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Super Women Wednesday: Connie Reed

Fashion, Super Women, LifestyleJan CorrellComment
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Meet Connie!  A 59-year-old Military brat that has lived and experienced many places growing up. She believes that this life, while not always loved, helped to shape how she lives today. Family, church, and the ability to live an active lifestyle are very important to her, as well as giving back. Connie is fortunate that all 3 of her children and grandson live in Charlotte, close by.  Her faith keeps her grounded and an active lifestyle includes being a lifelong runner, including a couple of marathons, and her new functional fitness class, Cross Fit. Connie also loves gardening, quilting, reading, traveling, and her longtime involvement and work with Habitat for Humanity

Connie was a high school math teacher after college and then decided to work in the home full time.  As CEO of her home, (family of five) she helped run the family effectively, including all of the extra-curricular activities; church, sports, mission trips, etc. Her family has worked with Habitat for Humanity for approx. 20 years... starting with builds in Charlotte. This work also allowed her children the opportunity to see and experience giving back to others through Habitat.  They have all participated on builds out of the country;  including El Salvador, Ecuador, Africa, Costa Rica, the Philippines, and the Jimmy Carter build in Thailand. Connie and her husband currently do a weeklong build in El Salvador twice a year. She feels its very rewarding to meet the homeowners; whose lives you helped to change.

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Current life and Chico’s: Connie started working as a part-time sales associate 9 years ago when her children left home. She likes fashion and loves helping women feel good about what they are wearing. Chico’s has done several charities over the past couple of years but Connie was thrilled to learn they were partnering with Habitat for Humanity - Women’s Build initiative, which is a build designed specifically for women. Houses built for women by women... but men can help, too. It is all about empowering women by helping them have a safe place to live. Chico’s FAS is trying to raise $ 650,000 for the Women’s Build initiative to work with 77 communities across the United States. Two communities will receive funding to build a house and the other 75 will receive $1000.00 grants towards their Women’s Build program. At the Charlotte South Park store, they are promoting the collaboration by making customers aware of the campaign. Connie took it a step further and made informational signs, brought in some Habitat shirts, tool belts, and hard hats for the mannequins, and educated her fellow associates on the importance of the effort to give fellow females a “hand up in life”.  Connie believes that we don’t have to move mountains to help others, but be consistent with what we can do or give, whether it’s time, money, or talents. It all adds up for the greater good of mankind. 

I hope you enjoyed meeting Connie...  a Mom and Grandmother making a difference for others whether it be a family needing a home or a shopper looking for the latest styles.  

Bravo, Connie! 

As always, thank you for reading and stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style and relevant information as we share this journey together!  I so appreciate you, my friends and readers! 

XXOO

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Wonder Women Wednesday - Bonnie

Travel, LifestyleJan Correll2 Comments
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Recently on a flight to San Antonio, I met a really cool lady.  Her name is Bonnie and she is a flight attendant for American Airlines.  My Mom was with me and we engaged in an ongoing dialog with Bonnie throughout the flight.  Soon into the conversation we found out, she is not your ordinary 70ish year old!  In fact, she started as a flight attendant 33 years ago and continues to enjoy her career today.  She said the day she stops enjoying it, is the day she will retire.  

Bonnie has the best smile and a beautiful head of curly, silver hair.  These days, she only makes day trips but that does not stop Bonnie from traveling for pleasure.  When I asked Bonnie about taking risks and adventures, she did not hesitate to tell me about her most recent excursion.  Drum roll, please!  Bonnie drove by herself from Charlotte to Alaska and back in her Prius; 12,800 miles!  Let me repeat that... all by herself.  Many people want to do something like that but she did it.  We talked about the adventures she had including one mishap and how she met the best people along the way!!

Bonnie at her destination, Chicken, Alaska

Bonnie at her destination, Chicken, Alaska

When asked about her motto or mantra, Bonnie shared that it changes all the time as she evolves.  Most recently, she borrowed one from an author who walked the Pacific Coast Trail, "I am safe, I am strong, I am brave."  You are awesome, Bonnie!

Bonnie also said she has no regrets!  She loves herself and attributes that to all she has experienced in her life, both negative and positive! 

Jasper National Park in Canada

Jasper National Park in Canada

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It was a true pleasure to meet Bonnie and I hope she inspires you as she did me!  Bonnie, is one fierce lady that I am lucky enough to count among my friends!  And kudo's to American Airlines for valuing this fierce, ageless woman!  

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If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Super Women Wednesday, please send me an email to jan@silveristhenewblonde.com.  Thank you!

As always, thanks for reading and stopping by!   Keeping it fun, chic and ageless...

XXOO

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