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The Positive Aging Interviews – Meet Nancy a model at 60+

October 24, 2017
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The Positive Aging Interviews

 

This week in The Positive Aging Interviews series,  I’m interviewing Nancy who is a model and part of Jodie’s Touch of Style.  Nancy is 60+ and certainly proves that life does get better as we age and you are never too old to try something new.  I love Nancy’s smile and she certainly is Sizzling and a perfect role model for other 60+ or younger women.

You can read all about Nancy at the end of the interview and also visit Jodie’s website to see more of Nancy modeling fashions for Women 60+.

Positve Aging Interviews

Photo courtesy – Jodie’s Touch of Style

1. What does the term positive aging mean to you?

I know when I was growing up, my mother’s group didn’t really tell their ages. I certainly don’t remember any birthday parties when it was publicized what number you were this year! But in saying that, it also wasn’t considered a bad thing or a huge deal.

For myself, I think positive aging means having a positive attitude about what you wear, how you want to feel about yourself, who you are and how you want to come across to others no matter what your age.  I think it helps to put more ‘spring in your step’ even if your body has a little less than it used to! The golden years are not especially easy as you feel your body having more and more issues but you can help your attitude about it all with a positive outlook and efforts to do all you can to look and feel your best.

2.What are your tips for keeping fit and healthy as you age?

I read and hear all the time that exercise and eating right are important to keeping fit and healthy.  My doctor was just congratulating me that I have stayed the same weight over the last several years!  For my exercise, I take a Pilates class twice a week, and I ski once a week every winter season!

The food intake is always a struggle for me when I’m on vacations. When I’m here at home, I’m good about snacking on nuts and veggies, but for some reason, when I travel, it’s always harder!! And let’s just say that ice cream is my weakness. In fact, I try not to keep it in the house, so it’s not a temptation.

One of the things I concentrate on a lot is being social.  It sounds funny but it is also important along with eating and exercise to maintaining your health.  It keeps your mental health ‘happy’ so you feel like eating and exercising as you should.  How’s that for explaining why I am so busy and never home?

3.What is one piece of advice you wish you had known when you were younger?

When I was a kid, I never liked shopping. In fact, my mother wouldn’t take me shopping with her if I was “in a mood”. She would have much better luck bringing items home to me to try on and figure out what I liked in our home!!

I think part of this stems from the fact that I have a hard time visualizing outfits and how pieces will look on me. When I go shopping with my step daughter (Jodie, who is the creator of our blog) she will find clothing that I would never have considered otherwise! I guess it’s been one lesson about trying on pieces even though you aren’t sure about them.

I also wish I had not tried to dress like others or with fads when the style didn’t work on me.  I avoided some colors (like pink) that turned out to be good colors for me to wear and wore other things that were in style but didn’t look good on me (like skirts that were way too short!).  I really cringe when I see older pictures of me in my younger teaching days and see how I dressed.  I think I did a much better job in my later years  of my career!  It all comes with learning about style, I think!

4.What is your favorite fashion or beauty tip?

Photo courtesy – Jodie’s Touch of Style

I would say that what I have done lately that has changed my fashion look is that I have tried to make a statement with my clothes. Jodie is always saying that we are wonderful on the inside, so we need to show that on the outside.

So lately, I have tried to wear items that might be noticed or make me stand out, at least a little.  I have tried to choose statement pieces of jewelry or statement pieces of clothing that people will comment on.  (And shoes, oh, my gosh, my shoe count has grown exponentially!!) I try not to be arrogant or outlandish about it but just try to always look especially nice!  I feel like I am achieving that by the number of comments I get on how I look.

Maybe I used to think that dressing nice wasn’t important, but I do think that taking pride in our appearance can be a boost for our confidence!

5.You are featured on the blog called ‘Jodie’s’ Touch of Style’ tell us how you came to be involved and a little about the blog?

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Photo Courtesy: Jodie’s Touch of Style

Jodie’s Touch of Style is a fashion blog dedicated for women over 50 years of age.  Jodie has the fortune of having a mother who qualified for the 70’s (Charlotte), a stepmother who qualified for the 60’s (me) and herself, who was almost at the time, 50!  She asked me if I would be interested and it sounded like fun. It also meant we would get to spend more time together.  Both of those things have been true!  It truly is a family affair!! Jodie’s husband, Rob, is included in every possible event, including the blog.  It has certainly stepped up my fashion sense and made me enjoy my clothes a lot more!

6.What is your advice for those about to retire or who have retired to ensure they enjoy this special time of life?

