Jane Pauley Shares Insights For Reimagining Your Life

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersEarlier this month, I attended the Pennsylvania Conference For Women along with almost 8000 other women. It was an impressive showing and an important audience. I learned from the media kit that not only do women make up 50.8% of the U.S. population per the census, but the largest demographic of women are between the ages of 50-54 (7.1%). Go boomer girls go!

I was excited to have a press pass to cover the event. There were many keynote speakers and one of my favorites was Jane Pauley.

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Who Is Jane Pauley?
“Who is Jane Pauley?” asked my son D when I picked him up at the bus stop. D was visiting for the weekend. “How could you not know who Jane Pauley is,” I replied. “She is a former co-host of The Today Show.” Then I realized that Jane Pauley was the co-host from 1976 – 1989. She ended her reign the year before D was born.

I told D that Jane Pauley had been a mentor from afar (actually not that far since I was a summer intern at NBC News in 1976). She was the person I woke up to on the news every morning when I was his age. Soon Jane will be 64 years old and she recently took a job as correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. She also is the author of a new book, Your Life Calling, about people who are reimagining their lives during their second act. (Check out Jane’s show on AARP.com too!)

Jane Pauley, Pennsylvania Conference For Women

Jane Pauley shared her wisdom during her keynote.

Jane Shares Her Wisdom
Jane had very inspiring things to say about baby boomers during her interview at the opening session:

 ”People in their 50′s are more vital today than 10 years ago,” said Jane. (I agree Jane. I feel more vibrant, spirited and active these days. I get more exercise and so do many other boomer women I know.)

 ”Exit used to be what retirement was. Now it’s a different world,” said Jane. “We are going to live a lot longer than we’re thinking we’re going to live.” (I hope so Jane. I retired from my full-time corporate job a year ago. I don’t feel retired from life. If anything I feel more invigorated.)

 She shared insights from her book and talked about Barbara, a former stay-at-home mom and volunteer, who during her life after 50 started a non-profit organization called Fresh Artists. “It’s okay to be scared. The future is unknown. Don’t hold out for that perfect someone,” said Jane. “You have many someones inside of you.” (I do? Oh Jane, it is a bit scary, but this is wonderful news.)

 Jane noted research on wellness and satisfaction which was promising: The chart showed the worst satisfaction during one’s 30s when people have a job and young kids. It was higher in your 40s and 50s and was the highest in the 65+ age group. “We are making  older look aspirational,” said Jane. (Yep, those younger years were stressful. Sometimes I wonder how I juggled it all. I do feel a sense of calmness and accomplishment now that my kids are grown and on their own.)

 She defines success “as having the courage to say yes, to try something hard.” (Lately I’ve been building up my courage to work on my memoir. It’s hard work. I’ve also been exploring learning more about yoga. Am I capable of being a yoga teacher? Do I want to be a yoga teacher? I need to do more exploring.)

♦ Jane reads The New York Times every morning. “The newspaper is filled with ideas. I’ve been doing this for 20 years.” (I’ve been doing it too, Jane! Some days I don’t want to leave the breakfast table because there is so much to learn.)

♦ Jane closed her keynote with an uplifting quote from The Washington Post, reminding the large audience of women that “Inspiration is everywhere, but you have to be looking. You may not know what and I hope you find it everywhere you look.”

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Congratulations to Carol C., winner of last week’s giveaway for the full line of Truist skin care!

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Skin Fitness For Women Post 50

boomer beauty, life after 50, makeup for 50+ women, over 50Whenever I’m asked to try new skin care products, I usually say “yes.” In fact, if you looked in my bathroom cabinets since I’ve been blogging, you would find dozens of skin care samples.

During my life after 50, I’ve been on a mission to find a magical cure that might ultimately keep my face and neck forever wrinkle-free. It’s challenging to always keep my chin up, especially during days when I’m lacking sleep.

Created for Women 50+
Last spring, I was invited to try Truist™, a new line specifically created for women over 50.* The skin creams are manufactured by Kimberly Clark, a company that says “it knows first-hand about putting ingredients next to skin.” KC is the creator of Huggies diapers. My boyfriend L likes to say that my skin feels as soft as a baby’s skin when I come home from a visit to my esthetician. Is it possible to create this same softness with at-home products? I wondered if Truist™ might provide the answers.

