Why Not?

A friend saw a contest and insisted that I enter.  She is the same friend who encouraged me to submit for the TODAY Show / Huffington Post – 50 Over 50 Who Have Reinvented Themselves, and I was selected.  So, with that win, I thought Why Not?!  I had to submit an essay and below is the video I submitted.

The rest of the story is … I actually waiting until the last day. The deadline was 12 noon. I thought ‘Why Not?’ and I submitted.  I had fun making the pictorial video and also writing the essay.  I submitted at 10:30a.m.  Whew!  At 2:30p.m., I received my first notification that my submission made the first cut and was under consideration.  Wow!  Needless to say, I was really excited!  I called the friend who told me about the contest and told her.  She said she was not surprised and assured me, by her standards, I would be selected.

I didn’t hear anything else.  I was on my way to the airport to visit a friend in Anchorage, Alaska.  The friend called me and said I was featured on the Huffington Post web site. They had indeed selected me!  She was so excited for me!  I was excited, but had to get to the airport to catch my plane.  I was out of town for about two weeks, because I went from Alaska to the Grand Canyon for a special program for which I was involved with the Diverse Environmental Leaders National Speakers Bureau.  Sooo, upon my return, I spread the word and celebrated … all because I said ‘Why Not?’

Life is full of opportunities for us to ask ourselves ‘Why Not?’  When was the last time you asked yourself ‘Why Not?’ and went for it?  I have found those two words have helped me to truly follow my motto without hesitation –  “Live Life to the Fullest!!!’

You know, so many times I/we want to over think or over analyze things and usually end up talking ourselves out of it.  I have changed my mindset.  I now think ‘Why Not?’  What have I to lose, I definitely have, or am willing to make the time to compile the submission for the contest.  And, as I collect my thoughts to submit, I actually have fun in reliving some of the things I have done that they are asking for …  the process of preparing the submission allows me to review certain times in my life with greater appreciation.  And that appreciation is actually prompted by the fact that this good friend feels what I do is worthy of sharing with others, in a much broader capacity than I had ever considered.

The recently entered the Norwegian Cruise Lines and MAJIC 107.5/97.5 ‘Live Life to the Fullest’ contest to win a seven-day cruise for two.  The contest voting is going on as I write this blog, so who knows, maybe one of my future blog entries will be form the deck on one of the Norwegian Cruise Line ships … Why Not?!

 

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My Metamorphosis…

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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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I Have a Confession To Make

Last year, the year I reached age 65, was the best year of my life!  I celebrated all year, even though my birthday was not until September.  After all the excitement, events, travel and being with friends, the finale of my celebrations, the trip to the Grand Canyon was phenomenal.  I had never had a better year!

Well, after all the hoopla things got quiet, which I probably needed, but it was somewhat of a letdown for me.   had been so wrapped in my birthday celebrations, now that it was over, and I was officially ‘of age’ what was next?  I didn’t know.  Then there was the sinking-in of the actions of several people who put a damper on the culmination of the festivities.  I will not go into detail, but what they did, or should I say, didn’t do, bothered me.  I trusted that DSC04516they would adhere to what had been previously agreed upon.  Nonetheless, they did not, and it really dampened my spirit.  ‘i confess, over the past six or more months, I have struggled on and off with the disappointment.  I must acknowledge there were those few friends who knew what had transpired, who gave me much needed support, understanding and encouragement.  They were a big help to me, hence, the reason for the ups, but unfortunately, the downs would creep back in from time to time.  I am writing about this now, because I feel I have finally passed through that era.  I thought I had been doing my best to overcome these adversarial experiences, but apparently to no avail.  On the lite side, I attempted to keep in front of mind a statement I had heard some time ago, “If you are going through hell, don’t stop, keep on going!”  Well, I kept on going and am now through it.  Hallelujah!

