Fiftiness.com!

Erica is my dear friend from my Michigan years. Back then we were very close, kindred spirits with lots of energy and ambition, hopes and dreams to come. Our futures were about to begin and as it happened, we ended up at opposite ends of the country. Whereas I went east to follow my path, Erica settled in Los Angeles after law school. Along with her husband, they made a wonderful life out there.
Facebook wasn’t around yet and we lost touch. Last year, Erica was in NYC and she reached out to me. It was great reuniting. Months later, Erica emailed me about starting a community for women in their Fifties.
She is wildly passionate about our 50’s being our best years and she created a place to unite, help, and promote women 50 and over. She wants to disrupt the negative chatter and inspire women to embrace this time of their lives!
Fiftiness is just beginning and it will grow. The goal is to get content from women in their fifties who want to help others by sharing their innermost feelings(as well as fears and hopes) on universal life events. Fiftiness will have stories, podcasts, and videos us Fifty Plusers can relate to such as emptynesting, career changes, and challenging ourselves to do things we have always wanted to do.
Erica is inspiring us to take action by taking action herself-
I’m proud and excited to help her along the way as content provider and manager of development.

50 Candles to Light Your Inner Fire!

50 Candles to Light Your Inner Fire!

LOVING Rent The Runway!

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What a FIND! I will never own a fancy dress again! I’ll certainly wear a fancy dress again but I will never buy one again! There is no reason anymore, not since there is Rent The Runway!
OMG, there is so much to say about RTR and all from a gal who is not that into clothes. But I am a changed lady after stumbling across RTR. I always thought that I was above fashion, that I wasn’t going to be a puppet and spend money and buy lots of clothes just to go along with fashions and trends that the media forces on us. But now that I can pay one low price per month and have an open closet of pretty, fun, expensive dresses – I have been wearing my many options often. I guess that money was a big factor of my anti- fashion stance. I just can’t or won’t pay to have a lot of items in my closet. Now I don’t have to. I think you can hear my enthusiasm! I can’t even stop using exclamation points!
For a recent wedding in Buffalo, NY, I went shopping for a dress, I was about to plunk down $500 at DVF for a very nice dress. I was a little bummed because I knew I wasn’t going to wear it much. Oddly enough, I had to go home first before making the payment and luckily, my friend told me about RTR. I went there on my way to DVF.
Well, at the store, I see the exact same dress I was on my way to buy. Yes, I could rent it for much much less. Was I dreaming??? So as it happens, I found another dress that I liked even more and ended up renting a different dress. The wedding was great and viola- success in renting a dress. The following Monday I returned the dress and found out that RTR has a monthly unlimited plan. It is $139/ month and I decided to try it for a month. Needless to say, I have been having fun. I haven’t had any special occasions to wear fancy dresses this month but I have been renting them anyway. I rented a dress to go to the Village Vanguard to hear jazz and I rented a LBD(little black dress) to go to an art opening at Tenri(Japanese cultural center) and a different LBD to see Captured (The Play Company /Off Broadway show). I also rented a dress for a birthday celebration at the wonderful Blue Hill recently BUT should I wear the DVF dress that I have waiting here for an occasion to play ping pong tonight at Spin or am I spinning out of control with all of these dresses?
I am so changed….the old me wouldn’t like the new me.

I’d like to work for them or become a brand ambassador. I hope RTR goes public because I will buy lots of shares in it!

Screening: The Hollars

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I’m at a screening at the Landmark Theater on East Houston Street. I’m alone because my daughter canceled on me at the last minute and when I thought of some friends to invite they were either 1) out of town 2) or their kids are going away to college tomorrow and they wanted to spend time with them. This screening is thru The New York Times Film Club and anyone can join. I happen to love seeing movies first and before they are released.
The Hollars is a new movie starring Anna Kendrick and John Krasinski. The press release gives this as the plot:
John Hollar, a struggling New York City artist, is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York. With Anna Kendrick, John Krasinski, Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, and Margo Martindale. Directed by John Krasinski.
My Take: I’ve seen so many movies in my years that opinion is jaded. For me to give a glowing review of a film it has to be unique- which is rare these days. The Hollars is nothing great but it isn’t awful either. The acting is pretty good and as a first time movie director, Krasinski succeeds. But overall, even though at times the movie pulls at your heart strings, it is just another formula movie, with highs and lows and then ends with the possibility that everything will work out in the long run. Most movies are like this and perhaps for a reason; we, the public, must like to hear this script over and over.

Unit Trusts Yielding 10-12% Dividends!

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Banks offers very little interest for the honor of giving them your money. So don’t hold your cash there. Look elsewhere, some place where your money can earn it’s worth. One big theme on Wall Street this year are stocks that offer dividends. These stocks have been very popular. Stocks like IBM, General Mills, Microsoft, Ameriprise, to name just a few, all offer dividends of up to 4%. Factor in growth and you are looking at some nice annual returns.
But if you want even higher dividends, look at these unit trusts. Most of them are required to dole out all profits(hence the high dividends). If you were to invest $100,000 into these, you would earn up to $1,000/month in dividends, times that by 5 and you will be bringing in up to $5,000/ month. Not bad for making your money make you MORE money! Here are some stock symbols, check them out, investigate, ask your financial planner, etc.
HIX (10.55%), IGD (12.56%), ARI (11.34%), PHK (12.52%), NCZ (11.84%), ACP (11.36%), HHY (11.52%), CHY (10.59%), ETJ (11.32%), GPM (11.81%), GOF (11.54%), NHF (12.75%), PHT (11.26%), EHI (11.32%), GGN (12.19%), DMO (11.32%)
Full Disclaimer: I take no responsibility and am not recommending you buy these unit trusts, I am only announcing that they have great dividends! Watch them carefully to make sure they don’t go down in value!!! Thank me later:)

A Hour A Day is the New An Apple A Day

walk, walk, walk!

walk, walk, walk!


Now more than ever, staying fit and active is essential. Now it’s for health and not just to look good(which was never a motivator for me) and that’s why I am ‘all in’ with walking a hour a day. My personal motivation is greater than other women in their fifties, that being that my mom died of coronary heart disease at the young age of 61. As I approach that number, I am acutely aware and sensitive that I want to live much much longer than that. There are many things that are out of my control, but staying fit is something I can do to help my chances of lasting to a good ripe old age.
Since I have a family history of heart disease, I went to see a cardiologist when I turned 50. He did a battery of tests and determined that I had started to accumulate a tiny bit of plaque in my arteries. He took the decision of putting me on Lipitor(the lowest dose) very seriously. Doctors are now under the assumption that their patients will live to 100 years old so with that piece of information, he decided to be conservative and start me on lipitor so that we could nip the plaque build up now. He doesn’t want any more clogging in my veins. After all, they have to last me for another 5 decades!
So I am taking lipitor, watching what I eat(most of the time) and walking for an hour on the treadmill everyday( well, I aim for everyday at least). I’m not perfect and I fall off the exercise wagon every now and then, but I’m better and faster at getting back on track these days because I have grown to love it and need the exercise and know that this is just part of life at this point.