40+ and Fabulous Moving Foward, Fierce, Focused and Full of Life by Sondra Wright

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40 Plus and Fabulous to Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8

Happy Women's Day background with text 8th March.Embracing every decade of life and challenging the status quo of what it means to be an “older” woman in America. That will be the core message on March 8 as 40 Plus and Fabulous celebrates International Women’s Day with its 3rd Annual FabU Academy Lifestyle Empowerment Conference. The event will be a day of workshops designed to promote positive aging and enhance the lives of women forty and over.

This year’s event takes place on International Women’s Day. The goal is to help women make smart, strategic decisions in areas such as health, retirement finances, family and eldercare, long term care planning, and life balance. Additionally, the long-term impact is to spark creativity and reignite passions, so that positive, significant contributions can continue to be realized through social responsibility and community service.

Sondra Wright is the CEO of 40 Plus and Fabulous and founder of the FabU Academy Women’s Empowerment Conferences. She is a baby boomer on a mission to inspire equality in aging. “It’s a perfect way to celebrate International Women’s Day. Women are living longer than men but are also more likely in those later years to experience poverty and discrimination. We have to prepare by making smart choices today, but we must also demand greater visibility and better access to resources and opportunities as we grow older,” said Wright.

The daylong event which features presentations, interactive workshops, dancercise, lunch, and a “Bring on the Bling” fashion show begins at 10 am and will be held at The Clarion Hotel, Swing Rd. The 40 Plus and Fabulous Woman of the Year Award will also be awarded, in recognition of the outstanding contributions of a woman within the local community. Registration is required at www.fabuacademy.com; there will be no on site or same day registration.

“Whatever age or stage if life you are in, you are sure to glean something from this event,” Wright said.

She said she believes being a woman over forty is not an over-the-hill ending, but a bold new beginning. “This is an occasion to acknowledge and celebrate past struggles and triumphs, and more importantly, to look ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await us as well as the future generations of women coming behind us.”

The conference is co-sponsored by MetLife of the Carolinas, J W Wright & Associates, M and M Meetings and Event Planning, and SRH Travel.

Want to go?

The FabU Academy Lifestyle Empowerment Conference will be held Saturday March 8, 2014, 10 am – 4pm at the Clarion Hotel, 415 Swing Rd., Greensboro NC. Registration is required at http://fabuacademy.com

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‘Crucial Conversations’ Help Women Plan for Their Future

Crucial ConversationsTo help women meet their future health and economic needs, there are four important discussions every woman should have. They include her financial affairs, legal affairs, health, and aging in place. A free program being offered in May by 40 Plus and Fabulous in partnership with AARP’s Decide.Create.Share is designed to help women stop procrastinating and have important talks that can lead to a more secure future.

“Although most women know the importance of having conversations, about sometimes difficult topics, they also feel it can just be easier not to talk about it, “said Sondra Wright CEO of 40 Plus and Fabulous and author of 40+ and Fabulous: Moving Forward Fierce, Focused and Full of Life. “Crucial Conversations provides tips, tools and a bit of fun to help women to get past the barriers keeping them from actually tackling topics important to their well-being,” she said.

“While these conversations may conjure up feelings of discomfort or fear of being judged, taking ownership and being proactive liberates and empowers women to fully participate in making meaningful decisions in their lives and the lives loved ones. Avoidance, on the other hand, can have serious consequences, including sleepless nights, compromised health, and a loss of financial security,” said AARP Associate State Director Suzanne Black.

“Not only does 40 Plus and Fabulous encourage women to have Crucial Conversations, it also recommends creating safe spaces for other women to do the same. “It’s time we drag these taboo topics out of the dark and into the light so that no woman feels alone,” said Wright. “We hope Crucial Conversations and the supporting Decide.Create.Share.(TM) resources can be the foundation for women to really take charge and build a successful strategy for their future,” she added.

The 4-part series will be offered on Wednesdays May 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th at Hemphill Public Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Rd., Greensboro NC, with discussions planned from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The series will address topics associated with health, finances, legal affairs, and evaluating home and community for future living needs. The series is FREE and space is limited. Please RSVP to Sondra(at)40plusandfab.com

Decide.Create.Share. is a community forum designed for women who want to build a successful life strategy for their future. AARP will provide tools to women in their 40s, 50s and 60s on how to take steps today so they will be prepared for a safe, healthy and secure tomorrow.

