8.14.2016

Vibrant

Vibrant: having or showing great life, activity, and energy

After a very important breakfast/business meeting with motivational speaker, three time cancer survivor, and founder of The Lighthearted Life, Dianne Callahan, she and I sat under a shade tree, where she shared with me an astounding idea she heard on youthful aging. The concept is based on an idea that suggest women, as well as men, can experience a type of reverse aging - this is when a person so grounded in their self and purpose; so open to spirit; so keyed into their energy and vibration; can experience a level of cellular renewal that shows in their energy level, their physical being, and the way they look as well. 

It makes sense. Right? Without having these details of our lives deeply rooted into place, one is sure to experience various levels of stress, and we all know stress is the biggest contributing factor to rapid aging. Using myself as an example, a few years ago, before I tapped into my true value, I felt old physically, as well as spiritually. However recently, on my post called Baby Soft, I received a super kind comment from fellow blogger, and owner of Finder Not Keeper, Mithra Ballesteros, which stated, "You are getting younger with each post! Who could guess your babies are men!" I don't believe Mithra believes I have access to some sort of age reverse time machine, nor do I believe the concept is suggesting this either. Perhaps the word which we search for is Vibrant - People with this uncanny youthfulness have tapped into an energy that surpasses the definition of Age, and what a particular age is suppose to represent.

I've said it once and I'll say it again - Being the age of 50, I haven't felt better in decades. This observation isn't solely about my physicality, but my spirituality and emotional makeup as well. I feel deeply grounded with my self and my purpose. Perhaps this is what Mithra has noticed. So for today, I wear a  color that radiates the warmth of the sunshine, is vibrant, rejuvenating, and signifies energy and optimism. I hope you enjoy the pictures and I'll meet you below in the comment section.


In recent years I have grown more attracted to the bold hue of orange. Not for the faint of heart, this color truly represents the spirit of the extrovert - which I am not. I gain my energy from my times alone and in solitude. But for this occasion, I find myself drawn to this dynamic and powerful shade. Draped in a breezy dress of linen, I feel surprisingly relaxed yet invigorated at the same time. To enhance the spirit of the dress, I chose to pair it with my favorite colorful and playful sandals - a look that tells a story about my vibrancy as well as my laid-back idea of getting dressed.

Outfit Details - Midi Dress: Lou & Grey (sold out but check out other Lou & Grey dresses); Sandals: Tildon Blaire via eBay; Medium Basic Sunglasses: Loft; Silver Hoop Earrings: The Icing; Multi-bangle with droplet via eBay; Kerrianne Watch: Courtesy of Chico's; Polish is Imported Bubbly by Essie





 




I would love to read your opinions on the concept stated above. Do you believe reverse aging exist? Do tell {wink}

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51 comments:

  1. This dress is perfection! Not sure what I believe about reverse aging but I do believe in vibrancy. Once you start living your true life it shows, you are no longer hostage to things that weigh you down and age you - it's easier to say no to the things that don't help you serve your purpose and we all know saying no to one thing allows you to say yes to another. And as we age we find what we need to eat and the role exercise plays in helping us feel well. But back to the dress - it is perfection!

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    1. I'm glad you like the dress, Kellyann. It's so true what you say about food and exercise. When done well, it definitely contributes to vibrancy. It's true...we are what we eat. It has become easier to say No. When I wasn't sure of my purpose, I said Yes to everything. Now, I'm very discriminating.

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  2. You are amazing and embody what it means to reverse in age. Body, mind and spirit working together. Thanks for this inspiring message.

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  3. Love love love!!! You captured the phenomenon of reverse aging perfectly!!!! Love the look and the vibrancy it represents!!! And did I tell you I found those shoes on eBay (what a copycat right???).

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    1. We buy what speaks to us. The shoes are colorful, quirky and fun. Of course you like them, Dianne!

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  4. As an introvert myself, I find that I feel confident in vibrant colors. Your gorgeous dress is one of my favorite shades. Colors like that actually energize me! I do believe vibrancy shows when you are living true to who you are. When you are strong and healthy physically and spiritually, it is going to be obvious. The reverse is also true. Low points in life and excessive stress are going to show too. A soul that is beaten down can't possibly reflect vibrancy. This post challenges me to stay the course, to keep moving toward peace. I'm making steady progress and like to think it shows!

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    1. Bravo, Karen! I loved reading this statement - I'm making steady progress and like to think it shows! If you feel it shows, then chances are it shows ;)

      I feel the same about wearing brights. They do have a way about them that energizes the spirit. They also make me feel joyful.

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  5. Vibrant, indeed, Glenda! At 56 I am loving the color orange, too, and find many of the concepts about aging you mention are true for myself. I recently lost 26 pounds on Weight Watchers and have never felt better! The new love of orange may have started with my second marriage--my non-traditional wedding ring sports a large orange sapphire!

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    1. Oh wow, a large orange sapphire? It must be incredible. I bet you style your wardrobe around the masterful statement piece :) I believe a greater portion of aging well is of the mind. The other is health. Grab hold of the two and you're good to go.

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  6. Sure I love the dress. Yes yes yes I love the dress on you. Even more than that, however, I'm fascinated by the very concept of youthful aging. You are most definitely doing that and I need to follow suit

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    1. Isn't this an interesting concept. Cosmetic industry tells us the secret to aging is in a magic formula in a bottle. Not true! We hold the key...it's living in our truest form.

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  7. Oh, that dress is gorgeous! Perfect colour for you!
    I believe in attitude. Whatever your attitude, there YOU are! A young attitude keeps you young.
    I love the sound of vibrancy. I want to be vibrant!

