over50feeling40: Growing in New Ways since I MATTER.... Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!
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Oct 15, 2014

Growing in New Ways since I MATTER.... Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!

“Style without substance is unacceptable, largely because it’s boring, one dimensional.” – Tish Jett  Forever Chic:  Frenchwomen’s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style and Substance.

On Tuesday, I gave you an update on my reinvention journey.  You will find the post HERE ON MIDLIFE BOULEVARD, if you missed it.
On my journey which has spanned over the last eleven years, I have learned so much about aging and transitions.  There are many things which will keep us youthful and help us care for ourselves inside and outside.
Today, I would like to concentrate on the inside.  Tish Jett writes about women of substance in her book FOREVER CHIC.  She stresses the importance of remaining educated, current, and cultured.
“One must hold her own in lively conversation.  The essence of beauty is to continue educating oneself and constantly to learn something new.  Simply put: these are the keys to eternal youth.  Conversation is sacred.  It is an ageless, timeless pursuit shared and enjoyed with passion.”

In order to carry my I MATTER sign, it is important to never stop learning.  At age 55, I began to teach myself about the world of Social Media, Social Media Marketing, Personal Branding, and technology.  I read and practiced all that I could.  Now, at 61, I have decided to take an online college course through COURSERA…not because I want to compete for a grade, but because I desire knowledge in the world of Fashion Merchandising.  COURSERA  offers top college classes from the world’s best universities for FREE!  That’s right, they do not cost one dime.

I am currently a student of UNIVERSITA BOCCONI from Italy.  They are dedicated to teaching classes on business, economics, and law through a multicultural perspective.   My class is called MANAGING FASHION AND LUXURY COMPANIES.  I am eating this up.  My only frustration is finding the time to do the lectures and projects, but it is worth it to me to re-organize my schedule to get this in.
When I was 16 (ouch…45 years ago!), I was hired to work in a women’s dress shop called Skibelle’s.  Though the fashions were not for teens, I loved working there and listening to the sales ladies assist their customers.  This was my beginning to fashion retail and though my career path has been one of communications, I have always had a heart to learn more about the industry.  I am not exactly sure what I will do with all of this knowledge, but I do know that it has energized me to learn.  My first project is to pick from one of three annual reports given us from the fashion industry and to analyze their business models according to what we have currently been taught. 

What class would you take if you could return to school and take any class available?  Remember….I MATTER…and so do you …stay educated, current, and cultured for you and for others.

Make sure you enter my contest at the top of the sidebar to win a $220 shopping card for SAS Shoes, and then go enter the bloggers of Katie’s Favorite Things Blog Hop.

(Look for the excellent book, Forever Chic on Amazon, HERE!)

It’s time to hop! Party and link up! The Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop is where you can link your favorite post of the week or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. The hop is hosted and posted on 3 different blogs! Your link will appear on the blogs of Katherine's Corner,  Over 50 Feeling 40, and Vintage Mama.  Three times the opportunity to make new bloggy friends and to share your wonderful blog and discover others to


Please DO NOT link and run…….
  • Please visit a few of the wonderful blogs that are sharing here.
  •     Please leave comments when you visit
  •     Please Link to your post and not to your blog home page
  •     Linkback on your post (optional, but always appreciated)
  •     Grab the hop button code from The button page (optional)
  •     No adult content blogs
  • Please no more than 3 links to your blog
  •     No links directly to your shops or websites selling things/services please! (sorry they will be removed)
  •     Yes you can link giveaways (they are everyone’s favorite thing) Add your giveaways to Katherines Giveaways Page too!


  1. Hello cute lady! I’m so excited to party with you tonight. Thank you for hosting. I would love it if you would swing by our party. That would be amazing! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Thursday! Lou Lou Girls

  2. I love continuing education and am going to check out that website. I would positively make time for courses too. I agree that being a good conversationalist is so very important, and over the course of my working career it has been a necessity. Which is why I keep learning. Right now I'm dealing with being primary caregiver to my 90-year old mother, something I know you can relate to, and many days it takes a serious toll on me. It is so easy to neglect our own needs. I intend to see what courses are offered through the site you mention. Karen

  3. Pam, I love that you are a life-long learner! I took social media course through media bistro last winter. I love learning too! I would love to check out the class you are taking on Luxury Retail. I still dream of opening a store again:)

  4. Similar to you, I started learning about the Internet, the technicalities of designing a blog and the social media aspects. It's like a new language and had been thrilling. I'd love to take some online courses! Thanks for the tip. Free? I'm all over that.

  5. I totally agree! The woman who stops learning, just stops. If I could take a course? Writing. Always writing! :)

  6. Pam, I am simply loving this "I Matter" focus! Annually, I develop a mantra/theme for the year. This year (2014), mine is "I've Got This!" I've already tried "I Matter" on for size and have decided it's my "go to" for 2015. I'm a huge Francophile, so Forever Chic is already in my Goodreads queue. :) Can't wait to read it. Thanks for hosting this lovely link up! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  7. Thank you for Hosting Pam. I find that I matter-campaign really empowering with all the jealousy and negative energy in the blogger sphere. :) And conversation can be sooo refreshing and fulfilling if 2 People manage to connect. Have a great Weekend. xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style


Thanks so much for joining in our conversation today! I appreciate your time and love hearing from you!