15 things I’ve learned becoming 50

Jen Vazquez of Women Who Execute, helping female entrepreneurs to plan, prioritize, and execute to take their businesses to the next level.

15 things I’ve learned becoming 50: Turning 50 this year has impacted me in many ways.  I’ve learned a lot by failing a lot and loving myself more.

I have a business habbit of having blocked time each week to watch TedTalks.  They are valuable to me as I can learn, be inspired and also get out of my head or a business problem.

Today, I was inspired by Anne Lamott on a TedTalk from 2017.  She wrote a list of “12 truths I learned from life and writing” upon turning 61. I am no writer, but I wanted to get my own thoughts in my journal.  Today I decided to share them.  

So, here is a list of a few things that I’ve learned by becoming 50:

  1. Unplugging something that isn’t working almost always fixes it.  That includes you.
  2. My children make me incredibly proud and sincerely worried all at the same time.  And that is o.k.
  3. We can’t help our friends and family by trying to “fix their problems”.  They have problems that are theirs in truth and/or in their heads. The best you can do is lend an ear and a shoulder to cry on.  I find giving advice is not necessarily needed or wanted. (I really should stop trying unless asked)
  4. Facebook isn’t the place to get the news.
  5. Praying for patience (my biggest work in progress) is not a good thing. I find that instead of providing the wherewithal to be more patient, God tends to put obstacles in place for us to have an opportunity to work on patience.
  6. Dogs are better listeners than people.
  7. I will never like coffee. I will never not like french fries.
  8. No one can copy you at anything (business or personal) because no one can ever be you.
  9. A good bra fitting makes all the difference in the world
  10. Quitting smoking and diet coke was two of the best things I’ve done for my health.  Giving up diet coke was harder than giving up smoking.
  11. The older I get, the smarter my mom is
  12. To live a happier life, give up friends who are negative.
  13. Making mistakes is actually the BEST way to grow as a person and in your business.
  14. I’m not perfect and I’ll never be perfect.
  15. I don’t feel 50. I’ve come to realize that what you feel in your head almost never equals your age on earth. And that’ o.k.

I hope that my list inspires you to write your own list. You can read more blogs below:


  1. Heidi Nash says:

    So much good stuff in this! #11 Made me LOL! Ain’t that the truth!!!

    1. Women Who Execute says:

      Haha!!! I’m going to try to do this every year. Thank you for taking the time to comment!!

  2. Anna says:

    Ok I totally love all of them except that I will ALWAYS LOVE COFFEE AND FRIES 🍟

    1. Women Who Execute says:

      Haha at least we agree on Fries!! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  3. Kristina says:

    These are great Jen. I so agree with them all especially #2. Cheers to 50 years my friend.

    1. Women Who Execute says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by!! I can’t wait to have tea with you Monday

  4. Amber says:

    Can I say that I just adore you… and if we EVER meet up for lunch, I’ll have your coffee + you can have my fries!!!!

    1. Women Who Execute says:

      Oh my gosh that’s a deal!!!

  5. Brittany says:

    Happy 50th year! Number 3 spoke to me. It’s definitely something I’ve been working on and am getting better at. Also #13 is a truth that I definitely struggle with as well but I’m working on it as well. Thank you for all your wisdom!

    1. Women Who Execute says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I really happy that you felt something when you read it! *Jen

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