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Making Healthy Living a Lifestyle

This is an introduction to my upcoming series of “How’ to Make Healthy Living a Lifestyle. Each post will include Valuable Tips to Help You Achieve Your Healthy Lifestyle Goals.  There will also be free online video/tele-seminars offered.  Stay tuned… 

Every May is Older Americans Month. The 2017 theme is Aging Out Loud! It was first started in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy met with members of the National Senior Citizens Council. It was known then as Senior Citizens month, with the primary purpose of acknowledging the contributions to our country by men and women age 65 and older.
As everything evolves to keep up with societal changes, so too has Older Americans Month (OAM). This year the theme of ‘Age Out Loud’ was chosen to give aging a new voice, one that highlights the progress and new developments of our aging population. We are the generation who continues to set trends as we ‘disrupt aging’ as described by AARP CEO JoAnn Jenkins in her book of the same name.
I was just 14 years old when Older Americans Month was established. At that time, I had not heard of it, and quite frankly, would not have been interested if I had. I was in high school and being of the baby boomer generation, I was busy living out loud back then. Well, here it is 54 years later, and as a forever embedded member of the baby boomer generation, I am now, really Living Out Loud! I, along with many others are taking charge of our lives, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for ourselves and others. There is no doubt that what it means to age has changed through the years, and OAM 2017 is a perfect opportunity erase the old stereotypes, and recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.
The baby boomer generation is known for changing the direction of America as we set trends and new directions throughout the years. Now, as a 68-year-old, I, along with many of my cohorts are still setting trends. We are changing the conversation of older Americans by confronting the old stereotypes and living our best life now! We are maintaining our health, independence, and experiencing new life adventures! We have a reasonably good quality of life, and are embracing the joys of aging!’
Did you know that by the year 2050 for the first time ever, the world population will have more people over the age of 65, than children age 5 and younger? According to the Harvard School of Public Health, boomers are expected to live longer than any other generation. Acknowledging that trend, it only stands to reason that as our life expectancy is extended, we want to maintain a good quality of life, that includes being healthy, happy and spiritually grounded!
My inspiration to help me on the path to disrupt the platitudinal aging process comes from some older Americans I know personally, who are older than me. I want to introduce you to just a few of them:

1) Ernestine Shepherd, the Guinness Book of World Records oldest female body builder. Ernestine didn’t start her health routine until she was 56 years old, which resulted in her becoming a body builder. Ernestine is now 80 years old and continues to body build and lead a healthy lifestyle;

 

2) Alpha Bennett, a 78-year-old great-grandmother was inspired after completing her first triathlon at age 49 to take on new ventures that included running and cycling. She has participated in mud challenges, and spelunking. Recently she was a chaperone to a bicycle ride from Durham, N.C. to St. Augustine, Florida for about 20 young people from the ages of 8 to 17. It took them almost 2-weeks and their overnight accommodations were tents! Alpha continues to travel the world to participate in bicycle rides which includes places like Italy, Spain, and Europe;

3) Fitness Guru, Eddie Nelson, now 77 years-old, has participated in various Senior Olympic Games where he competed in the 100 Meter Dash, Discus, Javelin, Hammer Throw, Triple Jump and Weight Throw. He has a myriad of gold medals he has earned in the various competitions. Eddie has been featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not twice, FLEX magazine, on billboards and on TV. He is also the author of Old School Workout. However, what I want to emphasize here is that at age 74 Eddie was diagnosed with esophagus cancer. No doubt, he was devastated and didn’t understand because he was living a healthy lifestyle. Well, because of his lifestyle, according to his doctor, Eddie was able to defeat the cancer and, in less than 2-years, he is back to his physical fitness regime as though the cancer never existed;
4) Then there is 84-year-old Don who walks about 2-miles every day. What is so amazing about Don is that he has had major back surgery and refused to give up on life! How about you? Have you given up, or are you living out loud?

