How can one possibly know what life is like at 50 . . . until one gets there. You can plan for it — make sure your 401Ks, and your IRAs are in place, get all your recommended health checks, take your daily multivitamin . . . but, really, can you actually know?
I don’t think so.
Like many people, I was wary about turning 50: unsure, unnerved, unsettled. For me, it was more a time of confusion than anything else. Could I still wear jeans? Was my hair too long? Too blond? Had I been saving enough? Was saying “Yay!” when I was happy about something inappropriate for my age? I took matters into my own hands and went searching for the answers on the Internet and the library. But, the more I researched, the more confused I became, until soon I was ready to put the proverbial blanket over my head. Not a good way to begin my new life as a woman over 50.
Finally, I decided to make a wish list of the best experts in each of the subjects I was most worried about. As my list of topics grew, my experts within each shrunk, until I had one name attached to each topic. Methodically, I contacted each one and asked if I could put myself in their hands, and review my questions, discuss my concerns. The result? They all said yes, enabling me to write The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts’ Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More.
I was a guest on the Today Show the day the book launched, and during my interview with Ann Curry, I asked the viewers to ”friend” me on Facebook. Later that day, hundreds of women took me up on the offer, and this kick-started my incredible journey into social media, hoisting me into the most exciting and vibrant community in the world — the “after 50″ market.
My circle of friends continues to grow every day, thanks to Facebook and Twitter, and the articles I publish on Huffington Post, more.com, and wowOwow.com. I am able to communicate with women and men from all around the world, sharing ideas, stories, and laughs. Together, we are forging ahead to make the 50+ years our best years ever. And, we’re doing it with style, grace, and confidence.
But, most important of all . . . together, we’re fearless after 50.
Best of Everything,
I’m trying to blog my way to the AARP Orlando@50 conference. This blog post is an entry in their competition to find the official blogger to travel to and cover the event. Find out more about the conference here.
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