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The Simple Things

My favorite season is Fall. I absolutely love being outside during this time of year and seeing all the beauty God has created. Today my college roommate and I decided to stroll through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden with a tour of the DeGolyer House. The coolness of the weather, the brightness of the sunshine and friendship made it simple and beautiful.

 Remember  “thisisyourbestyear”.  Enjoy the beauty of nature and friendships.

The Countdown Starts

It’s almost time–we are so excited!!  We are ready for some football! Stay tuned.

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Remember “thisisyourbestyear”!

5 Things That Will Help You Have A Great Vacation

In my lifetime there have been good vacations, bad vacations and great ones.  I’ve learned how to make them great.  There are certain things that work for me, and have made my vacations truly vacations–not just trips. Let’s take a look at the top 5.

  • Decide where you are going.  Seems strange, but you must know where you are going.  This is so important, it will affect everything else you do.  All of California is not the same–the beach in Texas is not the beach in South Carolina.  One Hawaiian island is not the same as the other one. Do you want hot or cold or somewhere in between? Do you want to sightsee, be active, meditate, be on the go every minute, rest by the ocean all day while reading? Do your research.
  • Decide how long you want to vacation.  I’ve read about people who have vacationed for a couple of days to a couple of months.  You have to decide, and you must include travel time, hotel check-in and check-out times, and one that we forget–departure time.  Sometimes we check-out, and have nothing to do but sit at the airport and wait.
  • Transportation is one factor that we tend to forget.  As women of a certain age, we may not have the children to take along, but some of you might be taking the grandchildren.  Roadtrips can be the best if you are traveling with the right people.  Do you have time to ride the train?  It’s never on time.  There are charter buses.  Remember flying is not the flying of old.  Sometimes the people look like they are on the bus (really), the costs for each piece of luggage adds to the cost of the vacation, and the time it takes to get through the check-in procedure can start your vacation off badly.
  • What type of accommodations do you want to have during your vacation?  Are you going to have a single room, a suite, is breakfast included?  Maybe you would like a timeshare. Maybe you want all-inclusive, one with no children, one that does or does not allow pets.  I don’t do colored bedspreads or pets–that’s just me. Please remember that the internet makes almost everything look picture perfect.
  • Most Importantly!! Who are you going with?  Are you traveling with your significant other, girlfriends, which girlfriends (some of your friends may not get along, or they like different things) or grown children?  You may be going to your favorite place, but who you go with can change everything. This will determine all of the other things you need to do. It may seem strange, but know how much they like to spend on dining out.  Do they get up in the morning with the television on, do they go to bed early?  Do they hog the bathroom?  Which one of you has to sleep with the light on, music going, television on? You know the adage, “you don’t someone until you live with them”, well try traveling with them.

These are just a few of the things that I have found to be helpful when planning a vacation.  You may have others, please share so that we can all have a great vacation.

Great VacationRemember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Vacations should be stress free.

 

Isn’t She Lovely–Mother’s Day Giveaway Winner

 2016 Mother’s Day Giveaway Winner–Tracy Marshall

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Tracy is an amazing woman of a certain age. She is the creator of the lifestyle blog–Tracy Marshall 1961 Blog which features articles on topics from travel, great gifts, family adventures and more. She is the winner of our 2016 Mother’s Day Giveaway.  Her lovely price is the beautiful statement necklace donated by Kendra Scott*

 

Congratulations Tracy!  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

*Special thanks to Kendra Scott, 1612 South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX  76107

A Woman’s View Of The NFL Draft

**Post by CY Cooper

The 2016 NFL Draft took place on April 28-30 in the Windy City of Chicago and yours truly had the opportunity to cover it along with my good friend.  I am a huge football fan.  It was an absolute BLAST. Now the weather didn’t exactly cooperate.  Even though the calendar said it was spring, it was cloudy, cold, windy and rainy in Draft Town (Chicago).  However, the weather could not dampen the enthusiasm of the thousands of NFL fans that attended this years draft.  The first night of the draft we sat in the front row at Selection Square behind The Pit, where representatives from all of the NFL teams were seated and where they sent in the names of their picks.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made an appearance at Selection Square before the draft began.  The event at Selection Square was hosted by analysts and commentators from the NFL Network.

The following day we had the chance to visit the actual stage (the auditorium at Roosevelt University) where the commissioner greeted the new members of the league after announcing their names.  What followed next was the one of the best parts of the entire weekend.  We were invited to attend a luncheon at Ditka’s Restaurant where we met the winning Super Bowl Coach and Hall of Famer Mike Ditka along with former Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback and ESPN Analyst Ron Jaworski.  The meal at the luncheon was championship goodness, but the question and answer session with the two NFL legends was even better.  Although the draft was the main focus of my visit to Chicago, we did make a stop at two of the city’s legendary hot spots–Garrett Popcorn Shop and Giordano’s Pizza.  Now I see why they are legendary–they were fantastic.

All in all, it was a great weekend, and a lot of fun.  Next years draft is said to be in the city of brotherly love, we’re hoping to make it the city of sisterly love as we put a woman’s take on the NFL draft in 2017.

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.

http://www.thescarstory.com/video

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.

