of a child. But you're strong, somehow you found some glimmer of hope and grabbed on to it and slowly, slowly you began to refocus on the positive, the possibilities. You are extraordinary women.

40s. . .
Lisa Moon

One of you, who walked out of a marriage just months ago, wrote: "Life is wide-open. I don't know where I'm going, but I know where I've been." For the first time she looks forward to traveling on her own and after decades of marriage she feels lighter, free.

Yet another one of you said she always felt she led a life hovering on the outside looking in, until with a second blissfully happy marriage and some professional assistance feels as if she can finally accept herself and grow. Her talents, I can attest, are varied and magnificent.

She said: "I am no longer a shy little girl longing for acceptance. I have confidence in my future."

And, as she so succinctly and beautifully added, "It's easier to change course if you're already in motion."

50s. . .
Tara Rinaldi soaking in her hot tub.

Because I always want to protect your privacy while at the same time sharing your stories I will never, without your expressed permission, link what you have told me to your names and pictures, which brings me to the letter from the woman who lost her son. She told me she reached a point where she wondered about EVERYTHING (her capital letters) in life. She then became a grandmother and realized she felt safest and happiest close to home with her beloved husband of 45 years, cooking and looking after their menagerie of "chickens, horses, cats and dogs."

60s. . .
Barbara Vasko
Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your stories and sending your pictures. This series will continue as long as you continue to show and tell us about your lives well-lived. I still have more in reserve, but would love to hear from those who may have hesitated. If you would like to participate, please send your pictures to me at tishjett@yahoo.com. Remember, from your 30s to forever.

17 comments:

That's Not My Age said...

Inspiring.

mary timmers said...

Thanks, Tish, for including my picture. It was taken when I was 62,a month before I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation I was cancer free with a great prognosis. That was three years ago, and I am feeling great and thankful to God for his blessing. I have a husband of 43 years, three children and six grandchildren!

kathy peck said...

Beautiful, inspirational.

Taradharma said...

thank you for continuing to share stories and photos -- I was tickled to see myself on your post! Happy to be included in such a wonderful community of women.

Thanks to my friend Regina, for sending me to your blog. Another remarkable woman, featured last time.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

So, inspiring and after reading Mary's comment...even more so inspiring! Thanks as always

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Wow.
Those are remarkable women who have faced immense challenges...and they could be our best friends or neighbours.

helen tilston said...

Another beautiful account of strong beautiful women. Bravo
Thank you Tish
Helen Tilstonxx

bv said...

i am honored to be included. for me, with age comes freedom. freedom to create my style of dress, home and art. freedom to choose happiness and love. every single life is full of challenges and i get to choose how to handle them. and i choose to start my day with YOU, tish....your blog is a joy!
thank you and now i am off to do some prep for thanksgiving...
Barbara Vasko

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

Beautiful and so thoughtful, inspirational. I am loving this series more and more.

Lost in Provence said...

This week, I had an interesting conversation with a beautiful young woman, 29, a successful makeup artist in Paris. She admitted that the pressure of appearance, to be seductive, was all important for her generation and that she felt we were going against the grain of what feminists had created (her words so please no attacking, thank you). Along with another woman of my age, 42, we talked about what the difference was for us at that age and what it is like now. This post, as with the rest in the series but more so, shows the depth of what we have attained. What we have had to survive in some cases--and for that I give my heart to the woman who lost her son--and what we are still learning with eyes open in others.

Merci, Trish comme d'hab. :)

quintessence said...

Marvelous women all and all I can say is ditto to Heather!!

JBeaudetStudios said...

I've missed how inspiring your blog is! Now I really must read what the cream below is all about. Jenifer:)

Lisa Moon said...

Thank you so much for this series. I feel blessed and honored to be a part of it! It is wonderful, at this point in my life, to feel like a fully-grown woman, to have the freedom (as another commenter said so well) to create my life, to direct it, to spend my time with whom I choose, to give of myself freely yet wisely. Your blog inspires me to continue to be my best self! Thanks, Tish :)

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Inspiring vignettes........and further evidence that we "can't judge a book by its cover".
Warm regards

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Exquisite, all of them, but Lisa Moon is especially pretty.

Susan Tiner said...

Thank you for another inspirational post. It's great hearing about the life stories of these admirable women.

Regina Clark said...

So lovely to see these women wearing real faces. Ladies, I salute you. My friend Tara looks especially relaxed. Thanks for including us in your piece about Faces Through the Ages.

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