How To Follow Your Heart

How To Follow Your Heart

By Susan "Honey" Good

So many people think that their minds are responsible for decision making. But before you “makeup your mind,” are you aware of the importance of listening to your heart?

Your heart is your alter ego, your secondary or alternative personality, and, if you let her, she can also be your trusted friend. If you listen to your heart’s messages, your path through life will be less bumpy. It is a truism that the mysteries of the heart send our mind our true feelings. Your first goal is ‘to listen to the beat.’

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4 Simple Words That Will Change Your Relationships With Men After 50

4 Simple Words That Will Change Your Relationships With Men After 50

By Lisa Copeland, Guest Contributor

If you want an Alpha Man in your life – and most of my clients who are Alpha Women always tell me they do – what I’m going to share with you today is important information you’ll want to know and remember.

At work, my client, Elizabeth is an Alpha Female.

 

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Best Mascaras After 50

Best Mascaras After 50

By Susan "Honey" Good

We women, 50 and over, know that as we age our eyes need a little extra love and care. That’s why I put a list together of my favorite mascaras for common issues we may encounter as we age.

Best Mascara After 50 for watery eyes that easily smudge mascara:

Check out the Clinique Lash Power Long-Wearing Formula. I love that this mascara won’t smudge with rain, sweat, or tears, yet comes off easily with warm water. Often times, those who deal with mascara smears opt for a waterproof variety. The problem with waterproof mascara is that it leaves you scrubbing your eyes to get it off, which in the long run, just may leave those lashes even more sparse, however this mascara washes off easily. Get it for $17.50 here

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Making New Friends After 50

Making New Friends After 50

By Susan "Honey" Good

"For a happier lifestyle ‘bee’ all you can be”

As women over 50 and beyond we should continue to bloom and buzz; flourish, thrive and evolve, just like the busy Queen bee. The last thing you want to do after age 50 is to become a boring and bored woman. There are many ways to prevent this from occurring and one is bringing cutting edge women into our life after 50.

As I have mentioned before, I am a floater. Of course I have my closest girlfriends but I have never been one to plant myself in a hive of ‘busy’ bees, you know what I mean, darlings.

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Meet Honey + Shelly Live

By Susan "Honey" Good

Fancy meeting you here! 

Hello again, my friends, I have a personal invitation for you! I'd love to invite you to "meet"  Shelly and me for a LIVE event on Facebook.

Not only would we love to welcome you into our Chicago home, virtually speaking, we'd also love to answer all of your questions!

We'll be sharing our thoughts on love, life and how we keep the laughter and romance alive after decades of marriage.  

Save the date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

More details coming soon!

I would so love to know what questions you have for Shelly and me! Do tell! Share yours either in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Sexiest Male Celebrities Over 50... Add Yours!

Compiled by the Honey Good Editorial Staff

We're having a little fun today in the form of celebrating some of the sexiest male celebrities over 50 because... we think sex appeal is ageless! Do you have your own list of handsome men over 50? (Honey nominates Sheldon Good!) Do tell! 

Share yours either in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Image via Conversations About Her

Image via Conversations About Her

Sexiest Male Celebrities Over 50: Brad Pitt, 53

Brad Pitt’s rugged all-american look with blue eyes make him one of the hottest men over 50. Brad has been nominated for countless acting awards and won a great deal of them, but he is more than just good looking and an Oscar winning actor, he is the founder of the Make It Right Foundation, a charity that builds homes, buildings and communities for people in need. All Make It Right projects are Cradle to Cradle inspired – meaning they meet the highest standards of green building.. Along with that, he is a father to six children, three of which he has adopted. 
 

Image via Design and Trend

Image via Design and Trend

Sexiest Male Celebrities Over 50:  George Clooney, 56

Of course, everyone’s favorite recovering bachelor made the list, even if he is now happily married to a style icon in the making in Amal Clooney.

