Gwen came in as part of the Fabulous Over 40 Portrait Experience. We created some business and personal images to capture her beautiful tattoo.
If your friends/family had to describe you in 3-4 words, what would they say?
Perfectionist, intense, adventurer, determined.
What would you say is your best emotional quality?
Curious, focused, self-motivated
What is your occupation and how to you like to spend your free time?
I am a fractional marketing director but these days I spend a lot of time learning. In 2023, I took up violin, tango, horse riding, and programming. And recently I set up a volunteer-run support group for trauma survivors.
What are you most proud of?
I was abused when I was a child, for several years. It took me 30 years to speak up, seek help, and finally talk to someone about it. It was hard to overcome but that is not my narrative. I had to write my own story. So I worked hard, at my job, at myself to be where I am and who I am today.
What is your favourite poem, quote or saying?
Live Hard, Burn Bright.
What advice would you give your 20-year old self?
Don't be held back, speak up, and seek help if you need to.
What are your thoughts on aging?
It's important to work on oneself physically (health and fitness), and mentally. I do not want to wither and die, I want to age gracefully.
Do you still have a dream or big goal that you would love to accomplish?
I have recently set up a volunteer-run support group for trauma survivors. Through this, we hope to be able to offer support, and guidance and help them find strength to rebuild themselves. A lot of times, it's just helpful to know that someone is listening. If you are reading this, you are a survivor. You made it this far. We see you and we are listening, talk to us. Reach out to us to talk or to support others. We are Women in Need of Guidance and Strength (WINGS), find us on Instagram @wings.strength.