I share these stories to inspire you, man or woman, that growing old gracefully is more than a cliché, it is a reality that we can all experience, if we so choose, as those men and women are doing, I have shared with you. Remember, our future levels of health, wellness and wellbeing depends on the choices we make today. It is never too late to make better choices!

Now, I will go full circle and share some highlights of my personal story with you. I will start by mentioning some of the recognitions I have received that includes a ‘Profiles in Positive Aging’ award from LeadingAge Georgia. Can you even imagine the elation I felt upon receiving this award for just living my life … doing what I do! I love the things I do and knowing that I am providing indelible experiences to others and helping them lead their best life truly warms my heart. I have been featured on CNN’s AccentHealth network, selected by the Huffington Post / The TODAY Show as one of 50 Over 50 who Reinvented Themselves, and on the cover of a Special Edition of the GirlFriends magazine for the White House Conference on Aging, among other recognitions. I am highly seasoned and savoring the spices of life as I celebrate the joys of aging. I love this life!
One of the most significant days of my life was the last day of my 49th year. I had a doctor’s appointment. What made this appointment consequential, unlike any previous doctor appointments, I was told that I was pre-hypertensive. I couldn’t believe it! I had owned several health food stores and thought I was in great health. This proved to be a pivotal day in my life. Before I even left the doctor’s office, I decided I did not want to take medications and that I would make better choices to improve my health naturally so I could alleviate my potential for hypertension.
During that ensuing year, when I was 50 years old, I was introduced to the Senior Olympic Games. I joined a senior women’s basketball team. I was never an athletic person. This was all new to me. I knew I wanted to become more physically active. This, I thought was a perfect opportunity. I was having fun, meeting/making new friends, learning something new, being more physically active, and according to the coach, I would have the opportunity to travel around the country! I went on to earn, along with my team members, gold and silver medals as we competed in local competitions, state tournaments and the World Senior Games and National Senior Olympics. As I reflect, I have continued to be active for more than 18 years now and will be participating in the National Senior Games this June in Birmingham, Alabama. However, I have expanded by athleticism to include cycling and race walking.
As a result of my newfound adventurous spirit, at age 56, I went on my first hike, trekking Blood Mountain, a connector trail to the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, in North Georgia. Wow … I discovered a passion I did not know was hidden inside of me. A passion for the outdoors! This is significant keeping in mind that I was raised as an urban city girl, who never really enjoyed parks or being outdoors. That hike marked a momentous point in my life. By age 60 I had organized my own hiking group after becoming a Certified Outings Leader through the Sierra Club. Now, for more than 8 years I continue to lead monthly group hikes to share the wonderment of Mother Nature and the great outdoors with others.
To celebrate my 65th birthday, I led a group of friends hiking the Bright Angel trail at the Grand Canyon. Hiking really brought out my adventurous spirit so much so that I added other outdoor group activities that include zip lining, white water rafting, kayaking, camping, tree climbing, spelunking, backpacking and others. I am having so much fun, I could say, I am living my second childhood … what a blast!
Often, I am asked if I am retired, my response is simply, “I am not retired, I am rejuvenated!” With that said, I encourage you to live your dreams … live your best life now … Age Out Loud and celebrate the joys of aging every month, and on into the future!

Carolyn is a Healthy Lifestyle Coach & Outdoor Adventure Leader, a professional speaker, trainer and writer. She is the recipient of a LeadingAge Georgia – Profiles in Positive Aging Award, representing AARP. She was selected as a National Association of Professional Women VIP of the year (2016-2017); In January 2017 she was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) newspaper, has been interviewed on several radio programs and on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) for airing during Older Americans Month in May 2017. She is the founder of Hartfield’s Hikers, Older People with Active Lifestyles (OPALs) and Walk Outdoors for Wellness! (WOW!). For more information about Carolyn, visit her website at http://www.CarolynHartfield.com or send her an email at CH@CarolynHartfield.com

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My Metamorphosis…

METAMORPHOSIS{Project Self Discovery}Metamorphosis-Butterfly

I have been on hiatus from my blog, going through a real self-discovery.  I am now much more focused on my mission in life, who I am, and what I was put on this earth to do.  As great as life continues to be for me, I knew it was time to readjust.  What is so absolutely amazing, is that as I have been in, and quite frankly, continue to be in the process…just when I was thinking life couldn’t get much better…it did!