Photo courtesy – Jodie’s Touch of Style

I think it is important for any retiree to find their new normal and make sure it includes taking care of ‘self’.  For all the working years, it is so easy to forget or not have time for oneself but in retirement, your time is what you make of it!  Make it count for you!!  One should work at being your best self in health, in dress and in caring for yourself.

Personally I hadn’t planned on retiring when I did which was almost 20 years ago. I had been a first grade teacher for over 30 years; however, there were some changes happening in the curriculum, many of my close teacher friends had retired and my husband (Jodie’s father) had just passed away. So I decided to transition to the retired life a little sooner than I had planned.

The funny thing is as soon I didn’t have to go into school every day, I found that my body ached. Because of these body aches, I took up water aerobics and found it helped tremendously. I was also told that when you first retire, you shouldn’t over commit yourself. But by 6 months into this venture, I found that I needed a purpose, so I took the classes to become a Stephen Ministry for my church.

Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this blogging community! It’s been so nice to know there are other people in our phases of life to learn from and enjoy!

7. Favorite way to relax?

I really love to start my day doing all of the puzzles in the newspaper. I used to only attempt the crossword puzzle, but lately I’ve been doing them all. It’s funny how my day doesn’t seem complete unless I start it this way!

Then during the day, I’ve been playing Spider Solitaire on my Ipad. I also have a jigsaw puzzle in the works on a table upstairs. However, I’m not sure that jigsaw puzzle is entirely relaxing because I end up staying up late to work on it many nights!!

8. What is the last book you’ve read? 

I very much enjoy reading before going to bed, because it does help me to fall asleep. Right now I’m reading Hamilton which is super long. In fact, it’s 1500 pages on my IPad, and I’m 2/3 of the way through it! The reason I wanted to read it is because we are going to the musical when it comes here to Denver next Spring. There are times I have trouble hearing all of the words of the musicals, and especially with knowing that this musical is a rap version. So, I thought it’d be a great idea to read the book before hand!!

Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this blogging community! It’s been so nice to know there are other people in our phases of life to learn from and enjoy!

Meet Nancy

The Positive Aging Interviews

Photo courtesy: Jodie’s Touch of Style

Hi, I’m Nancy and I represent the 60+ women reading Jodie’s Touch of Style. We consider the blog a family affair because we are all related in part to Jodie’s father, Joe. I was married to Joe in the 1990’s until he passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1999. We are real women, trying to style real clothes from our closet, and it’s been quite the learning experience for me.

Personally, I grew up in Michigan City, Indiana which is a small town. After attending Purdue University for my education degree, I decided to travel out to Denver, Colorado for a first grade job opportunity. My biggest enjoyment is spending time with friends, family and people in general.

I’ve always enjoyed so many different activities. Since I live in a state that is known for it’s outdoor fun, I’ve hiked and skied much of my life! I also enjoy travelling with many different friends, whether it’s abroad or just to different places in the United States. I’ve even visited Australia and New Zealand about 15 years ago, and had such a wonderful time!

See Nancy

Jodie’s Touch of Style

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply Donna October 24, 2017 at 09:32

    Hi, Nancy – It’s a pleasure to meet you here. I love your sense of style! I also agree (and research supports) that being ‘social’ as we age, is also essential to our good health.
    Thank you, Sue, for this introduction!

  • Reply Leslie Clingan October 24, 2017 at 14:07

    I have so enjoyed this series. Such wise women with wise words of counsel. Seems that I am not alone in finding myself retired earlier than I ever expected.

    Bravo, Nancy for staying so active and for being such a positive role model to all of us. Skiing once a week!? Wow! Pilates? Yay, for you.

    I always hated shopping as a young girl, too. And so did my daughters…payback, I guess. Not any more! Completely over whatever that was.

  • Reply Debbie October 26, 2017 at 06:51

    Lovely to meet you Nancy! I’ve seen you on Jodie’s blog and now I know some more about you. Your wise words hold a lot of truth and I love the idea of the whole family being involved in this venture.
    Another great post in this series Sue!

  • Reply gigi October 26, 2017 at 17:41

    Hi! What a great interview! Its nice to meet Nancy and I’m going to check out Jodie’s Touch of Style! I love Nancy’s tip to put a little extra “spring in your step”! My favorite look is the tie-dyed blouse! It was so nice to meet Nancy!

  • Reply Cathi December 18, 2017 at 00:59

    I enjoyed the interview with Nancy. I think her perspective on aging is spot on. My whole blog is about aging (with a touch of twisted humor), and it was great to see she and I think alike. Always nice to read about someone who is on the same page. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 18, 2017 at 11:07

      Isn’t Nancy wonderful Cathi! I must check out your blog as I love reading other viewpoints on aging and enjoying life x

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