 

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Life at 50+ Event Helps Women Transform Their Lives and Take Charge of Their Futures

There’s nothing like first experiences and last week I experienced a fabulous first. I spent 3 impactful days in New Orleans at the AARP Life at 50+ National Event and Expo. Having not quite reached my 50th birthday, being amongst this highly diverse group of more than 20,000 attendees, age 50 and older, gave me a wonderful glimpse into all the passion, vitality and genius of life after 50. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to reimagine my own life and everything I ever thought possible.

Some of my greatest ah-ha’s and take-aways came out of Leeza Gibbons workshop, “How To Transform Your Life.” Leeza conducted a very empowering and inspiring interview with Celia Nathan and Amy Voelker, winners of the Decide.Create.Share.™ Take Charge of Your Future Story Contest. For their submissions in the contest, which ran from May 7 – June 7, Celia Nathan of Maryland received a financial makeover, while Amy Voelker of Florida received a fitness makeover. Both women were joined onstage by their coaches, financial advisor Lazetta Braxton and fitness consultant Dr. Michael Mantell. Leeza stressed that “Whether it’s finances or fitness, you can transform your life,” and offered several warm, funny, and insightful nuggets such as, “The person you were yesterday is not the person you have to be tomorrow,” “There are great rewards in reinventing,” “That’s being a hero in your own life — when you can ask for help,” and “Know where you’re going, look good when you get there!”

Decide.Create.Share.™ was also present at the expo to help women relax and refresh while taking charge of their future. In a beautiful and femininely appointed 8×20 foot booth DCS pampered women with massages, makeovers, games and giveaways, and a super fun AARP Magazine Cover Photo Shoot. But in the midst of all the fun, valuable information was disseminated to help women develop a plan to live longer and live smarter. The plan covered many areas, from healthy living and finances, to legal documents and housing in a community where you can live safely and comfortably no matter what your stage of life.

It was wonderful to witness the information opening up dialogue amongst the women, many who admitted to failing to plan adequately or even consider any future care or services they may need. Proactive long-term planning, while you’re healthy and able to, is really one of the smartest decisions a woman can make for herself. Get committed and take action today for your lifestyle of tomorrow.

 

 

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It’s a Ladies Night Out Celebration at the Maya Angelou Center for Women’s Health and Wellness

Tonight is the grand opening of the Maya Angelou Center for Women’s Health and Wellness and they’re celebrating in style with a fabulous ladies night out event. This is win-win line-up ladies featuring an Ask the Doctor Panel, Zumba Demonstration, Cooking Class and a mini Fashion Show sponsored by Macy’s. With door prizes, appetizer and, I’m sure, some fabulous giveaways, what a real treat to be enjoyed by a carload of gal pals.

As a huge advocate of self-care in midlife I was especially excited to hear the announcement about the Women’s Midlife Center. Women, especially at this stage of life, are notorious for running here and there, making sure everyone else’s needs are met, and putting ourselves last. Many in fact, struggle constantly with the belief that putting others first is mandatorry if you’re to be cosidered a “good” person.  Hogwash! The world needs a Women’s Midlife Center in every city to squash some of these old beliefs and help women take their power back.

Do yourself a favor, grab a girlfriend, let the husband watch the kids for a few hours, and get yourself over to Ladies Night Out and the grand opening of the Maya Angelou Center for Women Health.  Your only regret will be if you don’t.

Maya speaks out about the center in her Prime Time Radio interview with Mike Cuthbert.

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Highlights, Takeaways and Ah-Ha Moments from 40+ and Fabulous FabU Academy – The Empowerment Conference for Women 40 and Over

40+ and Fabulous, FabU Academy

In was a perfect winter morning; a beautiful sun-kissed sky, crisp chill in the air, and  100 women invading Tuscany Gardens in Browns Summit, NC, armed with smiles and positive expectations for an event that would celebrate, encourage and empower women over 40.  Sondra Wright, founder of Forty Plus and Fabulous, LLC, FabU Academy, and author of 40+ and Fabulous: Moving Forward Fierce, Focused and Full of Life kicked off the day with a strong start, beginning with a focus on self-perception, personal power and redefining beauty. As the day progressed and sessions continued, here are some key takeaways and themes that emerged from FabU Academy.

In the opening session, AARP…It’s Not Just for Old People, Audrey Galloway introduced is to today’s AARP, “AARP is no longer about just being retired. We invest heavily in advancing the needs of women,” and Suzanne LaFollette-Black introduced everyone to a new program, “Women like, us. Women like me. Decide. Create. Share. This program is all about empowering women; to ensure women know how to take care of themselves. You must give yourself permission to take care of yourself.” 

