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Meet Panel Member Brenda L.

“The miracle is this: the more we share, the more we have.”
Leonard Nimoy

Welcome to our series: Interconnected! In this series, we want to help you meet your fellow 50plus Matters™ peers. Each one of us holds a unique story and we can all learn from one another. The more we know about each other, the more we learn about ourselves. We love hearing your stories and we think they are an important tool in helping us defy the misconceptions that define our generation. Without further ado,

Meet Brenda L!


What do you want us to know about you?

I am a 58 year old female with a husband, 2 adult children and 2 adorable grandsons. I have limited vision – I was born blind in one eye and with poor vision in the other. This disability has presented some challenges but doesn’t hold me back. I work part time as a trainer for a catalogue retailer and run a small balloon and gift business from my home. With the help of family and friends who always seem to be available to chauffeur me around, I am able to enjoy a working life instead of being at home dwelling on my disability.

What challenges do you face being 50+?

The biggest would be that I am afraid of not being ready for retirement. But there is also the additional challenges just keeping up with the family and the home. A few more aches and pains make everyday living take a bit more effort than when I was younger. I also find the changes in technology come so fast and furious that I always seem to be behind. Good thing I have a tech savvy daughter to keep me in the loop.

What are your pet peeves?

Being called “ma’am”; makes me feel old! I also find it difficult dealing with younger generations’ lack of respect and general common sense. I wonder where us Boomers went wrong teaching manners and respect as our parents did. I get really ticked off with the lack of Customer Service and the feeling that I am intruding/annoying those whose job it is to assist and look after my requirements as a consumer.

Do you have a Bucket List? What’s next to be scratched off?

Not really a bucket list but a wish list. I would love to go to Hawaii and Ireland. When I’m ready to retire, I want to be able to travel. Even if it is just packing up the 5th wheel and heading out with my husband (he does the driving) and exploring North America at our leisure. There is so much to see and do here but getting on a plane and experiencing the great big world is also on top of my to-do list.

Do you sign up for and read brand newsletters?

Very rarely will I sign up for a newsletter. I find brand newsletters very difficult to read. I open some emails on my computer and increase the display size (keep in mind that I am legally blind) but still find these newsletters difficult. A short email with links to click for more detail work so much better for me. I am inundated on a daily basis with emails, most of them I just delete.

To read the full interview, click HERE.

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