George Clooney has been vocal about the Armenian Genocide and active in working to stop the human rights atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan. In fact, Clooney founded Not On Our Watch with his Ocean’s 11 co-stars Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt, and producer Jerry Weintraub. Not On Our Watch is committed to robust advocacy and research in support of global human rights. 

George and Amal Clooney also welcomed twins, a boy named Alexander and a girl named Ella, in June of this year.

Image via Watch Paper

Image via Watch Paper

Sexiest Male Celebrities Over 50: Pierce Brosnan, 64

Having starred most famously as Remington Steele and James Bond, this 64-year-old Irish actor lives by the quote “Be kind. Be good.”

Pierce Brosnan is not only good looking and a fantastic actor, he is also known for being a painter and activist.

Brosnan has also spoken about about twin tragedies that struck 22 years apart, losing his first wife, Cassandra, and their daughter, Charlotte to ovarian cancer. Of his first wife, Cassandra, Brosnan has been quoted as saying, “She has made me the man I am, the actor I am, the father I am. She’s forever embedded in every fiber of my being. She’s there with me every day. I was so blessed to have met someone like that.”

Image via Vibe

Image via Vibe

Sexiest Male Celebrities Over 50: Denzel Washington. 62

Denzel Washington was named People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1996 (and he was named on the list again in 2002) and he has not lost a bit of that appeal!

Washington won Oscars for his roles in Glory and Training Day. He received an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Fences (2016), the film adaptation of August Wilson's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play. 

Denzel Washington married actress Pauletta Pearson in 1983 and the pair have four children. Their oldest son, John David, was drafted in 2006 by the NFL's St. Louis Rams. 

 

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Image via zzjobw.net

Sexiest Male Celebrities Over 50: Mark Harmon, 65

Mark Harmon is not only known for his charming looks at age 65, long lasting marriage and for starring on NCIS, he has also been recognized for being a real life hero after rescuing two teens from a burning car that crashed near his home.

In 1996, Harmon used a sledge hammer from his garage to break the window out of the teen's car after they were involved in an accident outside of his home. He then pulled the teens free so they wouldn't be burned to death, while his wife called 911. According to reports, Harmon made every effort to downplay his role in saving the teenagers' lives. 

"I was raised with the idea of maximum effort, as long as you could look in the mirror and say 'I gave it everything I had' it was OK."~ Mark Harmon.

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Practice the Art of Feng Shui

By Susan "Honey" Good

The day was glorious -- I knew it would be. I awoke to an incredible sunrise, then a work out with my trainer, followed by a trip for the first time to visit Orchid’s physical therapist and the delicious finale was lunch with two girlfriends on the rooftop of The Peninsula Hotel at Shanghai Terrace. As I entered the restaurant, the term Feng Shui flashed into my mind because my day thus far was in total alignment.

I was the last to arrive because to cap off my perfect day, I ran into my ultimate concierge on Michigan Avenue. As soon as I sat down with my girlfriends the laughter and questions were nonstop.

Penelope said to me, “I did not know you were left handed.”

“Why did you ask?” I questioned.

“Because you are wearing your watch on your right wrist,” she responded.

“I practice Feng Shui, a four century old Chinese system. It is a set of laws that teaches how the flow of positive energy brings alignment into all facets of your life.” (And don’t we need all we can get, darlings?)

My girlfriends rolled their eyes, raised their eyebrows and smiled. I paid no attention to their teasing manner because I believe in Feng Shui and began to give them a brief tutorial on the reasons why I feel as I do and how this practice has brought joy into my life.

“I wear my watch on my right wrist so positive energy can flow to my heart.”

Several years ago a Feng Shui teacher taught me the electricity in your watch cuts off all positive currents going to your heart. I changed my watch that moment to my right wrist.

Before continuing, Penelope, a movie critic who has her own blog, Peneflix, said, "I think you should muse about Feng Shui to your readers.”

Over the course of the next day I decided I would write on the subject, but only share decisions I made when we built our home in California because the practice is so large in scope.

