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Love Your Gray Hair So It Will Love You Back! #over50 #beautyover50 #over50beauty

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After taking my Christmas selfie, I looked at the photo and noticed a small gray hair on my cheek. I started to re-take the photo, but then I decided to let that gray hair be. That gray hair says “See me!” My gray hair has a life of it’s own. My gray hair walks into the room before I do! My gray hair announces to the world: “Look at me!” When I walk into a restaurant, the young waitresses look at the top of my head. Sometimes they ask, “Is it real?” Several years ago, I was standing in line at a Health and Fitness Expo, and I could hear two women behind me trying to figure out if my hair color was a new color. I smiled, turned around and said, “No, it’s natural.” They apologized. I said “No problem.” My husband laughed. I wear hats to protect my skin and hair from the sun, wind, and cold. When I wear hats, I can pretend I’m younger than I am because you can’t see most of the gray. However, gray hair pokes out from behind, saying “You will not deny me!” You may ask, “Why not dye your hair?” I can’t. The reason — my Mom. When she was in her death bed at the hospital, a few days before she died, I was sitting in a chair at the foot of her bed. She complained that she really wanted to go to the hair salon. I smiled, and admired her full head of gray. It was like a shiny halo around her head. Mom never died her hair, and neither will I. My gray hair is a testament of a precious gift from my Mom and Dad.

How do I keep my gray hair shining like Christmas tree tinsel?

  1. Omega 3
  2. Scalp Moisturizer such as Dudley’s Hair and Scalp Conditioner, 4 Ounce
  3. Water Hydrates Skin, Scalp and Hair
  4. Special Shampoo and Conditioner for Gray Hair such as Clairol Shimmer Lights 16 oz. Shampoo + 16 oz. Conditioner (Combo Deal)

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Saying Goodbye to Your #Career … #retire #retirement #retireinspired

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When I left my job for the last time, I drove away with a tear in my eye. I played a sad song on the CD player, drove down the street, and prayed that I made the right decision. My mind still wanted to work, but my body was tired. Job stress was affecting my health. When I was younger, I could ignore or shake off the stress. In my mid 50s, I started feeling the effects of stress. I had to make a choice between the nice paychecks and my health/life. I had worked so long and hard to establish my career, and advance through the corporate ranks. I didn’t want to give it up, but I had to. I did not want to push the limits, and end up on a gurney in an emergency vehicle heading to the hospital! I wanted to walk away on my own terms with my head held high.

It has been one year since I retired. I don’t regret my decision at all. During the past year, my focus has been my health. Every single day, I focus on getting enough rest, eating right, drinking lots of water, exercising at least 30 minutes per day. I try my best to stay calm, but I have had some challenges. My husband and I retired at the same time, so we are both in the house at the same time (smiles). It is a huge adjustment. We talk alot so we can work though the logistics, misunderstandings … The one thing I miss about the workplace is the social interaction. I miss some of my co-workers, so I try to stay in touch via email, and having lunch every now and then. For a delightful book on getting older and better, click Over 60 and Picking Up Speed: A Spring Chicken Tells How Not To Make A Career Out of Growing Older. For more on mid-life career changes, click Mid-Life Career Rescue Series Box Set (Books 1-3):The Call For Change, What Makes You Happy, Employ Yourself: How to change careers, confidently leave … you hate, and start living a life you love,.

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Diamond Jubilee Gala! #givingback #charity #activeretirement

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“Giving back” feels good. Helping those who are less fortunate is a noble thing to do. If you can have some fun while raising funds, that’s a bonus! The Diamond Jubilee Gala brought together local politicians, business owners, and citizens to eat, socialize, dance, and honor high school students who are striving to succeed. Most of all, we enjoyed the dancing because it gives us an opportunity to exercise and have fun! It also reminds us of our first few dates, when we danced the night away! Take a look at the new line dance called the Wobble. These are over 50 folks who can stay in step with each other and the music by the Blue Notes Jazz Band!

The ballroom decorations were absolutely stunning!

An enormous crystal chandelier dominated the ballroom!

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#Retirement is #Walking Around the #Lake on #Weekdays! #retireyourway

Retirement gives you the freedom to schedule activities during non-peak times. For example, the lake is very popular on the weekends. The narrow walkway is filled with joggers, bicyclists, strollers, dogs, children, and their parents. However, on the weekdays, the walkway is wide open! You can walk with your arms extended and open to the awesome nature surrounding you! After working for decades, your body clock is so tuned to postpone activities until the weekends. Once you retire, it seems like a revelation when you can schedule recreation on the weekdays. You feel like you’re playing hookie! Years ago, I read the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex,which said that connecting with nature is an excellent way to reduce stress. Paraphrasing John Gray, “nature absorbs your stress.” One of the most special retirement moments is the moment when you realize you can schedule fun activities on weekdays!

While driving around Newport News, Virginia, we discovered City Center at Oyster Point! It was Memorial Day weekend and the Navy band was performing near a gorgeous lake! We took a nice, relaxing walk around the lake a enjoyed the free concert!

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#Retirement is Taking Leisurely #Walk After Dr’s Appt! #retired #retireyourway

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American employers typically provide 2 weeks of vacation and 1 week of sick leave in benefits packages. If you have a doctor’s appointment, you need to use leave to go, which means at least a few hours away from the job. I usually made my doctor’s appointments in the morning, so that I could work about 5 hours in the afternoon. Rush hour traffic, waiting for the doctor to see me, ate into my leave, which caused a little stress/tension. The old saying “time is money” was always present. As soon as my appointment was over, I would rush to my car, and head to work. If I had to drive downtown for my appointment, it made for an extra long day. Now, when I have a doctor’s appointment, I can actually enjoy the surrounding area! For instance, I just had a mammogram in a suburban office park. For the first time in my life, I left the appointment and took a leisurely walk around the block. It’s early Autumn so the flowers are still blooming. Office parks usually have very nice landscaping, so I admired all of the lovely combinations of evergreens, coleus and flowers!

