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Lesley 60 | the 40 over 40 project

This photo shoot was way out of my comfort zone, however I am glad I was talked in to it by my youngest daughter. Turning 60 was a double edged sword for me. On one hand, I lost my baby sister to cancer at 57 last year, so I need to be grateful and proud that I reached this age as she never had that opportunity. Whilst on the other hand, there is a lifetime’s conditioning to avoid discussing, or worse, revealing your age.  I wish we could remove that stigma for women along with many others! I now proudly state my age when asked. I don’t feel 60, don’t act 60 and hopefully don’t look it!!!

I am a proud Mum to three astoundingly perfect human beings and a mother in law to three additional amazing humans. My children are by far the greatest achievement of my life.

 I also have six beautiful grandchildren that I adore and they keep me young. I look forward every swing to coming home to them from my FIFO world.  My husband of 40 years is my lifelong companion and soul mate. We met when I was 15 years old and look at us now!

If I was asked to give advice to my younger self, it would be this; 

Be gentle with yourself; don’t allow people’s expectations and your own anxiety to influence how you see yourself. 

Enjoy the small moments and take loads of photos. 

Stop thinking you are fat… you are not!

Keep pushing that feminist barrow, its important!

Value your friends and family as they can be gone in the blink of an eye.

 Do not doubt yourself so much. 

Get some help for that Post Natal Depression….. It is very real.

Wear sunscreen!!!

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