MY JOY WITH FENG SHUI

I walk into my home and always feel in harmony and at peace with my environment. As I walk through the doors, my eyes are able to take in the whole setting because my décor is pleasing and consistent with one floor coving throughout my home, in celadon, a willow-green color tile; the color originally coming from China. The furniture is in the same shades with accents of Chinese red and black. The great room is filled with orchids and larger than life real trees.

The rest of our home is in the same shade as the flooring so there is Feng Shui consistency. I learned the importance of flow from one of my Feng Shui teachers.

My Feng Shui expert and teacher is a friend and the head of a major corporation in Kuala Lumpur, MaIaysia. I began to think highly of the practice of Feng Shui when my husband Shelly and I visited his office. He explained that everything has its place and the exact placement creates harmony with his environment. I was immediately interested!

“My desk faces the door because it will provide me with prosperity,” he explained. “I have plants because of their oxygen flow,” he related as he expanded his lungs. “Meaningful objects are in my eye’s view because they create happiness and relaxation. The sight of flowing water in the fountain outside the entryway of my building creates the flow of wealth into my office.”

I was enthralled and upon arriving home bought a book on Feng Shui and met with a teacher. I was hooked. The word harmony drew me into the practice of Feng Shui.

FENG SHUI SAYS: LIVE WITH WHAT “YOU” LOVE!

How I practice Feng Shui:

  1. I live with my favorite colors and carry them throughout our entire home. As I leave one room and enter another, I feel a flow of continuity providing me with a feeling of harmony.

  2. Each room in our home has orchids and greenery, all the same variety. This provides a quality of calm, a feeling of organization and the flow of oxygen.

  3. I have wind chimes in our yard humming quiet sounds that bring me a feeling of contentment.

  4. A beautiful, large green evil eye ball hangs outside at our entryway warding off any evil from entering our front doors.

  5. We positioned the home we built with overhangs allowing the sunlight to be constant from room to room.

  6. We decided the lot to build our home on would have to face south. Good quality of light is very necessary.

  7. The outside of our home flows inside. I did this by creating a beautiful landscape using the same colors as the inside of our home.

  8. Last, but actually first... I choose my favorite possession to live with me in our home. My husband, my ultimate concierge, Sheldon Good.

FENG SHUI SAYS: CLEAR UNWANTED POSSESSIONS FROM YOUR HOME

Clutter sets you up for failure. ASK YOURSELF:
Do I love it?
Do I need it?
Does it reflect who I am?

If you answer no to any of these three questions, I suggest sharing your possessions with your children or a charity. If you do, Feng Shui says you will have a wealth of happiness.

FENG SHUI: SIMPLIFY YOUR HOME.

Disorganization adds negative energy to your life.

1. Your choice of textures, colors, styles of furniture and your yard are very important. They are truly ‘you.’

I am mindful that the practice of Feng Shui is thousands of years old and far more complicated than I am suggesting. I find myself living a partial Feng Shui way of life that peaks my fancy because it allows me to "simply be." I am in harmony with my lifestyle over 50 and I owe this, in part, to Feng Shui.

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How To Beat The Summer Heat After 50

How To Beat The Summer Heat After 50

Summer and the heat zap the body and our energy. While those warm days lull us outdoors and into pools or the beach, the heat can easily be too much to handle. But there are more things to do when the mercury blasts upward than just swimming or lounging by the water. And, sometimes, even those waves or the pool’s clear waters don’t always feel great when the heat and the humidity are in full force.

The secret to enjoying the summer means knowing when to head indoors…and when to venture out. The hottest times—and most dangerous for the sun’s rays—occur from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Beat the heat, and plan your outdoor activities around the peak sun hours.

Enjoy summer inside and out with a few summer suggestions:

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The Secret to Happiness

The Secret to Happiness

By Akaisha Kaderli, Guest Contributor

Recently I read an article about happiness and how we can increase its presence in our lives.

