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The Future is Ageless!

The Future is Ageless!

Ageless Provocateurs, Gigi-isms
A message to the ageist society: There is no more denying that the future will be ageless. The tide is in our favor, so would you please stop treating us, the Baby Boomers, as if we are invisible? We will no longer accept that. I have always refused to apologize for growing OLDER. For me, turning 50 was a celebration! When I created my personal Facebook page after I turned 50, I was proud to state my FULL birth date: July 4th, 1958. I was surprised when people told me that I was courageous for doing so, especially being a woman! Similarly, when I created the Over 50 & Irresistible Facebook page in 2010, people started saying, “50 is the…
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Stop Self-Ageism!

Stop Self-Ageism!

Ageless Provocateurs, Gigi-isms
When I joined Facebook in 2009, I noticed that people were in distress about turning 50. I turned 50 in 2008 and felt great! That observation led me to create a Facebook page called, Over 50 & Irresistible. I was especially inspired by Coco Chanel’s famous quote, “You can be gorgeous at 30, charming at 40, and irresistible for the rest of your life.” I will always believe this is true! We expect society to not be ageist, yet I have often observed that people turning 50 can be some of the biggest ageists toward themselves! One is mirroring the other, yet they are all in denial. So many people start to look at themselves through the paradox lens of…
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Cameron Diaz Champions Women and Aging in New Book

Cameron Diaz Champions Women and Aging in New Book

Ageless Provocateurs
How great is it that Cameron Diaz, at 43 years of age, is championing women in their 40s before they hit the infamous (although not for me) “big 5-0” by helping them embrace “aging with longevity”. In her new book, “The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time”, published by Harper Collins in an effort to change the discussion about aging (Kudos to them!), Diaz conveys that aging is a privilege and should be celebrated. “If you’re aging, that means you’re alive.” This has been part of my mantra since I turned 50 in 2008. I’m fortunate enough to have never gone through an aging crisis, but I know that for many…
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Patty Wolfe: To Become Static is to Become Extinct

Patty Wolfe: To Become Static is to Become Extinct

Ageless Provocateurs
A couple of universities often ask me to speak to senior media classes to offer real world advice. I approach my talks from the same perspective in which I raised my kids, and that is: Adaptation is the only predictor of success for any species or individual. Now that I am asked to blog to a Boomer generation and the beginning Generation X-ers like myself turning 50, my approach is no different. The river of life takes turns we can never predict or imagine, and yet, we survive and thrive by virtue of our ever-sharpening navigational skills. I tell the students and my children not to hold fast to one dream or one reality set out there in the future.…
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Act your Ageless!

Ageless Provocateurs, Gigi-isms
The SoAgeless mission is to become a powerful source and force with a mantra that makes it clear that we, the Baby Boomers, will live by a brand new attitude: Act your Ageless! It is a turning point toward agelessness! We must sear into our collective psyche that agelessness is IN and generational stereotypes are on their way OUT! While many fabulous blogs, websites, and books exist on the subjects of embracing aging and helping an ageist society be more inclusive, my blog is all about inspiring you to Act your Ageless! Therefore, what will clearly differentiate SoAgeless from all the other blogs and websites, will be “Gigi” exemplifying LIVING… not aging! I will offer you regular shots of ageless…
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My Five Style Muses and Icons

My Five Style Muses and Icons

Ageless Provocateurs
I love each one of these women for their incredible fashion taste, but more for the radiance that they exude. That’s the special ingredient that turns taste into “style”. It comes from within and is what makes you unique, after all. What’s your style? Who are your style muses and icons? Jackie Kennedy Onassis aka Jackie O. is most notably known as the First Lady to the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. She led the pack when it came to Chanel and pillbox hats – but when I say “led the pack” I mean it – she was bold, daring, and a non-conformist. Absolutely stunning in style and spirit for her time. (July 28, 1929 –…
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Media Condescension Toward Women

Media Condescension Toward Women

Ageless Provocateurs
While reading the last two questions in a New York Times interview with Linda Rodin where the interviewer asked how she felt about “young women dyeing their hair gray” and “aging gracefully”, I couldn’t help but feel upset. Why is it that nearly every article I read about older women brings up youth and appearance. It’s 2016. Ask us about something else. Not all of us are sitting around in fits of nostalgia, feeling sorry for ourselves and our newfound wrinkles. I’m looking for media outlets where there is no prejudice, but there aren’t that many out there! And why is it that older men are never asked about “aging gracefully”? When the media keeps sharing secrets on how to…
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I am SoAgeless

I am SoAgeless

Ageless Provocateurs, Gigi-isms
I refuse to apologize for growing OLDER. For me, turning 50 was a celebration! When I created my personal Facebook page after I turned 50, I was proud to state my FULL birth date: July 4, 1958. I was surprised when people would tell me that I was courageous for doing so, especially being a woman! Similarly, when I also created the ~ Over 50 & Irresistible ~ Facebook page, people wanted to celebrate it by saying, “50 is the new 30”! My reaction was, “NO! Let’s call it what it truly is: 50 is the new 50!” Let’s stop living in denial. Instead, the right attitude is to celebrate the simple and profound act of living… being grateful to…
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Gigi Schilling: I am an Ageless Provocateur!

Gigi Schilling: I am an Ageless Provocateur!

Ageless Provocateurs
Do you consider yourself an Ageless Provocateur for the new SoAgeless lifestyle? Here are some of the ways in which I consider myself one: In 2010, I created my Facebook page, Over 50 & Irresistible, with the tagline, “The Art of Being Ageless!” There were very few women talking about “over 50” issues, so I was inspired to create change and start the ageless movement. I wasn’t purposefully advocating against an ageist society or trying to be a guru, I simply wanted to inspire others to get the conversation going through my philosophical, ageless scribblings about celebrating the over 50 life! I observed then, and continue to see, strong “Self-Ageism” in people turning 50, and of course the ageist society surrounding that…
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