There is something about turning 40 that feels so right. It is the age I have been longing to reach but never knew it until I saw it approaching my doorstep.
When I was a young adolescent I used to think any woman over the age of 40 was old. Back then, old to me was wrinkly retirement age. Although I see my wrinkles, I am far from retiring. Goodness, my life has only just begun! I look at these wrinkles with acceptance. For every wrinkle I see…I acknowledge another year of wisdom.
As I inch closer to 40, I notice significant changes. I have a sense of knowing, of trust because I now listen to my intuitive self. I take decisive action with crystal clear clarity, something I never had in my 20′s. The courage I have today is driven by passion and purpose and not thrown about through reckless or careless acts. I care little for what people think of me but have value for my own self respect. No matter how difficult it is to accept the laws of gravity, I no longer worry about what my butt looks like naked because at this age… I care less about the vessel and more about the substance – my inner beauty.
I look back to when I was 19 and can laugh at the realisation of actually being clueless. When you’re young you think you know it all and you don’t need anyone else to tell you otherwise. Approaching 40, you have years of wisdom through life experience and you’re always open to the advice of others.
I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the wisdom in my years and the years in my wisdom. Let’s accept our age with grace and wisdom. It is simply a number we put on our attitude and in todays world, it’s all about rocking our attitude with gratitude! Oh and one other thing – I feel so much sexier at this age than I ever did at 25. There is nothing more sexy than a strong, confident woman who knows what she wants, and has the balls to go out and get it. YES PLEASE!
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Jillian Michaels. I love her tough training style with her kick-ass attitude and I’ve watched with admiration as her career grew from strength to strength through the years. Jillian pushed long and hard to prove that she was more than just an uber-tough trainer by consistently reinventing herself. Now known as an uber-passionate health and wellness expert, her wealth of knowledge in the field of ‘LIFE’ is impressive. With no limitations to her reach, it should come as no surprise that adding ‘Mommy’ to her lengthy resume was simply the next step in the process.
In true Jillian Michaels style, she’s gone bootcamp mommy! Following a lengthy adoption process Jillian recently brought her little girl Lukensia home from Haiti. In the same week her partner Heidi gave birth to their son Phoenix. Double whammy! Congratulations Mommy’s.
I met Jillian back in March at the Get Radical Women’s conference and noticed a profound transformation. While speaking about her journey into parenting, she oozed a warmth we don’t often see in the media. I witnessed a gentle, nurturing, vulnerable side – hallelujah the girl is normal!
I love that during a very intimate and personal time in her life with the birth of their son and the arrival of their adopted daughter she made the choice to speak publicly about her relationship with her female partner. Being a parent puts life into perspective for you. You question what is important in your life and the influence you have over your children with the choices you make. In the scheme of it all, whom you choose to love should bear no relevance to your ability to raise a family.
I can’t help but feel a sense of pride when I see someone of celebrity status that I admire, known for her healthy wholesome living, in a healthy gay relationship, with the opportunity to raise healthy happy children. You can take this any way you like, but this is progress!
Thanks for being a part of the change we need to see in the world girls.
God love America! First, you elect an African American President and then, he becomes the first President in history to publicly endorse same-sex marriage. Bravo!
People are questioning why President Obama has suddenly ‘come out’ in support of gay marriage. Seriously, does it really matter? He made a BOLD move at the right time. Well, a little late in the game, but the only thing that matters here is that he has done the right thing.
We should be given the right to marry who we choose to. We should not dictate the lives of others by telling them who they can and cannot love. Whether you be gay, straight, black, white – this is about civil rights and in essence – equal rights.
Let’s set the record straight. I’m not religious, I belong to no religion. But I am not an atheist, because I do believe in a Higher Being, and I refer to my Higher Being as the Lord, however my faith is based purely on my Spiritual beliefs.
The day I rocked up, I was super late. They had closed the inside of the Spiritual Centre (where they deliver the Service) because they were at full occupancy this day. But outside the centre were swarms of faithful followers settling into the meditation sessions that were partitioned off around the courtyard. I desperately wanted to attend the Service inside because I had not come all the way from Australia to stand outside and meditate. It was simply by miracle I was introduced to a who’s who in the zoo and ended up with a front row seat directly beneath the feet of Dr Beckwith himself.
From the moment I walked into the room the energy was electrifying. A surreal experience because it felt like I was floating on air. Besides the Choir in full song and swing, the artistic stage performers, the sermon delivered with the power of wisdom, what I love most about Agape is that you don’t need to be of any particular religion to attend a Service here. In fact, you can be of any religion, or no religion. You are not judged, you are not criticised. I love the concept, because it suggests that all of us are born equal and all of us deserve unconditional love. Such is the name Agape, in greek means ‘love’.