The youngest of the events presenters, 10 year old Barrington Briggs, Founder of B’s Club made the point that every woman is imperfectly beautiful “I want women to understand that even though your hair, teeth or weight may not be perfect, that doesn’t mean you’re not beautiful.”

Creativity in Midlife was the theme behind Go Free Pants’ Tina Ketchie Stearns. Tina reminded everyone that God gives people of all ages ideas, not just the young. So don’t be afraid to act. “Listen to your gut, which I believe is God and trust that He’s got you. When you’re passionate about your dreams you’ll gladly go broke trying to make it happen.”

Tina Ketchie-Stearns, GoFree Pants

Estate Planning Attorney, Susan Hunt gave much food for thought with Confidence in Chaos: Caring for Your Aging Parents. Sue drove home the importance of making a plan for your estate. “If you don’t make a plan, the state will make ne for you and you’re probably not going to like it. Your family wills do not need to be kept in a safety deposit box because your executor may not be able to gain access to them when needed.”

The importance of self-care emerged as a powerful theme and breast cancer survivor, Brenda Motley’s personal journey through self-neglect, denial, acceptance, hope, survivor and now educator is truly an inspiration and wake up call to women everywhere.  “I knew I was high risk, but I convinced myself I was too busy to take time out for a breast exam. Make your own well-being a top priority

Audience volunteers assisted martial arts expert Frank Anderson in demonstrating some simple yet effective self-defense techniques for women.  “If a man is attacking you, you cannot expect to go strength to strength, muscle to muscle with him, but you can learn to use different parts of your body, to defend yourself against his attack.”  Frank empowered women with this reassuring message, “Your body belongs to you and you can protect it!”

Frank Anderson, Self Defense for Women

When it comes to women and fashion, the rules for women over 40 are often conflicting and overwhelming. We don’t want to look like 20 year olds, but you better believe we want to look like the best 40, 60 and 80 year olds that we possibly can. Linda Eistentein of Clothes Befitting uses, not age, but body type styling to create beautiful, confident women – – inside and out.  Linda’s advice to the ladies, “Go out on the limb, and take flight!”

Whether the goal is to build a business, get healthier and more fit, have more satisfying relationships, grow spiritually, or live a more financially responsible life – this simple piece of advice share by Action Coach Mary Ann Hauser applies across the board, “Be x Do = Have. The being is more important than the doing“. Mary Ann suggested an awesome read, The Art of Exceptional Living, by one of my favorites, the late great Mr. Jim Rohn.

Her-Moans: My Hair is Thin, My Butt’s Getting Bigger and I’m Tired!, was Health Coach Audretta Hall’s lively, entertaining, and informative spin on the very real matter of hormones. This was a great look at estrogen imbalance and determining whether your body may be out of balance.  Audi also shared tips for healthy weight management such as “Sweets after a heavy meal turns your body into a fat making machine,” and suggests waiting at least an hour before enjoying that after dinner dessert. I had no idea!

 

 

 

 

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Wright Set to Launch FabU Academy for Boomer Women and Women 40 and Over in Greensboro, NC

FabU Academy! Empowering Boomers and Women Over 40 http://fabuacademy.com

Sondra Wright, author of the bestselling book “40+ and Fabulous: Moving Forward Fierce, Focused and Full of Life!” is preparing the launch of FabU Academy, a high-energy day of learning, fun, and camaraderie designed to promote positive aging and enhance the lives of boomers and women 40 and over. This is a highly anticipated event by women who have followed Sondra’s book and blog during the past 12 months.

Sondra dispels aging myths and addresses the needs mid-life women. The FabU Academy conference, which sheds positive light on important topics that will help women get the most out of the best years of their life, is set to launch on February 25, 2012.

“This is the education that women didn’t get. 40 and over can be a time of profound change and significant transition, leaving women with a myriad of unanswered questions,” she said.

A lineup of “FabU Professors” will bring interactive demonstrations and offer candid solutions to mid-life women on stress reduction and self care; aging parents, estate planning and “the talk”; personal style and image; the gift of transitions; reinventing a bold new you; and keeping it fit and fab after 40.

Local sponsors for the event include: Busy as a Bee Concierge, Clothes Befitting, Crutchfield & Associates, M&M Meetings and Event Planning, State Farm Recruiting, SRH Travel, Action Coach, Go Free Pants, B’s Beauty Club, Club Z, Simply Nature’s Beauty, J. D. Designs, and Susan Hunt Law. Wanting women across the state to know about the event, Sondra hopes to get local media support from News & Record, WFMY, WXII 12 and Fox8 News.