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    1. Diane, I agree - attitude is so very important. Get your vibrancy on!!

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  8. This is my new favorite color! You wear it so well! One thing that always amazes me is the fact that the shoes you select are always a beautiful part of the whole package. I just wear shoes for comfort...
    I loved reading this post and am inspired. There definitely is profound truth to your message on reverse aging. You exemplify it beautifully.

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    1. Kerry, thank you so very much. Your words are so sweet. I am a bit of a shoe whore. The shoes I select are always comfortable for me, but yes, they must complete the story. Shoes, accessories, are all a part of the big picture.

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  9. Yes I think we can reverse our age by our demeanor and attitude. Wearing that dress symbolizes it! I love the string tie or not option.
    My BFF who passed away last December loved to wear clothes in the colors of coral and orange. At her memorial I wore an orange top as did her sisters and her nephew. We never discussed it. We just wanted to honor her memory with the vitality she lived in the color that was her!

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    1. What a beautiful tribute to your friend. Thank you for sharing the story with us. Orange is a vibrant color, and the people who wear it proudly seem to match the shade.

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  10. Oh, that dress!! 😍 That color is absolutely amazing on you. You are meant to wear that shade of orange! I'm not sure about actual "reverse aging" (but I am open to learning more about it); however I believe when a person is comfortable in their skin, knows their own value, and takes care of themselves - you can tell. Vibrant is exactly the word for it!

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    1. Thank you Beckey! Yes, I'm in total agreement with you. I don't believe we can reverse the aging process, but something magical does occur with people who are grounded...an incredible vibrancy!

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  11. Love the dress on you and even more that it is orange. I find that at soon-to-be 65 I am just as vibrant as I was in my 40's and yet still emotionally satisfied. I love my family and friends and now spend more quality & Fun time in their company.

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    1. Yes, I was waiting for you, Neti. No one wears orange as beautifully and in sync as you. Orange is your badge of life...a life that you live vibrantly.

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  12. I think as I age I feel better and most tell me that I don't act my age. You look awesome and love the orange dress.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party,
    Bev

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    1. I often wonder how persons are suppose to act when someone says, You don't act your age. What defines how we should act? What's the comparison?

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  13. I went to my old blog to find a picture and just saw your blog post which I used to watch all the time. Love the dress and love the post! I buy into the idea of reverse aging fully, now that I've just learned about it! :) Will definitely need to now figure out how to adapt it into my life. Thanks! xo

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    1. I'm glad your search led you back. Welcome home! I'm very interested in the concept. Fascinating...to say the least.

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  14. I like the concept of the idea and we certainly know how stress can affect our bodies for example but cellular renewal? Um... not so sure about that. The anatomy and physiology geek part of me thinks it all sounds rather new age-y - if you don't mind my honesty! But I agree we can all live our lives in a more grounded way, be youthful in our outlook and try not to live life in fear. And as someone who loves colour, wearing vibrant colours certainly contributes to my well being on an emotional level.
    The colour your wearing makes you look very serene but not so serene that you can't pull off some kick ass sandals!

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Jacqueline, you're the best. I love it when you chime in. Your honesty is freshing. Yes, I agree, it does sound rather new agey. But what a wonder it would be if cellular renewal could take place. A scientific study I would love to witness. I felt both relaxed and energized in this look, so yeah, your description is accurate!

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  15. I do believe in reverse aging -- and the dress is perfect for you!

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  16. You really do have me shouting (in my head. where it counts :)) Three more years three more years!!!
    I'm. Ready. For. My. 50s.

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    1. Carla, you are so fun, and vivacious. You're going to take 50 by storm!

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  17. It's a gorgeous colour on you - I like the coral/rockmelon versions of orange on myself - I think they add a warmth to our skin tones which is very flattering in midlife.

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    1. I agree, Leanne. Orange is an electrifying color that has the ability to be very cozy as well.

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  18. I love that orange on you. The contrast with your hair and skin really make the color pop--very flattering. Since i became a strawberry blonde orange is not my best color but I do still wear it. As far as aging goes--I feel wiser than ever, rather than younger. And that's fine with me.
    Carol

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    1. I agree, Carol. I believe the wisdom, that knowing, brings about a beautiful gift of confidence.

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  19. That color truly is spectacular on you. I know that when I wear bright colors I always feel more full of life. I really think color has a huge impact on mood and spirit.

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    1. Thank you Colleen! In recent years I've grown more attracted to orange. It's such an electric and inviting hue. I agree, color certainly does do something to our mood and spirit.

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  20. You indeed look happy and youthful, a woman in her prime, love the color on you, a perfect choice,and the silver sandals. Being 50, and older can be quite a gift, In many ways i feel your youthful, as you do! You look fabulous, too!
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

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    1. Aw, yes, I love your statement, Elle - In many ways I feel you're youthful as you do! Thank you!

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  21. You look great in everything. I love your spirit and it always shines through!
    b

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    1. It definitely is an interesting concept. Makes it easier to explain why some women and men never seem to get older.

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  23. You are elegance, style, calm and beauty. I love the silver sandals with this simple dress - nice change with the belt (and sunnies) - it's how you wear clothes, I believe, and your youthful radiance makes the outfit. xx

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    1. Elizabeth, thank you so much. Everything I wear is a reflection of how I'm feeling or my personality. Therefore I feel super comfy in my selections. Many believe the sandals are silver, but they're actually turquoise with a orange and black leopard heel.

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  24. Thank you for the shout-out! My favorite Jane Austen novel, Persuasion, features a heroine who reverse ages. As a 28-year-old spinster, Anne Elliot falls in love. Austen describes the bloom of youth that creeps back into her skin. Written in the early 1800s!

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