14 Successful Women And The Age They Found The Hardest

By: Hannah Baxter
Photography: Paige Campbell Linden

Correct me if I’m wrong, but women don’t exactly love to reveal their age. As liberated, enlightened, and powerful as we may feel (although I can speak only for myself), it’s still tough to get a woman over 30 to shout how old she is from the rooftops, metaphorically speaking. I’m entering the last year of my 20s, and as brutally hard as these years have been at times, I still feel a little bit iffy about charging into my *fourth* decade of life. Many of you are slightly, if not significantly, older than this, and are probably in the midst of a fantastic eye-roll right about now, but the sentiment remains the same: Getting older is scary, because it’s unknown, and it usually involves more fine lines and the cruel effects of gravity.

Despite the negative connotations of aging, you can’t deny that there’s a whole lot of wisdom to be had once the candles on your birthday cake reach fire-hazard levels. Just think back to all the embarrassing beauty, fashion, and relationship decisions you’ve made over the course of your life. (Please join me in a collective *yikes!*) So, to celebrate International Women’s Day, we decided to ask 14 of the most brilliant and successful women we know—many of whom are Coveteur alums—to see what age they found the hardest, in order to feel a bit better about the fact that, no matter what, life really does go on.

Joanna Czech- Facialist

“The 50s have been my hardest years. In my 20s, I felt lucky to just [be] doing what I love, so while there were challenges, I was happy and satisfied. In my 50s, I moved to a new city and left New York, where I had been for 23 years, married my second husband, and started another business—Joanna Czech Dallas. I am actually a shy person at heart, and this world of technology is not natural for me, so what used to seem simple has now been complicated by social media and smartphones and the pressure to create authentic content and gain fans and followers through these channels. It feels like I am working 24/7.”