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Born of Impatience

Certain Age was born of impatience. I got tired of waiting for the publication I wanted.

So I made it. 

There are many places to get weight loss tips. Certain Age is not one of them. 

What you will find is wisdom, perspective, truth-telling, humor, opinion – lots of that – all with the discernment that comes from having lived. We have known challenges, triumphs, inconsolable loss and profound reverence. Sometimes we’ve been successful, other times we’ve gone down in flames, but we come back for more. Because we can, because we want to, because we have cast off our useless insecurities – nonsense drilled into our heads so that we would never discover how powerful we are. 

Newsflash: We know our power and we use it to change the world. 

If that sounds like you, welcome to Certain Age. 


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A Certain Someone

Jean Shields Fleming

Founder & Editor

Hi! I'm Jean. Glad you're here. 


Before starting Certain Age, I held top editorial positions with two magazines, served as content director for’s parenting site and as executive director of digital experience for them. I also led communications and digital strategy for a large nonprofit organization. 


At 57, depleted by my “power through” life, I moved to Greece to be a digital nomad, pursuing my own projects, including wildlife conservation, writing, and swimming as often as possible. I live in the Peloponnese with my husband and the feral cats who graciously allow us to feed them. 

I really love street art, wildflowers, chocolate, and goats. Athens is my favorite city by far. 


My writing includes the novel Air Burial, and nonfiction – most recently in Moxy Magazine, here and here (scroll down for the second one). I was proud to interview this man  a wildlife hero. Follow me: @jeansfleming  

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