Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Year, New You, New Second Lives Club

                                                                                                               (photo-Happy Herbivore Blog)
Happy New Year, and it is truly a new one for We’re changing platforms in more ways than one!  As we come up with some new directions to enhance our community, this blog will continue with some guest posts but be more focused on identifying and promoting exemplary 2nd Life role models.  We want to feature one a week and, in fact you can help.  If you know of a 50+ woman who is in the process of establishing or already living her second life that you think stands out above the rest, let us know and we will feature her.  

Women taking bigger leaps and risks can make for livelier reading but these stories don't have to be about major makeovers. They don't even have to be about reaching the end goal but rather about taking those first baby steps.  And they don't have to be about saving the world, they can be about having a personal adventure. "Reinvention is really ambiguity fused with self confidence", as was redefined for us last night by Jan Pauley promoting her new book on this subject at the 92St. Y in Manhattan.  

Some of you may remember the profile we did on Susan who left her career as a film maker to write her first novel and start a nonprofit organization. And there's Marsha who left corporate America to build her own career counseling company. Maggie was a linguist before joining a real estate venture catering to empty nesters. Now let us introduce you to Annabel Davis who spent 20 years as a police constable in the UK and is now an in demand model and actress at age 60? Want to know how she did it? Read on…

Annabel Davis:  1st Life-Police Officer, 2nd Life - Actress/Model 

Annabel Davis playing a constable in the film "Adeline for Leaves"

After 24 years as a police constable most of it at Heathrow Airport (and a short stint as a flight attendant), Annabel Davis retires to become an actress and model at age 60.  She stumbled into it at the suggestion of a friend her only requirement being she wanted more flexibility with her schedule.  While her jobs are so distinctive Annabel feels there are common skills you bring to all the positions you take on.  For example, she quips about the similarities with being a stewardess, as they were referred to at the time, and a constable:  both required wearing a helmet and having to deal with the intoxicated!

Learn more about her remarkable transition and how it's affecting the modeling industry.  In her video interview with Fab After Fifty, Annabel offers specific advise.


  1. Fantastic - and inspiring.

    Looking forward to hearing / seeing / reading what comes next! (And a very happy 2014 to you all.)

  2. very inspiring. Looking forward to reading about more great role models.