what i know now!
FEATU R E
Toby Keith may lament he’s not “as good as I once was,”and John Cougar Mellencamp may want to “hold on to 16,” or at least that’s what they say in their songs, but the women of Lake Norman are proof that life just keeps getting better and better. With life experience comes wisdom, and we’re asking area women to share what they’ve learned on the topics of lifestyle, attitude, beauty, self-conﬁdence, relationships, and, yes, getting older.
WHAT’S THE ONE SKILL EVERY WOMAN SHOULD HAVE? She should learn the skills or get
help in making a budget, living within her means, saving, and investing.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THE YOUNGER YOU? Dream big, always be a learner,
and take action now on the baby steps to get there. Read about, follow, and spend time with the VERY BEST people who will believe along with you, challenge, and push you. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO WALK AWAY? It’s time for me to leave when
people or situations are always in high drama, continually sucking the life and energy out of others and their surroundings.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR MOM?
Her daily habit of early morning coffee, Bible reading, and prayer. She is still going strong at age 97!
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU HOPE YOUR CHILDREN LEARN FROM YOU?
I hope they know what I am trying to practice now: I cannot change other people, only myself. In loving and respecting myself, I am better able to love and respect my children and others. AGE:
Gwynn LINDLER 40
OCCUPATION & TITLE: Certiﬁed
Personal Trainer and Owner of LKN Fit Life, LLC
WHAT ADVENTURE CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
Periodically, I do a Wheel of Wealth personal evaluation, and guess what I’m low on? Adventure! This year I want to go on a long girlfriend trip with a college roommate or a sister. I’m planning to take solo day hikes and weekend tent camping trips. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY WHEN YOU WERE 25? If I could do it again, I would
stop “should-ing” on myself and live more of “YES, WHY NOT?” w WRITER DANA NIETERS
PHOTOGRAPHER DEBORAH YOUNG STUDIO