Newly Published Author Demonstrates a New Zest for Life in Her 80s

Sylvia Blackwell NoHo Senior Arts Colony author www.nohoartsdistrict.com

There comes a point in many of our lives where we begin to wonder if our best years are behind us. Then, we meet a woman like Sylvia Blackwell, and we’re reminded that life’s possibilities are limitless at any age.

At 75 years old, Blackwell packed up her life in Philadelphia and headed to California. Now in her eighties, she’s reignited a passion for writing, became a published author, and discovered that at 85, she still has plenty of life left to live.

“I never thought that I could be this happy at this stage in my life. At 85 years old, you don’t expect there to be too many surprises left in store for you,” she explains.

Becoming an author and publishing a book on Amazon.com are included on this list of unexpected surprises for Blackwell.

She initially relocated to California to be closer to two of her four children and eventually found herself at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartments.

This was a major transition, given that she had spent the last 52 years living in the same home and still had two children, and seven grandchildren back in Philadelphia.

It was in the midst of this transition that she re-discovered a passion for writing and decided to write her very own book.

Blackwell’s inspiration for the book started out as a way to connect with her grandchildren. She wanted them to find out who she truly was by sharing her stories, experiences, and life lessons.

The collection of stories, which was originally started as a keepsake for her grandchildren, turned into something much more, and Sylvia’s Story was born.

Today, Sylvia’s Story is published and available on Amazon.com, helping readers to “know and honor the lives of ancestors who came before them,” according to Blackwell.

She now spends her time at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartments and looks forward to continuing her writing through the free creative writing courses offered to residents of the community.

“This apartment community is exactly what I was hoping to find. It is truly a diverse, remarkable place to live and thrive, and I am thrilled to start yet another creative adventure in my new home,” says Blackwell.

The NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartment Community is located at 10747 Magnolia Boulevard in North Hollywood, California. Furnished model apartments are available to tour seven days a week, and leasing information is available at (855) 399-5381. Further information on the project is at www.NoHoSeniorArtsColony.com.

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In NoHo, age has no relevance to fulfilling your dreams, just ask Angela McEwan

Angela McEwan noho senior arts colony, www.nohoartsdistrict.com

There are those who will simply exist, and then there are those who will truly live and thrive.

Angela McEwan, a resident of the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartment Community, is one of the latter.

As a woman in her seventies, you wouldn’t expect to find McEwan chasing down auditions and landing roles in popular TV shows, much less an Oscar nominated film. But that’s exactly what she’s doing.

Recently appearing in the Oscar nominated film “Nebraska,” McEwan decided to seize her retirement years and pursue a lifelong childhood dream of becoming an actress. In addition to her recent film success, McEwan has appeared on “Days of Our Lives,” “New Girl,” and “Parks and Recreation,” among others.

Although life’s circumstances took her on a long path to get there, McEwan eventually found her dream realized.

Born in Los Angeles, McEwan spent her childhood idolizing Shirley Temple and dreaming of the day when she would see her own face on the big screen.

Throughout her youth and well into adulthood, she acted in community theatre every chance she got, and studied theatre arts at UCLA before she headed off to study Spanish in Guadalajara.

Soon after returning from Guadalajara, McEwan met her husband.

“Before I knew it, I was married, raising two children and spending the next twenty-three years working as an interpreter for the Long Beach Courthouse,” she quips.

While she loved her family and her job, there was always a small piece missing.

“I always had a love affair with acting,” she says.

This love affair never subsided, and when she retired she knew that she had to seize the opportunity.

In order to do so, she knew she needed to move closer to potential auditions and truly dedicate herself to her craft. She decided to move to North Hollywood and found herself inspired by a small community, known as the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartments.

“It was here that I was able to truly delve into my acting career,” McEwan says, explaining that she immediately found herself actively engaged and passionate about something she had been dreaming of since a child.

McEwan is truly the star in her own series, and the embodiment of the never ending journey of self-re-invention. She proves that at any age the possibilities are limitless, and that it is never too late to start chasing dreams.

The NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartment Community is located at 10747 Magnolia Boulevard in North Hollywood, California. Furnished model apartments are available to tour seven days a week, and leasing information is available at (855) 399-5381. Further information on the project is at www.NoHoSeniorArtsColony.com.

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