Nancy and I met because our sons played soccer together. Girlfriends come from everywhere, always love that. She had recently taken up dancing for pleasure, her life was changing, and found it a great resource for joy. Well, she now holds the title of Regional Bronze Latin Champion in Ballroom Dancing, having just recently won the title. How hot is that!


Nancy Harris Heltne, age 54, interior designer and mother. Creating beautiful spaces for my clients is second to the creation of my two beautiful daughter and son. Motherhood fills my soul, warms my heart and brings me tremendous joy. Design fulfills my creative passion and gives me a sense of professional achievement.

Our relationships inform who we are at any given time in our lives. Those from our past do as well. Parents, ex-husbands, friends we have little or no contact with anymore, how do those feel to you now? Are you inspired to heal and forgive, or are there places in the heart that still need mending? Do you feel it’s important? …….
After experiencing the most heart wrenching process of dissolving a marriage of twenty-five years I find that forgiveness is the best gift that I can give to myself. Resentment, bitterness and anger will only serve to poison my future. In order for me to achieve happiness I must accept the past and look to the future with courage and confidence. I am finding value in the wisdom of experience and the healing power of time.

The empty nest, how do we survive it? Does it set us free to reinvent our lives, or just a depressing loss, that comes too soon? …
Absolutely sets me free! I have loved raising my children and have savored every minute of it. Now is the time in my life for exploration, travel, classes, friendships…the possibilities are endless!

What is the quality you find most attractive in a man?
Kindness and respect… without a doubt my top two!!

What is the quality you find most attractive in a woman?
Self-confidence, a caring soul and the ability to laugh!

Without apology, what can you no longer tolerate just because…?


Symptoms of menopause, care to share?
Declining eye sight, weak bladder, night sweats, slow metabolism….is that not enough already?!?

Long hair is really popular amongst older women these days, your thoughts?
When I was in my thirties I told myself I would cut my long hair when I turned forty, when I turned forty I told myself that I would delay that haircut until I was fifty…guess I will have to take a look at that again when I turn sixty. As long as it still looks good and makes me feel good I am going to keep it!!

We are mothers, wives, lovers, caretakers, and all around goddesses! To that end, how do you restore and reward yourself for all that you do to take care of others?
……DANCE!!! It makes me smile all day long!


  1. paula bradley says:

    Nancy, you inspire me. First of all I have always wanted to learn to Flamenco dance. I think it is the dance of the woman, a beautiful dance that requires grace and experience.
    I don’t know if you dance the flamenco, but you certainly have the grace and experience. You seem wonderfully light to me.
    Good luck to you in all of your future adventures.

  2. Josie O'Connor says:

    Congratulations Nancy! What a fun surprise to view the photos and read your comments. Your grace, spirit, and compassion shine through. Have a Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year.
    Always, Josie and Oaks

  3. Sherry martori says:

    Nancy you are, and have always been, a unique and lovely person. I’m so glad to call you my friend. xo Sherry

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