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Supporting Silvers Feature: Megan Ulrichs

Super Women, Supporting SilversJan CorrellComment
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I began my silver tradition at the age of 44 yrs after hiding behind the brown coloring agents since the age of 27! I can remember my senior year in high school where friends were picking grey out of my head! As I wasn't really ready to become a silver fox but my scalp was. My body was becoming intolerant to the chemicals and with my natural ways of living, a masters degree in holistic nutrition and an organic skincare business, I knew it was time to ditch the coloring. While my heart and my body knew it was necessary to stop hiding behind the brown coloring, my mind was struggling with the "aging" part. The internal ego was questioning, "will I be attractive anymore with grey hair?" "Am I going to disappear and become ignored?" Then came the comments "You're going to let it go!?" "Are you sure you want to age yourself like that!?" but the best was from my 19yr old son who is as wise as the day is long.."Mom, you should totally let your silver grow in! Don't worry about what people think, and besides then you'll have men your own age checking you out..unlike the guy guys my age that I see checking you out non stop!" THAT was all I needed to hear. Except my husbands words were the most motivating, "Megan, you will never be ignored! You could be bald and still be beautiful! It's ultimately your inner confidence and beauty that draws people to you." I had to dig deep on an emotional level for the year that it took to grow out my authenticity! At times it felt like reliving my awkward teen years with the reverse skunk stripe and my grey ombre. My hair was the topic of conversation for an entire year....everywhere I went! For the most part, I believe that my full forced positive attitude when responding to friends and strangers questions left no room for negative comments of disapproval. I received 90% supportive comments and that was a tremendous help to my wavering ego! Basically, I faked it til I made it with confidence and positivity. Now that I am fully grey and amercing the aging process, I get compliments daily and so many friends and community members have come to me to say how much I inspired them to also grow their silver locks out. It was the last step for me to fully walk my talk of natural living and embracing the process of aging gracefully. I feel complete and authentic in every way now!

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Megan’s silver transition!

Q & A with Megan

“Who am I?”

I am the creator/owner of an organic Farm to Face skincare company glō luxury oils (www.gloluxuryoils.com) and the author of two books. One cookbook Fed Well based on the 80/20 philosophy of eating 80% whole nourishing foods and 20% you only live once foods. It is chock full of nutritional information on the healing qualities of herbs and spices along with nutritional benefits of ingredients on each recipe. 

The second book is called "SKinside Out" A Holistic approach to eating your way to glowing skin...Both books are due on shelves this December!!

“What has been the biggest benefit of the business?”

The biggest benefit to me is knowing that glō (acronym for give love often) products are not only making a tremendous difference in my customers lives by nourishing their skin and keeping chemicals out of their beauty routines; but also knowing that I can support small farmers buy purchasing directly from them and have the ability to offer superior quality products while doing so. I also benefit weekly from the creative process of making fresh batches weekly in my lab. Each week I turn up my music and dance my way through the batching and bottling process and love every second of it. As you can probably relate, when I’m fulfilled and happy, the entire house hums along with me! This is an important aspect of my work..feeling fulfilled.

“What/who inspires me?”

Mother Earth inspires me. She has most everything we need to stay healthy. As a Holistic Nutritionist working with food and plants to heal the body, I have come to a level of love and respect for what Mother Earth has to offer us. We can meditate and walk in nature to cleanse the mind. We can eliminate preservative and chemically laden foods and products and watch our bodies come into homeostasis simply by consuming organic whole foods provided from her! Her moods proved us with sunny days, rain and epic storms that all of us can relate to and at times fear...just as our loved ones have seen out of our own moods. I don’t mean to sound too “woo woo” but between the food, weather, trees, plants, natural medicine and rainbows that Mother Earth provides, who isn’t inspired by her!?

“Most exciting adventures I’ve ever done?” 

That’s tough! I’ve always been pretty adventurous between spelunking (caving) in college, back packing, birthing and raising 3 boys (the most epic adventure ever) traveling Europe, keeping up with my husband mountain biking...I’d have to say the most exciting adventures these days have been traveling in my 1990 VW Westfalia! Sure it sounds like luxury camping but the adventures happen after it gets us to our far away places and we hike miles up to breath taking hot springs or wake up to flowing rivers in the middle of nowhere or even more adventurous? When we break down and have to figure out what’s next! The unknown is often the most adventurous in my opinion.

“How & when I got started w glō?”

