When THE BEST is yet to come

Since her big birth­day, Jenni Hal­lam has been busier than ever thanks to a change in her work­ing life

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‘My gen­er­a­tion is likely to live to a hun­dred so, at 61, I’m bank­ing on 40 more years of fun and new ex­pe­ri­ences. I put my new pos­i­tiv­ity down to chang­ing my work life. For 30 years, I worked in ed­u­ca­tion, mainly as an art and de­sign teacher, and in teacher train­ing. I was good at my job, but I felt sti­fled. The trou­ble was, I didn’t have the con­fi­dence to leave the se­cu­rity.

Af­ter hav­ing my son, Sam, I re­luc­tantly re­turned to work as an art teacher. My mar­riage broke down and I felt trapped, fear­ing I’d left it far too late to do any­thing other than teach. Af­ter spend­ing three months in hos­pi­tal with menin­gi­tis, I knew I had to change my life.

I launched my own busi­ness as a per­sonal de­vel­op­ment coach, help­ing women reach their full po­ten­tial, and I love my work. My chal­lenge was to make enough money to match my teach­ing salary and, this year, I’ve smashed that.

My self-be­lief is soar­ing and I’m full of ex­cite­ment when I wake up in the morn­ing. A friend of mine re­cently sent some pic­tures of me to a pho­tog­ra­pher and he sug­gested I could find work as an older model. I im­me­di­ately thought, why not! I’ve got a port­fo­lio of pho­tos to­gether and we’ll see what hap­pens. My world now feels full of new op­por­tu­ni­ties.’

Jenni wears: Trouser suit and shirt, both Mon­soon. Shoes, River Is­land

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