Since becoming an official senior citizen in 2013 when I turned 65 and had a phenomenal year, 2014 was quite different, but even better.  Then here is 2015, and just in the month of January, if this is any indication of the rest of the year, all I can do is be in the moment and savor in the splendor!!!

In actuality, as I review the past 14 years since I relocated to Atlanta, relentlessly determined to follow my dreams, going places and doing things where many people over the age of 50 would never consider, I broke traditions to pursue my almost lost dream, but would soon discover a passion I did not know was in me. With the formation of my Lifestyle Management LLC company, the development of my online newsletter, my Hartfield’s Hikers, and my Meetup groups, people have come to join me in my quest for a healthier mind, body and spirit.  Little did I know, at the time, how this pursuit would literally change my life, and the lives of others.

What is so amazing, with all the changes that have already occurred, the transformation process continues as I attend Emory University to become a Healthy Lifestyle Coach so I can expand key areas in my life and be in a better position to help others.  2015 is leading me to reach out to my original target audience, baby boomers…those men and women over the age of 50, and although I wrote and spoke it, I had not aggressively moved in the direction of inter-generational activities.  Well, it has pretty much been dropped in my lap. Some new programs that I will be exploring by Spring of this year.  More on those later.

In the meantime, all in the month of January 2015, I have been featured on CNN’s AccentHealth Network, WATC-TV Atlanta Live, That’s My Biz-TV Internet show, launched my redesigned web site, which I actually did myself, received an invitation to join the board of the American Hiking Society, invited to start senior hiking groups at local recreation centers, and spearheading hiking expeditions for teenage girls, and I have started my Voice Over Talent lessons. Mind you…all this among my regular stuff…in January!

The moral of my story…it is never too late to discover your passion and pursue your dreams!  Expect to hear from me more regularly.

Travel-VariosLiving Life to the Fullest!!!

 

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Life Truly Gets Better with Age!

Carolyn in Tree at Grand CanyonIt is absolutely unbelievable how much I am enjoying this new status of mine…Senior Citizen!  In my last blog, I mentioned the great doctor’s visit I had, my first as a senior citizen, and using my new Medicare card.  Well, it is even better than what I stated.

I just received in the mail the results of the lab tests that were run…a total of 36.  I have to admit, I have no idea what some of this stuff is, but I am in the process of looking them up.  The great news is, 35 out of 36 were well within the Normal Range.  The only one that differed was my total cholesterol, which was ‘slightly elevated’ as stated in the remarks from the doctor.

Of the 36 lab results, I had some familiarity with only 13.  The ones I recognize are: Sodium Level; Potassium Level; Chloride Level; Carbon Dioxide Level; Glucose; Protein Total; Calcium Level; Cholesterol Level Total; HDL Cholesterol; LDL Cholesterol; White Blood Count; Red Blood Cell Count; and Hemoglobin.  Nonetheless, I am elated that all are within normal range, without any medications or drugs, prescribed or over-the-counter.

So, in my effort to have 36 out of 36 Normal Range Lab Results, this morning, I added Chia Seeds to my bowl of oatmeal, after my workout.  By the time I go back to the doctor, I expect it to be within the normal range.  I must admit, knowingly I have been eating things I know I should have avoided, but the human craving, and just plan greediness got the best of me.  But, I am now back on track.  This is just another confirmation for me, the importance of a good diet and physical activity.  This life is truly stupendous!  Much better that I ever dreamed…WOW!