I have always been a bit of an alchemist and slightly obsessed with herbs and botanicals. It was During my masters degree in Holistic Nutrition (2013) when I was learning about the healing qualities of plants and essential oils that glō was conceived. At 43 years old, I began seeking a clean skincare line that didn’t smell too earthy and that actually worked on my sensitive, dry skin. My knowledge of the healing powers of essential oils inspired me to create facial skincare formulas using different essential and carrier oils. Once I found a combination that smelled fresh and felt divine, I began using the oils on my own skin. It took a full year of concocting and reconfiguring formulas before family and friends started asking me about what I was using on my skin and requesting the same for themselves. After seeking validation from doctors and a holistic dermatologist on the safety of my formulas, I finally settled on my first official glō product: Regenerative Oil.  Fast forward 5 years and hundreds of happy glō-ing customers later; I now source most of my oils directly from small organic botanical farmers and have created 10 approved products that sell out regularly in 14 different places ranging from naturopathic clinics to spas, upscale hotels and boutiques in Montana.“Mantra/Motto I live by”

This too shall pass and You’ve GOT this!! When life gets too hard I dig deep, pull up my big girl panties and tell myself and so many others in my life: “this too shall pass” and “You’ve GOT this!” I have my mom to thank for the first mantra as she always reminded me of that when I’d call crying about whatever crazy phase my boys were in! My husband has always been the cheerleader behind me saying “girl!!! You SO have this!!” It helps to have a team behind you and your mottos!

“What I’d like to tell my younger self”

My dad used to always tell me to “simply trust, trust what is meant to be” I’d like to tell my younger self to stop doubting, lean in and trust that all is well and meant to happen. It’s all part of life’s journey and there really is a reason for it”. If someone had told me I’d be an organic skincare business owner traveling in my VW from farms all over the U.S and sitting on expert panels, running wellness retreats, I would’ve laughed in their faces! I didn’t believe in myself until I hit 40.

“What’s my true age?”

I feel almost 50 and it feels fantastic. Well ok, physically my body has taken a lot of abuse over the years of being athletic and adventurous so it doesn’t really feel great. However, I like the wisdom and confidence of feeling almost 50!

“Thoughts on beauty and aging?”

I’ve come a long way here. In my 30’s aging felt scary and wrinkles seemed terrifying. Something shifted in my 40’s. I began to watch older women excel, thrive and find themselves. I am approaching 50 in July and I’ve never felt more empowered and beautiful. Sure my physical body looks different but this emotional/spiritual shift is so exhilarating that the physical no longer feels important. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great wardrobe and pampering myself. It’s important to feel beautiful as a woman, but these days it’s what’s going on inside my emotional self and life that makes me feel beautiful. My smile and squint lines or “angry eleven lines” between my brows are all well earned from 50years of adventures, raising crazy ass boys, laughing and crying, worrying and loving. These are our life lines and I wish our culture honored them more than we do. It’s a work in progress and it’s our job to love our selves and spread that message no matter what age we are!

You can follow this inspirational woman on her social media handles: @glo_luxury_oils and @glo_skinside_out as well as her website here.

Check out my Supporting Silvers page here on my website if you would like to be considered to be featured.

As always, my goal is to share chic ageless style and endless fun, from a sincerely silver perspective.  Including fashion, beauty, and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  Thank you for reading my blog! 

xx

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The New York Times

Lifestyle, Beauty, Fashion, Super WomenJan Correll4 Comments
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I would be lying if I told you I was calm and collected when I received a pm on Instagram from a writer at the New York Times.  I immediately checked out the writer's articles and was blown away; Ashley Longshore, Isabella Rossellini, and Brooke Shields to name a few.  Her message read:  may I contact you for a New York Times feature?  I did not take long to say, why yes... you may!  

After a 30 minute interview, with Ruth La Ferla, who was a delight, the rest is history!  You can read the article here.  

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I am honored and humbled to be among the other Fabulous Grandmas of Instagram!  And sincerely believe that aging is the new frontier and that we have to re-write the rules for future generations.   My motto is: Embrace Aging!

Have a great rest of the week and  thank you for reading the blog.  My goal is to share chic, ageless style and endless fun, from a sincerely silver perspective!  I appreciate you!

xx

 

 

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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Special Feature: Sharing A Journey

Beauty, Fashion, LifestyleJan Correll6 Comments
Photo Credit R.S. Estey Photography

Photo Credit R.S. Estey Photography

Have you ever met someone and wished you gotten to know her sooner?  I feel this way about Nina of Sharing a Journey an ageless Fashion and Lifestyle blog.   I am thrilled and happy to share and promote her to you, my readers as part of a special feature!

Getting to know her...  first, over a year ago we both participated in a blogging event called The Fierce Fifty.  We were two of 50 female bloggers who partnered to share each other's stories.  Several of us in the group became friends and since then Nina started an informal group so that we could stay connected and help each other.  When she suggested a similar collaboration amongst our small group I was excited to be paired with Nina as I had admired her from afar.  From our very first phone call, I could tell that she is not only a beautiful woman but also, has a beautiful spirit; with a passion for sincere kindness and a love for others. 

