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Marinda, The 40 Over 40 Women’s Portrait Campaign

Marinda, 45

Marinda signed up her and her sisters, Aletta and Carina, to be part of  The 40 Over 40 Women’s Portrait Campaign.  The campaign is almost 2/3 of the way and will be culminating in an exhibition in July this year.

It has been an honour to have so many wise, courageous and strong women in my studio, and I feel privileged to have so many personal life stories shared with me.

The day spent with Marinda and her sisters were full of laughs and special moments. It was a great time for them to bond and spend quality time together.

Stepping in front of a camera can be a daunting experience, so the environment I’ve created is one that is relaxed and comfortable.  Each woman that has been part of the campaign gets a questionnaire to fill in about themself and their journey. Below is Marinda’s…

I have been described by my friends and family as…

Loyal, caring/soft, strong, brave, and feisty.

My best quality is…

I think of other people first (which in some books is the worst quality too).

I am most proud of…

I’m most proud of my kids – I’m often still overwhelmed that I’m trusted to raise these 2 amazing boys – spending time with them and being their mom is my greatest joy.  One of my other proudest moments, is my Robben Island crossing and Ironman – never in a million years would I have thought it be possible, my 20-year old self would’ve laughed in my face!

My favourite quotes…

One of my talents is overthinking, so this will take forever … I’m not big on quoting quotes, to be honest, I obvs LOVE some when I see them,

but usually, I’m terrible at remembering them correctly … just found on my phone again now is:

” let your weird light shine bright, so all the other weirdos can find you”

It has worked for me so far in life!

What advice would I give my 20-year-old self…

to start exercising regularly sooner

We all experience many lifetimes in this one life. What did you find were the most poignant changes as you entered your 40’s?

The most poignant changes entering my 40s… I think the most prevalent thing is that I still sometimes feel I’m way too young and inexperienced to deal with all the adulting!

I didn’t feel a massive change going from the 30s to 40s unless you count the fact that chocolates and wine are way stickier on the hips!

Thoughts on aging…

I’ve never been massive about fretting about numbers and age.

I’m still trying to accept myself for me and live every day to the fullest.  Treasure your friends and your friendships – it takes a village.

A story I’d like to share…

The last year has been one of the toughest times of my life, I lost my mom … and people spoke to me about how hard it will be,

but in reality, it’s a 100 times harder – not being able to just phone her or share mine or my family’s heartache and successes is beyond hard –

it’s like your roots have been pulled from you.

I’ve learned that I don’t always have to be strong, it’s ok to take a moment –

I wish I spent more time with my mom getting to know her as a woman and not just my mom –

I wished I spoiled her more and told her how much she meant to me.

You can’t rewind time … I will forever be grateful for what she instilled in me – she was the best example of how to be a mom.

Keep a lookout on Wednesday for Aletta’s photoshoot, and then on Friday, for Carina’s portrait shoot!

Hair and Makeup: Donna Hay

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