Thursday, February 2, 2012

Spunky Senior Author, Kathryn Elizabeth Jones, Is On Hold at 29

Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Getting Older But Feeling 29

Every year I turn 29 again, and people that know me have stopped asking me my age. They already know.

“So, you’re 29 again,” they say, or “you’re sure looking good for…29.”

The other day someone I didn’t know thought I was my daughter’s sister—my daughter’s almost 30. I told them that I’d just celebrated my 50th birthday. I thought they were going to fall over.

I’m not sure how young I really look, but the idea of being 30 or even 35 thrills me to no end. And I share my feelings with anyone who will listen. And I mean anyone.

Breakfast on a cruise ship

The other day I was getting my hair cut. A new place was opening up and I was getting my hair cut for free! The lady in the chair opposite was groaning about her sorry life. “Can you believe I’m 32?” she said to the hair stylist.

“Wow,” I said, “you’re young!”

She looked at me as if I was crazy.

I said, “Well, I’m 50 and so I’d enjoy being 32.”

Her eyes grew wide. “You’re 50? I don’t believe it.”

“Believe it. I have four grand-children. They’re my bonus round.”

She smiled. “You don’t look 50.”

Was she telling me the truth? I will never be completely sure, but I love people like that; they’re my instant friends on facebook and I can hardly wait to invite them over to dinner.
Kathryn with her sisters last year on Girls Night Out

Sometimes I don’t like it that I’m 50. You get treated differently at job interviews if they’ve figured that part out. Young kids think your 80 and sometimes, quite frankly, I feel older than I used to. When I turned 50, my doctor said, “Well, I guess it’s time for that colonoscopy!”

I could have strangled her.

Sure, I like the idea of being younger, but I wouldn’t want to rehash all of my learning experiences. They hurt quite enough the first time around. I’m happy to be 50, most of the time. And I like the thought that it’s never too late to start a new business (I began a new business last year) or even write a second book.

And I’m fine at 29.
Bio: I am an avid reader and enjoy long walks in the mountains (as long as I don’t have to camp overnight). I LOVE chocolate in any form: candy bar, cookie, ice-cream, brownie… I started writing when I was pregnant with my first daughter (I have 3) and published my first nonfiction article 8 years later. My new book, “Conquering your Goliaths—A Parable of the Five Stones” has just been released at Amazon.

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Travel with her on her own personal journey. See what she does. Learn how she grows. Discover what she becomes.

“Conquering your Goliaths—A Parable of the Five Stones” is for anyone desiring to travel beyond mediocrity, pain and fear. Learn of the great power within you, a power given to you from God, a power that must ultimately be unleashed to conquer the Goliaths in your own life. Come to an even deeper understanding of God and what he wants for you. Come…


  1. Welcome to Spunky Senior Authors and Talents,Kathryn! I lover the holding at 29 plan!
    Morgan Mandel

    1. Thanks for reading, and I'm glad you're a part of the club!

  2. Kathryn--THE truth is, it's difficult to judge a person's age. We watch Wheel of Fortune every evening just before dinner--and we always play--how old is she? For some reason, we don't care the age of the men. We never agree...I always guess a little older, he always disagrees and thinks she's younger. Hmmm. Interesting! Loved your interview--oh to be 50 again!!!

    1. Why is it that we don't care about the ages of men? Is it because they look so distinguished as they get older?

      I don't know, I think we're all pretty darn cute!

  3. What a great post. I don't think you look 50 at all. Congratulations on your business. Great to see you have a new book out too. How wonderful.

    Wishing you the best,


  4. Oh to be fifty again. I remember when people used to act shocked when I revealed my true age. They don't anymore, so hold onto that feeling. I keep waiting for someone to gasp when I admit to being over sixty, but their silence tells a lot. I guess I could say I'm 29 if I really want the gasps again. :) Great post, and you look wonderful. Hate to tell you, gravity is not going to be your friend for much longer. *lol*

    1. Yes, I'll hold onto that feeling. I'm already getting some weird creases on my neck.

      Thank you for the compliment. Maybe you can hitch a ride with Cheryl and come to dinner.

  5. Isn't life grand. I just turned 48 and nobody thinks I am. I know I act 29 for sure, but without all the hang ups. Every time I hear somebody say you don't act like you're 48, I wonder what they think someone any age should act like. Are we all supposed to be in a knitting group or something.

    1. You ladies all look like kids! At 68 I am still willing to say my real age until someone fails to act stunned. As long as I can relate to the kids I tutor, I am happy.

    2. No knitting for me, or crocheting or sewing! That stuff just makes me nervous. No rocking chair either.

  6. Cute post!
    Well, 29 is your mental age, and they say that the mental age has an effect on the chronological and physical age. I say, keep saying you're 29! :-)

  7. Congratulations on turning 29 again! The book sounds very interesting. I agree, you don't look 50, maybe 28:-). What inspired you to write Conquering your goliaths?

    1. My daughter is 55 and she has noticed that you get treated differently on job interviews. But, I say, look at the benefits: you get the AARP discount at so many places!! LOL

    2. My nephew came up with the idea. He emailed my husband and my husband shared it with me. I knew right away that this book was just waiting for me to turn 50 so that I could write about all of the stuff that I'd learned. So I got to work. After one solid week of writing, I had my first draft.

      Books usually come much slower for me, but this one practically wrote itself.


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