June 18, 2010

Aging Gracefully with Nurturing

This week’s beauty is Rhonda O’Shea who is 51 years old. Rhonda has five grandchildren, and one on the way, and is the wife of one of my most favorite friends from high school. Rhonda has a quiet, humble, and very kind presence. She radiates love & nurturing. Often I have had the thought that we would be very good friends if we only lived closer and saw each other more. I feel like we are cut from a similar cookie cutter if you know what I mean.

Here is what Rhonda has to say about aging gracefully:

"To be honest I'm finally feeling comfortable in my skin. I had my first child when I was 17, which made me different from my peers. It made me feel isolated in a way. It took me almost half my life to realize that a mom is who I was meant to be and love it. In this second half of my life I'm feeling comfortable and proud with who I am, the mother of four grown sons. I do feel my faith, exercise, and meditation pulled me through. I also feel you have to value who you are, before the world can value what you do.

This is a great motto that a friend sent to me:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Great quote. Thank you so much Rhonda.


  1. I love this line from her, "I also feel you have to value who you are, before the world can value what you do." We need to broadcast that everywhere!

  2. Louise,

    Rhonda is Gorgeous! What a wonderful choice for your site! She does have a calm, kind and pleasant presence.
    I too like what Rhonda said about valuing who you are before the world can value you.
    This is a truth!
    I was laughing the whole way through the motto sent from a friend!
    I could not AGREE more! That is just perfect!
    That too should be on a poster and framed for all!!!
    I love the pic of Rhonda and Kevin too!
    What a Beautiful and Loving couple!

  3. Perfect choice!!!A true beauty and a strong and intelligent woman. I loved all the words of wisdom and I loved the concept of skiding in sideways...all used up!!! Words to live by.

  4. Louise,

    Rhonda is a perfect example of aging gracefully, and graciously. I love her quotes! Add another, one of my favorites, from Emily Dickinson: "That it will never come again, is what makes life so sweet." So true! She and Kevin are perfect for each other!

  5. Echo what everyone else has said. :)

  6. Before I comment on Rhonda I just want to say that I read your site regularly Louise. I know it's for woman but it's just checking out and old friends labor of love. It's true quality and I do get a perspective that I otherwise wouldn't. As for Rhonda, I'm proud so she's my wife and the graceful and composed way she carries herself. She balances work and motherhood and household and being a wife. All that and she's still as sweet as tupelo honey.

  7. You know Kevin would make a great aging beauty of the week as well. And he for sure would have lots of wisdom to share being the great writer & intuitive guy that he is.

    Maria Luce I love your E. Dickinson quote as well: "That it will never come again, is what makes it so sweet."
    We can say that about life in general but also about so wonderful many things in it.

  8. Rhonda has always displayed such beauty and grace, you can see it in her face:) Her inner beauty radiates...living her truth in valuing who she is! I also agree that Kevin would be a great aging beauty as well...his inner beauty does shine in his gifts of writing and intuition. I couldn't agree more! What a lovely couple:)

  9. Louise, When I asked my brother who is 53 years old to go on Lines of Beauty, take a look and call me back he called back and said,"Are you a star?" I explained the philosophy of your site Louise, and how women our age are feeling about our looks and he said,"Oh, like weathered?" (He was serious)I said that's not the word we use. He said, "You look pretty good." Anyway Louise and everyone thank you for all of the flattering comments. You have all made me feel so special. Louise I feel the same way about you. Sometimes in life you meet someone and you feel like kindred spirits. You are a very special woman.