Nothing but Fall

I took these beautiful pictures of the fall season before the recent snow blast that took everyone by surprise.

It was my intention to keep it for myself, however you can’t keep what really doesn’t belong to you.

The beauty of this season is beyond words.

I visited several parks to bathe in the beauty of such vivid fall colors exposed by the brightest of sunshine.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…

Fall attracts and draws you into its beauty. It captures your attention and you’re drawn into the reality of nature. A parade of colors boggles the mind. One is in awe at these Magnificent trees before it’s stripped of its beauty. Old man winter comes in like a thief in the night leaving these beautiful trees naked yet standing with such strength. There is a beauty in every season yet I have to say my favorite is fall.

The strong wind blows the beautiful leaves off the trees as they float gently to the ground. Changing to crisp rustic colors soon to be forgotten, they are swept away until they will be revealed in another year.

Old Age can wait

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Why are some people in a hurry to look and act older than their years? We are all going to grow older one day. So why be in a hurry?

What would life look like if you took on a different mindset?

I for one plan on hanging on as long as possible. So let’s try to change that stinking thinking…Old age can wait.

Life can be timeless and ageless as long as it’s done correctly. You don’t have to wear your mother or fathers wardrobe because you feel that’s how you’re suppose to dress at your current age.

Time has changed and women and men are looking and feeling younger than the previous generation.

I suspect the Millennials and the coming generations are also going to be more mindful about their appearance at every age. From the look of things, they’re already making strides in those areas.

They’re more active and are aggressively changing their approach to old age. They no longer want to look and feel like they are old when they can do things to update their appearance.

Thank God to the changing mindset of the baby boomer generation. They are also rethinking how they want to appear as they continue to age.

Here is a tip for people who are getting older and continue to live in a negative mindset.

Stop saying that you’re old because it will sink into your mind and you will live out the rest of your life that way.

Think more youthful thoughts because you are not what you are on the outside.  Inwardly, you are still that young man or woman you were years ago.

So don’t allow your appearance or your health to defeat you. Think positive thoughts…

Do whatever you can to keep yourself from falling apart….

We all want to look and feel younger as long as possible, so we’re willing to try various methods in order to look more youthful. Whether its medical advances for the fountain of youth, face-lifts, cosmetics or necklifts, todays aging population are focused on staying more youthful for as long as they are able.

Although I agree with some of the methodology, I am not looking forward to having a facelift any time soon.

Have you seen some of our entertainers lately who has gone under the knife? With all that money they have available to invest in plastic surgery, some of them come out looking like the joker on Batman.

So stay tuned…In the future, hopefully there will be better scientific approach of improving your youthful appearance at any age without looking like some doctor made a mistake by making you look like someone from another planet.

Then you also have the show called Botched where some people are addicted to changing their appearance. Unfortunately for them,  sometimes their face or body is so screwed up that the doctors on Botched have to try to repair the damage.

My point is this, if you’re going to do anything to alter your appearance, please use some common sense tactics. There are many ways to improve and maintain an ageless demeanor and believe me, it’s not always about going under the knife.

I have seen some older men and women dress with such good taste.  Fashion can improve your appearance by focusing on your awareness of colors and the latest styles and trends for every season. All you have to do is incorporate some of those trends into your wardrobe and you’re already a winner.

It’s  definitely my intention to follow their lead and never give in to the age factor. Until the grim reaper comes knocking on my door, I will live like a woman who forgot her age.

There are so many new skin products on the market that helps improve the texture of a woman’s skin. Hopefully they will increase the number of products for men as we move into the future.

By the way, I am one of those younger baby boomers who is often mistaken to be 15 to 20 years younger than her actual age. Yeah!

Age is but a number. Dress to impress and live to be ageless.

Please, if you are someone who enjoys sticking to the mindset of old age, don’t take this article the wrong way.  I’m merely exploring other options to the way we think about aging.

Working in the fashion industry for most of my adult life has given me a little more insight to people’s dressing habits.

I’ve been observing people and frankly I pay attention to what they are saying when it comes to their wardrobe. I also take notice of their age while looking at their clothing.

There’s definitely a disconnect. People feel because of their age, they have to dress a certain way. I get it! But you don’t have to dress like your grandparents.

Backpacks

This is just of an example of how people think when they shop for a particular item. The first thing they want to know, is whether or not it’s age appropriate. I understand but any item at any age can be worn as long as it is tastefully done. You have to use that common sense approach.

