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Why I decided it was time for a Healthy Revolution!

Why I decided it was time for a Healthy Revolution!

Ageless Provocateurs
I’m Wendy, the creator of Wendy’s Way to Health and The Healthy Normal Revolution membership program where I help women quit dieting for good and live happy, healthy lives. Improving my health and fitness, along with helping others do the same, has always been part of my life, to varying degrees. I absolutely loved the ‘aerobics’ craze that swept the world during the 1980’s and  90’s. My best friend growing up, (and not an exercise fan), will tell you how I put her and a couple of other neighborhood kids through their paces in the family garage. But I also had a big interest in fashion, which became my career for most of my 20’s. Fitness remained a hobby until…
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50 is Not the End but the Start!

50 is Not the End but the Start!

Ageless Provocateurs
I am Rachel a photographer based in London UK, who specialises in Portraits and Personal Branding giving women the opportunity to show themselves how they are. Social media Instagram https://www.instagram.com/rachelvogeleisen Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ByRachelVPhototography Pinterest https://uk.pinterest.com/ByRachelV/ It’s hard to imagine yourself at 50 when you’re young, and here I’m reaching 53! I remember when my grandmother reached 50, the way she was at the end of the 70s and seeing me now sounds like a million years ago. Our generation didn’t grow up with a lot of women role models over 50; a lot of actresses i.e. Brigitte Bardot quit the screen at 40, 50 was more like the end of everything! I was lucky to have a mum and her friends…
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A Fierce New Friendship!

A Fierce New Friendship!

Ageless Provocateurs, SoStylish
I am writing today about Cathy Terrell Williamson. It’s been two years since I discovered Cathy’s blog The Middle Page and became a big fan. But that’s not what brought us together on this blog. Here is the exciting story: Catherine McCormick, (remember this name!) had an idea to bring together 50 female bloggers over the age of 50 on the 50th day of every year.  Who knew she would ignite a fire with dynamite? The response to her The Fierce 50 Campaign has been an overwhelming success!  Catherine says, “Let’s show the world who we are and that 50 is now a starting point, a launching pad and a time of celebration and freedom for women midlife and beyond.”…
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India Hicks: Live an Extraordinary Life

India Hicks: Live an Extraordinary Life

Ageless Provocateurs
I have always loved India Hicks and her laid back, classic style. I’ve read all of her fantastic books and I love her collection as it has an Hermes feel to it. I used to see her in Ralph Lauren campaigns, buy her Crabtree and Evelyn products, and always admired her for “running away” to the Bahamas to live life on her own terms. For those who don’t know, India is an aristocrat – albeit an unconventional one. Her family lineage is that of fairy tales: she is a granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten, goddaughter and second cousin to Prince Charles (she was a bridesmaid at his wedding to Lady Diana Spencer), and great-great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria. But in addition to…
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Six Things About the Three Tomatoes

Six Things About the Three Tomatoes

Ageless Provocateurs
I have been following The Three Tomatoes since 2011, and most women over 50 love what they do, so it’s no wonder that they’ve gathered such a devoted fanbase of women who want to live their lives fully at every age and every stage. A “tomato” is used to describe a woman who exudes confidence. Tomatoes are not defined by age or labels like boomers – but are all about living and enjoying life fully, at every age and every stage.  Are you a tomato? I was drawn to their “irreverent, often funny, usually informative, and always good natured” style of writing. The site is one part city guide (if you live in New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles)…
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1010 Park Place Makes It Count

1010 Park Place Makes It Count

Ageless Provocateurs
Make life count. That’s the mantra of 1010 Park Place. Most of us have been told all our lives to “make life count”, “live with no regrets” or “keep calm and (insert verb)” – which is – let’s be honest – a lot easier said than done. So what does “make life count” mean and is that meaning different for women over 45? Over 50? Yes. It is. Instead of “How to Get the Man of Your Dreams” you have “Endings and Beginnings”; instead of “Budget Vacation Tips” you have an entire “Finances” section; health topics vary wildly; and there’s a patient wisdom to the writing that can only surface with experience. While people at any age can agree that…
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Patricia Gras: If you want a seat at the table…

Patricia Gras: If you want a seat at the table…

Ageless Provocateurs
When I turned 52, my world turned upside down. I had not thought much about my age as I was too busy with work and life to even consider it. My stress level was off the roof. There was little time to think about anything, frankly. I was happy with the work I was doing in TV journalism, but had (over time) disliked where I was doing it. Then the unexpected happened. I was laid off. In fact, they laid off anyone who was over 50 years old. I guess the local PBS station where I worked didn’t want to have to pay us for our experience and wisdom. Besides being in “shock and awe,” I was scared. I had been diagnosed…
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Lori Finnila: What Could I Do at My Age of 50?

Lori Finnila: What Could I Do at My Age of 50?

Ageless Provocateurs
If anyone ever told me I would be a rock singer, especially at my age – and successful – I would have laughed. I was called a wallflower at parties because I was so shy, although playful with close associates and confidants. I had aspired to model, sparkled to acting, and never took my Sony headphones off while roaming New York City in my early twenties. After surprisingly becoming a single mom in my mid-thirties (another story) any fantasies to strive or put physical actions toward my dreams were put on hold. I could still feel that excitement and longing to be seen, though. Homeschooling, hosting a radio show, and becoming an author while being a mom, my dreams –…
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the Kind Mirror

the Kind Mirror

Ageless Provocateurs, Gigi-isms
When I was growing up I was the ugly duckling amongst my five beautiful sisters. I suffered from lots of bullying, from outsiders, because of that. Even though I was considered ugly, I did not let that bother me. When I turned 18 the same people who bullied me said that I was finally a beauty, and again treated me differently based on my appearance. Because I was shy and introspective, I knew all along that I was good inside, and being ugly or beautiful did not make a difference or change my attitude, and especially in front of the mirror. It was then that it became clear to me that mirrors are simply a tool used for dressing up,…
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