It is now confirmed, not just through my word, but from the testing from a medical doctor:  Yes! I am well seasoned, and savoring in the spices of life!!! Life really does get better with age.  I am a living testimony to that fact.

I continue to get positive feedback from my friends and supporters.  While they say I inspire them, they truly inspire me!  I guess that is what is referred to as our ‘Mutual Admiration Society’. So be it, life is great!  This is the month we start the  season with the Thanksgiving holiday.  It is so very appropriate, as I, we give thanks for our truly amazing lives and all the wonderful people with whom we share our experiences.  Thank you to each and every one of you!

Photo: Celebrating my 65th birthday at the Grand Canyon.  Photo credit to Ian Welch.

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Celebrating Life as a Baby Boomer-Senior Citizen

GroupPhotos7This year, 2013 has proven to be one of the best years of my entire life! 

As a ‘Forever Young’ Baby Boomer, I officially became a ‘senior citizen’ this year, and I have been celebrating all year…with old friends, new friends and anyone who wants to celebrate with me!

This is truly the year my motto has fully manifested, “Living Life to the Fullest!!!” I am so grateful for all the things in which I have been able to participate this year, and all those who help make it possible.

Here are a few of the activities in which I have participated;

  1. My first trip to Belize, Central America
  2. My first experience sailing the high seas in a Catamaran yacht
  3. Snorkeling for the first time
  4. Riding my bicycle more than 40 miles, in one ride
  5. Seeing the New York Broadway Show, Motown the Musical…seeing that I am a Detroit Motown girl!
  6. Touring the Grand Canyon, hiking the Bright Angel Trail, biking the canyon rim, and walking the Sky Walk
  7. Seeing a Moonbow at Cumberland Falls in Kentucky, one of only 5 places it is visible in the Western Hemisphere
  8. Reconnecting with old friends, including friends from my teenage years, and my first boyfriend
  9. Being featured in a local Atlanta area Lifestyle magazine
  10. Being featured in a Life Plus, Informed & Inspired Senior Living TV segment.          And last, but the most significant…
  11. Having my first doctor’s appointment as a ‘senior citizen‘ and being told there was no code for me in the computer system because I was ‘so healthy.’  My vital statistics (blood pressure, weight, BMI, etc.) were great, all without any medications.

I am so happy and content with my life.  I am really inspired by those with whom I share my lifestyle and activities, and they tell me I am their inspiration.  That, I will say is one of the most rewarding and heart-warming accolades I can ever receive.  Most times, I get choked up when I am told how much of an inspiration I am.  To know that I am making a difference in the lives of others while pursuing my passion, and living my life with defined purpose, is what it’s all about  It doesn’t get much better than that.  But, I do expect the best is yet to come!

So, off I am to the next adventure…see ya soon!

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What a Life!!!

Life couldn’t be better…but I do expect that it will continue to get better!  So very much is going on…just within the last week the following exciting events happened for me:

1) On Friday, I had an interview with the Cuisine Noir magazine, out of California.  Sheree, the publisher said she found me on the Internet and liked  what I was doing, in reference to leading African American on hikes and other outdoor activities.  My story will be in an upcoming issue…will keep you posted;

2) Friday afternoon, I get a call from a producer at Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB), they too, found my on the Internet and want to shoot my hike with my OPALs groups (the original and meetup group), in celebrations of Older Americans Months in May.  That hike is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at Red Top Mountain;

3) Saturday afternoon I was the keynote speaker for the 25th Anniversary of the Black Newcomers Network (BNN), of which I am a past president.  It was good to see members and friends I had not seen in a while.  The gist of my presentation, was how BNN literally changed my life, that resulted in all my present outdoor activities.