A Unique Approach To Skin Care
Truist, skin fitness for post 50 women, boomer beautyI perused the brand’s website where you can purchase the products and liked what I read: “Truist™ takes a unique approach, focusing on your skin’s true purpose, which is to keep healthy moisture in, and harmful elements out. Our products help your skin get in better shape to do its job. That’s the true measure of your skin’s well being and we call it skin fitness. We believe that women over 50 are strong, wise, and beautiful. We know that you don’t want products that promise to make you look 30 again; you need products that will make your skin as vibrant and as resilient as you are.”

I knew why they selected me as a tester – “strong, wise, beautiful, vibrant, resilient” – moi, moi, moi. “I’ll try the entire line,” I told the team. I put a basket on my bathroom counter to hold the bottles and readied for my daily beauty routine: Continue reading


A SoulCycle Experience

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellnessCelebrities are doing it. Oprah just had an arena-wide session at her “The Life You Want Weekend” in Newark.  It’s called SoulCycle,  ”indoor cycling re-invented,” as the company’s website says.

“Do you want to take a SoulCycle class?” asked my daughter A since I had planned to visit NYC this past weekend. “I’ll register us for Saturday at 10:45 a.m.” “Okay, let’s go for it,” I replied. I had taken a spinning class once before but never done SoulCycle. “Maybe we will see some celebrities,” I said. I had heard that Jake Gyllenhaal was a cycler in the city. My son’s girlfriend J joined us too.

I dressed in my artful gray and black leggings and black tee. We arrived early for the sold-out session. We checked in at the front desk and were given cycling shoes and instructed to go downstairs to put our things in a locker. I signed the waiver, since I was a first time rider.

Ready To Ride

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I watched as previous class attendees exited the exercise room – each sweating more than the next. I peered around the crowd to see my fellow comrades. Millennials were in the majority, most with ponytails and sweatbands. Was I ready for this 45 minute choreographed workout? Would my body and legs survive the intensity?

I entered the dark room with mirrored walls and wallpaper filled with impelling words. A staff member helped me adjust my assigned seat. He fixed the pedals and locked in my shoes. No escaping now.

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A Vacuum Fit For Cleaning and A Work Of Art

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenAs a blogger, I often receive a variety of promotions and products to review. Each day I never know what fun pitch is going to appear in my inbox. Here’s one of my recent favorites:

“I’m reaching out from Dyson’s PR team. We’ve released new cordless vacuums that I think would be a perfect fit for folks over 50. Rather than dealing with bulky upright vacuums that are heavy, difficult to maneuver, and involve cords that you need to bend down to wrap, plug and unplug, ours are under 5 pounds, docked to the wall for easy access, and their performance actually rivals traditional corded uprights. In fact, the latest model – DC59 Motorhead – out-cleans the top 5 full-sized uprights across carpets and hard floors. Plus, they convert into powerful handheld vacuums for cleaning car interiors, upholstery, etc.

Would the newest cordless vacuum cleaner be something you’re interested in testing out? Happy to send through a sample.”

“Are you talking to moi?,” I shouted and jumped up and down when I read the invitation. “You want moi to try out the new Dyson Digital Slim™ DC59 Motorhead vacuum valued at $549.99?” I have long admired Dyson’s high-quality vacuums from afar but never purchased one. “Are they really worth the cost,” I wondered. Now was my chance to find out.

“Send the vacuum my way,” I responded. While cleaning does not rank as one of my top activities on my bucket list during my life after 50, I was game to try out this new innovation. My only worry was that I would be technically savvy enough to put it together. Continue reading


JudiBoomergirl on “Boomer Generation Radio”

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersThis week, I had an opportunity to be interviewed on Boomer Generation Radio which airs in the Delaware Valley including areas of Southern New Jersey, Philadelphia and Delaware. The host of the show is Rabbi Richard Address, who is the founder of jewishsacredaging.com, a website filled with resources and discussions about the revolution in longevity and its implications for baby boomers and their families.

Rabbi Address hosts Boomer Generation Radio every Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. on WWDB-AM 860 in Philadelphia. You can hear the program streamed live on the web. Podcast recordings are posted on the station’s website and on jewishsacredaging.com after the program airs.

Live From Philadelphia, It’s JudiBoomergirl!

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Recording from the WWDB-AM 860 Studio with host Rabbi Richard Address.

