“One of the best memories for me as a child and as an adult was the sense of community. There were gatherings and everyone would bring something. Such as at military balls, where even though you may be far away from your actual family, you had your adopted family there for you in an instant. I am so proud of my family and I respect them so much for all they did, do, and gave up for our freedom. Without them we would not be the independent nation we are. Each year my daughter helps raise funds for @WreathsAcross
, and her goal is that every US veteran buried at a Veteran’s cemetery across the world will have a wreath placed during the holidays. Each year my son and daughter join me in volunteering to place wreaths, and afterwards we visit our loved ones’ plots. I come from a long line of military and am a former military spouse. I have family that fought in the American Revolutionary war. My mom was in the Air Force, her husband is still in the reserves and about to retire. My dad was in the Army. My grandfather was in the Army Air Corp. My great-aunt repaired and helped build airplanes on the home front during WWII. The ladies would fly them overseas for our men, get everybody back on one plane and fly home, repeatedly. I pray that younger generations will continue to respect and honor our men and women in service or retired.” - Violet Jung, CDP, Salize Coordinator at Avanti Senior Living Augusta Pines • Here is Violet’s great aunt carrying out her WWII duties, and a few images Violet captured from Augusta Pines’ Veteran’s celebration. Thank you Violet for sharing your story! And thank you to our #AvantiVeterans
and to all those that serve.
Aging is not the problem-fearing it is. We’re all getting older, we just don’t have to get OLD. In our youth obsessed culture I know women have it harder than men. But it’s up to us what mindset we buy into.
People, especially women get old in their heads first. Stop thinking about aging and just get on with living well. The idea is to live life fully while you still can.
The idea is to live with as much childlike wonder, curiosity, gratitude and amazement as you can muster.
Take care of yourself in the healthiest ways available to you-but ultimately it’s a youthful attitude that is essential to aging well.
Don’t compare yourself to anyone-even yourself at a younger age.
Fill your life with things and people that make you radiantly ALIVE.
That’s the true key to aging well-aliveness, joy, change, risk, trust in life and in oneself, self-acceptance and love.
And stop trying to fit into a mold of how the world thinks you should look and behave.
The older I get the freer I become and the less I care what others think of me.
In fact I don’t think of it at all. (One of the many benefits of aging.)
And really, please stop asking for permission to take care of yourself.
And stop wasting time trying to please others-it will make you bitter and resentful which will definitely make you old before your time.
Aging is not a problem to fix-it’s a gift and a privilege.
Stop fretting and start celebrating-every single precious day.
You will never be as young or old as you are now. ❤️
"May 8, 1976, Saturday night. I met my wife that night. When we first met we didn't like each other. I went out that night because my friend wanted to go out. He wanted to go out and hang out with a girl he liked, and that girl brought her friend (my current wife) along. So, I was just talking to her, so my friend could talk to her friend, cause they liked each other. I was the wing-man, stopping that blocking that women do. We were smart guys, we knew that, that's why he wanted me to come along. When we got together again for a second night I was very impressed. She was so much nicer and friendlier, easier to talk to. The first time I met her she was so conservative and proper but when I met her that second time, we went to a disco club, and that second time I was just like, 'Woah'. That's when I knew, and I took the time to really meet her that time.“ #BayAlarmMedical
NanoFractional - This procedure combines the benefits of microneedling with radio frequency heating of the skin. The heating stimulates the skin to produce collagen and elastin fibers, resulting in smoother, firmer skin that looks noticeably more youthful. Notice the elimination of the fine lines under this patients eyes.
My daily mindset begins with~
3.Writing in my gratitude journal📝
It sets the tone for the rest of the day and prepares me mentally for what comes my way (sounds like a song)🎶😇
When I deviate from this, believe me, it totally affects the rest of my day..¸¸¸.•**•.¸.☼◠‿◠
Another angle, same exercise
First time.. I put a 50lbs dumbbell to secure the bench 🤷🏽♀️
Thanks giving week so I feel generous lol I will post May new thing today 😊
of Queen Cleopatra intrigued many men and women for centuries. She is one of the most famous figures of antique times and her fame stays alive up until now. Obviously, she was very exceptional woman and she loved herself. One of her famous beauty secrets was to sleep with a #goldenmask
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8 year difference, adopted a child,changed careers, diagnosed with a new liver disease, lost 80 pounds, competed in a Bodybuilding Competition. Its been quite a ride. I have learned so much about myself, my determination, my capabilities, my vulnerabilities, my insecurities, my fears and my goals. 2019 will be another year of learning and growth as I understand my new health diagnosis and complete my PT certification. Never stop learning, growing and being open to opportunities.
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Hello friends! Dental health and white teeth are important to me and on the blog today I'm collaborating with Smile Brilliant showcasing their new cariPRO electronic toothbrush. If you click on the link in my profile it will take you directly to the post where you can register for a FREE toothbrush as well as get a discount off your cariPRO electric toothbrush. I have been using this toothbrush for the last month now and I love it! #whiteteeth #smilebrilliant #cariPRO #aginggracefully #smilefearlessly
Art therapy is an amazing way to stimulate creativity, increase mindfulness and reduce cortisol levels in the body. An added benefit for those with dementia is the ability of art to stir a sense of childhood nostalgia and sometimes awaken sleeping memories. Grab some watercolours, a pack of washable markers, or some coloured pencils for your loved one and watch them get lost in the creative process.
