I’m Vikki. Author, humorist, and professional public speaker. My passion is helping 50+ women find the funny in midlife. I help women learn to laugh at life, and at themselves, and how to navigate the ups and downs of middle age in a society that worships youth. We aren’t “old.” We aren’t invisible. We’re fabulous. And we’re funny.
Are you a woman who has ever looked in the mirrors and thoughts, “How did my mother get in my bathroom?” Have you gone through years of night sweats and seismic mood swings, leaving you with a metabolism that forces you to choose between wine and carbs (so you haven’t had a bagel in eight years)? Did you wake up one morning in someone else’s body?
You’re in the right place.
Have you ever made a regrettable hairstyle choice, finally conceded that thongs make you look like a Weeble in dental floss, or wished your Hubs would learn that grabbing your boobs every time you walk past him with a load of laundry is not foreplay?
You’re in the right place.
I’m just like you. I woke up one day in someone else’s body. My body was still reasonably young and fit (wasn’t it?). The woman in the mirror was…well…old. Determined not to go out quietly and sit, invisible, in the corner, I decided then and there to learn to laugh at this new stage in my life. Laughter energizes. It heals the body and boosts the immune system. It decreases depression. It makes you fun to be around. It’s contagious. Kind of like a yawn, only way better. And it’s sexy. The ability to laugh at yourself is hot.
I can show you how to do that.
I have been a professional public speaker (women’s contemporary humor) for 30 years, and have been honored to speak to women’s groups throughout the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. I am currently booking speaking engagements for spring/summer 2016. If you need a speaker, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have three published books, Chin Hairs & Back Fat; Somewhere Between Tweezers, Yoga Pants & a Box of Wine, Who Left the Cork Out of My Lunch? Middle Age, Modern Marriage & Other Complications (an international best-seller), and Shake, Rattle & Roll With It, Living & Laughing with Parkinson’s, all three available on Amazon.
My writing has been featured on the Michael J. Fox Foundation Website, Huffington Post, Better After 50, the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop Website, Midlife Boulevard, and Scary Mommy.
Five fun facts you might not know about me:
- My dream vacation is a week at a dude ranch. With daily massages.
- For two years after college, before I got my first “real job,” I lived on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Every. Single. Day.
- “Irregardless” makes me crazy.
- My guilty pleasure are Pop Tarts, right out of the box. But only blueberry.
- I’ve been married three times. But it’s not me. Really, it’s not.
Thank you for checking out my blog. You’re the reason I’m here, and I’m grateful.
~~ Vikki Claflin