It was a fun experience to be interviewed by Rabbi Address in the studio with microphones and an elaborate sound-system. I talked about how and why I started blogging during my countdown to 50 and the reasons I continue to blog during my life after 50. In addition, I discussed trends in boomer blogs and the growth of blogging as a profession.

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The Yogi’s Way to a Good Night’s Sleep

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellnessCatching my nightly zzz’s has been getting more challenging during my life after 50. What about you? Is your mind racing when your head hits the pillow? Still experiencing menopausal night sweats? Is your body exhausted?

Since yoga has helped me to lower my stress levels during the day, I asked my friend Alene Brennan, health coach and yoga instructor, if she had any yogic advice that might work during the wee hours of the night. Here’s an excerpt from our chat:

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Alene Brennan, Health Coach and Yoga Instructor

J: What principles do yogis follow in regards to sleep?
A: “Yogis follow Ayurveda, a sister science of yoga and one of the world’s oldest healing systems.  Ayurveda offers simple routines that can create balance and a restful sleep.”

J: I’ve always wanted to learn about Ayurveda – tell me more.
A: “A good night’s rest begins with the time that you wake up each morning According to Ayurveda, there are cycles of energy in nature throughout the day and the more you synchronize your daily routine with nature’s clock the better balanced your energy will be throughout the day.”

J: So what time does nature awaken?
A: “Ideally you want to rise by 6:00 a.m. or before sunrise. This is known as Vatta time when the energy is fresh and full of renewal. Rise and shine to welcome the new day and sync your internal clock and energy with that of nature.”

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Fabulous Fall Fashions Roundup

boomer beauty, life after 50, makeup for 50+ women, over 50Last week, while fashionistas were viewing spring 2015 styles at New York City Fashion Week, I was reading my September magazines (6 pubs equaling 2000+ pages) to get a lowdown on what’s on trend for fall 2014. It’s time for my fabulous fall fashions roundup. I’m here to share the colors, fabrics, styles, accessories, and shoes you will want to be wearing as the weather cools.

Can you feel my excitement? While I don’t need as many clothes as when I was working full-time, I always leave room in my closet for a few new items. Plus, it’s been fun to help my daughter A and son D build their working wardrobes as they each establish their own executive presence.

Prep Your Wardrobe
Are you sitting down? Do you have a pen? Do you know what colors look good on you? Do you know what styles are flattering to your mature figure? Most of all, have you gone through your closet and discarded any old clothes that don’t fit anymore or are just plain worn to the threads? If you need help, contact my stylist Elizabeth at Styling By Elizabeth and she can provide great guidance.

Pick A Palette of Pretty Colors and Fabrics
I do like the fall colors. Designers know how to tint shades just enough to make you want to buy more. Some call it sangria others call it maroon, wine, eggplant – all berry tones are popular. Indigo, navy, bright cobalt, and denim are the blues in demand. Apple red, chocolate brown, cognac and mustard gold, and grape purple will make you think of food and drink as you shop. Bring the outdoors in with greens in moss, kelly, forest, and earthy green. Winter white and pastels are always available. Gray is the new black per Oprah magazine while orange is the new black according to Vogue. Which is it? You decide what looks best on your body.

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Gray is the new black. Berry and navy are popular colors too. Two dresses from Ann Taylor Loft.

So much to select from when it comes to fabrics. Glitter and metallic, sheer, quilted, faux fur, houndstooth, bold graphics, plaid, animal and southwestern prints and more. Can’t forget the florals on dark backgrounds which almost look gothic.

Shop Tops, Bottoms, and Wraps
Pop on a turtleneck or crew sweater, an oversized menswear blazer or bomber, a cozy knit or bejeweled sweatshirt. Cover it with a jacket that suits your shape – bomber, puffy, anorax, aviator, shearling – any will do. Want to look like Olivia Pope from Scandal? Wrap yourself in a wrap coat. Bring out your capes and ponchos too – seems like they never go out of style. (So glad I can wear my Burberry cape again this season. The saleswoman was right, it’s always a classic.)

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Boomers Play Role In Changing Family Trends

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersThis week, I had a chance to talk with Will Palley, Trend Strategist at JWT, about the ad agency’s “Meet The New Family” research study. It was clear from the report that boomers are playing a major role in the evolving family structure both in the USA and abroad.

“The family is such an important concept around the world,” said Will. “What it means to be a family is changing. Boomers are an untapped opportunity.”

