Your newest book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma, leverages your 50 years as a mind-body medicine pioneer. How do you define trauma and how prevalent is this issue today?
I think it’s really important to understand that trauma is a word that means ‘injury’ to body, mind, or spirit, and that it will come to all of us, sooner or later. If not early in life because of abuse or neglect, or discrimination or poverty, then probably in young adulthood or midlife as we deal with the significant pain of break-ups, relationship loss, job disappointments, family illnesses and deaths. And if not then certainly later. If we’re fortunate enough to grow old, we’ll become frail, lose loved ones, and face our own inevitable death.
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!