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Today I will be participating in the Bridging The Gap Campaign that brings millennial and midlife together creating a collaborative and supportive community. My partner for this campaign is my mom, Regan a midlife fashion blogger for Nifty50andfabulous.com
“You have to live spherically in many directions. Never lose your childish enthusiasm and things will go your way” Frederico Fellini
I first heard this quote as my mom and I watched, Under the Tuscan Sun, a movie we continuously quote to one another to this day. In many ways, I think this quote perfectly sums up the Nifty 50 Fabulous woman in my life that I am lucky enough to call mom. Her graceful example of chasing her passions, keeping the childlike fun at the center, and sitting back and enjoying the moment has given me the permission to do the same in my own context
Live Spherically In Many Directions
Since I was a child, I have watched Regan embrace “living spherically”. She is an avid reader, so much so we had to build a home library just to contain all of her books! She’s also a kick-butt tennis player, you’ve been warned! While in college at Auburn University, she graduated with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. As her blog, Nifty50andFabulous shows she clearly is fashion-forward and talented at putting together looks, but she has another passion, Meteorology. While I was in middle school and my mom was juggling three hormonally crazed kids, she was simultaneously earning her second degree online in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State. Now, whenever severe weather comes our way-which is often in Alabama her phone lights up with text and calls friends and family asking for the latest forecast.
Watching her first hand pursue a new passion has taught me to do the same in my own life, letting what excites me drive me. That it is never too late to learn something new and chart a new direction. While society likes to box women in, Regan is an example of throwing the box out, opting for passions that branch out like spokes on a wheel taking her on the wild ride in different directions.
Never Lose Your Childish Enthusiasm
My Nifty Fifty Fabulous momma is 5 feet 0 inches of awesome. Her Nifty 50 Fabulous blog originally started off as a way for us to bond together and to venture into this new world of blogging together. The tech aspects of running a blog alone should have been intimidating enough, but she just saw it as another opportunity to learn something new! I dare say she now knows more about WordPress and Pinterest than I do!
Over the past several months I have watched my mom’s Nifty Fifty Fabulous blog bloom into a beautiful community of women. She has jumped head first into the fashion blogging world, embracing every new challenge and victory with child-like enthusiasm. Being a petite, curvy, over 50 fashionista is like being a kid in a candy store for Regan. I watch her face light up as she shows off her latest cheetah print piece as fierce and fabulous as she is. She is embracing her petite curvy stature and showing encouraging women to feel great in the skin that they are in. She is doing it all while loving every minute. It makes my heart so happy to see her embraced by a community of 50 and over women who want to help others love this stage of life in their own skin.
Things Will Go Your Way
When you explore the Nifty 50 Fabulous blog you see a petite, pink-loving midlifer not railing against midlife, but embracing it, helping others to do the same. Bridging the Gap as a mother-daughter midlife and millennial duo we are learning from each other how to do life better in the season we’re in. She is taking from me how to be more technologically savvy. I am learning from her the courage to pursue my passions and not be afraid or overwhelmed. I am teaching her about brand voice. She is teaching me about being bold and having fun doing it!. It’s been exciting to trade secrets, insights, challenges, and victories with one another
I have gleaned so much from my mom’s example. The way she is never afraid to try something new and looks at the world with childlike enthusiasm while enjoying the ride. The exchange between mother and daughter, midlifer and millennial, is a timeless one. One that can tear down walls builds up bridges. Open doors and start conversations. Breaths out wisdom and inhales opportunity. It leads by example and proudly exclaims:
Age is just a number, fear is a liar, and fabulous never goes out of style.