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Welcome to This is Your Best Year!!!

Welcome to your best year.  You and I are on this journey together.  Together and collectively, we will give suggestions on living life to the fullest.  This is a blog for women who thought that when they reached this age, life was over.  This is for all of those women who thought their mothers were old at this age–well they may have been, but that’s not the case anymore. maricia 21

We will discuss everything from health, beauty, faith, life, children, grandchildren, exercise, careers, retirement, starting all over again in love and/or career. We will talk about learning the word no, taking time to be who we are.  With this blog we will have fun, we will talk fashion, food,travel and all kinds of products–in other words, we’re going to talk about us.

You can always email me at: thisisyourbestyear@gmail.com and “like” us on Facebook (thisisyourbestyear).

Let’s get excited ladies, and stay tuned.  Remember–“THIS IS YOUR BEST YEAR”!

Honoring Mothers

“thisisyourbestyear” would like to feature your Mother on it’s post for Mother’s Day. If you have a picture of your Mother and/or a picture of you and your Mother please email it to us at: thisisyourbestyear@gmail.com. Don’t forget to give us your name and your Mother’s name. Please email us by May 2, 2015.

Learning From Your Parents–Life Outside Your Job

parents 9Women of a certain age are taking in new boarders.  They have someone once again to take care of, to feed, to clothe and to watch out for.  No, I ‘m not talking about their children, I’m talking about their parents. More Baby Boomers/Generation Xers are taking care of aging parents with physical and mental illnesses than ever before.parents 6

Baby Boomers/Generation Xers have become caregivers at a time when they thought they would be on that cruise they had always dreamed of, seeing the USA in that motor home, starting new careers and even letting the grandchildren visit for a day or so and then sending them back home. 

parents 8Parents are moving into the extra bedroom that was going to become a media room, craft room, office or just a pretty bedroom that just looked pretty.  Some parents now know that their retirement income (social security) is not enough.  They worked on the same job for 30, 35, 40 even 45 years, but the pension is not nearly enough to fix up the aging homestead, travel, pay medical expenses–just live.  They didn’t invest outside of their job.  They didn’t invest money or time.  They have little money and no identity outside of their job “title”.  Baby Boomers/Generation Xers should learn from this experience, taking notes from their parents.  Even as the Boomers/Xers mature (not age), they should still be investing for the time when they no longer will be working at their full-time jobs knowing that they may not have enough to live comfortably for their rest of their lives–learning there is life outside of the job.

The Baby Boomers/Generation Xers should learn from their parents that sickness just happens even to those that have led healthy, active lives. If they are smokers, they should stop because they see the ravages it has done to their parents.

One of the major things that no one talks about is that Baby Boomers/Generation Xers should take heed to learn to live.  They parentsshould learn from their parents to expand their lives beyond their job.  They should expand friendships and acquaintances.

Learning from our parents never ceases even as we all mature.  Learning from their life lessons can help us to see our lives much better.

parents 3Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Parents can be your best life teachers.  You may have become the caregiver, but they are still the parent.  Treat them with respect.

 

The Academy of Country Music Awards Comes Home To Texas

It’s Texas and the music is country–enough said.  On Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8/7 pm (central) join hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan as they showcase country music’s finest at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. 

How To Keep More Of The Income You Get In Retirement

How much  income do you get on paper, and how much do you actually get–you know after taxes? As women of a certain age, some of us will continue to work, some will retire completely, but all of us want to live a lifestyle similar to the life we are now accustomed to. Here is a conversation on this subject.

(taken directly from USA Today Money) A podcast featuring telephone interviews by Robert Powell with David Blanchett, the head of retirement research for Morningstar Investment Management in Chicago and co-author of Alpha, Beta, and Now…Gamma; Robert Keebler, a partner with Keebler & Associates in Green Bay, Wis.; and William Raabe, a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater, Wisc. The topic: How to create tax-efficient income in retirement.

We all can remember our fist paycheck, and the shock of seeing net income after taxes.  We’d heard about it in school, but looking at it was a great shock. Let’s not “have” to go to work to make ends meet in retirement.  Let’s go to work because we are good at it, and we want to work.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Bob Schieffer–It Ended Where It Started

All I can say is “WOW”.  I always like the Schieffer Symposiums that are held at Texas Christian University (TCU).  Bob Schieffer is a proud alumnus of the school, and the school of communication bears his name.

Each year he brings a distinguished panel of journalists to talk about events.  This year he brought in some of the big guns. The panelists included Dan Balz, political correspondent, The Washington Post; Gayle King, co-anchor, CBS This Morning and editor-at-large, O, The Oprah Magazine; P.J. O’Rourke, political satirist, author and journalist; and Holly Williams, CBS News foreign correspondent. Since this is a blog for and about women of a certain age, Gayle King and Holly Williams were high on my list to hear their comments and stories.

No one disappointed, there was talk from careers to answering questions that some thought sexist, to politics, and to the world in general.  There were serious moments, and moments that kept everyone in stitches.

Just as they bought the microphones out for the question and answer period, Mr. Schieffer informed the audience that the program had completed, but he was still talking. He began telling us about how his career started in Fort Worth at his alma mater , Texas Christian University.

As his voice broke it was apparent that something was about to happen.  I for one don’t believe in luck.  I believe that God puts you in the right place if you listen to him.  Well, bless my soul, I was in that place as Bob Schieffer informed Fort Worth first that he would be retiring in the summer of 2015. There were no tears, there was quiet, there was laughter and applause.  There was also an understanding that one knows when it is time to leave the stage.