This gig is all about a Spiritual awakening of sorts. If you find yourself in Los Angeles, drop in and allow your soul to be stirred.
While I was in NYC I took the time to check out YogaWorks on the Westside for a particular class called AntiGravity Yoga. Think Cirque Du Soleil… ah-mazing!
Over the last 20 years my interest in Yoga has been fairly inconsistent. I love the benefits of traditional Yoga, but when you spice up the mat work with a new twist of gravity defying acts while your body is suspended from the ceiling in a cloth, similar to that of a hammock- it feels so surreal, once you get your flow on. One minute you’re gliding through the air like a trapeze artist, the next you’re hanging upside down like Batman. Definitely not for the faint hearted though. I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t already the latest craze. Jump on it…or in it!
Following two jam-packed content-rich days of self discovery and transformation. Sharing, learning, laughing, yearning. Watching power women, making power moves! Today, in our final hurrah, Doreen Rainey saved the best for last.
Spellbound by her stage presence, words can not describe the power this woman has. So, I’m going to let you experience it for yourself…
Lisa Nichols - this woman is unique, she really is something special! She was catapulted into international stardom through her appearance on ‘The Secret’. Known as a the ‘Breakthrough Specialist’, a ‘Change Agent’, a charismatic Teacher, a powerful Coach. Yes, she is all of these things, but she is so much more than that. The moment she descended upon us, it took less than a few seconds to realise she had been sent from the Heavens. She came with wings! I mean big mothers. Signed, sealed, delivered by the Big Man himself.
I left that day…with a feeling of enlightenment. Almost as if I had been touched by an Angel.
The english dictionary needs to be rewritten for the RADICAL species out there, because there are no words that can describe the FIERCE POWER that came out of that hall today.
It was a breath of early morning fresh air when the STUNNING Ali Brown rocked up on stage. Everything this woman touches turns to gold. The ‘go to’ girl for entrepreneurial success. We were entertained by the very spirited Suze Orman. She certainly is Queen of figures, but this 60 ‘something’ year old has a secret weapon and it’s her FABULOUS figure! What a spunk! It’s no surprise, this hot little number Jillian Michaels had the girls going crazy over her…yes, you guessed it – fitness tips. And horse names and a cheeky little butt flaunt. She has a reputation for being tough, but today we saw gentle, nurturing and a very raw authentic self. Confronted by mommy-hood, this new transition in her life brings out a different side to her televised rough exterior. Seriously, this girl just turned up the heat! Today, these ladies gave us RADICAL! That’s what we came for girls. That’s what we got.
We got a little bit CRAZY, not the ‘cuckoo’ kind but the EMPOWERED kind.
Day two – YES! We found our FIERCE today!
Quote of the day: Our courage has not caught up with our opportunities – Ali Brown
Suze Orman Struts Her Stuff
Jillian Michaels Mommy Diary
One more super polished pearl necklace of wisdom…
The radical entrepreneur who stole the show tonight at the Awards ceremony was Terry Hawkins . A phenomenal speaker with magic in her performance, she had us in tears of sorrow, tears of side splitting laughter and tears of joy. I just couldn’t leave this update without sharing the entire gem she left us with tonight. It’s a long one, so get cosy. Enjoy!
BOOM! A phenomenal way to start the Get Radical Women’s conference in Washington DC today. The stage exploded with entertainers who deserve to be by noticed by Oprah. Doreen Rainey was looking her fabulous self, talking her fabulous get real spiel. There were ‘aha’ and ‘uh-oh’ moments coming from Monique Greenwood. You got to check this girl out! The very talented and oh so fine, Cortney Hicks from Majic DC 102.3 was the hostess with the mostest, while Brandi Mitchell pulled out some real smooth moves with her real smooth make-overs. So want to be her client right now! The best part of the day? Meeting ordinary women, doing extraordinary things!
I’m bringing you 3 days coverage, from the INSIDE, from my very own FRONT STAGE VIP seat at the 4th Annual Get Radical Women’s Conference in Washington DC!!! Brought to us by the fabulous, the gorgeous and very successful Life Coach, Doreen Rainey.
Watch this space, as I give you the scoop from the inside, with some great shots and video, not to be missed!
Most recently, I have been working with clients who are striving to reach their weight loss goals. Time and time again, I hear the same desperate cries, “I just want to be skinny!” It made me question, why is being ‘skinny’ the focus?
Where is the value in wanting to feel ‘healthy’? Why isn’t feeling ‘fit’ and ‘strong’ – physically, emotionally and mentally not the passion behind our weight loss goals?
Should the desire to become skinny be the primary goal of any new or existing exercise program?