Victoria D. Schmidt is a woman who lives, loves, and has worked an admirable life through nine decades and well into her 10th. Her wit and style are timeless, as are her energy and curiosity. She has a thirst for knowledge that keeps her current despite her years. She has had it all without ever considering the alternative … love, family, work and friends. She dreams big and has a willing spirit to share the successes and failures that make her such an inspiration.
Victoria climbed the ladder of success by way of being a fashion editor at Woman’s Day magazine in New York City; to serving as the Director of Tourism for the State of New Jersey under Governor Tom Kean; to founding an ESL business in Poland, the land of her heritage; to running her own successful advertising and public relations firm in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Early in her career, she took to the pen with Triumph in Exile, a book celebrating a woman who had a strong voice and made a difference; a topic that would stay with Victoria.
After many years in a happy, loving marriage author, Victoria D. Schmidt, lost her husband, Ralph, to Parkinson’s disease. She discovered several havens including scores of publications that helped her with her grief and gave her a sense of peace. However, Victoria felt there was a need for a book, a single volume that would offer women a wide range of resources … people, places, websites, organizations and more … to find solace and gratifying, new life options. She undertook the task herself. The result is Finding Solitary Contentment. As she worked on the manuscript for this book, she was then inspired to honor her husband with Remembering the Loved One You Lost, a gift book with her poetic reflections of lost love and acceptance, illustrated with stunning photos of the noble lotus.
Ms. Schmidt lives in Oldwick, New Jersey with Dominique, her gentle whippet, and already has plans for her next book. Being an avid Francophile, she hopes to build the “Pavillon Francais” of her dreams in the near future.
Victoria D. Schmidt is an author who understood the concepts of “lean in” long before it became part of our everyday lexicon. Throughout her life she has pursued personal, business and spiritual goals with determination and disregard of any ceiling someone else may have imagined over her head, glass or otherwise. She flourished in the light of an adoring husband and raised a loving daughter while achieving prominence and acclaim in her career. She prides herself on living every day to the fullest with happiness and joie de vivre.
In her latest two books, Victoria, reflects on the challenges of living a full life with intelligence, practicality and compassion. In Move On, her lighthearted style delivers a sensible structure for women rebuilding a broken life due to the loss of a significant partner, be it from death, divorce or things just going wrong. Remembering the Loved One You Lost is a celebration of the joys and sorrows of finding yourself alone. Through sensitive poetry and stunning visuals, she takes you through the grieving process.
“You have to want to live long. You have to view living with grace and acceptance. And you have to have a purpose.” “Grieving is like splashing your face with cold water. It awakens your senses to reality and opens the path to healing. But you can’t go through it alone. Pouring out your heart […]
Victoria D. Schmidt isn’t letting her age slow her down Did you have a rough Fashion Month? Imagine covering fashion during the Depression, when people couldn’t even afford to buy clothes. Meet Victoria D. Schmidt, the 94-year-old author and motivational speaker who’s made her career in print journalism, PR, has written novels, and now writes […]
By Sallie Graziano | for NJ.com Email the author on May 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM, updated May 23, 2015 at 9:07 AM Victoria Schmidt refers to herself as “94 years young,” and her daily life demonstrates it. When she’s not blogging at “Victoria’s Secrets” or working on her next book, she’s hitting the gym, […]
The alumna whose name graces Douglass’ annual career conference is a trailblazer at the age of 93. “Victoria understood the concept of ‘lean in’ long before it became part of our everyday lexicon,” says Karen Alexander, Dean of Junior and Senior Year Programs and conference organizer. “Throughout her life she has pursued personal, business, and […]
TEWKSBURY TWP. – A former fashion model, magazine editor, and the woman who brought us the famous line “New Jersey & You – Perfect Together,” is still moving on and inspiring others at 93 years young. Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt has managed to pack a lot of living into those years, and she shows no signs […]
Balance is a skill, like any other … participating in a sport or playing an instrument … the more you practice the more you improve and become proficient. Also, as years pass we are inclined to slow down, we no longer take part in or limit those everyday energetic activities of living, like taking long […]
Maintain control of your balance to assure a long, healthy life. The sooner you become aware of your balance … good or not so good … the sooner you can begin to strengthen your body, gain a sense of independence and improve your quality of life. Too often adults who are experiencing a loss of […]
My Right Things Secrets are the basic, obvious and critical practices that are covered in some detail in Secrets #s 2, 4, 8, and 11. (If you wish to reference them and have not saved them, they are in my website victoriadschmidt.com.) Briefly, here, they are: First. your health, you should have a complete physical […]
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah! Best Wishes for Whichever Your Holiday! I reveal Secret #19 early to prepare you for the holidays on: How To Live a Happy, Healthy and Sexy Life! Happy, Healthy, and Sexy! Always Keep This Mantra In Mind: You must want to live a long life and view living with grace and acceptance. […]