After the symposium, Mr. Schieffer and the other panelists before heading to Joe T. Garcia’s, a local favorite, signed autographs, took pictures, and laughed even more.  I did however, tell Gayle King that I would have bought her the best cake in the area if she had only answered my Tweet.

The symposium has always been very good, but this one put the cherry on the cake.  Mr. Schieffer made us all know that “thisisyourbestyear”.

George Strait Fans Are Winners!

The winners of the Official 2015 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards ZinePaks are two George Strait fans.

Congratulations to:

Kaye Berry

and

Pamela Berry

Thanks for entering, and remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Cooking At Pirch And Much More

Written by blog contributor CY Cooper.

There’s a store at NorthPark Center in Dallas, Texas that when you walk in, you will want to tear out everything in your kitchen and bathroom and start from scratch. The name of this store is PIRCH and it’s simply AMAZING. I went to this incredible store to attend an event hosted by the FABULOUS, Quenita Fagan or Que, who writes the blog CURVA-LISH. The purpose of CURVA-LISH is to empower women to live authentically with purpose, grace and style. Que’s event at PIRCH was empowering, stylish and just a whole lot of FUN.

PIRCH on Saturdays has cooking classes called Sourcing Saturday where participants are encouraged to get involved in the cooking process, while learning about fresh, seasonal ingredients and method cooking. For almost two (2) hours my fellow attendees and I chopped, sliced, sautéed and peeled gorgeous fresh vegetables along with seasoning beautiful flank steaks. The end product was an incredible, flavorful meal which consisted of a mixed greens salad with goat cheese and grapefruit, an egg frittata with fresh vegetables, side dish of shiitake mushrooms and parsnips along with flank steak. A PIRCH Chef mixed chocolate ice cream on a salt block for dessert which was out of this world DELICIOUS.

The two (2) hours allotted for this class goes quickly, as you are busy preparing the food and conversing with your fellow attendees. PIRCH chefs are present the entire time demonstrating techniques, answering questions and guiding you along the way. In my opinion, when you attend an event where you participate, learn new techniques, have great conversation, enjoy delicious food and just have a good old-time, that’s a WINNER in my book. This is a great event for a girlfriend’s day out or a date night.

Thanks Que/Curva-Lish and PIRCH.  You can read more of Curva-Lish at: http://curva-lish.blogspot.com/

PIRCH is located at NorthPark Center, Dallas, Texas, and their website is: http://www.pirch.com/location/dallas/ 

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Don’t Get Duped! How To Avoid Reverse Mortgage Scams According To the FBI – NASDAQ.com

As women of a certain age we know that just because something shines doesn’t mean it’s gold. Reverse mortgages sound good, but read the fine print.  Take a look at the short article below to see how some companies are scamming homeowners. You worked, saved and sacrificed for your home–it’s not just a house.  There are reputable companies and other options to assist you with your finances in retirement. Make an informed decision–research, investigate and more. Companies are being created to rob you of your home.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.   

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/dont-get-duped-how-to-avoid-reverse-mortgage-scams-according-to-the-fbi-cm461000

You Could Win–Limited Edition Academy Of Country Music Awards ZinePak

You can win the Official 2015 ACM (Academy Of Country Music) Awards ZinePak. This year’s collection is celebrating their 50th year anniversary and includes 27 songs on two CDs, a 96-page magazine with exclusive interviews, an ACM Awards nominee ballot, and a window decal plus exclusive mobile videos. The ZinePak’s are available at Walmart, but we have 2 to give away to 2 lucky readers.

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This contest is leading up to the live broadcast from Arlington, TX at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8 PM ET on CBS. On disc one you will find such superstars as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, and did I say Blake Shelton (let’s just say it again) and Blake Shelton among others.

On disc two you will find 15 of country music’s brightest new stars. To see a complete track list go to: http://bit.ly/50ACMZinePak

Take a few minutes to enter the contest. Just post a comment stating your favorite country music song.  My favorite is Reba McEntire’s “For My Broken Heart”.

The contest will close on Monday, April 6 at 10 PM, and the winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 8 at 10 AM.  The winners will be notified, and asked to email us their mailing address so they can receive their ZinePak’s before the broadcast.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, and you could be a winner just by telling us your favorite country music song.  Good Luck!

Oh Well–Plan B

I got up early, checked off needed items and got dressed. Then I went downstairs to make sure transportation would be coming at about 8 am.  After he located my name I ran to Starbucks to grab a cup of coffee and oatmeal. Then I sat and talked a while with people I had met over the last few days.

As the transportation arrives they called names to get on board– yep you guessed it my name was not on the final list. The guys are running around telling me to wait and wait I did. The bus was full but I could catch the next one.  No thank you I wanted to be on the one where I kind of sorta knew some of the people.

As a woman of a certain age I have learned that if it is not life threatening–let it go. They credited my card and are still apologizing as I am typing this on my Samsung Galaxy Note 2– trying to find something else for me to do. I keep thinking that if I could get a strong cup of coffee I would be fine because in less than 4 hours I have something else planned.

I can remember the time when it may not have gone this way, but again it is not life threatening.  I step back and the guys and I talk about other things to do, and we come to a sense that I am okay. Life happens, and sometimes it does not happen the way you want it to.

As I read my book and look at what God has created I remember that “thisisyour(my)bestyear”,  and I am gonna enjoy it. I am off to Old San Juan in now less than 3 hours. Educators always have plan B.
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