GLORIOUS PROFESSION: Globe Trotter, Counselor, InstaMom
GLORIOUS PERSONA: The Mama You Wish You Had with the Passport Stamps of Your Dreams
GLORIOUS QUALITIES: Wisdom Sharer, All-Knowing Midwest Positivity, Cute AND Gorgeous
Charlotte Simpson, @TravelingBlackWidow, is clearly Glorious, but not in the BADASS way I usually fall for. And not in the way of some other widows who kick some serious ass after their partners die, sprung free from a relationship that held them down. Not Charlotte. She loved her man. He gave her space. His loss was devastating. But she took her grief and blossomed anyway.
Charlotte talks a lot about love, romance, (and dishes out gooooood advice — we ALL gobble it up — from 20s to, well, me) and love for TRAVEL. She appeals to all ages — the young’uns tell her how “dope” her Insta is (true). And of course we LOVE her guts for traveling solo — constantly — around the globe. She is absolutely who she is … down to her “doggone” Midwestern wholesomeness and passion for magenta that she somehow makes COOL! Meet Charlotte, a Glorious Broad with her own kinda Gloriousness.
DO YOU TELL YOUR AGE?
I feel 38.
WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE?
My grandmother. We had no idea of HER age until she died — and we saw the damn birth certificate … (giggles)
HOW’D YOU GET INTO INSTAGRAM?
My daughter. She thought I’d have something to say. Something to show. And she was right.
I LOVE WHEN YOU CROW ABOUT YOUR DAUGHTER
She is something. But I was a “Jewish Mom” — I set high standards for her.
WHAT’S WITH YOU AND TRAVEL?
I’ve wanted to wander since I was a kid eyeing the travel magazines at the fancy house my grandmother was a maid for for. She provided me dreams. That was the first time I thought: I want that life!
WE LOVE TO SEE YOU NAVIGATE THE WORLD SOLO. HOW’D YOU BECOME SO INDEPENDENT AFTER 31 YEARS OF A PARTNERSHIP?
I’ve always had a streak of independence. I was the only black girl in a Catholic white school. AND I wasn’t a Catholic. I learned to navigate — young.
BUT HOW ABOUT TRAVELING ALONE? WAS IT TOUGH TO ADJUST?
Travel was a bond for my husband and I. So yes — at first. I reached out to friends. But I am fussy! I learned I’m better off alone.
YOU'VE DONE A WHOLE LOT OF TRAVEL, WOMAN …
My secret is mindless travel. Someone plans it. I take off.
BUT EXCUSE ME, YOU ALWAYS LOOK FUCKING GORGEOUS!!
Once I step out of my house, my lipstick is ON!
ANYWHERE YOU HAVEN’T BEEN?
Plenty. My list keeps growing.
I LOVE YOUR ROMANCE TIPS
I’ve been lucky in love. So I share what I know …
DO YOU DATE NOW?
No. Why should I get to have two marvelous men?
I’d give a second chance away to one of my (MANY!) friends who could use a break. The stories I hear!!!
DO YOU GET A LOT OF DMs FROM LOVE-WEARY GIRLS?
Lots. I love to give the girls advice. I usually say RAISE YOUR STANDARDS. I was a guidance counselor, a tutor, a child advocate. I am strong with the girls about romance! They don’t always come back as a result. (giggles more)
WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO RESTART?
Everything was thrown at me when my husband got sick. I had to see things differently — learn all over again. And after he died, my mantra became: “If it’s to be — it’s up to me."
HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU MET?
AND AFTER HIS DEATH…
I coped. I grew. But it was not easy.
HAS YOUR HAPPINESS CHANGED AS YOU GET OLDER?
I’ve outlived people I’ve loved. I’ve been chosen to live — and I live with gusto.
SO YOU LIVE OUT THOSE HAPPINESS MANTRAS YOU POST…
Trip the light fantastic by following the adventures and wisdom of Charlotte @travelingblackwidow.