Photo credit: @itsmaryyoung
What Is Double Cleansing, and Should You Be Doing It?🤔 Have you assumed that double cleansing just meant washing your face twice?
Double cleansing actually means using two different types of #cleanser
to properly remove impurities and effectively cleanse your #skin
. By using both an oil-based and a water-based cleanser, you can remove more of the pore clogging and irritating environmental agents that lend themselves to breakouts and loss of #elasticity
Ohhhhh y’all!! Here’s some #reallife
for ya!!! 🤪
For the past two days I have been trying desperately to clone Mars....yes you read that right...clone Mars! ☄️What am I talking about?
Yes dear friends even as a level 45 🎮 player in this crazy thing we call life I am successfully growing the most painful zit EVER...and right on the top of my nose!👃🏼
And just in time for the holidays!! 🦃 Yeehaw!! 🤠 Thank you hormones!! 🙄 #lifebonus
BUT WAIT....it gets better!
So, I remember back in my high school days (yes y’all I remember back that far 😜) in my prime years of acne...although I was pretty lucky, I didn’t really break out much, but when I did it would be some big red honker 🔴 that everyone would notice!!! 😱 At least you thought they did anyway!
Let me just say I was so excited when they came out with the tinted Clearasil!! 💃🏻
But the one zit I feared getting most 😳...the one I would literally pray that I wouldn’t get, the one that no amount of tinted Clearasil would cover, was the dreaded NOSE pimple! It was like a huge sign that just screamed STOP ✋🏼 look at me 🙋🏻♀️...we are auditioning for the circus 🎪 today!
It was the worst...at least it was for me! 🤦🏻♀️ I hated it then and y’all I’m NO 🚫 fan of it now! I mean seriously at this age...it’s like a prank! 😤
Here’s the irony of all this...tonight, me and my wanna be planet, get to go back to High School! 🤗 We get to sit in the gym together like the ol’ days!! Because my boy has a basketball game! 🏀
But nothing thing would stop me from supporting him and all those fellas on his team! 😍 Not even a mini planet on my nose! 🌎
Let’s just hope it’s not to distracting for our team! 🤣 I did try to cover it up with some makeup though...you know just in case! 😂
I apologize in advance to my fellow basketball parents, the fans and all the student body...cause you will stare, you won’t be able to help it but I promise it won’t reach out to touch you...it might wave at you though....it kinda has a mind of its own! 🧠 Don’t be scared...wave back! 🤪
Man if only we had real life filters in times like these! Oh well here’s to the real life moments, even the zitty ones! 🥰
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👉🏻you could replace the fine lines and dry skin with a glowing, smooth complexion?
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states: "Your skin reflects the way you live. Having a healthy lifestyle is key to attractive skin. So eat your vegetables! Veggies rich in the antioxidant #vitamins
A, C, and E -- such as spinach, carrots, tomatoes and red peppers -- slow the signs of skin #aging
. Regular exercise benefits skin by improving circulation. Chronic stress can have a negative impact on skin, so getting enough sleep and doing relaxation exercises are also good for skin. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above is yet another way to keep your skin healthy." I totally agree! A healthier world begins with you!
Trying to reacquaint myself with my own face. Post Vision Quest so much has changed, I barely know this face. I often compare myself to my younger self, a pointless activity that fucks with my serenity. But it’s like, knee-jerk automatic.
So, I’ve been working on that: auto-pilot negativity. Meditation is great for this. And breath-work.
I am actively working on coming to terms with getting older. It’s front and centre, screaming in my face every day.
I pray for a culture that lets women age gracefully.
I’m not old dammit! I’m still the same Sky I always was...albeit a bit wiser. Ok a LOT wiser 😊. And I guess that’s the whole point of the endeavour.
But I’m not young either. Not anymore. I’m not growing up anymore, I’m growing older.
I don’t want to be young again. Gods! The mistakes, the awkwardness, the fuck ups that took years to mend. Nope 👎 I’m pretty happy with where I’m at - and I’m happy that all of that led me here. Today. In ‘middle-age’ (shudder). Why does that term make my skin crawl? 🤔
I think it’s ‘cause when I was in my 20s people in their 40s looked ancient to me. They’d be achey and overweight and just dripping wrinkles and regrets... do you think people age differently these days? Is it just my generation? Us Gen Xrs refuse to let that old dog lie down!
I’ll be talking more about this as I work through this stretching. No, I don’t want to be young. The VQ showed me how preoccupied I’ve been with it though, on a subconscious level. What I want, is to be healthy, comfortable in my skin, full of compassion, gratitude. And grace.
#NoComfortZone #MiddleAgedGoddess #VisionQuest #GenX #ItsNotThe90s #MyYoungerSelf #SelfAcceptance #AgingGracefully #ProudMama #SpiritMAMA
Just be you, be beautiful and be comfortable in your own skin.
Moms arnt allowed downtime lol .. .
Day 6 and I’m up , face on , gear pack , and lots of fun stuff for the boys today and I didn’t want to miss out because my mouth ! ..
Pampered myself with a pedicure !!! The small things make you feel good!!! .
Also massaging the jaw has been a worlds of difference!! I feel like a new woman !!! Well almost!