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AofA People: Suzanne Noble – Founder of Frugl

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Suzanne Noble is the founder of Frugl, an events discovery app/site for Londoners on a budget to find affordable things to do. She’s also the co-founder of Advantages of Age.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

NW London

AGE? 55

TELL US WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE YOUR AGE?

I feel better all the time. About a year ago I started going to the gym on a more regular basis and the wobbly bits have (almost) disappeared! I feel more confident and generally more comfortable in my own skin than I have at any other point in my life.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE NOW THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE AT 25?

Inner calm. I remember my 20s as a time of inner turmoil, constantly thinking about men and what others thought of me, whether I was attractive enough. All that is gone and I can’t even begin to tell you what a relief that is.

WHAT ABOUT SEX?

It plays less and less a part in my life. I had a very active sex life in my 40s so it’s not like I feel like I missed out on anything. I still think about it from time to time and even do it occasionally but it’s no longer is as important as it once was.

AND RELATIONSHIPS?

I am loving my female friends. They’re funny and smart and we have a blast together. I am ready for a loving relationship with the right man; I just don’t have the time right now to concentrate on finding one!

HOW FREE DO YOU FEEL?

Very. Now that my kids are grown up, my outgoings are very small and that means I can do more of what I enjoy without being too bogged down by money worries. Financial freedom has always been very important to me and still is. The day I was able to chop all my credit cards in half was a magical moment!

WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF?

Raising two amazing men. I never thought I would make a particularly good parent and I’m constantly surprised at myself for producing two strong, confident, smart and emotionally intelligent boys.

WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED?

My work. I have reinvented myself a number of times during my life and am now on my fourth (or fifth) career. I like to set goals and reach them. Learning something new every day is important to me.

WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

Hanging out with my family and my friends. I’m pretty much happy all the time; it’s just my nature. Life is too short to spend it on being miserable.

AND WHERE DOES YOUR CREATIVITY GO?

Into writing. When I want to express myself, I write. I used to sing but, sadly, I lost my range during the menopause. When I have a bit more time, I would like to take singing lessons to see if I can get some of my vocal ability back. Until then, I write.

WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIVING?

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

AND DYING?

I try not to spend too much time thinking about it. I hope for a quick exit.

ARE YOU STILL DREAMING?

Yes, mainly bizarre dreams that make no sense to me and which I have often forgotten by the morning. Occasionally, they’re sexual. Mostly, they’re just surreal.

WHAT WAS A RECENT OUTRAGEOUS ACTION OF YOURS?

I spent most of my 40s being outrageous. Now, the closest I get is highlighting my hair pink from time to time. It’s a good look.

About Advantages of Age

Challenging the media narrative around ageing, Advantages of Age has been created to celebrate being over 45. So if you feel that getting older has its benefits and want to be inspired by what you read, sign up and get involved. We welcome submissions.

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