Camie Pugsley, 58

“As you get older you have lived a larger percent of your life already — even if you don’t really know what the percent is. If I were to live to be 100, I’ve lived 59% of my life already. You get to thinking more about getting to those things that you want to do before you die. You watched your children and grandchildren and other children in your life — grow up, graduate, get married, have babies of their own. This all happens in a couple of blinks of the eye.”

“As you get older you have lived a larger percent of your life already -- even if you don't really know what the percent is. If I were to live to be 100, I've lived 59% of my life already. You get to thinking more about getting to those things that you want to do before you die. You watched your children and grandchildren and other children in your life -- grow up, graduate, get married, have babies of their own. This all happens in a couple of blinks of the eye.” Oregon Photographer Rachel Hadiashar interviewed and photographed Camie Pugsley in 2021 at the age of 58.

“Beauty has many images and many facets. It isn’t just about being pretty any more. It’s about being confident, about being comfortable in your skin and with who you are.  You can see that in people and you can see it when it isn’t there. And honestly, it’s about how you dress and present yourself — it shows whether you care about yourself or not. There are so many people out there that just don’t give a rip about what they look like — which is okay at certain times — like when you are at home — but I really kind of miss the days that people made an effort to wear nice things and present themselves in a manner that gave them respect and showing respect to others.”

Empathetic, kind, and compassionate, Camie strives for a world where everyone is treated fairly. She enjoys building relationships with those around her, as well as acknowledging the good in others and herself. Originally from Missouri, she attended Missouri State University before moving to Portland. 

Camie enjoys the wisdom and freedom that comes with being over 50: “In ways your life starts anew in your 50s. You are more settled and comfortable with who you are – you don’t care as much of what other people think of you.” 

“I think of myself as a pretty ordinary person with an ordinary life. I think going through a divorce and coming out on the other side as a whole person is a great achievement.  My sister said she admired me that I was willing to give marriage another try. (She got divorced and has never remarried.) I never thought of it as a big deal, but she made me realize that it can be hard to learn to trust and fall in love again.”

Camie is happiest when spending quality time with friends and family, and is looking forward to what retirement holds for her and her husband. Camie finds joy in the little things in life. She loves sunflowers, blue glass, and collecting novelty buttons. 

“Being kind to others (all others) really matters. Treating people fairly matters. Even though I like the stuff, it’s not about the stuff, it’s about the relationships. Seeing and acknowledging the good (or the God) in others and in yourself is important.”

Camie’s advice to her younger self: “Being happy is not a destination, it’s a journey with ups and downs and all sorts of detours.”

Camie now: “I value having enough, not having it all.”

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I’M  RACHEL.

I take portraits of brilliant people being fancy.

Photographer Rachel Hadiashar is based out of a bright and airy studio space in Sherwood, Oregon, where she co-creates spirited and elegant images to showcase a client’s best self.
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