Deborah Sorlie

Deborah Sorlie

Meet Deborah Sorlie

Fashion, Champion of Women

As a personal stylist, I am very passionate about helping and styling women to look their best in their midlife. My past experiences as a Nordstrom fashion show coordinator, personal shopper, and special event coordinator have led me to where I am today. I love opening that door to new style options for that ageless woman.

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Interview with Deborah

1. Firstly, what conflicting thoughts did you battle while approaching midlife and beyond? As I approached midlife, I realized that I had the fantastic opportunity to bring everything together; all that I had experienced and learned in life. I wanted to do something that I loved and that was fashion. That seemed very normal to me; but finding out where I was going to take this was the question.

2. What are the positives of midlife and beyond? I quickly learned that there is a whole community of midlife women eager to learn from and support each other.

3. What are the challenges? I don’t look at them as challenges, but rather stepping stones. They build up my brain and confidence.

4. What strategies do you use to overcome the challenges? I believe that there is an answer out there and you just have to know the right person to ask for help.  And in the midst of it, I’m also learning patience.

5. What words of wisdom would you have for the younger generations or your younger self? I would say that there is such a sense of self worth that comes with midlife because of all your life experiences both good and bad.

6. How important are your female friends and why? I love my girlfriends dearly. There is a wonderful connection of support in both the hard times and victories. I strive to be that same friend to them.

7. What attributes would you want in a romantic partner? Humor conquers all with a supporting mixture of kindness, communication, unconditional love, patience and adventure.

8. What do you find most fulfilling at this stage of life? I am so pleased and content as I am actively perusing and going through this new journey in Instagram with fashion. The other thing that is very fulfilling to me is my adult children. I am also very happy that they are fulfilling their dreams. I love developing my relationship with them as adults.

9. What fears do you have and what do you do to move past them?  At midlife I do think about getting old and aging. For me, I am embracing my age now! There is so much out there to take care of myself to be healthy. The women of midlife, the generations before us, did not look like the midlife women of today!

10. Style is a reflection of who you are. What style reflects you? I’ve always gravitated towards the “unique and stylish” clothing, never wanting to be the same as everyone else. I love keeping up on the trends and look forward to seeing what’s new.

11. What place does nutrition, fitness and wellness have in your life? What do these look like for you?  Leading a healthy lifestyle is very important to me by exercising regularly, even if it’s just a half hour walk, eating well and having a healthy dose of something naughty every now and then!

Candy Costas

Candy Costas

Meet Candy Costas

Beauty, Fashion, Health and Well-Being, Champion of Women

Co-owner and manager of a private pay nursing company that spans four states; Author of ‘Ginger-Bred’, a lifestyle/fashion blog; devoted wife, mother, and “Gigi” to two grandchildren.

 

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Interview with Candy

1. Firstly, what conflicting thoughts did you battle while approaching midlife and beyond? My mother – “Ginger” – always said that life went downhill after 50, and always believed that a woman should act and dress “her age”.  Much to the contrary, I enjoy life more and more with every passing year and at 62 have never been happier. I act and dress however it pleases me – not saying I always get it right, but what I do or wear is not directed by my age.

2. What are the positives of midlife and beyond? First and foremost: confidence!  By midlife you have likely figured yourself out and accept yourself, flaws and all.  It’s also great to enjoy the fruits of your labor, being able to regularly travel, dine in nice restaurants, shop more freely, and share these joys with your family.

3. What are the challenges?  Loss. Your life can change in an instant, whether from a health issue, and/or a myriad of other possible setbacks. After 20 years of marriage, my husband left me for my best friend, and I never saw it coming. The same year, my mother (Ginger) passed away from lung cancer.

4. What strategies do you use to overcome the challenges? Knowing how quickly things/people that you love can be taken from you, I enjoy life and family to the fullest every single day, never take anything for granted.  No postponement of joy: lots of hugs and kisses, music and dancing, always great outfits, always yummy food.  My grandkids know my motto: “Work hard, play hard, enjoy every day!”

5. What words of wisdom would you have for the younger generations or your younger self? Don’t waste time – fill your days with opportunities to learn and grow and regularly leave your comfort zone. Exercise, eat healthy, enjoy your young body and stop obsessing on what isn’t perfect! 

6. How important are your female friends and why?  Tough question for me because I have never had many female friends, never been one to like ‘girls night out’ or typical female activities.  Those female friends that I do have are like family to me and I treasure them dearly.

