I’m Donna Pekar, a two-time cancer survivor, retired corporate communications executive, communications strategy consultant and U.S. Army veteran. Although I had a great career, I did not want to do it forever. I envisioned a different sort of life as I aged, focused less on the traditional trappings of success and more on health and happiness. With a lot of planning and careful money management, I retired in September 2017 at age 62.

Not everyone can retire, and not everyone wants to. But we all age, and my stories are about the journey ahead. How can we age badass and stack the deck for a long, healthy and happy life? My guiding principles are move more, eat well, look good, stay healthy, keep learning, use cannabis wisely and enjoy simple pleasures.

Shortly after I retired, I discovered medical marijuana, which is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. I was desperate for something to help with long-term pain following a mastectomy to treat breast cancer. Cannabis cured the pain, and I’m delighted to have benefited in other unexpected ways. I am as surprised as anyone that pot is part of my aging badass strategy.

I live in Northern California with my husband of 39 years and our cat, Riley, an extra-cute and super fluffy Maine Coon mix with serious personality.

P.S. Thanks for your patience as I work through all the technical challenges of the blog. I promise it gets better!