Submitted by Janis Normoyle
Q: What was your primary career and what did you love about it?
A: I have many careers. My first was building and running the first private Athlethic Club in Phoenix then doing another one in midtown. After 10 years I decided to got to Culinary school. I ended up working at the school for 10 years. Then I opened my own small school for 4 years with my best friend from Culinary school. Next came consulting and caring for my elderly mom. I decided to go into senior care and got my licence as an Assisted Living Facility Manager from the State Of Arizona. I loved experience.
Q: When you retired, did you feel ‘finished’ or, for you, was there still something left to do?
A: I never really retired and do many things in the food side of things and am writing a children’s book.
Q: What inspires you and why?
A: Work ethnic, and passion for what you are doing in the present. I love children, and helping them to succeed is a wonderful contribution. My son is an inspiration as he lives in New Zealand and is an outdoor warrior, with a fine job and great character.
Q: How does your unique set of experiences make a difference for the community in your work now?
A: I am just looking at doing something in the community, although the I have always been involved in charity and helping other in my community. I feel I have much to offer.
Q: What’s your advice for boomers who are about to launch their own “second act”?
A: Do your research, find out who you are, and make sure it is something you LOVE!