Christine Nicole Photography is creating stunning portraits of women over the age of 40 (the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond!), culminating in an art exhibition and celebration with them and their stories.
We would love for you to join us and share your story!!
Our next lovely woman from our Fabulous 40 project is….Deborah Ferris!
Deborah is from Springfield, Ohio and retired; however, she recently decided to accept a full-time job working for the Sarasota County School District as a clinical aide. Previously, she worked as a long term substitute for the same school but wanted a full-time position because of her love for the students. The school Deborah works for serves students who are severely disabled or have behavioral difficulties. She distributes medications and g-tube feedings under doctor's instructions and also fulfills administrative duties.
Her two most significant accomplishments are receiving her bachelor's degree in accounting and passing the CPA exam. Deborah received her bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University at the age of 34 while working full time. She is licensed as a Certified Trust Financial Advisor and Certified Specialist in Estate Planning in Ohio.
Deborah does not have a personal motto or a quote she lives by, but she believes that the world needs to slow down and to take time to appreciate each other and everything we have. She believes in treating others as we expect ourselves to be treated and to think and express empathy by putting ourselves in others' shoes before we speak. Respect should be instilled into the younger generation, and everyone should respect others no matter the color of their skin, religion, or political affiliation.
Her advice to her eighteen-year-old self would be to “think before you speak”. She would describe herself now as sincere, faithful, and gratuitous and wants to leave her legacy as “giving it her all”.
Deborah wanted to be part of this beautiful project to do something special for her upcoming 70th birthday. Because of COVID-19 making travel plans difficult, she wanted to be part of this project as a gift to herself. She lost her husband 2 ½ years ago after battling illness for only six weeks. As women, Deborah wanted to be part of this project as most women are caregivers and tend to put themselves last. This project is a way to put women first-- it is all about each individual woman and a much-needed project in 2020. She can't wait to look back gratefully at her participation in this project in a few years and has loved meeting all the fabulous women!
Want to know more about Deborah? She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at Deborah Shanahan Ferris.