After 40 years as a science museum leader, Sheila felt it was time for a change. As she considered her options, Sheila began writing down her ailing mother’s story and soon got the writing bug. She is now a published novelist working on her third book.
After years of giving tours in China and honing her passions for aviation and photography, and with the encouragement of her husband, Beth finally took her old manuscript off the shelf and edited it for publication. Flying Alone is Beth’s memoir of the turbulent and dangerous years in the 1980s when she was climbing her way to become an airline pilot.
What are the biggest fashion mistakes you see in older women?
I see two main ones: The first is to hang onto things that date you or that have outlived their purpose or usefulness. There’s nothing wrong with wearing a terrific classic piece repeatedly that makes you look great and pulls an outfit together successfully. And there’s nothing wrong with wearing an older, special, creative piece that speaks to your personality. But often older women get stuck in a rut of repetition or wear things that were fashionable 5-10 years earlier. Life changes, fashion changes, and when we embrace that change, we feel fresher. We feel like we’re moving forward and not living the past. It’s energizing!
You are the founder of Cirkel, which promotes intergenerational networking through cultural events. How did you come up with this idea?
Cirkel as a concept was something I was thinking through for about a year before the first event ever took place. I had been living with my parents for four years after graduating from college and established a totally new relationship with them as basically adult roommates.