I have always been a person who, when I am not up and able to sincerely provide sunshine in other peoples lives, I pretty much retreat and stay to myself until I can spread the joy I feel in my heart.  God has been soooo very good to me, and I couldn’t understand why I was having such a hard time shaking those negative actions of others. I knew there had to be something good for me to get out of the experience, at the time, I just didn’t know what.  But, I finally figured it out. I believe there is always good that comes out of a situation, although it may not be obvious at the time.  And, I also believe, some  lessons are harder to learn than others, and if you don’t learn your lesson, it will present itself at another time, until you get it.  Well, I finally got it!

The answers have been all around me, but I was not in the mindset to readily accept them.  This has happened to me throughout my life, inevitably, there will be at least three people, who don’t know each other, do not know what is going on with me, but will have a message for me, in our conversation, that addresses my situation.  Sometimes the messages have come within days of each other, but no more than within a two-week period.  The first time I hear it, I say okay to myself.  The second time, from another person, with no relation to the first, I start thinking…oookay, is this coincidental?  Then, when the third time it is brought to me, sometimes by someone I am meeting for the first time, in essence a stranger, the light bulb shines bright in my head and I see it as no coincidence, but true confirmation.  So, with that said, I am back in the saddle and ready to getty-up and ride on.

One of my personal revelations has been that when you are on your life’s path and living your true purpose, nothing else fulfills you.  I love serving people and introducing them to various things, situations, events that add pleasure and joy to their life and create indelible memories.  I love the simple things in life that bring on a high level of happiness.  And most of all, they reinforce unconditional love, peace and harmony.  When I can experience those things freely, I am happiest.  While I am not looking for reciprocation, and I know I have given unselfishly, it warms my heart when I get a smile or warm look in return. I feel then that I have had a positive affect.

With all of that said, I am moving forward with the actions for which I have been neglecting, namely, writing this blog, my newsletter, articles, essays, planning upcoming trips, and a bunch of other things that cause me to be still and allow the poetic muse to awaken my creative self.  I wake up every morning now ready for the day to see what creative juices will be flowing!

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Winter Wonderland Wilderness Walk

Winter Wonderland Wilderness Walk at Sweetwater Creek State Park Trail

Winter Wonderland Wilderness Walk at Sweetwater Creek State Park Trail

It was time to make the monthly scout for the upcoming Black History Tour and Hike at Sweetwater Creek State Park.  I had pre-scheduled it for the Tuesday before our monthly Saturday hike, with my Sweep, Paulette.  That was the best day that fit into her schedule.

We knew snow was forecast for the afternoon.  We are both from the Midwest.  She is from Columbus, Ohio and I am from Detroit, MI, so the snow forecast was non-consequential to us…so off we went.

Upon arrival at the park, we went into the office to meet with the ranger about the special Black History tour for our group. After our brief meeting, we headed for the trail.  It is always very interesting when we scout the trails.  More times than not, we discover something new or different from the last time we hiked the trail.  Scouting is what helps prepare us for our group hikes.  As you can see in the photos, when we started, the trail was uncovered with snow, although light flurries had started.  It is about a 4 mile hike and as we look for changes and make notes, the scout gives us a chance to enjoy the trail, since when we are with the group, we are really working and looking out for their well being.

As I continued to take pictures, you can see the snow was starting to stick.  Quite frankly, it was the first time we had actually hiked in snow, and it was really rather pleasurable.  We took our time and enjoyed the experience.  Well, by the time we finished the trail and stopped back by the park office…it was locked and everyone had left!  We went to the car, and had to clean it off.  A park ranger drove up just as we reached the car.  He said we should be careful and stayed until we pulled off.  He seemed concerned, but underlying, I later realized, he was waiting for us to leave so he could leave.  As we approached the exit gate, there were two employees waiting to close the gate.  I smiled and waved…neither was returned.  As soon as we drove out, they closed and locked the gate.  We had held them up from getting off early and going home!