4) Saturday evening, I ushered at the Fabulous Fox in Atlanta, for the Mike Tyson, one man show.  He was actually very good.  I must say, much better than I expected.  Anyway, when I walked in, one of the Fox staff personnel commented on my photo in the Perimeter North Lifestyle Magazine.  I was one of the ushers featured in the magazine highlighting the Fox and it’s volunteers.  I am the in the lead photo for the story. Check it out, page 26…

5) Sunday afternoon after worship service, I was delighted to treat a few friends to tickets and great seats at the Fox Theater fort he Jillian Michaels’ (Trainer on Biggest Loser TV Show) Maximize Your Life tour. I was ushering, but it was good to have them there as my guests.

6) Tuesday evening, I was the moderator for the Family Wellness Network conference call.  It was an honor to stand in for Dr. Shirley Carmack.

7) Wednesday, I met with one of the outreach managers at REI and we had a great discussion about our partnership and how we will both strengthen it with collaborations, which have already started, but will be enhanced forthcoming.  Great!

8) Thursday evening, a very good friend Donna Satchell, who is an Achievement Speaker, Author and Passion & Purpose Expert and Coach, held a very informative seminar.  We are Mastermind partners.  I have the utmost respect for her and the growth and accomplishments I have seen her make over the years!  Well, last evening, she highlighted my story…finding my passion for the outdoors, and hiking the Grand Canyon for the upcoming 65th birthday…in her presentation.  I was most honored!

9) I have to throw this in…my Grand Canyon Birthday Adventure Tour is all set.  It feels so very good.  I am so looking forward to sharing this special birthday with this handful of friends.

10) And finally, the Belize Sailing trip is coming along really, really good!  It is such a joy to work with Thomas in planning this adventure.  Thomas is the author if the ‘Life is Good’ series (check out his posts) of this blog. We only have a few spots left and expect those to be sold soon.  Check out the information about it here.

So, for now…I am off to scout the trails for the upcoming hikes!  I encourage you to laugh often, love unconditionally, live harmoniously, and dance like no one is watching!

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Living A Life Rewarded…

I was told by a friend and mentor, “When you help others get what they want, you are helping yourself get what you want.”  With that said, I tell you how my life has truly been rewarded!

First, as a point of clarity, by no means am I advocating helping someone solely for the purpose of reciprocation, but rather, helping from a moral, sincere heart, and you will be rewarded, if only by knowing that you have made a difference in someone’s life.

Now, let me move on with my story…

Here I am, at the time, a 52 year-old city girl who had recently relocated to Atlanta, simply because I was ready for a change in my life.  The short of the long is, I had never been to Atlanta, only knew one person living in Atlanta,  and she was someone with whom I had worked many years before.  We had renewed our friendship to the tune of regular telephone conversations.  During one of our conversations, she said to me, “Carolyn, there is a lot going on in Atlanta, you should be here.” I am sure she really did not expect my response when I said, “okay”.  Within forty-five days, I had packed my belongings, shipped them to her place, and prepared for my first trip to Atlanta, to visit her, 10 days after my things arrived…was I ready for the move or what?!

I had, for many years told myself that I wanted to relocate to a warm weather city.  I had no idea where, when or how, it was just a dream of mine. This apparently was my time and I took advantage of it.  Believing it was truly my time…my opportunity to walk in my faith and take the leap.  I started sending her money before I arrived to help her with some personal issues she was having at the time.  So, when I arrived, my initial reward was not having to pay rent for several months, as I lived out the comparable money I had sent ahead.  I helped her in a time of need, because I could, and she helped me realize a latent dream of moving from my home city and exploring the possibilities of new adventures in a new ‘warm weather’ location.  I loved it!

The day I arrived in my new home city, which was within 30 days following my visit, she had arranged for us to attend Evander Holyfield’s ‘Real Deal’ weekend event at his estate.  That event, and others I was privy to attend with her,  led to my meeting others with whom I networked, and started building my foundation of new acquaintances.  This includes being the Managing Director for a breast cancer organization, which afforded me the opportunity to be caregiver to a couple of ladies, one of whom stayed with me for a while.   Both times were very rewarding experiences, especially knowing that I was able to personally make a difference in their lives during a time of despondency.

