Letha Prestbo

46, Lexington, MA

How did you become a Woolfer?
My sister Deirdre Sumida told me about the group about two years ago and I joined not really having any idea of what to expect. I was pretty quickly looking all the time to see what the ladies were up to, laughing my ass off at comments, crying at shared heartbreak, and learning all these great tips on things both deep and trivial. I’ve definitely never had a connection like this before and was so grateful to be a part of something that was going to grow and change while helping so many women to connect in meaningful ways.

What do you do for work?
Real Estate Agent for Century 21 Commonwealth.

I have three fantabulous daughters, Zoë 16, Lyra 13, and Vala 10. I worked before they were born but then a series of kid health issues kept me at home and when it was time to go back, a neighbor suggested I try real estate, and I have to say, I love my job! It can be frustrating, but I love the personal connections and I genuinely glow when I see how happy a home can make someone.

What do you do for play?
I live in a mid-century modern community planned by Walter Gropius in the 50s. We share common land and a community pool and a general attitude of enjoyment of life, and I’ve met some of the important people in my life here. I’ve grown to love this town that I once felt trapped by and I’m now serving my second term as an elected town meeting member. I try to change the things that bother me instead of being one of those cluckers that do nothing and change nothing.

I have a lot of regrets, but I am happy to say that I now think of them more as circumstances of situations and realize that when I made those mistakes or choices it was because of what I knew or needed then, not what I know or need now. I don’t beat myself up about them anymore, as much as occasionally gaze dramatically out of windows when it’s raining.

If you came with a warning label what would it be?
“I have a limit; don’t reach it.”

What scares you?
My biggest fear is that my daughters will ever feel as scared by a partner as I once did.

What’s your fantasy version of your older self?
I want to continue to be me but push myself to keep learning new things. I own every year because there isn’t one that hasn’t helped me to this one. I want these crazy, funny, smart, funny, gorgeous, energetic people that are in my life to be around as long as possible. As long as I have a friend that I can raise a perfectly shaped and maintained eyebrow (necessary) to across the room when someone is spewing some bullshit and know they can read my mind, I’m all good.

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Stephanie Staal and Nina Collins have worked together and adored each other since 1994 when they were both babies in the world of book publishing. Stephanie is a lawyer, journalist, & author of READING WOMEN, and Nina is the founder of "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?" Hillary Richard is also a lawyer and co-host of the Raging Gracefully podcast. Sidney Morss is a recent NYU grad and the youngest member of our team.