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Meeting Paulette Who Is Walking Across America Topless

I am not easily impressed by celebrities, or at least I don’t think I am. In my mind, I think that celebrities and those that are famous are just like us.  There are a few people that I am in awe of though.  One of them is a beautiful woman of a certain age that I wrote about.

I found her on Facebook and begin reading about her.  I inboxed her, she wrote back, and this continued on for almost a month.  We then talked on the phone a few times, and we then decided to do a phone interview.  It was a great experience.  One that has inspired many.

When Paulette talked about her faith in God, her journey with breast cancer and her children, her story came alive to me.  If you have not read her story, please go to:  https://thisisyourbestyear.com/2015/10/10/breast-cancer-awareness-prayers-for-paulette-and-her-8-children/ to read about her amazing journey.

I had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans where she makes her home.  We arranged a day and time to meet.  She is as amazing in person as she was on the phone.  Her warm and beautiful smile just warmed my heart. Our conversation was like we had known each other for many years, it was as easy as Sunday morning.

From the smile on my face, you can see how excited I was to meet the wonderful, inspirational Paulette Leaphart. Her spirit, her love of life, her love of family, but most of all her faith in God is contagious.

Paulette is training to do a 1,000 mile walking journey from Biloxi, Mississippi to Washington, D. C. while being filmed along the way. Paulette will be topless to show the scars of breast cancer.  She will start her walk on April 30.  Her walk/movie is named “The Scar Story”.  I invite you to take a few minutes to look at the trailer.  It will amaze and inspire you. You will see the reason Paulette will walk topless.  The message is powerful. The link to the trailer is below.  Click on the link and be amazed, inspired and more.

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You can follow Paulette’s 1,000 mile journey on her Facebook Page–Prayers for Paulette 8 Children. There will be a few surprise walkers that will accompany her along the way.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–make new friends, they bring warmth to your heart.

 

Beautycon In Dallas

All things beauty came to Dallas, Texas, and everyone found something they liked. There was everything from cosmetics, to hair products, nails, jewelry products, and so much more. There were makeovers for the face and hair, demonstrations  and a chance to meet, greet and talk with some of the best known beauty bloggers around.

There were far too many brands there to name them all, but some there were NYX, Maybelline, Love Always, China Glaze and Colgate. Even the long lines were enjoyable–talking with the others, snapping pictures, just enjoying the moment.

Since I cover events for and about women of a certain age, I was more than excited to cover Beautycon. There were products there for everyone. I saw females of all ages. My only suggestion to Beautycon is to increase the number of products and bloggers for women of a certain age.  We are more than willing to stand in line, have great conversations and see new and improved products and demonstrations.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Try a little something new (lipstick, eyeshadow)-it could be fun.

Spring Break–Take A Break

Every time women of a certain age talk about Spring Break, we automatically think of Spring Cleaning.  We think of putting away winter clothing, changing the comforter, clearing out the pantry, deep cleaning this and that.  Why do we do that?  Is there an unwritten rule that we have to use our time away from the office working while everyone else is enjoying their time off?  What’s to keep us from doing the Spring Cleaning a little at a time after Spring Break?  This year I decided to do just that.

When I left work on the Friday before Spring Break, I went home and did my weekend cleaning that night–I was determined that this would be my Spring Break.  There would be no deep cleaning this Spring Break.  There would be the day to day cleaning, but nothing that would take all day and/or all week.

Here is my week of during Spring Break. What was yours like?

  • Sunday–great church service at Carter Metropolitan CME Church, and then dinner with my husband and our youngest daughter.  Then I did a movie (Creed) in my pajamas with my husband and popcorn and wine.
  • Monday–massage at Perfect Touch with Katie that made me want to lay there for a couple of hours.  Went walking with my sorority sister and made my steps then coffee at Starbucks afterwards. Then I decided to make homemade peanut butter cookies.  The kitchen was smelling good.  We ate them while we watched the movie again (it was rented for 2 days).
  • Tuesday–my guilty pleasure of a facial.  I absolutely love getting facials especially at my favorite place Ageless Perfection Skincare.  Miss Ruby is the best. Started reading “Natchez Burning” by Greg Iles for a book club I just joined. It is a very exciting read.
  • Wednesday–my best friend since second grade and I went to the Amon Carter Musuem of American Art to check out their latest exhibition–American Epics (Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood).  Yes, it is very good and educational.  Then we were off to West 7th Street to have lunch outside because the weather was just perfect.  We tried our tastebuds at Mash’d, a place we had never gone to.  The best lemonade bar none.  I like mine tart, my friend likes hers sweet, we were both happy. Then my daughter cancelled our walk, but I went anyway–got my steps in.
  • Thursday–manicure and pedicure at Zizi’s.  Even decided to have a glass of wine while I was getting serviced.
  • Friday–going to a networking event for women sponsored by the women’s division of the Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce.  Got my TABC certification so that I can volunteer for the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival.
  • Saturday–meeting with volunteer coordinator for Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival to get my assignment.  Then on to Fair Park to cover BeautyCon so that I can report about it to you, and see what they have for women of a certain age.

I started each morning with my prayers and coffee in my pj’s, and ended each night with wine and prayers in my pj’s. The house is still clean, yes the sweaters still need to go to the cleaners and be put away (well maybe, this is Texas weather). I’ll just drop them off on my way to work after Spring Break.