The Changing Nuclear Family
According to the report, the classic nuclear family is not only declining, but there is new gender dynamics between husbands and wives. Dads are taking on more domestic duties, while more women are becoming the primary breadwinner. (Once again I was ahead of the curve. When my kids were young, I became the breadwinner and my late hubby was a stay-at-home dad. It was rare in the 1990s. Glad to see that co-parenting is becoming more popular.)

The report highlights the growth in same-sex couples and childless couples. In addition, it says that “urbanites are increasingly weaving together families out of friends, as millennials are constantly connected to social networks but often physically distant from families.”

Silver, Solo, and Multigenerational Families

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Will Palley is Trends Strategist at JWT agency.

Boomers are impacting the growth in silver families, as lifespans increase with longer, healthier, more active lives. The report says that “boomers are less likely to see middle and old age as a time when life slows down and more likely to re-evaluate the status quo and seize new opportunities.” (Will and I discussed how boomers are reinventing and transforming during the second half of their lives. Mind you, I think Will is a millennial who could easily be my son D’s age. I was glad to hear that he recognized his elders who are positively paving the path for his generation.)


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Dress Up Your Empty Nest – Tips From Design Pros

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersAs I mentioned in last week’s post, I recently attended NY NOW – The Market for Home + Lifestyle Show in NYC. Walking around the show put me in a mood to redecorate my home. The best part about redecorating as an empty nester is that I’m finally at the age and the stage in my life where I can select furnishings and accessories to complement my very own personal style.

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Stylist Robert Verdi's clients include Eva Longoria and Christine Wiig.

In my previous post, I told you all about trends in home decor. In this post, I’m going to highlight tips from another NY NOW seminar I attended called “Designing Lifestyle.” Panelists included internationally acclaimed interior designer Jamie Drake, American TV personality and fashion and interior design stylist Robert Verdi (Kristin Wiig and Eva Longoria are two of his clients as are other stars), and Andrew Mandell, from luxury retailer Bergdorf Goodman.

The panelists answered a variety of questions and had some helpful answers for the audience.


Q: How do you decorate a space to flatter you?
A: Jamie said that “color should express who you are and the colors in your home should make you comfortable.” He looks at his client’s clothing the minute they walk in the door to determine their style.

Robert gives clients an assortment of magazines and asks them to mark up the pages they like. Then he creates a mood board. “It’s like going to India,” said Robert, “you need a tour guide.”

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Time To Redecorate With New Trends In Home Decor

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersWhen I first downsized and moved into my town home in 2010, I hired a wonderful decorator and color consultant to help me decide what furnishings to take from my home. She helped me select paint colors, carpet styles, drapery fabrics and window treatments, and a few new pieces of furniture. She even did layouts to show me how to place the furniture in each room. It was one of the best investments during my life after 50.

The NY NOW Show
Last week, I attended the NY NOW Show at the Javits Center in NYC. It is a huge show of gifts and home accessories. After walking the floors for two days, I decided I either wanted to open a gift shop filled with jewelry, socks, trinkets and home goods (which is not going to happen) or perhaps finally redecorate my combined living/family room (yes, no, maybe so).

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Renee Hytry Derrington from Formica Group and Laminex (left) and DJ Carey from Cottages and Gardens magazine, presented color forecasts for 2014 and beyond at the NY NOW Show.

Absolutely yes, that is exactly what I am going to do this coming fall and winter. The room where I spend the most time each day deserves to be updated for my second act.

I’m going to keep trends in mind as I select my decor.  That’s why I listened intently to the panelists at the NY NOW “Color Forecast 2014 and Beyond” seminar to learn what is trending. Then I walked the show just like the editors and designers to see what’s out there.

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Moss green with accents of the garden are trending at home.

Adding Color
“Use color to punch up your surroundings,” said DJ Carey, Cottages & Gardens editorial director. DJ shared the hot home colors including true blue, a cleaner and clearer blue, nice in a bedroom; green, which brings the tonalities of the garden inside like a mossy soothing green; pops of clean yellow with dark charcoal or grey walls; subtle touches of pale pink; and grey, especially in kitchens. (Ooh, ooh, ooh, I’d love to redo my kitchen counter. I’m not a big fan of dark granite. Maybe I should update my kitchen too. That’s what happens when you start redecorating, it always makes the old stuff look really old.)

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