Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Huff/Post 50 Over 50 - "Following Your Passion"

Huff/Post 50 recently asked readers to submit nominations of people who've reinvented themselves for the better after age 50 as part of an initiative launched with the TODAY show called "50 Over 50." We were overwhelmed with submissions. Every day this week we will roll out 10 more nominees. Today we focus on "Following Your Passion."

Katherine Lowry Logan, 64, Lexington, KY

Nominated by her daughter, Katherine Lowry Logan has self-published multiple romance novels. She's run several half marathons and amassed more than 200,000 followers on Twitter. Logan had always dreamed of becoming an author and marathon runner -- but didn't start achieving these goals until the age of 61. Before then, she was -- in her words -- a grandmother allergic to exercise. "She always had a dream of being an author and running a marathon. In September 2011 at the age of 61, she began to accomplish both of these. Together, we decided to run the Susan G. Komen 5K in Cincinnati and after that race, she couldn’t stop running," said her daughter, Lynn Logan Hicks. "Her first 5K, which was mostly walking and a little bit of running, turned into an untamable desire to run. Followed by months of training and several other races, she ran her first half marathon on March 31, 2012." Not only did she run her first 13.1 mile race that day, but she also self-published her first book, "The Ruby Brooch" -- just a week before turning 62. She started the book after her husband's sudden death and then, after 10 years of writing, the book was self-published. She's currently working on her third book and has also launched her own blog. "You are the sum total of your life experiences. Those early defeats build character. Those early disappointments fuel your passion for success. Those early regrets teach you that even though you might fail, not trying is worse," she said. "I couldn’t have lived with the regret had I not put my toe on the starting line. Before you give up on anything, be sure you can live with the decision."

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