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

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An Unexpected Surprise: 56, Grandmother, and Pregnant – OH MY!

6-23I’ve been reading a lot lately about later-life pregnancy and the fact that many women today are waiting until their late 30s and early 40s to have their first child. The media loves stories of over-40 celebrity moms like Halle Berry, who became pregnant for the first time at 41 and gave birth to her second child at 47; John Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, who was pregnant with their third child at the age of 47; and Geena Davis, who had her first child at 46 and two years later, gave birth to twins! These women seem to defy biology as medical science tells us the chances of getting pregnant decrease with age and the probability of a woman conceiving in midlife is slim to impossible. I’ve even heard Dr. Joshua Klein, medical director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York-Brooklyn, refer to a woman’s ability to conceive naturally in her mid-40s as “nearly miraculous.”

Well, hold on Dr. Klein, because miracles do happen, and this story of pregnant grandparents in High Point, NC, is indeed miraculous.

When my longtime friend Sara Harper phoned me with the jaw-dropping news, I was happy not to be in public because my mouth literally hung open. My reaction was the same as it had been for Sara when grandparents Sally and Charles Brown, members of a support group of relatives who are raising relatives’ children, stopped at her home recently to share their good news.

The Browns, ages 56 and 65 respectively, are the adoptive parents of three children, ages 7, 9, and 14. One is their biological grandchild, whom they’ve raised since birth.

“After a miscarriage 10 years ago, we gave up on trying to have children, and that was when we decided to adopt,” said Sally.

Sally received the news during her yearly physical exam, after explaining to her doctor she was noticing some changes in her body. She admits to having a good cry at first, but is happy and glowing after the initial shock, and believes without a doubt, “God is in control.”  Sally, an ordained minister who loves to fish, said she dreamt one night about catching a big fish and began to call around the next day to see who was pregnant. It never for a moment occurred to Sally it might be her.

Sally works in the Guilford County Schools Special Needs Department. Her husband, Charles, is employed with Flowers Bakery in Jamestown, NC, and has not stopped smiling since the news. As a matter of fact, unbeknownst to Sally, Charles said he had been praying for this miracle.


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


NC Insurance Companies Employ “Gangsta” Tactics to Strong Arm Homeowners Into Higher Premiums

7-23For those of you who have ever opened your mail and felt bullied by big business, you will definitely feel my pain here. But hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting NC residents have opened their mail this week and felt the sting of being bullied by their insurance companies, in a letter that goes a little something like this….

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Sucker;

At East Coast Gangbangers Insurance we value your blah, blah, blah. We are issuing this notice as fair warning of a brutal assault against your homeowner’s premium. Your homeowners policy is about to renew and at that time we will offer you an exorbitant increase that you WILL NOT refuse.

Since we recognize that the new rate is HIGHER THAN THE RATES OF THE NORTH CAROLINA RATE BUREAU, we have devised a predatory price scheme that will allow us to legally screw you over, while remaining compliant with NC Statutes. In order to do this, we will require you to sign and return the enclosed form, agreeing to Gangbangers increase to your coverage, at a rate that exceeds what is allowable by the NCRB.

Your failure to sign and return the form to your Gangbanger agent will subject you to high risk losses including GUARANTEED CANCELLATION OF YOUR HOMEOWNERS POLICY.

If you have any questions, don’t call us – we don’t care!


The Screw You Over Division                                                                                                                                                                                                             East Coast Gangbangers Insurance

I don’t know how you feel about this, but I liken it to someone holding a gun to your head, and forcing you to sign the suicide note. Talk about forced compliance and a true imbalance of power!

This post is solely the opinion of it’s author, Sondra Wright, and does not express the views of East Coast Gangbangers Insurance Company or the North Carolina Rate Bureau.


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