7. What attributes would you want in a romantic partner? Smart, kind, thoughtful, sexy, adventurous, outgoing, sexy, generous, well-dressed, sexy.  Hubby fits the bill. 😉

8. What do you find most fulfilling at this stage of life?  I love being 62!  There is a peaceful feeling knowing that whatever struggles I face, I am not the first to face them. There is satisfaction in knowing that you can still look great, it just takes more effort.  There is gratitude knowing that I have an amazing relationship with my husband. The best part of all: being completely content with myself, no longer trying to ‘fit in’, no longer sad if I am ‘different’ from others.

9. What fears do you have and what do you do to move past them?  I am not unrealistic about the fragility of life, but I have no fears. I accept what comes and I am grateful for what I have enjoyed thus far. 

10. Style is a reflection of who you are. What style reflects you? Bold and sexy, with a fun mix of masculine/feminine…in the business setting I am perfectly professional, a fan of sheath dresses and Smythe blazers…when the sun goes down, the heels go up and anything goes from leather shorts to an off-the-shoulder dress…animal prints, floppy bows, leather, Burberry scarves, Wolford anything – some of my favorites!

11. What place does nutrition, fitness and wellness have in your life? What do these look like for you?  Truth be told, the main reason for my dedication to nutrition and fitness is VANITY.  The side benefit is wellness!  I exercise 6 days a week (30-45 minutes) and follow a diet that is high in protein and veggies, low in carbs.

Caren Glasser

Caren Glasser

Meet Caren Glasser

 

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Interview with Caren

What does pro-aging mean to you:
1.Firstly, what conflicting thoughts did you battle while approaching midlife and beyond?
I knew I wanted to reinvent myself and yet I wasn’t sure what that would look like after sixty. It turns out that this time of my life is the most exciting and empowering time ever.

2.What are the positives of midlife and beyond?
I’m showing up exactly as myself and feeling very comfortable in my skin.  I’ve become fearless.

3.What are the challenges?
Technology is changing at warp speed and as a live streamer I need to stay on top of my game.  That means I’m constantly in learning mode as I tackle the next bleeding edge online platform or program.

4.What strategies do you use to overcome the challenges?
I break down the challenges into small steps.  And remind myself, I don’t need to know everything… at least right now!

5.What words of wisdom would you have for the younger generations or your younger self?
Think for yourself. And when you find yourself having to make a decision about whether to move forward ask yourself these questions: if I do this, what is the worst case scenario?  Can I live with that outcome… and if you can…go for it.

6.How important are your female friends and why?
As I have gotten farther along on his journey called life, my female friends have become the people that I gravitate to and collaborate with. I believe that when women inspire each other we rise together.

7.What attributes would you want in a romantic partner?
Someone who is a good listener and supports me through my good days and the days I’m in bitch mode.  I find that incredibly sexy 😉

8.What do you find most fulfilling at this stage of life?
I love the impact I am making on my weekly live show The Super Boomer Lifestyle show. Shining a spotlight on  #superboomers around the world. I am also the president of a start up marijuana company, breaking through barriers!

9.What fears do you have and what do you do to move past them?
Sometimes I fear that in my quest to “have it all” that I fear I might make a bad choice or decision.  First, I listen to my what my gut is telling me. Then I meditate on it and take the first step to move forward.

10.Style is a reflection of who you are. What style reflects you?
I love simple classic looks.  I prefer to wear my clothes rather than my clothes wearing me.

11.What place does nutrition, fitness and wellness have in your life? What do these look like for you?

Anne Heller

Anne Heller

Meet Anne Heller

Business/Marketing/Finance/Career Coach, Champion of Women

Anne Helle, Director with Take Stock in Children Manatee, Florida. She mentors students and the program provides scholarships to the students who stay drug- free and crime-free. Mentor, coach and career counseling. Career placement professional. Changing the world one person at a time.

 

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Articles by Anne

Jane Felsen Gertler

Jane Felsen Gertler

Meet Jane Felsen Gertler

Author, Business/Marketing/Finance/Career Coach

Jane Felsen Gertler brings more than 30 years of experience as a Marketing and Business Development professional to professional service firms. Jane is a published writer and frequent speaker on marketing and business development strategies. She has been published in design industry publications and is the author of the monograph Architecture as a Design Partnership.

 

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Articles by Jane

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