Preventing Adaptation is the The Secret to Happiness

The premise of the piece was that frequent, small pleasures increase our happiness level far more than one big pleasure. We adapt to a big pleasure until it becomes routine for us, so the new car we were so excited about when we purchased it, becomes mundane over time. The beautiful flooring and the exquisite bedroom set we just had to have all becomes ordinary as time passes.

Research proved that it is the first bite of chocolate, the first glimpse of the sea and the first minute of massage that were the happiest moments and if we could somehow increase the frequency of having more “first moments” we would become happier overall.

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Meet 50 Fierce Women Over 50

Meet 50 Fierce Women Over 50

By Susan "Honey" Good

I had the honor and the pleasure to represent a generation of Fierce Women Over 50 in Chicago Woman Magazine. I am humbled by the honor and proud to be in the company of forty-nine other community leaders.

How I Became A Fierce Woman Over 50

My publicist, Susan, forwarded me an email from the Editor of Chicago Woman Magazine. The email read, “You have been nominated to be in our magazine as one of Chicago’s Fierce Women Over 50."

Susan instructed me to answer a list of questions, one asking me to explain, why I am a Fierce Women Over 50.

I remember staring at the email as several thoughts ran through my mind...

"Me, a fierce woman?! I am anything but fierce!"

"How am I going to answer this question?"”

I am always seeking answers to my questions so I immediately went to my dictionary and looked up the definition of fierce which reads, and I kid you not, "ferocious, savage, vicious, aggressive, cutthroat, competitive, intense, relentless, ass-kicking!”

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Three Dating Mistakes After 50

Three Dating Mistakes After 50

I wasn’t always good at dating. In fact, back in the day when I was clueless about finding love,  I made some major dating mistakes that truly kept me from finding the right guy for a very long time.

I want to share 3 of them with you in today’s blog because once I recognized what they were and I stopped doing them, well….my life with men and finding love after 50 changed BIG TIME!

 

Mistake #1 – Are you dating right after your last relationship has ended?

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Shoe Tips For Women With Bad Feet Over 50

Shoe Tips For Women With Bad Feet Over 50

By Susan "Honey" Good

My friends wonder how I can continue, after breaking my ankle, to glide through life in high heeled shoes and boots. (It's been reported that the average woman owns at least 20 pairs!) Today, I'm sharing shoe tips for women with bad feet over 50.

If you entered my closet and glanced at my collection of fabulous and fashionable shoes, you would never think they belonged to a grandmother, way over 50, with twenty-five grands and damaged feet. (Stay tuned! Next week, I'm updated my Grands story as we've grown from 20 to 25!)

I can only say this: “Never underestimate a woman’s ingenuity when she wants something."

I am proud to say I have figured out how to continue to strut my stuff and I am happy to say, I love to share my fashion tips, ideas and solutions. Remember my saying, “We can make sweet lemonade out of lemons.”

Shoe Tips For Women With Bad Feet Over 50

HONEY’S DIARY

I had perfect feet until I broke my ankle three years ago when I accidentally fell off of a ladder in high heels while reaching for a handbag -- talk about being so busy I acted dizzy!

I had surgery and wore a pink cast for six months with a smiley face painted on my big polished pink toe. (I never stop thinking about femininity and fashion, darlings!) I kept my spirits high because of my many girlfriends and my husband…whose kindness surpassed Florence Nightingale's.

I assumed, incorrectly, that I would ‘walk’ right out of my surgeon’s office the day my cast came off, rush home and slip into a pair of my divine shoes.   

I was in for a shock, darlings. I could not walk, bend my toes or flex my left foot. I was in excruciating pain. I was beside myself and in tears.

I looked at my doctor and asked, as I tried unsuccessfully to take my first steps, “Will I ever be able to walk again?”

My doctor responded, “I hope so.”

My heart sank.

That evening, I dressed for my ‘supposed’ celebration dinner in pants that were too long. I wore a flat on my good foot and a pink-striped sock given to me by my girlfriend, Linda. I hobbled into the restaurant on my trusty walker.

Did I allow my injured foot to prevent me from wearing my platforms in the future? Did I give away my high-heeled boots or gorgeous pumps? Of course not, darlings!