Still, there was no real problem.  It was about 1:30p.m. in the afternoon and we were on our way home for what is usually a 45 minute drive.  Well, no such thing!  We were almost at the main road and once on there, it was less than a mile for us to get onto the Interstate to get home.  Traffic became backed up.  Since I don’t see Paulette often, and I had a full tank of gas, water and snacks in the car, we were in no rush.  We talked, laughed, caught up on happenings of our lives, and listened to music on the radio.  After sitting a while, and time got away, we were approached by a man whose truck had slid off the road.  He told us the traffic on the main road was not moving, and it was probably best if we turned around and took an alternate route.  I really didn’t know my way around, but decided to take his advice anyway.  It wasn’t until we turned around did either of us  realize traffic was as bad as it was.  We finally made it to the Interstate.  Luckily, we were on the lesser traveled side.  We saw cars spinning their wheels, and going nowhere.  All in all it took us 4 hours to get home.

There is no doubt, that after having the serene experience of being on the trail and seeing the wonderful winter wonderland, untouched, neither of us were anxious or stressed about the weather.  I had absolutely no problem driving on the snow/ice covered roads, since I had many, many years experience while living in Detroit.

At this point, I believe this experience of hiking on the snow covered trails rounded off my hiking adventures; I have now hiked in rain, snow, sun, clouds, wind, hot, warm, cool, and cold.  Mother Nature has been awesome through each experience!  I feel so very blessed having experienced God in all His glory…and allowing me to Live Life to the Fullest!!!

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Reflecting on a Sensational Year for a Seasoned Senior Savoring in the Spices of Life!

Contemplation...As I sit here on the eve of Thanksgiving Day, I am reflecting on this Sensational Year!  I have truly enjoyed this year more than any other that I can recall.  And, as a Seasoned Senior (citizen), I am Savoring in the Spices of Life!

All I can say is WOW!  What a remarkable year!  I was reminded by one of my Master Mind friends that I made the declaration at the beginning of the year that I would change my routine in 2013.  She further expressed her awe in how in doing so, I  have become the epitome of my motto… Living Life to the Fullest!!!

In one of our meetings at the beginning of the year, I announced that 2013 was also the year that I was going to give, unselfishly.  I declared, 2013 was my year to give!  After making that commitment, and sharing it with a friend, she said to  me, “When you give others what they want, you get what you want.”  Well, I didn’t fully understand that statement right away.  But, as I gave, primarily of myself, to others, I did get what I wanted…Unconditional Love, Peace of Mind, A Joyful Spirit, A Harmonious Home, and, as bonuses, I was able to travel and experience new adventures I had never dreamed of, while bonding with new and old friends!  I say all of this to say GOD IS GOOD!  I am so full of happiness, it brings tears to my eyes…tears of joy.  I have finally discovered what it feel like to have freedom!  Freedom to be who I really am!  Freedom to fully embrace and accept myself.  Freedom to accept the positive lessons learned in all situations.  Freedom to move forward blissfully, without guilt.  Freedom to pursue my life purpose without the need of approval from anyone.  Real Freedom to be FREE!!!

I also reflected back when I was in corporate America, the term KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid, and I determined  how accurate that statement really is…the true pleasures of life really are simple.  And, I will close now and reflect some more on this Sensational, yet Simple life of mine, and all for which I give thanks, friends, family, plus!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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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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Life Reflection Reveals I am Rejuvenated…not Retired!

DSC00652As I reflect upon the events of my life, as I approach age 65 this September, I realize that I am truly living my best life! I am fit, having fun with old and new friends, and I am free from all constraints…especially those that were self-imposed.

I went to the doctor earlier this week as a follow-up to this allergy I seemed to have developed this year.  It appears to be a food allergy… although the real cause is not yet known.  I think it is the GMO’s in the food…that’s another subject. However, I am hopeful the results of the blood tests that were taken will resolve the mystery. It was diagnosed as ‘angioedema’ of the face.  I am vegetarian…almost vegan, and of the foods I eat, 90%+ are organic.  I seem to get this inflammation in my face and neck when I eat non-organic foods. While at the waterfall with a friend, I reflected on how much better, and more energized I am feeling.  This was a beautiful afternoon, and he introduced me to a new hiking trail.  I always have restful sleep, and wake up ready to take on the activities of the day!  This was a day of spontaneity…we had a great time.