Who said backpacks are only for children and teenagers? I can’t tell you how many women over the years asked whether or not it was age appropriate. Designers are designing backpacks in leather, fabric and microfiber for women and men in any age group.

The Mindset

Change your mindset. “You’re only as old as you feel.” If you look old on the outside you’ll feel old on the inside. It’s like looking at a mirror of yourself and what you project, is what you get. If you look good, you’ll feel good.

Inside, you are very young at heart. You are still the same person even if the outside shows you’ve aged. So what! Embrace the new you by showing off with a wardrobe that will attract rather than deter.

Men and women who walk with confidence and belief in themselves are ageless at any age.

Tell me…What do you think?

Imagine

diana-simumpande-197805-unsplashA fantasy world exists in my mind as I close my eyes to the complex world around me.

I imagine unspoiled rainforests with lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls untouched by the footprints of man. 

Beaches with waters as blue-green as a turquoise gem.  The grains of sand like the color of an almond.

There was a ripple of excitement which filled my spirit as I strolled along this unknown and untapped sandy beach that stretched for miles in either direction.

A desperation of freedom sweeps across my mind hoping to escape the clutches of this world filled with pain and confusion.

I struggle to find the things in this life which make life more palatable as I envision this life filled with so much inspiration.

I’m temporary released from the stresses of life that continuously invades my space.

Even for a brief moment in time, I find peace and serenity as I visualize this new colorful world.

In this moment I’m no longer bound but free to exist and focus on a world inspired by a different reality.

The purity of life seen in nature consumes my being. My senses are awake and alive using my vivid imagination.

Life could be so effortless from the limits of the concrete jungle where work and making money has kept us in bondage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silence

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Silence can be found in so many ways

Be silent, be still get caught in a daze

The mind is searching, go deeper inside

Overwhelmed by thoughts

So vast and so wide

Do you need to know why?

Silence requires you spend time alone

Focus more on the unknown

Let your mind travel in unusual places

Experiencing life and leaving no traces

Be silent! Be still

All you need is your will

Tune out the world as you go to that place

Breathe slowly as you enter that space

The mind streaming thoughts in this altered reality

No rhyme or reason, just acting randomly

Ignore the noise

Which may break your concentration

Cell phones can definitely ruin your mind’s conversations

Be silent, be still

Think deep in your head

It only takes time

You’ll never know what lies ahead.

Pat Fagan

The Crazies

You see them at work day after day

you try to avoid them,

Somehow they get in your way.

A ball of confusion

Don’t be under the illusion

They’ll ever change

Their ego has a wide range.

Making life at work so unbearable

Your relationship is irreparable.

To the point you want out

Because you just want to shout

But the wrong words may get in the way.

It’s a pity right now you’ll have to stay.

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide

Responsibility holds the key

You’re all bottled up inside.

One day I hope that you can flee

From the crazies that like to bother thee.

Striving for perfection

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Have you ever wondered why you keep making the same mistakes?

No matter how many times you tell yourself it’s a new day, I will change my ways, those old behaviors come back to bite you when you least expect it.

When it shows up you get angry at yourself because you allowed it to creep in once again. It can be emotionally debilitating if you allow it to rule who you are as a person.

We ask others for advice and we still resort to doing the same thing over and over again.

What’s that about?

We strive for perfection when it’s unattainable. Let’s face it, none of us will ever be perfect inwardly or outwardly. So learn to accept yourself with all your warts.

You can’t stop being who you are but improving your behaviors and the choices you make is crucial to living a better life.

The Choices we make

Everyday we live in a world of choices. Whether right or wrong, good or bad, we own it.

Every night I lay awake examining my behaviors and decisions for that day.

I tell myself tomorrow will be better. My goal is always to be a better version of the day before. Do I have relapses? Sure but I never stop trying. That’s what it means to be human.

We are imperfect beings on a trip called life learning and hopefully growing from our mistakes. If those mistakes are repeated, we get another chance to improve day after day, month after month, year after year.

So why do we make the same mistakes?

It sounds tiring but we are like children forever learning, and forever growing in mind, body and soul.

We have a God who forgives and accepts us as we are but nevertheless wants us to improve the quality of our lives everyday according to his words.

We will never be perfect but we can strive to be who we’d like to be. Don’t allow the mistakes of your past rule your day. Tomorrow is always a new day..