Life Lessons:
Carolyn Mijokovic

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Are you happy at the moment?  

I am very happy!

If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

“Don’t be afraid of the future, even though you just lost your mom.  She will be watching out for you.”

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?  

Patience, and how many people love us, with my husband going through chemo treatments this year and coming out a survivor!

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?  

Continuing good health and the nudge I need to restart an exercise program & remain active with it.

What’s your secret to happiness?  

My faith – I can’t imagine how people who are non-believers can deal with everyday setbacks, let alone one like we had this year.

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?  

Going to church each week and volunteering at Harry Chapin Food Bank or the Salvation Army.

What’s Your Biggest Regret? 

That I never had children…

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?  

See above.  But I will say that I, as Godmother and aunt, have taught my niece and nephew the importance of integrity.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?  

Interrupting others when they’re speaking.  Augghh!

Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?  

I think it’s the time I spend volunteering – not bragging about it, but the feeling of helping someone who is grateful.  That used to be me once, that person needing help.

When were you happiest?  

The moment the doctor told us Steve was cancer-free!

What ten words best describe you?  

Fun, caring, driven, lover, faith-filled, blessed, singer, volunteer, friend, trustworthy.


In 2008 Carolyn Mijokovic and her husband moved from New Berlin, WI, to Estero, FL after retiring from their jobs.  They love their lives there! Married for over 35 years with no kids, except for their Yorkie, Oliver, who is 4, and their kitty, Tori B.E. (for “Bright Eyes”), who is 8. They are both very active in our church and volunteer at different places, most often at Harry Chapin Food Bank and the Salvation Army.