#DontLookYourAgeChallenge seems like a great fun project; upload your selfie and add your age. While it looks like a simple selfie, there is always a story. The story makes one woman confident, beautiful, and kind.
We all know the saying: "Lady Never relieves her age." Maybe it's time to break this myth, other than hiding your age, feeling proud of this journey and lifestyle, and proud of yourself. Not every day is filled with sunshine and happiness, but understanding that you are UNIQUE and POWERFUL, is important.
But what is the secret behind youthful aging?
Do some of us have a secret formula we never heard of or just luck? After scrolling on Twitter #DontLookYourAgeChallenge, I decided to reach out to a couple of women and ask if they are willing to share their secret(s)
Real and raw stories from women from our everyday life. Apart from the beautiful look and selfie, they have a story, a life motto they follow, and things that make them happy. They also face daily struggles, insecurities, and doubts.
They have their daily struggles, doubts, and fears; Yet, they show up and make a difference. While this challenge is about age and selfie, it became more than just AGE and SELFIE after reading their stories.
"age is just a number".
Twitter Handle: Shaindel Beers, story from Shaindel
I don't really have a life motto or beauty secrets.
My advice would be to take care of yourself the best you can and do what makes you happy. The most important thing to remember is that you only get one life and one body to do it with, so if that means basics like remembering to drink water and move every day, that's great!
If it means following an exercise routine, taking vitamin supplements, and eating organic, good for you!
There's no one right way to live, and you have to figure out what works for you and makes you happy.
Before this picture was taken, I drank a 16 oz Ciderboys Grand Mimosa hard cider, ate four beef tacos from a food truck, then went on this hike, so I'm clearly not saying that you have to follow strict diets or not touch alcohol.
Just do whatever works for you! I try to do some outdoor exercise every day. I have to because we have a very active 100-lb dog, so my family and I either go walking, hiking, or cycling every day.
I also think it's important for women to do things that they enjoy.
Too many of my friends say, "I have to spend all day Saturday cleaning," or "I can't do anything until I fold all this laundry."
Make time to do things that aren't for someone else or your home. That could be reading, painting, volunteering, taking a class, planting a garden – just make sure that it is something you enjoy and want to do for yourself.
Many women also seem to have a lot of guilt about getting help whether from a partner or their children or outside help.
Ask your partner or children to help with household chores if they don't already. And if you can afford to hire someone to help with one task (which I know is privileged), don't be ashamed!
Hire someone to clean every other week or once a week or to mow your lawn. I know not everyone can do that, but if you can, don't feel guilty about it. You can use that time to take care of yourself or your family or even to help others.
Twitter handle - Sabrina Zombie, a story from Sabrina:
What's the secret behind my beauty?
Honestly, I have never seen myself as beautiful, so those words make me humbled, and appreciative others would see me as such. To answer that, I would have to say genes.
My mother and grandmother both were powerful, beautiful women.
I can only say I've taken after them. But also, I've always gone against the norm with beauty routines.
I have sensitive skin; what most women use daily for their faces, I can't.
I simply wash my face with bar soap and use moisturizer. Bit of makeup, and that's me!
My life motto, I've never really had one, to be honest, but I've not had an easy life, so I suppose
"I can get through this."
It has been one thing I've reminded myself many times over. As for being positive and energetic, those are two things that come in waves. Like most women, I have self-doubt, but what keeps me going is my family. They bring me a reason to continue and look forward to each day, to the future as well.
My health isn't quite perfect; many days, I lack tons of energy, but I have a son with special needs (he's autistic with obsessive-compulsive disorder). I find myself doing even at my most tired or worn down, mustering the energy to be positive for him.
I always try to find a bright side to most things, I have three sons, a grandson, and my husband, so I know should I be worn down, they'll sense it and not be as best of a person as they can be. I hope that helps answer those for you!
Twitter Handle - Fran, Story from Fran:
Basically, I have good genes from my mother, and my daughter taught me how to angle my head just right to take a selfie.
"I drink a lot of water, and I love my sleep."
To balance my skin tone, I go into a tanning bed now and then and use concealer under my eyes.
In the picture that I shared with the hashtag, I actually just had my hair done and released the blonde with toner to let my natural grey come out—a gift to myself for my 50th birthday. As far as a life motto, I borrowed it from my friend Nicole who passed away from cancer a few years ago.
"Oh, look... another beautiful day. "
She would say that statement in gratitude for being able to be alive just one more day. With everything I've gone through in the past couple of years (divorce, pandemic, and recently lost my job),
I have been focusing on finding myself and striving for the little things to keep me going.
Story from Diane, Twitter ( Photo credit @southerndianemarie)
I'm a 40-year-old wife and mom. I enjoy my family, cooking, photography, gardening, and delicious food.
I love taking classy, sensual photos and sharing them on social media.
My secret to staying young and healthy-looking is I'm careful with what I eat.
I don't wear makeup. I use a moisturizer on my face.
I work out at least three times a week at Orange Theory Fitness.
My life motto is to pass on a smile. Smiling is free and can impact another person in a positive way. I am inspired by the feedback that I receive from my photos. I enjoy making gentlemen smile from all walks of life. I love hearing how I make them feel happy, younger, energized, and more confident.
Quote that best describes me would be, "A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear." -Marilyn Monroe
Behind every photo, there is a story.
While it seems so easy to click "like" and move on, sometimes it`s good to stop and connect. Every woman is inspirational and should never forget it. Even if it is a daily selfie or taking time for yourself helps to connect with your Innerself.
And always remember to be kind, friendly, and supportive. You are not alone.
Share your age and story in the comments.