Dot has been a part of my series called FEARLESS. This series is showcasing women who determine their own story and decide their own worth, those who live the lives their heart guides them towards. I admire Dot’s drive for following her childhood dream and proving that it’s never too late to step up and make your dreams a reality.
I have been married 41 years have 3 sons and have worked throughout bringing them up as a employer having had 3 salons. 2 years ago I sold my last salon to embark on a childhood dream and train as cabin crew, although I haven’t done my first flight I have been invited back this year so at the age of 61 I hopefully will achieve my ambition!
What did you want most out of life?
Just to be happy and never give up
What do you love most about yourself?
I love that I still am young at heart and do not feel my age
What else do you want to experience (or experience more of)?
I want to experience/see more of the world and learn more about other cultures. Adventures rather than holiday.
I love that you decided to follow your childhood dream after years of running a very successful business. What made you take the big step and follow your heart?
A chance remark saying I’ve always wanted to be an ‘air hostess’ was the key that unlocked the door. The children were now adults, and the family encouraged me to apply, but who would want someone as crew at my age!? I was astounded to find I was successful after each round of the application process. I finished my training in 2020 and got my ‘Wings’ but due to Covid I’m not fully fledged just yet.
What would you say to any people who are hesitant to follow their heart and pursue their dreams
To anyone hesitant I would say ‘Go for it’ Don’t miss the opportunity if it comes your way and you have the support, you only have one life.
If you had the power to change 3 things in the world, what would they be?
Greed. Acceptance of each other. People to love more.
What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?
You need to make mistakes to learn for the future
Who inspires and motivates you?
The Queen inspires me! If she can do what she does at 95, and if your fit enough and have good health, then why can’t I?
Why were the photographs important to you now?
Having a photo session was important to capture a image that me and my family would be proud of. To feel good about who me.
How did you feel seeing your finished portraits?
Wow!! the portraits are amazing, It was so difficult my husband and I to choose the the ones to keep.
Photo & Retouch Renata Clarke
Makeup & Hair Styling Aleksandra Guz
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Renata owns a boutique portrait studio in Worcester, UK, providing full service photography experience for everyday women and female entrepreneurs. She specialises in high end portrait and boudoir photoshoots and personal branding photography. Her main focus is to empower women through the tailored experience and beautiful fine art portraits and to help business owners build their brand and attract ideal clients. . Get in touch to reserve your complimentary consultation and talk about your personalised photoshoot.