Mid-Life and Millennial: Bridging The Gap

It’s finally here! Today is the day! The launch of the Bridge The Gap Campaign. The day 200 influencers-100 Mid-lifers and 100 Millennials are teaming up to show the world that we are truly #StrongerTogether!

I am beyond excited and happy to be part of this campaign!

This Bridge The Gap campaign unites the Mid-life and Millennial Demographics to blur artificial boundaries while encouraging Reciprocal Mentorship.

What exactly is Reciprocal Mentorship?

It’s a new and empowered way of bringing the generations together by each sharing their unique gifts with the other.

Isn’t one of the best things in life, some of the people we meet along the way?

I mentioned the campaign a couple of weeks ago and that I was paired with Lauren Dailey. Today, I am excited to introduce you to Lauren and her blog bohemianbythebay.

While, unfortunately, we weren’t able to meet in person, despite Lauren’s invitation to get together for coffee (she’s on the west coast I’m on the east, maybe, just a tad too far to go for a coffee) with the world of social media and email we were able to connect and get to know a little about each other. I was excited to get to know Lauren and learn her story.

What did I learn about Lauren?

I found there a several parallels in our stories. Surprised?

Lauren lives in Redondo Beach, CA with her kitty Penny, but she is originally from Colorado. She moved to LA after living in San Francisco for two years in order to pursue a new career and expand her blogging network. She started blogging while living in San Francisco and has been blogging for about three years.

This is what Lauren told me about her blog and her reason for starting it:

I started my blog as a creative outlet while I worked in finance in San Francisco and never thought it would become more… My blog is a place for others to find creative inspiration and find advice on how readers can be their most authentic selves.” 

Now, y’all know I have a little bohemian in me that tries to get out once in a while….maybe it’s time to let her out to play more often?

This is what Lauren told me inspired her to join “Bridging the Gap” and to be a part of this life-changing campaign:

“I wanted to be part of this campaign to challenge myself and do something out of the norm-I think that a lot of successful bloggers are older, and this just shows that you can start a blog and pursue your passion at whatever age!” 

You can follow Lauren and check out her amazing blog bohemianbythebay and on Instagram.

As women from seemingly different, yet similar, demographics we have so much to offer one another.

Those of you who know my story know that I moved several hundred miles away from my hometown many years ago, and that I started blogging to share my story and to encourage others (especially mid-lifers) to pursue their dreams and goals. It may not be easy, but I promise you: It will be worth it and you can do it!

I’m grateful for the opportunity to Bridge The Gap together and to develop an ongoing relationship where we can help one another.

Don’t you think it’s time we come together to bridge every single gap that’s out there? I think we have made substantial progress in letting go of many labels and divisions, yet there are many that still exist. When it comes to ageism, it doesn’t get talked about. Wouldn’t you agree it’s time to change that? Together, we intend to do just that.

How?

We can start by sharing with one another and embracing both for the greater good. There is energy and innovation in youth and wisdom and experience in midlife. Deep inside every Mid-life Woman, a Millennial exists and within every Millennial lies a future Mid-lifer to be. We invite you to join us, on this journey, as we show you that age is just a number. It’s your attitude about life that keeps you young or makes you old; don’t you agree?

Thank you, for Bridging The Gap with me as we are definitely: #StrongerTogether.

Until the next time

Janet

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Fashion Friday and Being A Little Silly

Happy Friday! Or as Noah has been saying lately Fri-Yay….where did a six-year-old get that from, lol!

Do you have plans for the weekend, yet?

It’s “The Man’s” Saturday to work so you know that usually means things will pretty much be low-key around here. Not like last weekend when I got a wild hair and called and made motel reservations in New Jersey.

Our granddaughter, Miss Mia, is having her first birthday party Sunday and I’m sure there will be a trip to that “big box store” but this week I don’t think it’s avoidable….

I can’t believe we have made it through a full week of fall and it still feels like summer. The heat index was almost 100 a couple of days ago! This won’t last much longer, I’m sure. It seems our weather is trying to make a turn toward more seasonal temps this weekend; which is fine. It’s time for everything pumpkin spice! Lol! I have been seeing it everywhere for the past few weeks. Last week “The Man” came home from work and brought me a surprise:

Yes, you are seeing that right, lol. Pumpkin flavored lip balm! He was quite pleased with himself. Now I love pumpkin spice and will actually have it off and on year round (why wait for a particular season for something you like) but I had no desire to have this. It’s the thought that counts, though, right?

This isn’t the usual Fashion Friday post (because there isn’t much in the way of fashion, lol) and last Friday was so crazy I totally missed it (that craziness is what prompted my escape to the shore). If you remember I told you about our trip to the Baltimore Harbor weekend before last and my inability to find anything I liked to wear. I had a few better days during the week but didn’t try to put anything together to share with you.

The photo below was on our way home from our outing at the harbor. This is what I put together and finally deemed acceptable to go out of the house in.

Ok, the panda head was not part of my outfit, hahaha! We had to stop at Target on the way home and “The Man” kind of dared me to try on the panda head in the Halloween section, so he could take a picture. His words were “you can put that on your blog” I don’t think he really thought I would share it (he should know better by now)! Silly man. Where has he been for the past 37 years? Since I didn’t like my hair, that day, any better than the clothes I was putting together, the panda head may have been an improvement. Hey it matches!

You have seen elements of the rest of this outfit before. These embroidered crop jeans from White House Black Market are my new favorite jeans. I have practically been living in them. The white tank is the Simple Tank from Covered Perfectly, and the sleeveless vest is new, from Chico’s outlet. I bought it during my shopping trip to the outlets in Lancaster, PA last month. The jewelry is all retired Plunder pieces.

