Here’s to Shelley the Artist! Usually, art is a visual experience that happens outside of the process. The artist working alone, the journey from idea to canvas experienced in finality by the viewer who brings her own sensibilities to the finished work. Shelley Levy, known professionally as Shelley the Artist (www.shelleytheartist.com) made a decision to …

We don’t talk money in polite society. But we should. The third installment of my Brown Bag It & Learn series is on the topic of money and how best women can take control of their castles! It’s a conversation that needs to be part of our everyday discussions as we walk around the park …

lunch and learn

We launched and lunched! Fiftiness hosted its first Brown Bag It & Learn, a series of lunchtime conversations, on January 25, 2019. William Bumiller, licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, started the conversation on the topic of Understanding Men Better. Why Understanding Men? I wanted to bring this topic to the forefront of fit living …

enVision Board friends

The best of intentions (alone) don’t get you into shape or get you that new job you so want! So, I asked how do you take an intention for the new year and turn it into an action plan for success. The answer was in creating enVision Boards. A three-dimensional embodiment of not just your …

Put Friendship on your To-Do List

Erica W. Jamieson
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Women's friendships

2018 was a pivotal year for women. It’s no wonder that along with raising voices for sexuality, in politics and in the workplace, we have also raised the mantle for women’s friendships and community. One of the unique components in creating community for women is how quickly we click. Like LEGO pieces snapping together to …

Technology Can’t Hug Back!

Erica W. Jamieson
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This week is about Family Time and friends! This story is about disconnecting. This post is intentionally short because you shouldn’t be hidden behind a screen this week. Go light up the faces of your family and friends by giving them the gift of you. Turn off your technology! The next seven days, between Christmas …

Feel the Tingling of a New Year!

Erica W. Jamieson
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Welcome the New Year by celebrating the old! New Year’s Eve is two weeks away. 2018 will be put to bed with the same fanfare that I used to put my children to bed. Celebrations and negotiations! Remember those days? The navigations in getting them in the bathroom washed and PJ’ed. The negotiations over what …

Women over fifty are mobilizing! I find myself distracted lately at coffee shops where young women are working together, plucking at their phones, planning and scheming for new campaigns or other projects. It makes me want to shout. Watch Out, we are coming for your youth! Women over fifty may be getting older, but we …

A Vision Board Skeptic No More

Erica W. Jamieson
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Vision Board

My vision board started out as an empty canvas as they always do. I was at a visioning event hosted by the Temple Isaiah Women’s Group. Amy Phillips, an artist, a communications specialist and the founder of Girl Empowerment LA., was our facilitator. In preparation, we were asked to write our response to seven prompts …

Food is Love, A Thanksgiving Story

Erica W. Jamieson
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Thanksgiving

Picture my kitchen: green granite, white wood cabinets, a center island. Used to be that two children came downstairs each morning to this kitchen. One before the next, forty minutes apart. They both sat on the same side of the island, on the brown wooden stool from Pottery Barn that had been empty at six …

Do one thing. That was my mantra. Make one small, truly manageable change. I began with coffee. Coffee had been the scrooge of my existence since I was child. It was something I associated with my father and not in a good way. I was shocked to find that my days had become dictated by …