About Sondra Wright:

Sondra Wright is speaker, midlife transitions and personal development coach, certified behavior specialist and expert on women and aging. She is also author of the international bestselling book “40+ and Fabulous” and founder of Forty Plus and Fabulous, LLC, a provider of group and one-on-one coaching services, information products, bootcamps, workshops, meetups and excursions that inspire women to take charge of the second half of life, connect to their own authentic aging identity, move forward boldly, and enjoy the journey.

Her events have inspired thousands of women to connect to their greatness, rejuvenate their passions, expand the boundaries of their comfort zone and attract greater possibilities than they ever thought possible.

For more information on FabU Academy visit http://fabuacademy.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to send them to: questions@fabuacademy.com

 

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Calling All 40+ and Fabulous Ladies to the Runway Please

Attention! May I have your attention please! All 40+ and Fabulous ladies report to the runway please! I repeat, we need all 40+ and fabulous ladies to please report to the runway!

Ladies have you heard the news? World renowned top modeling agency Wilhelmina, in partnership with Macy’s, Trimwater, Lycra and MiracleSuit®, is conducting open calls this Saturday in NYC, for their Wilhelmina 40+ Model Search.

If you can’t make it this weekend have no fear because entry is open until May 24th. To be eligible you must be over 40 and a U S resident. No previous modeling experience is required. I’m most pleased to see this contest is not just honoring the physical attractiveness of women over 40, but is publicized as one that “celebrates women ages 40 and over who are confident, beautiful and inspirational”

For full contest details, open call events, prizes and entry form visit www.wilhelminamodelsearch.com/40plus

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Just Four Words: Will You Help Me?

Last year, I did myself a huge favor. I drove down to the League of Justice, turned in my cape and boots, announced my retirement from playing Superwoman and learned four words that changed my life “Will you help me?”

Today is International Women’s Day. I’m asking my international sisters for your help and support, fully expecting that you will rise to the occasion, individually and collectively, and make this an absolutely jaw dropping and humbling experience.

Amongst men we have a reputation of being poor networkers. They say we are catty and backstabbing and we allow our jealous and competitive spirits to discourage us from fully supporting each other. We all see evidence of this behavior played out on Celebrity Apprentice and any one of the reality housewife TV shows. But…they are just acting, right?

My book 40+ and Fabulous was written because I have a heart for the wholeness of women. It’s a very important book and I want it to get out into the world as our collective voice, to carry the message that we will not be made invisible, we will not be overlooked, and we will not allow anyone else to define who we are. I believe if one of us is hurting, we are all hurting and no woman should ever be made to feel less valuable because she is maturing.

Will you help me? Will you tweet about it, blog about it, shout from the roof tops about it? Will you “like” the fan page? Will you purchase a copy for yourself, one to give to a friend and recommend every woman in your life do the same?

Ladies when we unite together we can change the world. I’m ready to make a change. I’m asking, will you help me?

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It’s A Girl’s Day Out Event in NYC!

This weekend, Elline Surianello, the Leading Authority on Women’s Hair Thinning and Hair Loss, founder of LeMetric Hair Center and featured contributor in 40+ and Fabulous is hosting a stellar ladies event in New York City!

On March 6, Join LeMetric for a day of beauty and pampering like none you’ve ever experienced. Expect to see amazing partners at The Beauty Weather Forecast, including FSL Cosmetics, Novalash Eyelash Extensions, Santana Enterprises, Osceola Massage, and many, many more. Take part in the complimentary makeovers, skincare treatments, and massage or eyelash extensions with a hair consultation.

Don’t come to the party alone. Grab a friend or two and make it a real girl’s day out.

For details and registration go to Lemetric.com

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40+ and Fabulous Makes Her Oscar Debut

What an emotionally charged week this is for me! I can hardly believe copies of 40+ and Fabulous are being given away in the TMG Pre-Oscar Week, Luxury Gift Suite in the Beverly Hilton Hotel. WooHoo!!

I’m so honored to have been invited by GoFree Pant creator Tina Ketchie Stearns to be a part of the Celebrity GoFree Pants gift bag at this exciting event.

On Sunday February 13, I spent a wonderful afternoon with Tina and International Jazz and Blues Recording Artist, Melva Houston, assembling the bags for the event. It was truly a therapeutic and fun girls day with these two 40+ and Fabulous women.

Just imagine, before the big red carpet event, celebrities can relax in comfort and style wearing GoFree Pants, listening to Melva’s  smooth Jazz and reading  40+ and Fabulous by Sondra Wright. Now that’s a visual I like!

Here’s to fabulous new beginnings ladies! MWAH!

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