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
‘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