A raisin/bran muffin….NOT a cupcake!

Two years ago on July 1, I began this blog.  It really does not seem that long ago…but, I
have learned so much as I journey on through life.  There are many things I want to say, but I
will do my best to keep this concise. 
First of all, look at my very first profile picture:

My dear friend, Gigi, talked me into beginning a blog to
help other women over 50. I had been through a wake-up call and was encouraging the
women in my close circles with lessons learned. 
So, Gigi said, “You should start a blog!”  I was willing to give it a try, but not
willing to show my face.  I just could
not imagine any benefit in doing that, and so very fearful of judgment.  But, one of my favorite quotes, from an Anonymous
source is that fear is only
F  alse
E vidence
A  ppearing
R eal
After months of invisibility, Terri at Rags Against The Machine coaxed me from
behind the mask.  She modeled courage,
and boldness, and inspiration.    It
actually was freeing and everything I feared was only false evidence… some of the
women I thought would judge, became readers and followers.  Oh, I am not naïve enough to think that there
are not some who look at me and laugh, but my focus is on the acceptances and
not the rejections.  I have learned as a
journalist to develop tough skin and not allow the naysayers to shut me down.
What have I learned the last two years??
        To live life as a gift and not as a chore!
        To just focus on one day at a time and not worry
about tomorrow…I do not want to waste today!

         To be transparent with my life: if I mess up…confess
it; if I have a down time…confess it; if I do not understand the world of
technology…seek help; if I hurt someone….ask for forgiveness; be slow to speak
and quick to listen; don’t compare myself to other bloggers…comparisons are
       To enjoy each and every minute and seek ways to
find that JOY!
       Be open to marketing ideas, but be wise and
discerning as to what is really good for the audience.
        Don’t let the fact that I am the oldest blogger
at the meetups and the oldest blogger covering most fashion shows discourage me….but
fuel me to go forward!
        Girlfriends are girlfriends …no matter their
location, their ages, or their experiences. 
I look as forward to seeing Gigi’s face in the hallways as I do to
reading Sacramento’s comments from Spain!
    Through this blog, I have re-discovered my true loves: writing, and encouraging women! These…along with faith, family and friends…keep me smiling!
       Finally, it never fails that when I am having
one of those moments, “I am just going to quit blogging, no one cares!” (the
false evidence is running rampant in my head) I will inevitably receive an
email or a comment which touches my heart and keeps me going forward.

Over50feeling40 has become more than a blog to me….it is an
attitude about my life.  I am ageing and
I accept that…but I will age with grace, wisdom, maturity, laughter, freedom,
strength, dignity, and looking and feeling my best because that gives me
CONFIDENCE and confidence is empowering! 
I want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, to all who read and follow, for a
fun two years…..and for your friendships.  Also, deep and heartfelt gratitude to:
Gigi (she has motivated me to live as I was created to live….as
a writer!)
Terri…  For modeling
courage and boldness
Serene…  My blogging
and texting buddy…someone I can vent to and receive great advice from….
Bella…  Teaching me
about technology, freedom, and strength
Debby S and Anita…Truly like close girlfriends and soul sisters
Deja Pseu, Tish, Sacramento, JillAdrienne, Ariane…. Taking
me on travels around the country and world…who cares if I do not have the money
to travel…I can do it through their eyes.
Judith…For the role
model of strength and dignity you have been to all of us…I want to be you when I grow up! (and Diane Sawyer!)
Last, but not least, Patti for encouraging all of us to be
more visible and beginning Visible Monday.
I hope you will visit the Visible Monday bloggers here, and
stick with me as I journey on …without the mask!  (Also join in with the bloggers of Monday Mingle.


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