Always Keep This Mantra In Mind: You must want to live a long life and view living with grace and acceptance. My Long Life Secret For Today Don’t just eat any chocolate, indulge in the one that’s most healthful. Here, a bit of wisdom … You will benefit most … when you select the best […]
Always Keep This Mantra In Mind: You must want to live a long life and view living with grace and acceptance. My Long Life Secret For Today Prepare properly when you choose to carry out your “long life” relaxation postures on your own, at home. Here, a bit of wisdom … There are dozens of […]
Always Keep This Mantra In Mind: You must want to live a long life and view living with grace and acceptance. My Long Life Secret For Today Practicing relaxation postures is another element of your stress management plan. Here, a bit of wisdom … Relaxation postures … are designed to keep you in touch with […]
My Long Life Secret For Today Enjoy the benefits of abdominal breathing exercises. Here, a bit of wisdom … Abdominal breathing techniques… will calm your mind and body and help eliminate stress. Once you have practiced the exercises in Secret #14* several times and conquered the basic principles you may add a bit of levity, You […]
My Long Life Secret For Today Abdominal breathing exercises are essential for eliminating stress. Here, a bit of wisdom Yoga is a ”breathing exercise” … in which all physical movements begin with the breath — inhaling and exhaling. Learning the procedures can be challenging at first but with patience and practice your movements can become fluid […]
At ninety-three years young I am often asked for my secrets for living a long life. I’ve decided to reveal one every other Thursday with an e-letter on: How To Live a Long Rewarding Life! Happy, Healthy, and Sexy! This series of e-letters share bits of wit and wisdom from my books, other writings, and. […]
Learning what type of breather you are… before you begin a regimen for abdominal breathing will help put you on the path to eliminating stress. (A reminder: abdominal breathing is the proper way to inhale enough oxygen into your blood to support your physiological needs and empower your organs, muscles and limbs.) Try this simple test […]
A good night’s sleep … can reduce stress, boost your energy, your mood and your concentration … thus making you more productive at your daily tasks ahead. If you are having trouble sleeping, particularly in the summer you are not alone. According to a survey by Prevention magazine half of Americans indicate they are so active in the […]
The symptoms of stress … manifest themselves in several ways and there are few of us … if any … who don’t have them. The dictionary definition of stress is “the state of extreme difficulty, pressure and strain.” The elements of the condition include: Physical effects: feelings of tenseness and nervousness, stomach pains and related […]
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A stress management plan … which includes three parts: abdominal breathing, relaxation postures and meditation … will help you relax and refresh your spirit, body and mind. It is wise, if you are not already there, that you begin with practicing abdominal breathing which is one procedure of conscious breathing. John Keats, 1795 – 1821, the […]
This Secret is not to help you lose or gain weight … it offers suggestions on how to attain and maintain good health. Here is my Eighth secret on How To Live a Long, Rewarding Life! Happy, Healthy, Vital and Sexy! What you consume … your diet … is another of the basic, obvious right […]
Here is my Seventh secret on How To Live a Long, Rewarding Life! Happy, Healthy, Vital and Sexy! The unconditional love of a pet will add years to your life. Here, a bit of wisdom: If you already have one… no doubt you enjoy companionship and unconditional love. A family critter is fine, but one […]
Social media is univerally intriguing and can relieve you of boredom and stress. Here is my Sixth secret on How To Live a Long, Rewarding Life! Happy, Healthy, Vital and Sexy! Social media is univerally intriguing and can relieve you of boredom and stress. Here, a bit of wisdom: Boredom and Stress… should be avoided like […]
Making the best decisions that impact your daily and future life. Here is my fifth secret on How To Live a Long, Rewarding Life! Happy, Healthy, Vital and Sexy! Making the best decisions that impact your daily and future life. Here, a bit of wisdom: You make the best decisions when you… Go slowly! Set goals! […]
nonagenarian offers blessing on love, loss. – by Susan Bloom Schmidt began writing “Finding Solitary Contentment” as a way to help others through the difficult process of losing a spouse, reclaiming their life, and returning to a state of happiness BERNARDSVILLE – In the first eight decades of her colorful life, Bernardsville resident Victoria Dabrowski […]
Book signing at the Douglass College Reunion on May 29, 2014 in Trayes Hall of the Student Center. With Debbi Lynch, Douglass ’78, a dedicated AADC* volunteer, opposite the registration area, in the dining hall where I offered my books to alumnae. I also displayed my books for sale the next day at Trayes Hall, […]
Of all the basic, obvious right things in a long-life plan, exercise is the most time-exacting … but working out helps lower the risk of life-threatening diseases. Here is my fourth secret on How To Live a Long, Rewarding Life! Happy, Healthy, Vital and Sexy! Of all the basic, obvious right things in a long-life […]
Develop and/or strengthen your identity … the image you want for yourself and how you hope others will perceive you. Here is my third secret on How To Live a Long, Rewarding Life! Happy, Healthy, Vital and Sexy! Develop and/or strengthen your identity … the image you want for yourself and how you hope others […]
Aging well is not all in the genes. Even those with the good ones don’t always make it. If you want to, will it and do all the right things, or most of them, you will make it! Here is my second secret on How To Live a Long, Rewarding Life! Happy, Healthy, Vital and […]