Having owned a small health food store chain, I was very much into natural health and wellness.  As a result, I was able to bring a different perspective to the Health Ministry service where I volunteered at the church I had joined. I became certified as a ‘teacher’ and helped coordinate several classes and projects, including one where I produced a journal to help people along in their pursuit, with applicable scripture.  As a result, I was able to touch the lives of hundreds of people in their quest for optimal health and wellness…how rewarding, and it continues as I run into some of them from time to time, and they express the impact it continues to have on their life.

Imagine, doing what I loved…helping people improve their state of health and wellness, and bringing balance to my own, in the areas of mind, body and soul/spirit.  It was an awesome reward!

Then, I was invited to an event featuring renown motivational speaker, Les Brown.  I had put on one of Les’ first speaking engagements in my hometown area many years prior, and was able to renew my friendship with him.  As a result, I became director of his speakers training program and coordinated one of his ‘best ever’, as he said, training conferences. That was a time of growth for me, and I met speakers from around the country.  Here in Atlanta, we hosted his most successful, sellout, Motivational Monday speaker’s showcase event, and produced a CD.

That led me to the introduction, by one of the speakers, to an organization for newcomers to the Atlanta area.  This is the group that introduced me to hiking.  Here I was, about to celebrate my 56th birthday, and as a tradition, I try to do something challenging that I have never done before, so I went on my first hike.  We hiked Blood Mountain in the North Georgia Mountains.   It was one of the most exhilarating things I had ever done in my life…I was hooked…experiencing nature, in the raw, the fresh air, blue skies, it was awesome!

As it turned out, a few years later, the hike leader was unable to continue due to a change in his work schedule.  Sensing my love for hiking, he asked me to take over leading the hikes…wow, what an opportunity!  As I prepared myself for this new venture, I became certified as an Outings Leader through the Sierra Club so I could really understand what was entailed, behind the scenes, as I took on the responsibility of leading people on wilderness trails.  This is where I kicked in my marketing background and grew the attendance to the hikes through my online newsletters…my first official hike included 30 people!  All previous hikes were considered good if 8 to 10 people attended. Henceforth, never having missed a monthly hike for the last three years, plus, every month we have people being introduced to hiking and experiencing the same joy and exhilaration I felt on my first hike.  It is so very rewarding when my hikers tell me how the experience has changed their life, particularly as it relates to their health and peace of mind.  It is comments like that, that are so rewarding to the work I do that motivates me to continue, knowing I am helping men, women and young people to open up to the possibilities of new adventures and experiences in their life.

A couple of the most profound rewards was when  one of the hikers who had been stationed in Afghanistan, returned home and came to one of the hikes, and told everyone how much he appreciated the newsletters and photos, and how they made him feel so connected to us, and inspired.  Another was a public school teacher of 17 years, who was so inspired to explore life’s possibilities after going on several hikes with us that she did not renew her upcoming contract, took a job teaching in Dubai and went zip lining there, that she had been to afraid to do when we went zip lining and horseback riding together, before she left.  She is now enjoying teaching again and living her life to the fullest!!!  I am both honored and humbled to know the work I am doing is having that kind of impact on others.  The feedback is the best reward ever!

There are many other stories that I may share from time to time…but the purpose here is to let you know, when you help others, you are truly helping yourself.  My life is so rich now, I look forward to finding a way to help someone every day, even if it is as simple as finding someone without a smile, and giving them one of mine…I always get it back…a big reward for a small gesture!

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The Perfect Balance for a Life Fulfilled!

The last few weeks have been really, really  busy…but through it all, my life just keeps getting better and better!  Without realizing what was going on, when I stopped to reflect on my events of recent weeks, I uncovered one of life’s most rewarding and explicit discoveries to a life fulfilled…perfect balance.  If you are like me, you seek balance in your life…I discovered, if you pursue your passions, perfect balance will be accomplished.

