Claire, 45

Women, Fabulous Over 40

Claire did a photoshoot as a part of her promise to herself to do more things that are just for herself and to push herself out of her comfort zone. She is a positive, fun and energetic woman and I had so much fun with her in studio in Driebergen dancing to a playlist that her daughter had made for the shoot.

I love her thoughts on ageing:

"Ageing is the gift that keeps giving. It is the wisdom to know that no one actually knows what they are doing, we are all making it up as we go. It is the confidence to be more you and say no to things, or people, that no longer serve you. It is the self-assurance to no longer worry about what others think. And it is the invitation to wear what makes you happy and dance to shop music even if everyone is looking and especially when shopping with your teenage daughter "

If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say?

Electric, forceful, caring, fun

What would you say is your best emotional quality?

Practical, self aware, inquisitive and naturally empathetic. I am a glass half full person who likes to have fun.

What is your occupation and how to you like to spend your free time?

At the end of 2023 I stepped away from a C-suite role to recharge my batteries and spend more time with my daughters. After an amazing 9 month break I am super excited to explore what my next adventure could be which has kicked off with launching my own operational consultancy company, OpsAngel, here in The Netherlands.

My free time is family time. Dog walks, hanging out, exploring new places, attempting to learn Dutch and Friday night which for my family is always home-made pizza night with a bit of a boogie in the kitchen.

What are you most proud of?
Our home is a kaleidoscope of colour, music, laughter and love that gives me so much joy and pride.

I am proud of the personal journey I have been on since becoming a mum which has seen me step out of my comfort zone time and time again and led me to the top of my profession
 I am proud of my beautiful family and the extraordinary human beings that are my children - the strong, confident women they are becoming and the way in which they navigate the world with such positivity , inquisitiveness and energy.

And I am proud of the courage my husband and I have had to build a life, and a home, on our own terms. It could have been so easy to follow the crowd and do the things that others expected of us but instead we have trodden our own path which has taken us on many amazing adventures, led us to live in different countries, and brought into our lives people who have added so much depth and colour to all aspects of our lives.

What is your favourite poem, quote or saying?

"What we know matters, but who we are matters more" Brene Brown

Experiences over the things. Always.

What advice would you give your 20-year old self looking back?

You are enough! Worry less about what others think, trust more in yourself, be open to every opportunity, be selfish sometimes, and build two muscles every day; self love and health.

When you entered your 40's, what did you find were the most significant or poignant changes?

As I have gone into my 40s I have been humbled by the power of my body to tell me what it needs, and I am equally grateful that I have had the self awareness to be able to listen and act. I have learnt that physical and mental health is the foundation of everything and making it a priority has a positive knock-on effect on work, family and relationships.

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