 

Tame Fear–Live The Life You Want

As women of a certain age we have always told others not to be afraid. We’ve told them they could do it, gather up the courage and go for it. It has become second nature for us to give encouragement–to be the head cheerleader cheering them on.

When others have faltered we have pushed them to get and keep trying. We have instilled in them the sense that they could indeed tame and conquer the wild animal name Fear.  As they struggled we told them they could start that business, go back to school, travel alone, write that blog–do anything if they worked hard. What’s holding you back from “living your life”?

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Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Tame the wild animal called Fear and live the life you want.

What You Get In A Room Of Outstanding Women–Knowledge

It is amazing what you can get when you have a room full of outstanding women networking and learning from each other.  The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce did exactly that at the beautiful Fort Worth Club in downtown Fort Worth.  It seemed liked everyone was there–including Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price.

This amazing program was put on by what the Fort Worth Chamber calls one of their small groups–Women Influencing Business which by the turnout is no longer a small group.  Women Influencing Business made the most of time and space by presenting two excellent programs in the span of a few knowledge filled hours.

The first part of the program was a panel (Staying on Top of Your Game!) with a question and answer section moderated by the groups’ chairperson, Anne Holland and featured three great speakers:

  • Mayor Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth
  • Susan Nix, Founder of Susan Nix Consulting Group
  • Leah King, Vice President & Marketing Director of Northstar Bank

During the luncheon, just as women do–we multitasked by networking and listening to a very informative speaker–Dr. Rachel Croson of the University of Texas at Arlington.  Dr. Croson spoke on Women and Negotiation (You’ve Got the Power!).

The networking was contagious and continued even into the valet line.  Women Influencing Business had indeed gotten their message across.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”!  Stay on top of your game, and you do have the power!

 

Weekend At The Delta Street Inn B&B

I’ve always liked getaways that are sort of spur of the moment. When my friend said let’s go, I was packed and ready to travel.  With Christmas music blaring, we were off. Going to Jefferson, Texas to stay at the Delta Street Inn B&B was a complete joy.  Since the two of us like history, staying in a historical house was really interesting.  The owners Bob and Pam make each guest feel right at home. The weekend had great food, wine, conversation and especially great friendship.

To read more about this wonderful B&B go to:

http://www.deltastreetinn.com/

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. 

Protecting Women & Children (New Friends New Life)

AMAL CLOONEY TO KEYNOTE WINGS LUNCHEON BENEFITING NEW FRIENDS NEW LIFE ON APRIL 14

Internationally Known Attorney and Human Rights Activist Shares Nonprofit’s Passion to Protect Women and Children, Combat Human Trafficking and Provide Healing and Hope

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(From New Friends New Life) New Friends New Life, a nonprofit organization that restores and empowers formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and children, announces that Amal Clooney will headline its 13th Annual WINGS Luncheon on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the Hilton Anatole Dallas.  She and her husband, famed actor and director, George Clooney, share a passion for philanthropic work with a focus on protecting human rights.  This will be her first trip to Dallas.

The Honorable Jeanne Johnson Phillips will serve as luncheon chair for the second year in a row.  Honorary Co-Chairs the former First Lady Laura Bush and Ruth Altshuler, also in their second year with the WINGS Luncheon, are joined this year by Caren Prothro and Annette Simmons as well as Board Chair Nancy Ann Hunt.

“As a human rights activist on a global scale, Amal Clooney is a perfect voice to advocate against a crime that is happening in our own backyard,” said Jeanne Johnson Phillips.  “The subject of sex trafficking and the sex industry as a whole were rarely spoken of just a few years ago, but thanks to the incredible work of organizations like New Friends New Life and a corporate community that is willing to step forward with funding, we are making huge strides to end human trafficking in Dallas and throughout Texas and empower its survivors. Clooney’s knowledge, experience, and presentation will help us educate the community and send a strong message that Dallas is a no tolerance zone for human trafficking as we strive to protect our children, an estimated 400 teens on the streets each night – the most vulnerable targets of human traffickers.”

A Lebanese-British barrister, human rights activist, philanthropist, and author, Amal Clooney’s long and accomplished career in the fields of international law and human rights have won her international acclaim. Her recent work as of 2015 has been in the field of advocating for the protection of women against physical and sexual violence in combat zones.

Serving more than 1,200 women and children annually, New Friends New Life provides holistic services for sexually exploited girls, women, and their children including access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health and spiritual support.  By partnering with law enforcement, corporate sponsors, community organizations and individual donors and volunteers, New Friends New Life helps to provide legal assistance, medical services, budget counseling, job-readiness training, and educational opportunities. The nonprofit’s High Risk and Trafficked Teen Girls Program offers sexual abuse recovery groups for adolescents, teaching girls, ages 12 to 17, how to define, recognize, and ultimately recover from abuse.  The program is an intervention and prevention effort to help girls avoid a lifetime of exploitation as human trafficking victims.

Past WINGS luncheon speakers have included Kevin Costner, Sally Field, Barbara P. Bush, Nicholas Sparks, and Harriet Miers.

Sponsorships are available, ranging from $2,000 to $100,000.  Contact Kelly Cruse, wings@newfriendsnewlife.org, (214) 965-0935.

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