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40 Over 40 Project:

Celebrating women whose power, beauty, strength, grace, and spirit do not diminish with age.

 

I have photographed, profiled and celebrated 40 women over the age of 40.

WHY 40 OVER 40?

I have been witness to the strength and resilience of all kinds of women in my life but the stories that get to my heart the most often, are the ones of women that society used to label as “past their prime”.

What gives me hope for the future is that I have met woman after woman that have said HELL YES! Women that refuse to be labelled or diminished, are now stepping into their own power. Personally, I feel like I am only beginning to hit my stride. Now I feel called to give a platform to 40 of these women. I want them to be seen, celebrated and have a platform to use their voice to call out to us. I want women all over to hear their stories and be inspired. Will you join me on this journey?

I would like you to meet the UNSTOPPABLE

PATTI KIMBALL

Patti and I worked together a few years ago when she was ready to step up her brand for her business. I was so pumped when she applied to be a part of the Unstoppable Project because I knew her story would resonate with so many people. Patti is one of the most thoughtful and self aware people I know. She has taken something that would have shattered most young people and turned it into a force for good in the world. Her friend would be so very proud of the woman she has become.

Anita Watkins

Patti Kimball's Portrait taken in Anita Watkin's Photography Studio in London, Ontario

Patti Kimball’s Portrait taken at Anita Watkin’s Studio in London, Ontario. 

Is there anything you would like to share with people about your life?

When I was entering Club Forty, I decided to dye my hair because I didn’t feel ready for anyone to see that it was turning white. After all, for years magazines and commercials had given women like me options to defy the aging process in order to stay young and “look their best.” Basically, it sent a clear message to women that aging is not desirable and it’s “best” to look young in order to feel attractive.

This message had permeated my skin and I was more concerned about what others would think about me, especially my husband. One day, I looked at myself in the mirror and thought about how I actually felt about myself ─ on the inside. I realized I was happy with who I was and how I lived my life. I started questioning my reasons for dying my hair and hiding the fact that I was getting older. I pondered this thought for a few weeks until I finally decided to talk to my husband about it. 

“How would you feel if I decided to let my hair go white?” I asked.
“It doesn’t matter to me. You’re beautiful either way. It’s only hair. Hell, you took me at no hair!” he said.
It was that day that I decided to take the pressure off myself and embrace the aging process. I felt liberated and lighter. By releasing that pressure, I gave myself permission to step into my power and learn how to fully love myself. Just because I made the decision to stop dying my hair does not mean that I think those who do are vain; it’s personal preference and that’s okay. For me, it was what I needed to do in order to step onto the path of self-discovery, learn how to fully love and accept myself without hiding my age. 

There is such an emphasis on the physical aspects of aging then yet there is another aspect of aging that appears to have been overlooked – wisdom. Life experience gives a person the ability to decide how they would like to live the next chapter of their lives.

My forties, by far, was the greatest decade for me. I found that I became more confident because I cared less about what others thought about me and how I lived my life. I dove deep into my personal growth, took courses that I was interested in and am now a certified Mindset and Emotional Wellness Coach as well as a Reiki Practitioner. However, the pinnacle of my forties was becoming an author and publishing my first book.
Writing was something that I had always practiced and kept private. The thought of sharing my innermost emotions with people gave me a nauseating feeling because I feared how my writing would be received. So, I played small, privately writing and saving everything either as a hard copy or in files on my laptop. Meanwhile, my true purpose remained buried deep inside me.

When I was fourteen, my friend Aprile died suddenly from a congenital heart condition; I was devastated. My world was turned upside down – life would never be the same. I had no choice but to face my grief head on and learn to cope with loss. It was awful.

I couldn’t understand why I was able to recall memories in such specific detail or how images and conversations were so vivid in my mind. I finally realized that I was a storyteller. I was meant to write about this experience in an effort to assist others to give them a fresh perspective, renewed faith, and hope. I knew if I had the courage to be vulnerable, others could benefit from my lived experience.

My book is entitled, “Siren, On Repeat: What My Best Friend’s Death Taught Me About Hope and Grief.” It’s a resource that helps people to dig deep within themselves to explore their own situations, grieve without judgment, cry without shame and just be. At the same time, it offers understanding, hope and inspiration. This was by far the most important project I have ever worked on.

Sometimes, I think some women feel like it’s too late to start something new. A person is never too old to learn and grow. It’s all perspective and how one feels about themselves. For me, I feel like I’m just getting started! I’m able to wake up every morning because of the goals and dreams that I have. That is what keeps me motivated. 

Knowing what I know now, I would love to have a conversation with my younger self and tell her to take all of the outside pressures off and invest the time to get to know herself. That everything she needs is inside of herself and when she’s happy with who she is, it shows from the inside out not the other way around. 

I’m excited about the next stages of my life. If there’s one thing that I’ve realized it’s that who I am, the essence of what makes me truly me, never gets old.

Do you want to learn more about working with Anita?

Portrait Photographer in London, Ontario

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