I’m happy to be a woman of a “certain age”!

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Carol Vorderman, the latest editor to join Victoria.co.uk, introduces herself and explains why she’s proud to be a woman of a “certain age”.

Your new editor!

I’m incredibly excited to be part of the team here at Victoria.co.uk where I can share my very personal experience, loving life as a 50-something woman – and all that it has to offer.

Born in 1960, I’m part of a generation of women who were always the rule breakers. We had to be, or the system wouldn’t have changed – we’re extremely lucky because we get to see the changes that we helped create. As a generation we are still at it though, and now seem to be breaking down boundaries for mature women. A lot of the old, pointless “what is acceptable” messages just aren’t good enough anymore. There is more to life than those restrictive rules, and we can be stronger when we share those thoughts with others who know the same.

As a featured editor on Victoria I’m going to share some of my adventures over the next few months (and I have some exciting ones in store!) as well as some tips, advice and general 50-something musings – but I would love to hear from you too, so make sure you leave any comments below!

How it feels to be a woman of a “certain age”

I’m often asked this. It happens more now I am in my mid-50s, with some people just waiting for me to have a bit of a moan about it. Well that couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is, being a woman of a “certain age” is fantastic! It means freedom and living a new chapter of my life in the way I’ve always wanted. I know so many women who are living their dreams now.

A new chapter

One of the best things I have found about being in my 50s – my favourite chapter in my life so far – is learning to love what you have, what you’ve done and what’s just around the corner. It’s crucial to surround yourself with the people that you really want to be with.

Why I’m proud to be a woman of a “certain age”

I am really proud of what Victoria.co.uk is setting out to do for 50+ women. Mature women are so often criticised, their appearance and opinions picked apart as though they have no value anymore.

What nonsense! We have so much experience to share, we are freer in our heads, we are funny and wise, we know how to enjoy ourselves, we have great energy and we have many friends who feel the same way.

Here are my top five reasons why I’m proud to be a woman of a “certain age”:

I’m on my own time: I don’t need to be a slave to a school-run schedule or everyone else’s commitments. I make my time my own and fill it with things I want to do, and I don’t feel guilty about it at all. I’m still really busy and I still look after people, but in a different way.

I can just be me: In various other chapters (because life is only ever about chapters) I was happy to be a student, a party girl, a wife, a mother of young children, a carer and a business woman, to name but a few. Now, as for a lot of us at this stage, the children are older, our friends have more time and I finally have spare time that is my time.

I’m more confident than ever: I am finally in a position to fulfil my dream and become a good pilot. With my newfound confidence I am going to try to achieve something that I will be proud of myself for doing, for the rest of my life. I crave adventure in a way I didn’t when I had to act very responsibly for everyone else’s sake.

I’ve learnt to say “no”: When you’re younger you feel pressured to say yes to so many things you know you really want to say no to. You want to do everything to keep everyone else happy. Now I know I can do anything - but I don’t have to do everything.

I’m still a party girl: I can outlast the 20-somethings! But I also love time by myself. Life is about enjoying what you have and living in the moment. We only have one life and we are lucky to be here to enjoy this next chapter together.

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Karen 20/07/2017

It means what you see is what you get ,it means I don't have to worry,so I take care and be happy with what I have.

value

29/09/2016

I am worth the best of cosmetics it fact it is really needed when youou are 82

Wrinkles

24/09/2016

Lets hope this can get rid of some of my lines. I havr had a hard life and this is showing on my face would really like to try the new one

Welcome

snowdrop36uk 21/07/2016

Great to have Carol on board. I've loved watching her mature since first appearing on Countdown. I look forward to her input.

Welcome aboard

Christine31 21/07/2016

Good news having Carol joining the editor team, we may all have different lives but we share life's experiences.

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Carol Vorderman

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