Club 50: it just keeps getting better (wear the tiara)

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My daughter called me the other day and said she’d read an article that seemed like something I’d write: “50 Life Lessons Written by a 50-Year-Old Woman.” I wish I could say I had penned it because it was that good. And perfect. The cool thing is, I’ve already discovered most of these lessons and apply the majority in my own life. There are others I plan to put into practice, and even more that I’d like to add: 51) Pamper yourself often: buy the flowers, new dress or new shoes; splurge on a fresh “do” or mani and pedi. 52) Find something you’re wildly passionate about and pursue it, fearlessly. Or reignite an old passion, boldly. 53) Love others and love yourself; be kind always. 54) Cultivate a healthy body image. But my all-time favorite is the author’s closing tip: wear a tiara whenever you want to (and not just on your birthday). I think this might be my life’s new motto.

What is your life’s motto?

Grow up, not old

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Youth is a circumstance you can’t do anything about.  
The trick is to grow up without getting old.
~ Frank Lloyd Wright

Here are some tricks to grow up without getting old that I’ve plucked from past blogs I wrote for In With Skin (Feel Younger (and Sexier) at Any Age! and You Are What You Eat).

  • Beauty and brains are always chic, so work out regularly, take a college course or read a book.
  • Quit worrying about what’s hot in fashion — dress for your unique personality.
  • Pamper yourself regularly, which means mani, pedi, massage, flattering haircut and style.
  • Smile a lot and laugh at yourself for a healthy dose of feel-good endorphins.
  • For shiny tresses, glowing skin and more, eat plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, drink at least 64 ounces of water daily and log in an adequate amount of Zzzs.  Avoid GMO and processed foods, maintain low salt intake and skip items with added sugar.

What is your secret to growing up without getting old?

If I had a million dollars … I’d be rich

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The Barenaked Ladies sang these lyrics, and then Bruno Mars wanted to be a billionaire.  So fricken bad.  Heck, I’d settle for independently wealthy.  I’d still work, though.  After all, the secret of the rich and famous is they don’t live like they’re rich and famous.  Or just rich.  One of my girlfriends simply wants enough money to support herself and her son and to donate to causes dear to her heart.  If I really think about it — actually, it doesn’t require much thought at all — I currently have everything I need: enough expenses to keep me honest.  Of course, I like traveling, regularly pampering myself and enjoying someone else’s cooking on occasion.  So if an extra half-million happened to fall into my lap, I wouldn’t complain.  In the meantime, I’ll keep showing up at work each day while striving for that next bestseller.  After all, a penny saved is a penny earned.  Whatever that means.

What would you do with a million dollars?