GENERATION AGELESS

Rona Docx, 57, is a registered nurse and leading practitioner in non-surgical and surgical solutions with The Harley Medical Group. Rona runs her own clinic from her home in County Durham.
GENERATION AGELESS

Generation Ageless is about talking to people who have made interesting life/work changes and have a positive attitude to mid-life, doing things differently, changing their pace of life, their priorities, reflecting on what’s gone before and the new opportunities and challenges to come.

I used to do this…

I have been a qualified nurse since 1982 and qualified midwife since 1985 and worked in surgical and oncology nursing.

Now life is about…

For me life is about getting the right balance between personal and work life.

I really enjoy what I do, it has taken me eight years to build up my business and I am proud of my accomplishments. Now I can organise my diary to include time for me, family and friends and not just work.

Why and how I made a change…

I did a return to nursing course at Teesside University as I had been out of nursing for several years so my registration was no longer live. I needed to do 360 hours to make my registration live again. When I was studying I met a girl who was re-training in order to do aesthetics. A few weeks later I saw an advertisement for a wrinkle-reducing treatment and so decided to have some done myself. The other student said to me why don’t you train to do it? So that’s what I did. I have never looked back since, and there haven’t been any night duties!

Family is all about…

I love family time; we have two children who both live with their partners. My son lives in Newcastle and my daughter, who is getting married in October, works and lives in Dubai. So when the six of us can be together it is just fantastic. When we all get together a lot of good food is involved, either my husband cooks or we head to Newcastle for food and good fun.

GENERATION AGELESSI’m lucky to have…

My own business which means I can make time for my hobby which is dress making. A friend and I attend a sewing group each week and it’s wonderful just sewing and chatting with like-minded people; it is a great way to relax.

I’ve got time for…

I always make time to meet up with friends for a coffee and a catch up each week. Retail therapy is something I also have time for, often it can be just browsing and window shopping, collecting ideas about clothes to sew.

Things are different because…

Life has changed over the years, like everyone your family grows and children begin their own lives. It’s difficult in the beginning because I’ve gone from being mum to friend, I’ll always be their mum but it become time to acknowledging that they are adults now. Although sometimes it’s like they the parents, especially keeping me up to date with new technology!

A day in the life of me…

My day depends on what is in my diary. I normally get up at 8 am, I don’t eat breakfast, I find if I do I’m ravenous most of the day!

My first client is usually booked from 10am and I give them hourly appointment slots since I want to have enough time for consultation and discussing the right treatment strategy. Some days are busier than others but I usually see my last client at around 7 pm. I try and fit in 10,000 steps in per day and that often involves 2x 30 min walks with Max, our 10 year old Bichon Frise.

I also work four days a month doing injectable treatments for a private non-surgical clinic in Jesmond and one in Liverpool.

Relaxation is important and involves spending time on an evening my my husband catching up on each others day and eating delicious meals he has prepared. He does all of the cooking, I am very lucky that this is his hobby, or so I keep telling him.

The people who are important…

My family are most important to me, we are very close knit and that includes my brother, his wife and their families as well as my husband’s brother and his family who live in Belgium. Although our children did not live geographically close, we lived in Belgium and Australia before moving back to the North East and my brother and his family always lived in Somerset, since being together the children are more like siblings than cousins they have such a wonderful bond.

GENERATION AGELESSWork/life balance…

When I become interested in something I want to learn everything I can about that subject and become passionate about it so my work and life mix together quite nicely.

I thrive on…

I love working as a treating aesthetic nurse and continually learning, attending conferences and masterclasses. It is always a continuous learning experience when your work is a rapidly expanding and evolving business.

Likewise with my interest in sewing I read so many books and enjoy learning from videos on Youtube. The ladies who run the sewing bee also run sewing/tailor classes and are a fountain of knowledge at the centre front studio in Gateshead.

Balancing my life means keeping my diary updated, it makes my life easier. I am a planner, always have been. I have to be to schedule in my clients and leisure activities. My life is full of things I want it to be full of, I am very lucky I know I can say that.

What mid life means to me…

Mid life means just that being at a place I want to be with the people I love and want to be around. There is no reason to say I can’t do that because I am this age, I can’t go here because I am this age because the new 40 is the new 20. It is a mind set and if your mind is young and kept active then your body will follow. I think it is important getting out and meeting people, you don’t need a lot of friends you just need some good friends. Be as nice to people as you would like them to be to you.


Rona can be reached at [email protected] for any non-surgical aesthetics enquires.

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