Spring Break is not for Spring Cleaning, it is for taking a Break during the Spring.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–you can clean next week.

You May Be The Same Size, But…

I love it when people say they are the same size they were way back when. At this stage of life I am probably about the same size I was before l had children. Even saying that the weight is distributed differently, you know not sitting like it use to unless of course you have visited your local cosmetic guru to have some work done, then it is probably sitting higher.

As we have become women of a certain age, we don’t want to look like our mothers and Lord forgive us surely not like our grandmothers when they were our age. Sadly though for most of us we can’t look the way our daughters and granddaughters look. Seriously Beyonce and her mom may be about the same size, but there is almost a 30 year age difference. One is Blue Ivy’s mom and the other is her grandmother.
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Remember when you go shopping the sales lady is nice, but her job is to sell. She may tell you that you can pull something off, and you want to believe you can, but please look in the mirror. As we mature unless we are a dancer, have good genes or have always exercised and even then we may not avoid the inevitable–we sometimes just have to let some outfits go. Hey it may be time to try something new.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Same size or not, check the mirror before you leave home.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH–CELEBRATING GREATNESS

It’s Women’s History Month.  Check your local area to see what events they have celebrating this month.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–celebrate and learn more about some amazing women that may not be in the history books.

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The Flu

Just a quick note to all of you who took the flu shot–I did too, and I still came down with the flu.  The good side to it (if there is a good side) is that I went to the doctor within 48 hours of the symptoms starting. I do not self-diagnose.

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I thought I had a cold because of the stuffy nose and chills. When I couldn’t easily walk up two flights of stairs at work I knew something was wrong.  Since it was late in the day, I made an appointment at a local healthcare facility, and yes I did have to wait, but it was worth it.  The nurse swabbed my nose, and 15 minutes later the doctor delivered the news. She informed me that she would give me Tamiflu since I had come to her within 48 hours. She also informed me that the flu can be very dangerous, it can lead to pneumonia and other deadly complications.

I was told to take the meds, drink plenty of liquids and rest–I did. We as women never take the time to take care of ourselves, and we always diagnose our own medical conditions.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–go to the doctor when you don’t feel well.  By the way even with insurance Tamiflu may seem a little expensive, but feeling better is so worth it.

Go Red–Your Heart Depends On It

This post was written by C Y Cooper.

Remember that heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer, and that our symptoms are so different than those of men.

A sea of RED took over the Hilton Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas recently for the 2016 Tarrant County GO RED For Women Luncheon.  The annual fund-raising event, by the American Heart Association of Tarrant County, drew a large crowd of supporters that focuses on improving the heart health of women in the surrounding area.

It’s no secret that Heart Disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America.  It affects more women than men and is more deadly that ALL forms of cancer combined.  So, what does it mean to GO RED FOR WOMEN.  It’s about making women’s health the No. 1 priority, getting the word out to every single female in this country about their risk of heart disease and stroke.

(G)et your numbers—–Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

(O)wn your lifestyle—–Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy.  It’s up to YOU.  No one can do it for you.

(R)ealize your risk—–We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one (1) in three (3) women.

(E)ducate your family—–Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your children/grandchildren that it’s important to stay active.

(D)on’t be silent—–Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 Killer.

The Keynote Speaker for this year’s luncheon was Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, a nationally recognized expert in the field of sex and gender-based medicine and the Founding Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.  Dr. Jenkins spoke on how and why women ignore the symptoms they may be suffering from heart disease and what can be done in treating, preventing and even ending the disease.  Besides Dr. Jenkins, the audience heard from Elissa Taylor, a wife and mother of three (3), who survived a heart attack while in her 30s.

Before the luncheon attendees had the opportunity to participate in Health Screenings, Cooking Demonstrations, Hands Only CPR presented by the City of Fort Worth Fire Department and a Silent Auction.  CBS 11 News Anchor Kaley O’Kelley served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the luncheon.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–take care of yourself!

The Stimulating Donna Brazile

20160225_190253Some people know how to work a room, but most don’t know how to work a room with facts, humility, laughter and everything in between.  Well they should meet Ms. Donna Brazile–she knows how to work not only a room, but an auditorium filled to the rafters during the Maverick Speakers Series at the University of Texas Arlington.

She entered the room on the heels of being introduced by her friend, Texas State Senator, 20160225_193322Royce West.  Ms. Brazile showcased her southern roots by first thanking the people of Texas for all they did for the people of New Orleans who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.  This thank you set the tone of her talk.  This woman who has talked with all kinds of people–from the man on the street to the president of the United States (lots of presidents) thanked us for doing something we were supposed to do.

Then she preceded to teach us a lesson about politics with laughter, and we all know that if this years elections were not so serious, they would be the best comedy shows  around. Even when she talked of some candidates, she did so without a mean bone in her body.

But my favorite time was when the audience was given an opportunity to ask questions.  This was when the teacher came out of Donna Brazile. The people asking questions were the millennials, who were looking for answers. Ms. Brazile gave them her take on topics, her wisdom, her encouragement and her hope for them. She talked with them, laughed with them, and in her typical warm way even scolded them about their duty to vote.

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Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, and as Ms. Brazile stated–VOTE!

To learn more about the University of Texas Arlington’s Maverick Speakers Series please go to the University of Texas Arlington website and type in the words Maverick Speakers Series.  These events are free to the public–registration is required.  They will “stimulate your mind”.

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