During the past few years, doctor’s appointments have made me a little anxious. Not that I am over 50, I must be afraid of what I am going to learn! Taking a leisurely walk after the appointment helps calm my body … The bright yellow Chrysanthemums bring a smile to my face!

Walking is fantastic exercise, and it’s free! It’s good for our cardiovascular system, and builds muscles in our lower bodies. Our primary focus at The Fifty Plus Network is health and wellness. Follow our Healthy Lifestyle board on Pinterest below.

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When you are finally able to enjoy your #home & #garden all day long …

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Think about it … for more than 30 years, you work hard and save to purchase your home. Just about every day, you have to get up and go somewhere, like work or school or both! You never truly have the time to lounge around and enjoy your home … until you retire. When you retire, you have all day long to enjoy your interior decorating, or change it. When you retire, you have all day long to enjoy the art on the walls, or change it! When you retire, you have all day long to enjoy your newly remodeled kitchen or bathroom. When your retire, you have all day long to downsize and declutter. When you retire, you have all day long to walk outside and check on your garden to see what’s blooming, and what needs help. When you retire, you have all day long to look up at the sky, and watch the clouds float by. When your retire, you have all day long to take a walk around the lake on a weekday.

When you retire, you have all day long to pursue hobbies that bring joy to your life. You can spend all day long perfecting your craft.

When you are retired, you don’t have to request permission to take vacation days. You just get up, pack, and go! When you are retired and go on vacation, you don’t have to worry about the work piling up while you are away. When you are retired, you don’t have to call in to your boss when you aren’t feeling well enough to work.

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#Retirement Planner Recommends 2-3 Yrs of Living Expenses for #Retirees!

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We got up at 5:30 am on Saturday morning to attend a retirement planning seminar. The most important advice imparted by the speaker was the following: Retirees should have 2 – 3 years worth of living expenses stashed away for emergencies! Why? The reason is that it takes 3 years (on average) to recover from a bear market. What is a bear market? Think back to the Autumn of 2008, when the stock market dropped 50% over a 6 month period of time from September 29, 2008 to March 5, 2009. That was the beginning of the bear market. The speaker said that it usually takes about 3 years for the economy to recover from a bear market. Therefore, it is crucial to retirees’ survival to have 2 – 3 years of living expenses to pay bills, and stay afloat. If a retiree has to spend down their retirement accounts to pay bills, they may have to sell stocks or mutual funds at depressed prices. In farmer parlance, that is called “eating your seed corn.”

Where To Stash Emergency Fund?

When saving for the emergency fund, the speaker advised safe bank accounts insured by the FDIC. Brick and mortar banks pay less interest than online banks, but pre-retirees and retirees are most likely more comfortable with brick and mortar banks. It is reassuring to know we can reach our brick and mortar bank in a few minutes, and access our funds. To learn more about bull and bear stock markets, click Stock Market 101: From Bull and Bear Markets to Dividends, Shares, and Margins―Your Essential Guide to the Stock Market (Adams 101).

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#Over50 #Skincare! #beautyover50 #over50beauty #beauty

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The temperatures are falling in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. If you are approaching or over 50, and have dry skin, my dermatologist says the skin develops microscopic cracks in colder weather. Therefore, we need to take extra time to apply oils and moisturizers that protect our skin. Before I hit my fifties, I never noticed my skin getting drier in the Autumn and Winter months. Now, as soon as the temperatures drop in Autumn, my lips, hands, feet, and scalp are drier! I even have to use OLIVE SWEET OIL W/DROPPER 1 OZ since my ear canals get very dry! Just before going to bed, I use Body Wonders Castor Oil, Hexane Free for Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails, 16 fl oz / 473 ml on my hands, feet, elbows, and knees. For my lips, I keep Chapstick Classic Medicated Lip Balm, 0.15 Ounce, 3 Count with me at all times! After my morning shower, I absolutely love The Body Shop Body Butter, Shea, 6.75 Ounce (Packaging May Vary)! It is thick and creamy; it smells delicious; and it keeps my body soft and supple!

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9 #Spices & #Herbs Improve #Health! #healthylifestyle #healthyliving

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We are always looking for natural health solutions. Why? 3 important reasons:

  1. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs have side effects
  2. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be very expensive
  3. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be ineffective

Several years ago, my doctor prescribed Zetia since I had high cholesterol. The pills were very small and fairly inexpensive, but I was hesitant to take prescription drugs. I took a few of the Zetia, but decided I would rather change my diet to reduce my cholesterol. It took many years to change my diet, lose weight, and reduce my cholesterol, but I accomplished my goal! In the meantime, studies discovered that Zetia was ineffective. It did not reduce cholesterol at all. If I had continued to take Zetia, I would have spent lots of money over the years, and my liver would have had to process Zetia for no reason at all. For details on Zetia, click here. One of the most effective spices is Tumeric. We use it to add flavor and health benefits to our Navy Bean recipe. For 10 proven health benefits of Tumeric, click here. For 9 spices and herbs that improve your health, click here. For more on healing spices click Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease.

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8 Daily Habits of Ecstatic Couples! #relationships #marriage

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Are you aware of what happens to your body when you go to bed angry? I know because I’ve done it before and I vowed I would never do it again … Your blood pressure stays elevated all night long, and your whole body is tense. It’s not good for your health and it’s not good for your relationship. Not going to bed angry is just one of the 8 daily habits of wildly happy couples. To learn the other 7 habits, click here. K-Y Yours and Mine Couples Lubricant, 3 Ounce

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