I attended a weekend session to strengthen my business acumen, spent a weekend camping, took a day of hike in the woods, and enjoyed a day at a history museum.  Each event was experienced with a totally different group of people.  As I was basking in the pleasurable experiences and the interesting people whose company I shared, I thought WOW!  Life is great…what can I do to continue to feel so fulfilled…um…that’s when I make the following discovery…perfect balance leads to a life fulfilled!

1.  The weekend SuccessQuest Boot Camp and the people with whom I spent time to hone my business skills, provided mental stimulation, development of solid action steps, and plans for my next moves, resulted in an immediate  implementation process for me.  There were also others with whom I connected, and formed viable business relationships.

2.  The hikes at Raven Cliff and Dukes Creek Falls, and pioneer camping at the Roosevelt State Park experiences were both inter-generational, family friendly events.  They allowed me to get my exercise in a fun and enjoyable environment, take in the great outdoors while engaging in great socialization activities that transcended all generation and gender gaps…grandparents, parents and grandchildren, men, women, boys and girls.  There were father  – son(s), mother – daughter(s), mother – son(s), professionals, unemployed, students, friends and relatives.  These events allowed be to commune with nature, enjoy the tantalizing, yet soothing sounds of nature as I chose to be silent, or in meditation. These events easily accommodated light conversation, as well as conversations that led to a sense of freedom, self-discovery, stress relief, for me and those with home I conversed,  and ultimately resulted in a true sense of unrestrained happiness, peace and harmony.  These were real Wonderful Outings in the Wilderness (WOW!) events.

3.  The visit to the Atlanta History Museum fulfilled a need for cultural events.  I learned a lot about the foundation on which the Atlanta culture was built.  There were displays, artifacts, tours, short films and live performances that depicted real historical figures.  I was with a friend with whom I was able to share my insights and relative connections of the past, to the present.  We ended our time together with a healthy, ethnic meal and stimulating conversation…what a great day!

In the past few weeks, God has shown me that in my quest for a life fulfilled, I just needed to be quite, reflect and realize that I had attained the balance of which I was seeking.  Balance that allows me to share my God given talents with others, as they share theirs with me, and to realize that there is always room for improvement when you have an open mind, and willing to be a student, as well as the teacher, when appropriate; to include family and friends and time in nature to better appreciate and marvel in His creations which brings a renewed peace, love and harmony; and to delve deeper to gain a deeper understanding of those things around me, not to judge, but embrace the differences and learn and grow from them.  With balance in these three (3) areas MIND – BODY – SPIRIT…they are truly all encompassing in many different ways, and are guaranteed to result in perfect balance for a life fulfilled!

I say to you…seek perfect balance in your life…pursue peace, joy and harmony…happiness, unconditional love, and optimal health.  Awaken to new discoveries about your natural talents, your passions, your curiosities.  When was the last time you tried something new, as I did when I went on my first ever hike in the woods at age 56 and discovered I absolutely love being in the outdoors basking in God’s wonders.  Now I help others discover the great outdoors by doing what I love…leading them on regular hikes, camping trips, and other outdoor activities while having fun and staying healthy. Now it is to the tune of  exposing thousands, regularly just through my online Atlanta African American Adventurers, OPALs meetup groups, online newsletters and this blog. I no longer have to look for people with whom to invest my time, rather than just spending time with those who would pull me out of balance, they find me.   This way everyone benefits and gets a good return on their investment!

 

I am looking forward to my upcoming ‘Seasoned and Savoring in the Spices of Life’ fall tour.  I will engage, excite and encourage, men and women age 50 and older to find the perfect balance in their life, and how they too can have a sensational, yet simple life on a limited budget.  East region cities to include; Atlanta, Raleigh, Charlotte and Washington D.C.; West coast cities to include; Los Angeles, Riverside, Las Vegas and Denver.  To include your city to the tour contact Jahi at BAPS – 301.842.7452, or Carolyn at 678.231.4973.  For Carolyn’s bio and more information on her program, go to Speaker Match.

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