I plunged into physical therapy from May until November with a vengeance. I graduated from a walker to a cane. After months of hard work, I was able to slowly flex my foot and toes so I could walk up and down steps carefully and with great caution. I had to regain my balance and my gait. It took all of my persistence, patience and, the help of my Ultimate Concierge, Shelly. (Read my post about Shelly's kind help here.) 

Shoe Tips For Women With Bad Feet Over 50

FASHIONABLE SHOE TIPS FOR BAD FEET

Well my darlings, especially you with problemed feet, I began the long road back to normalcy by figuring out temporary fashionable solutions. I went out and bought fabulous flat shoes from fun sneakers to fancy flats. Let me share a few ideas.

  • I bought yellow leather ‘high top’ sneakers that I dared myself to wear with a beautiful, dressy Gucci Dress. And black high tops, also!
  • For a formal wedding I bought patent leather Chanel flats with pearls.
  • For everyday wear I bought flowered sneakers and two pairs of Lanvin flats in silver and deep blue because the colors were not seasonal and went with everything in my wardrobe. The style of the shoe stretches and the leather was very soft.
  • For my emotional wellbeing I avoided shortening my slacks. I wanted to keep a positive attitude, dreaming of the day I would once again strut my stuff feeling glamorous and amorous (for my husband!) in my high-heeled shoes.

It has been three years of adjustments. My once perfect foot will never be the same. I have nerve damage in four of my toes, my foot is still slightly swollen from living in a cast for six months and I developed a bunion. However, I am happy to say my broken bone healed perfectly and I am strutting my stuff once again in my fashionable heels.

 HOW TO WEAR HIGH HEELS WITH BAD FEET

  • I wear platforms with a wide toe box. Ask your salesperson for the best brands.
  • I wear platform sandals. My tootsies are free as a breeze.
  • I buy shoes that are one or one and a half sizes larger than my normal shoe size. My bunion no longer pains me and the shoes fit perfectly.
  • I took my high heels to the shoemaker and had the heels cut down as far as possible. You have to be mindful to tell your shoemaker he must maintain the correct pitch. You will lose a quarter to at most a half inch, but it makes a notable difference.
  • I was determined to try and save my shoes, so I had all of my left shoes stretched because that foot is a tiny bit swollen and I now have to deal with a bunion. Make sure to tell him to leave each shoe on the stretcher for a few days. It took me an entire summer and into the fall to complete the task.
  • I buy designer shoes that have a wide toe box to house my damaged toes and bunion. Prada is the best in style and width for my foot.
  • The shoes I could no longer wear I gave to an A+ consignment store and am saving that money to purchase a handbag I am dying to own.

USE YOUR ‘EMOTIONAL’ WHEREWITHAL

I have learned how to manage my foot problem because of determination and I am happy to say I no longer wear flats. I think a chic shoe shows the personality of a woman. So my darlings, my philosophy is as follows:

  • Do try and continue to buy glamorous and stylish shoes. It will give you a ‘lift’ in more ways than one.
  • Do be determined to solve your foot problem(s). Use your will and you can find solutions. 
  • Do not be shy in asking experts for help.  
  • Do be a good listener and then follow advice.
  • Motivate yourself into action. A woman’s shoes are an important part of her style!

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Do you have tips about how to deal with bad feet over 50? If you have something to say about this story… let’s talk! I want so much to hear your opinions + feelings. I also want you to speak up so that women our age remain visible. I think we have a responsibility to share our wisdom, don’t you? Share yours either in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Best Beach Cover Ups: Summer Style Is A Wrap

Best Beach Cover Ups: Summer Style Is A Wrap

It's been said that shopping for a bathing suit is one of the most stressful experiences for women. I know a great way to take the stress out of bathing suit shopping, and that is a gorgeous, flattering bathing suit wrap or cover-up. 

Today, I am sharing five fashionable options in a variety of price points. Happy shopping, my friends!

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