Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Social Media for Seniors

This Is How it Works: Social Media Tips for Seniors

Seniors are one of the fastest growing groups on social media (websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin). They are realizing that social media can be a great tool for staying in contact with family and friends, sharing photos, and sharing their ideas. If you are a senior who has been debating whether or not to start using social media, never say never.
senior-social-mediaMashable released an article about Anna Stoehr, a 113 year old woman who recently started an account on Facebook. She was trying to sign up before her birthday so that she could get some happy birthday posts from family members, but there was a problem. When she signed up she found that Facebook wouldn’t let her enter her true age in, so she had to change it to the spry age of 99 to get her account rolling.
The internet can be a tricky place to navigate, with some interesting rules that are supposed to be followed. Don’t let that deter you though. It is completely possible for anyone to figure out if they have the patience, or especially some help.

Please read the rest of this article by clicking HERE

Thank you to Kathryn Auerbach for inviting me to participate in such an important article about and for seniors!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

People Will Talk!

People will talk!  And we certainly hope so.  There's so much to say, so much to share so I hope you are getting ready to share your experiences, your stories, your wisdom as we create a new and more beautiful than before platform for you!  This year we're breaking molds, getting uncomfortably out there, going to be seen, naked, naked? well you know, no holding back.  You know the feeling - like an "old fashioned" record player, victrola, stereo needle gets stuck in the groove? Well, we're moving it on over!   Wow, can I take this back?  Nooooooo!!!!    See, and I mean, SEE you soon!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Please stay tuned!  I am so excited! We are constructing a new website, and reconstructing our blog!  We're going to have videos, resources, photography, guest posts and oh so much more!

Beauty and Wisdom is expanding!!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Peggy, beautiful and wise then, beautiful and wise now.

 One of the things I love about my work is that it connects me with other people and their
stories and memories of their grandmothers, mothers, friends, aunts and whoever has touched
their lives.  I had the pleasure of meeting Peter through one of the recently published 
articles about Beauty and Wisdom and offered to share his mom with the viewers and readers
of the Beauty and Wisdom blog. 
This is Peggy from her wedding  day in 1957.  She never had any wedding photos until her son
Peter, found a box of slides in the basement that she had never seen. They were too poor to
afford a photographer, but someone had taken photos and they were forgotten.
Peter's father passed before ever seeing these.
 This is Peggy now in a photo taken at Peter's wedding in may.  Peter pointed out that 
his mom was the one smiling.... but it was obvious that this was the same woman 
from the earlier picture, with the same spirit, same smile.... beautiful... and wise.
Thank you Peter for sharing your mum with us!! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

83 and flying high!!!

This is my very good friend's mom, Aliene, 83 who just did a bungy jump in Oregon.   EIGHTY-THREE!!!!   Now that's amazing and so is she.  Kudos Aliene!  Thank you for being a wonderful inspiration.

Obviously , we all don't have to bungy jump to be brave. However, Aliene definitely reminds us that bravery and courage is still part of our being at every age.

Rock on Aliene!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Small Manageable Steps

Wow, it's been 4 months since I've blogged or journaled.  Too many people are telling me about their journaling and I take that as a sign to get back on track and do it myself. (By the way, why doesn't my computer register the words journaling and journaled??)  I really like journaling and also blogging, but I don't have time to do both, so I will blog as a journal, and hopefully, somebody, somewhere, will relate and share their experiences too... sort of like pen pals... but through blogging.

Photo: RJK, Rome, Italy
It's ironic that my last blog talked about my hot yoga class because it was in hot yoga today, that I made the decision to write today. I've been meeting a lot of people where I live and I'm beginning to feel a little too exposed.... vulnerable, because the more I am out there, the more there is a chance of doing something, or not doing something, that will insult or rub someone the wrong way.  Can you say Weenie?!?  I feel like I've been in a fog of sorts trying to figure out my "next" step in life...of course, all the while, stepping anyway in the direction I am sure I need to go.  But every now and then, I feel like I'm not doing enough or making enough money or I'm just not living as purposeful as I think I can.  Sometimes, it is so difficult for me to be content, right where I am...   I have so many ideas that I get paralyzed and find it difficult to take a step towards taking action on any of them.  But today, I feel more encouraged about taking steps...even if they are baby steps... and as I write this I realize that it is exactly the size of the steps I think I need to take that trip me up.  Anne LaBorde, a wise therapist, once taught me that it's all about taking small manageable steps and I  believe that to be true. 

Another challenge that gets in the way is when I forget that who I am is enough and that "being seen" is only scary if I care too much what other people think.  I have to be who I am... all of who I am.  And even I don't like parts of me... but work on accepting myself and loving myself unconditionally.  Yesterday I downloaded "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown and I know I will glean a lot from her words and experiences.  I thoroughly enjoyed "The Power of Vulnerability" and now I need another dose of wise words that remind me to embrace my own vulnerability and be perfectly fine with it.  I've been there before, and I'll be there again.  I find being vulnerable to be so empowering, when I am completely present with it. 

I'll keep this short since writing today was my baby step.  Please share any of your experiences and baby steps to get the wheel going again in your life!  After all, Rome wasn't built in a day. :-)

Wishing you love and light on your journey....