Photo Credit R.S. Estey Photography

Photo Credit R.S. Estey Photography

Nina’s story is one you may have heard and that I too have experienced a part of.  The love of a raising independent children and having a great career but also that search of, what’s next in this journey of life.  Nina has a beautiful college-age daughter and is soon to be a permanent empty nester!  What’s interesting about Nina’s story is that although very accomplished in a variety of ways she realized areas of her life that she wanted to change and improve and as she made these changes her story led her to a mid-life renaissance and her blog. 

Nina is fashionably chic, classic and elegant with a  twist.  I feel that our styles are somewhat similar and maybe that is one of the ways in which I feel a kinship.  She looks great in anything and does not tell her readers how to dress but guides them by trying new things to keep her look interesting and fun. Nina also stays very active and practices daily meditation and reflection, you can read some her "Morning Musings" here.    

I hope you will pop over to Nina’s blog, Sharing a Journey and check it out!  She’s a great writer offering wonderful perspective.  

Below are some questions I posed to Nina in the hopes that you may get to know her better, too! 

What has been the biggest benefit as a result of your blog? The biggest benefit I’ve experienced from my blog is the relationships I’ve developed with other bloggers, and Sharing A Journey Readers.  We’ve been doing bi-weekly Facebook Lives, which has been really fun because of the interaction in the community.

What or who inspires you?  I am most inspired by the women I’ve met over the past year or so who are rocking midlife like nobody’s business.  Two of my friends have started businesses and are crushing it, my daughter who is just starting out is amazing and going strong.  I think it’s all the positive creative energy.  It’s amazing and so powerful.  

What’s the most exciting/adventuresome thing you have ever done? I am not an adventurous person.  My father loved to travel and was always introducing me to new experiences.  I still smile remembering how many times he had me doing all sorts of silly things (and snapping photos of me—he was a photographer in his later years) and the many trips we took together.  Now that he’s gone my biggest adventures have been starting over after being divorced, beginning a new chapter with an almost empty nest and starting Sharing A Journey.  I’d love to travel again and am hoping to go back to Europe next year.

Do you have a mantra/motto you live by?  One thing that started happening last year was that I started receiving “guide words”.  I would work with one like “say yes” and when that would sort of peter out, another word would come.  The words helped me navigate all the new territory I was experiencing with the blog and my life.  

Do you have any regrets?  I regret listening to negative Nellie’s who discouraged others and me. You know the kind of people who don’t want anyone to be their best.  I only surround myself with people who want the best for themselves and others.  I am blessed to be in a small working group of women who really enjoy seeing each other succeed and help each other.  We cheer each other on—one of my friends is launching a book next week—she started it 7 months ago and now it’s being printed!  I can’t wait!  

What would you like to tell your younger self?  Not to listen, spend time or give any energy to people who don’t bring out the best in one another.

What are your thoughts on aging?  I don’t think much about “aging”- I am all about living my best life and encouraging others to do the same.   

What is one thing that you look forward to every day? Just experiencing life, whatever comes that day, it’s mostly good, and I am grateful. (Though I did have a blood test today and my arm still hurts...)

I hope you enjoyed meeting Nina!  If you are in mid-life you already know about this voyage toward the next phase of our lives and the challenges it brings.   I hope you find it inspiring and insightful to read about other women and their journeys so that we know we are never alone. 

Have a great rest of the week and as always, thank you for stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information! I appreciate you!

XOXO

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Female Hand-Crafted Jewelry

Jewelry, LifestyleJan Correll2 Comments
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I am a fan of jewelry and I know many of you are too!  I recently found a company, actually, they found me and I fell in love with their story.  Each piece of jewelry is designed and hand-crafted by women, and it can vary slightly due to the fact it is made in limited quantities.  Each collection is designed to enhance a woman's individual beauty.  The company is Sabika; a company by women and for women.  You can learn more about them here

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The story starts with the founder, Karin Mayr, (at the age 50) when she found her family in financial need.  She had been a successful businesswoman as a trend forecaster working for others, for years. Her mission has stayed true to women empowerment through her commitment to helping women along their paths to growth.  

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I should not have been surprised when their head designer picked out the pieces specifically for me, but I was!  I have linked the beautiful jewelry in the gallery below.  Lucky, for me she chose some pieces done in collaboration with Swarovski, called the Sabika Cut®, that holds 30 geometric facets. Most of the pieces also have a signature pink heart  inscribed on them as an indicator of authenticity. You can purchase Sabika jewelry on line here or you can find a local consultant here.  You won't be disappointed with the collections and high quality... and remember that each time you purchase Sabika you are empowering women.  A great Mother's Day gift idea!!

Thank you to Sabika for sponsoring this post and the beautiful jewelry.  All opinions are my own.  

Have a great rest of the week and as always, thank you for stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information as we share this fun journey together!  I  appreciate you!

XOXO
 

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