People often tell me I look much younger that my years and beg me to tell them my secret. While I sincerely appreciate the compliment, I always tell them what they see on the outside is a direct reflection of what I feel on the inside. Here is how I maintain a perfect glow from the inside out.
Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number
Who knew getting older really was getting better? I said to my husband the other day, I feel more beautiful now than I ever have I my life, and in response, he gave me a kiss and said, “You are.” What do I attribute that feeling to? I believe I have an inner peace and calm now that makes me stand a little taller, walk a little more purposeful, and love and accept myself (and others) in a whole new way.
The Value of Patience
Boy there was a time when I thought everything had to happen right then, right now, quick, fast, and in a hurry! But impatience often comes with a high price tag. I think being an entrepreneur for the past 16 years has really helped to calm that right now mentality. Operating a business takes a great deal of patience and an enormous amount of faith. The ability to take a step back, center yourself and wait patiently, is a gift.
Happiness is a Song
Nothing lifts my mood like music. When I’m enjoying the rhythm, the melody, the beat of a song, there is just no room to think about anything else. I am completely lost in that song. So for me, total escape is always just a song (or a solo Blurred Lines dance party) away.
Go With the Flow
Things change, that’s just a fact of life. Resistance to change breeds discontentment, that’s another fact of life. I don’t expect to look like I did at 18, at 27, or at 35. What I want is to be the best version of who I am today. That means spending a few extra minutes on my appearance, stretching my body before I move, and taking a nap to refresh and refocus. After all, I’m worth it!
Laugh ’til it Hurts
How blessed I am to have a partner I can laugh with. The world will never be on short supply of negativity but some people revel in it and I’m sorry but I do not enjoy hanging with the “Woe is me” crowd. You know the ones, even when you try to help them see things from a different perspective, they always hit you with a, “But…” I am fully convinced that there are just some people who love to be miserable. Me, I want to wake up laughing and go to bed laughing.
Nothing Rocks Like Giving Back
I’ve been a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for a few years and I love it. The court appoints me to a juvenile in the foster care system and I am that child’s voice in court; making sure their wishes and desires get heard, and assuring that their needs are met. We also do an annual teen girl conference to empower and embolden our future generations of women. When a child wraps their arms around you, it’s so pure and so genuine; there is no better feeling in the world.