Are you trying to look a decade younger, or are your trying to look and feel the absolute best you can at your current age? There is a difference in the thinking process and it requires a healthy acceptance of ageing. That's the topic, however, let's begin with this: One of the beautiful things about social media and writing in the current technological age is how accessible everyone is. I wrote for years with few responses…not really knowing how my writing affected anyone …whether negatively or positively. But, in today's world there is instant response and I have to say sometimes, the response can be so much fun!
I recently introduced you to Valerie Ramsey and her book Gracefully Looking and Being Your Best At Any Age…which, by the way, she co-authored with her daughter, Heather Hummel. But, to my delight, Valerie contacted me after seeing the blogs and we enjoyed a forty five minute phone conversation this past Sunday! She is an amazing lady and so inspirational.
First of all, she sent this clip from one of her many Today Show appearances and the topic of discussion is AGELESS BEAUTY!
I was thrilled to hear
and see in this report the retail industry begin to take women over 50 seriously and to hear
that this is a growing (not temporary) trend! These are women who have embraced their age completely and rejoice in the process.
|This is what 58 looks like!!|
Valerie is a NO EXCUSES kind of woman. She determined to have a glamorous, enjoyable second half of life and despite facing down three major illnesses; she is not slowing up one bit as she nears her seventy-third birthday. She has signed on to more modeling work; increased public speaking assignments; appearances on behalf of the GO RED campaign; a pilot for a new television show called WHAT’S NEXT; is an involved grandmother and mother; and recently relocated from California to Palm Beach, Fl. Whew…makes me tired just to type it! But, through reading her book and speaking with her, I have learned much.
Later this week, I will feature more of her story in my blog for the San Antonio Express News and I will make sure to link it up here. Until then, let me leave you with Valerie’s childhood friendship with actress Ali McGraw...which included slumber parties and all of the fun/stress of puberty. She said they recently got together after years apart and re-connected in Carmel, CA. “It was as if we were girls again and had never been apart,” Valerie said. She sent along this picture and also confirmed that Ali does do yoga every day! And, settle down ladies…there is no renewed romance between Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal!
|Valerie Ramsey and Ali McGraw meet in Carmel, CA|