While at the doctor’s, my blood pressure was taken, it was the lowest it has ever been, that I can remember, my weight, was good, and put me in a normal area for my BMI.  The result, I got a great report, confirming for me that I am not only fit in my mind, but also fit by medical standards.  All without any drugs, medications or prescriptions of any kind, just my lifestyle and all-natural dietary supplements I take!  My lifestyle, of which I am living to the fullest, in an environment of peace, harmony, joy, and unconditional love is paying off big time for me, and those around me. I spread the love and joy!

I had a childhood friend visit me recently, and it was so nice to reminisce about our youthful days.  She reminded me of some of my ways back when we were in middle school, through high school graduation and beyond.  She remembered me definitely as a ‘girly-girl’ and was absolutely amazed with my current adventurous activities.  Listening to her describe some things I had totally forgotten about, helped me ‘connect the dots backwards’ to better understand where I am now in my life.  We even got an old boyfriend on the phone, and he stated he always liked my ‘adventurous’ spirit.  I was really surprised to hear him say that.  I never realized that I was considered adventurous back then.  It is nice to reflect when you are alone, but it is also great to reflect with an old friend who knew you when. You rediscover things about yourself.

So, after reflecting on my life, and as I approach age 65, now, whenever anyone asks me if I am retired, I tell them no, I am rejuvenated!  I therefore say, no matter your age, be rejuvenated, and rejoice in a renewed lifestyle that takes you places that maybe you have dreamed of, or may be a new discovery, that will result in brand new experiences beyond your imagination.

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A Belizean Lifestyle Experience!!!

DSC01351In Punta Gorda, Belize (Central America), on my regular morning bike ride along the coast this morning.  It is so refreshing, relaxing and just plain ole wonderful.

Have had a full schedule.  Something new each day.  This is just a quick overview of some of the things I have experienced in Belize:

  • Fresh homemade vegetarian food just about everyday, prepared by chef Gomier at his restaurant.  (He is going to be our special guest chef on the upcoming sailing trip!
  • Morning bicycle rides and/or walks.  Bike riding into town up to 4/5 times a day…loving it!
  • Meeting new people everyday!  Locals and expats.  This is a fascinating country.  The pace is slow, calm, harmonious and exciting to me…all at the same time!
  • Went to Placencia from Punta Gorda, using the public transportation, including a bus and water taxi.
  • On my first ever sailing trip, we did a ‘dry run’ of the upcoming Belize Sailing trip.  We were out sailing on a 46′ Catamaran for 10 hours, nonstop, with Chris, a local captain, wBelizeBusinessTrip1ho will be one of our captains on the upcoming Belize Sailing trip.   We did not stop at the cayes (islands) that will be the trip will destinations, but had an opportunity to see where we will be sailing to…all I can say is FABULOUS!  Skip, our videographer/producer traveled with us.
  • Walked the Placencia Village, stopped at the Barefoot Bar where just the drink menu is about 5 pages long.  There was great live music, and we got the party started when we got up to dance.
  • Discovered Robert’s Grove Resort.  Talk about ‘Jungle Sheik’ this is the epitome of it!  Ate at all 3 restaurants while there. Visited all 3 pools, and it is right at the shore of the Caribbean Sea.  Previewed the fabulous rooms and the beautiful grounds.  Plan for our New Year’s Eve getaway…more to come!

All of this was just in the first week!  I have another week and a half to go!  Thomas, my business partner and host is great!  All I can say now is, look for some fantastic adventures in the future!  He has planned a lot more for this week.  All I can say, as this is a working trip…somebody has got to do it…why not me?!  Oh…did I mention…the Belize dollar is 2 to 1 U.S. dollar.  In other words, $50 U.S. dollars will get you $100 Belize dollars!

Well, I must close now, sitting here on the deck at Gomier’s Restaurant, looking over at the Caribbean Sea, feeling the wonderful breeze, and sipping on one of his special fruit juice recipes.  Life is Good!

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