At age 45, Gwen McGeorge had an epiphany.
The busy married mom of three realized life is brief. She had balanced work and household with group involvement, together with Relay for Life and United Means. She and her husband, Eric, frequented Kansas Metropolis when their twin ladies have been on touring basketball groups.
However one thing was lacking.
“Typically you overlook about your self,” she stated. So when certainly one of her daughter’s associates requested her to affix in a flash mob that will dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” she jumped on the likelihood.
It was the start of a brand new chapter in her life that, to this point, has included touring, dancing, cooking and throwing events. She additionally attracts and paints and listens to music, particularly the blues.
Her biography mentions: “She loves Irish Whiskey. 2 fingers. Neat.”
All that is when she’s not writing her subsequent romance novel or getting inked.
She acquired her first tattoo at age 45, after her epiphany.
As McGeorge approaches retirement subsequent yr, she appears to be winding up, not down.
She labored in medical and authorized jobs earlier than touchdown a full-time place as government secretary of the Prenger Household Heart, Cole County’s juvenile detention and residential heart.
“My household many, many moons in the past had some interplay with Prenger Heart and all the time simply held them in excessive esteem what they do for households and children,” she stated.
She loves interacting with the youths on the heart. When she’s in a position to assist one or join them with a group useful resource, “it is sort of soul-fulfilling,” she stated.
Two years in the past, the lifelong poet lastly revealed her first novel, “Volumes,” underneath the pen identify G.M. McGeorge. It is a story she had in her head since age 15.
“I like it. I am happy with it,” she stated of the novel, which has all five-star evaluations on Amazon.com. She had conventional publishing presents however determined to self-publish to maintain the rights to her characters.
She has one other guide completed and two extra within the works. She writes grownup romance, which she stated is the No. 1 style proper now. Her books characteristic girls no youthful than 45.
“As a girl in my 60s, I do not wish to examine girls of their 20s and 30s,” she stated.
The 2019 twister claimed McGeorge’s dwelling however did not put a damper on her spirit. Likewise, age does not appear to be slowing her down.
Her excitable, even perhaps eccentric, character remains to be intact. She likes to snigger, however do not count on a fluff reply. She’ll inform it the best way it’s.
“Life is just too quick, I am not imply,” she stated.
And she or he’ll snigger — or offer you that straight reply — along with her hair coloured in another way every month (orange in October for Halloween).
Dancing is one other of McGeorge’s passions. Her dance trainer, Larinda McRaven, is a nationwide champion. They’re concerned within the Capital Thrillers, a flash mob that is underneath the umbrella of the nonprofit Capital Dance and Motion.
Whereas she acquired her first tattoo at 45, she completed a sleeve — a group of smaller tattoos that crammed her entire arm and shoulder — at age 63. Each has that means, representing life occasions.
She continues to dwell life to the fullest. It is these life experiences that unfold ink throughout her pages and her physique. Her subsequent tattoo is about for December, and her subsequent guide might be out not lengthy after that.