Well, I am back!  It has been a busy week with family and festivities and I do hope all of you had a great time over the holidays. I have been enjoying Christmas through the eyes of my grandchildren.   Now, though, it is time for a new year to begin.  Usually, this means reflection and looking forward.

Let me begin by saying how much I still love to read books…the kind you hold in your hand and occasionally write in, highlight, and book mark.  With that thought in mind, I want to say  2018 is a year I would like to book mark…turn the corner of the page down and remember.

Why would I say that at the beginning of the year and not at the end?  Because, this is the year I will turn 65.  It has been 15 years since I experienced my wakeup call at age 50.  Fifteen years since I completely reinvented my life and started again with a new look outside, and a new attitude inside.  (If you would like to read most of the story and have not, then just follow me in email and you will receive the PDF of my Reinvented Style).

I would love to say that every decision of the last fifteen years has been a success, but I think I will always be a work in progress and always be learning something new.   So, for 2018, I will share with you what I believe I have done right in the last 15 years, and what misakes I have made and hope to correct going forward.  I also will continue to share with you what new things I discover which will help all of us in our journey through the second half of life.

Because a few of you have asked for it, I will bring back I MATTER posts one day a week.  My whole blog has always existed to encourage and inspire you to believe you matter and should place yourself at the top of your priority list.  However, I received emails when I re-designed the blog this past year asking for the posts with “the sign” to return.  Apparently, that little reminder has helped and I am happy to bring it back.  I also was asked to write more often about the Foundational Five Style Concept I developed at the beginning of my reinvention journey.  So I will do that post soon.

Also, one of the popular themes from the past was WOULD YOU WEAR IT?  I find looks around the world of retail and ask the readers if they would wear it and explain why or why not…this is a way we learn from each other.   I plan on keeping the Monthly Style tip on the first Friday of each month, so look for the January tip coming up this week.

Those are the foundations from the past I want to bring back, but I also want to continue to grow and bring new ideas.  I have tried every year to get back into videos, but it is so time consuming that it is difficult; however, I still want to try and would love to start a podcast.  I am still editing two magazines for my day job, so the blog is something I do in my “free” time; however, it is very important to me to keep it going and growing.  I am asked often why I have not changed the name of the blog to reflect my journey into the sixties.  Two reasons…one is a marketing/branding answer because I have spent money and time promoting my name.  The second answer is that when we age past fifty then we are all “over 50” no matter whether it is 51 or 101.  The phrase “feeling 40” represents an attitude to live over fifty feeling our youthful best.

Moving to WordPress with a new design, was a commitment I made to myself and to you that I am here for the long haul and hope to keep bringing you…

Encouragement… to live each day to its fullest, and look and feel your best every day.

Inspiration…to find fascination with this second half of life and be inspired to live with JOY.

Education…to keep learning and discovering new things about the world around us and ways to improve our own lives.

Life is short…let’s have fun…2018 here we come…fifteen years and smiling on!

So tell us, do you have any plans or resolutions for 2018, and are there topics you would like to see discussed here??  Thank you so, so much for being here…you are more than readers to me, you are friends.

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