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.