Think I Can’t, Watch Me

Submitted By: Barbara Busch | Age: 56 

Hello, my name is Barbara, I was born in a small town of Duluth Minnesota in 1960. I know, to some of you that’s old however I have embraced that number and decided to age by surrounding myself with the “younger” generation. I had my daughter at 24, now 29 we look like twins and are best friends. I also have a 5-year-old grandbaby who is my “WHY” for life, she’s my “mini me”!

Growing up, however, was a different story, 2nd out of 4, left handed, slow in school, couldn’t read (found out in my later years I have dyslexia,) told I would never amount to anything, teased, picked on and bullied I had to find my own power to protect myself. I became the “wallflower” where I sat and watched everyone have fun, I didn’t know how to fit in.

I decided modeling school would be good for me, I always loved dressing up, walking like a model. I never missed a Miss America pageant, it was my desire to be “her” but my fear of being asked a random question held me back because I was told to stop talking all the time because what I said didn’t make sense or was wrong.

My father was strict military but I had the utmost respect for him. He was solid, stood firm and never backed down. I believe I have a lot of that in me today. I wanted to follow in his footsteps but girls weren’t encouraged to be in the Military. You were either a Nurse or Hairstylist, so I became a hairstylist and held that career for 32 years retiring 4 years ago to follow my passion for health, wellness and living life on purpose with a purpose.

Fast forward to today, I am an Entrepreneur, I own my own business as a Lifestyle coach called “Rock Your Age” where I mentor, empower and encourage women to love themselves first and “find their passion”. I love to cook, truly love to cook. I do youtube videos, as well as FB, live cooking healthy, lean and clean meals so others can live the lifestyle free from fast food…

I have also stepped on that stage I dreamed of as a little girl, 7 years ago I became a National Bikini Competitor and fitness model and still going strong today. In September I will step on the stage at 57 years old and compete with 35-year-olds. It’s ok, I embrace my age and empower women to love themselves where they are at!

Thank you for encouraging me to write this, I did it with tears streaming down my face!

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