Remember as a Grandma to Glamma blog reader you get 20% OFF on up to two items when you shop at Covered Perfectly! Use the discount code GG20 when you check out at Covered Perfectly. There are several styles to choose from, and the discount will apply on up to two items. Or you may take advantage of the “Buy 2 get your 3rd FREE” special. This special applies to any combination of items storewide, just add 3 items to your cart and the discount will be applied automatically. Only one of the discounts will work. Start shopping!

Yesterday I told you about the special Plunder sign up incentive. This is really a great deal, if you are thinking of starting your own business, looking for a hobby, want to make new friends, or maybe want to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

You will receive a total of 19 pieces of jewelry with your kit instead of the usual 9 pieces. And with Plunder there is no sales requirement or quota to meet. Email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com if you need more information. Many of our most successful Plunder stylists signed up for the kit because it was such a great deal (they called themselves “kitnappers”). They never had any thoughts of working this as business, but once they started wearing their jewelry their friends wanted it and things just took off!

Remember if you place a Plunder order through the end of September for $75 or more (excluding tax and shipping) you will receive an extra piece of vintage Plunder from me!

What I haven’t told you much about is the “Bridging the Gap” campaign I am participating in with the Fierce 50 group! A little while back the Facebook group name was changed to: Forever Fierce:The Midlife Revolution. If you haven’t joined the group yet and would like to be part of changing the perception of midlife and beyond, click on the link and join us!

The “Bridging the Gap” campaign is a collaboration of Midlife bloggers teaming up with Millennial bloggers to “Bridge the Gap” between the different generations. We are truly “Stronger Together”! I have been partnered with Lauren from the blog Bohemianbythebay. I haven’t had a chance to “meet” her yet, except through email. I hope to be able to Skype or FaceTime with her soon. You can also find her on instagram here. Go on over and check her out!

I also have a phone interview tonight with Ingrid of the blog Fit-Twist Health. She is writing a book, The Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga. I am looking forward to speaking with her and sharing my love and experience with yoga. I enjoy sharing my love of yoga and truly believe it is a practice that anyone can do. Even with all my other “activities” yoga is my first love!

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Have a wonderful weekend.

Until the next time

Janet

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She Believed She Could

Here we are again. We’ve made it back to Monday! Another new week, with new, endless possibilities.

Do you dread Monday’s or do you view it as a week of new possibilities?

Monday certainly gets a bad rap from most everyone. I am guilty of being a Monday basher, myself. When I was working I had come to dread Mondays and every other day I had to go to work. I came to realize that job was sucking the life out of me. I knew this long before I left it, but I was hesitant to leave it.

Why?

Fear.

Mainly fear of losing an income. That’s never easy to do. It wasn’t a large income, but more than we would have had without it. You get used to having a certain income, maybe having a bit more disposable income, and eliminating it is scary; even when YOU make the decision to do so. What if this breaks, what if this happens, what if?

It was six years ago September 1st that I walked out that door for the last time. It was scary, from the day I made the decision, until the day I walked out the door. It was one of the best things I could have done for my peace of mind, my well-being, and the well-being of my family. But I was afraid.

On the surface it seemed my job was perfect. It was about mile from my house, I only worked three and a half days a week. I met some great people, some of whom I still have a little contact with. “The Man” thinks if I had not left when I did to take care of Noah I would still be there. He really doesn’t know how wrong he is. He thought the job was perfect.

Patients of the doctor I worked for thought it was the perfect place to work, that the doctor must be a wonderful boss. They weren’t behind the scenes. They didn’t know how things really were. My mental and physical health was suffering from it. It was far from perfect.

I’m so glad when the opportunity arose to leave I took it. I can’t say everyday since has been a bed of roses, but it was the right decision. I stepped on blind faith that it would work and it has.

Fear can hold us back from so many things. I have had some fear racked moments a few times since leaving that job; for different reasons.

When I set out to lose weight; could I do it…again? When I started practicing yoga; could I do it? The “I’m not flexible, I’m not athletic, I’m uncoordinated” thoughts ran through my mind. But I decided to try; it was a great decision. Then I decided to run a half marathon, could I do it? I wasn’t a runner, I had never run unless forced to. And I did it. Then on to a marathon, then five half marathons in five weekends.

This year began with me deciding to start the blog; would anyone read it? Then starting my businesses; will anyone buy what I sell? Will anyone want to join my team? If that wasn’t enough, a chance to become a yoga teacher presented itself. Again fear; could I do it? Could I afford to do it? Could I work it around the schedule with the kids and family time? I have set out to run a half and a full marathon. The half on Saturday and the full on Sunday; back to back.

All of these have come or come with an element of fear. But I pushed that fear aside and tried anyway. So far I have been successful. Some of these haven’t been completed yet, but I am moving towards them.

Fear? You bet! Can I do it?

I CAN!

Through it all my one mantra has been “She believed she could, so she did”! I have also added “I CAN and I WILL…watch me”.

Do you let fear hold you back? Don’t. Take charge of your life and destiny. If you dream it, you can achieve it. It doesn’t matter your age. That doesn’t mean you need to set out to achieve the same goals I have. Just reach for what you want. I am here to support and encourage you along the way. I still have fear. I am a work in progress, but I’m not allowing it to hold me back.

Take a moment and share your fears, goals, thoughts with us. What would you like to accomplish? What fear is holding you back?

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Until the next time

Janet

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