Saturday, September 14, 2019

If you're not happy with your life, change it...

Easier said than done, right? 
Or is it?

I do my best planning, plotting, creating and soul-searching on the open road.

And it was just that, a two-day solo road trip - one of which took me down 70 breathtakingly beautiful miles of a 2-lane highway winding through the Arkansas mountains dotted with storybook little towns - that shined the light on the exact cause of this nagging feeling of discontent.

Some of you know my story, but here's a very short re-cap for those who don't:

Five years ago, girl's kids have all left the nest, and girl is tired of living in the hustle-bustle rat-race of the Washington DC metro area.

So...girl runs off to live in a small town a few miles outside of Dallas.

Life is wonderful and simple - oh, so simple - 

I worked in a small boutique.
Renovated a house.
Scoured flea markets/thrift shops for cool things to put in said renovated house.

I smile just thinking about it.
Yes, if you're not happy with your life, change it....

So, what happened??
HOW in the Sam Hill did I find myself back in the same predicament I moved here to get away from?

Well, my dear...I'll tell you.

The little boutique I LOVED working at - the one where I had the absolute PERFECT boss - the boss that would allow me to merchandise the complete store every time a shipment came in, and would give me the best hours just because she liked me, the place where I was consistently the top seller and I was SURE I would be there forever and ever and ever....closed it's doors to move to a higher-traffic area too far away for me to commute.

So, silly heartbroken me (I don't know about you, but I don't always make the best decisions when my heart is broken) - what do I do?

I go back to my old career-field that I left behind (for a darn good reason) on the East Coast.
So, for the past 4 years I've been back in the hustle-bustle, rush hour traffic, going to the city and surrounding areas, putting tons of miles on my little ol' car - and putting even more miles on my weary, tired body and soul.
When you live like that it makes life go by so fast and I HATE that - life is already way too short. 

I've been in disarray for quite some time now and didn't know how to get back on track.

All it took was a sunny Arkansas morning on a lonely, meandering road to show me the way.

I did NOT move to Texas to have a 'city life' and yet that is EXACTLY what I've been doing. 

By the time I'd made it home I'd made up my mind.
I'll be phasing out of my real estate job. 
I have a few loose ends to tie up and I won't quit completely, but I'll only do what I do for a select - and I mean VERY select group of people.

I'll focus more on writing.
I have several book signings and speaking engagements in the near future. Hopefully, I'll get more.

Maybe I'll find another job.
Maybe I won't.

Right now I am just relishing in the thought of getting back to that once-simple life I longed and moved here for.

As the saying goes....

'If you're not happy with your life, change it.'

Only YOU can!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Well....I did it, again.

Last week I signed a contract (for the second time) with Lifetime to turn my novel, "False Victim" into a movie.

I did this back way back in 2010 and then it was dropped the next year. A & E had purchased Lifetime and they dropped most of their movie projects.

Fast forward to June when the producer called me back, said they wanted to resurrect it and would I be interested.

"Well, yeah!"

So. Here we are. I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, if you'd like to purchase, please make sure you purchase the 2018 version. 
It's way better editing and writing, in general. 
When I first wrote it I had just come out of the event and it was VERY difficult to put everything we'd been through into words. The writing was too simplistic.

Last year I re-released it and had my editor go through and reeaaalllly work it over.

So there you have it - I'll keep you posted as I find out more info.

Til next time -


Thursday, May 23, 2019

What's a flattering look for women of all shapes, sizes and AGES?

The off-shoulder look!
I have yet to see anyone this style did not flatter.
Howeverrrrr....I always shied away from them. 
Until now.....

Yesterday I was on my yearly dreaded bra shopping expedition (which I hate more than anything in the entire universe, next to rush hour traffic)
and thought 'well, since I'm already here for this torture' 
(not to mention expense)
I might as well do a fitting for a strapless one -
and voila!!!
It was love at first sight....I mean, first fit!

Seriously - if you are larger on top and think you can't find a strapless bra that supports and holds you up and in, then you need to march right down to Nordstrom and ask for the
Walcoat Strapless Bra.

(and notice almost a 5 star rating)

Yes, it's pricey, but it goes all the way up to size H
and I DARE you to jump and down once you have it on.
Honey, those babies won't budge, and you don't have to worry about it slipping down and those slipping out!

 For the first time in my adult triple D life I can NOW wear the off-shoulder tops I've always admired on others!

I know, I know sounds like a commercial doesn't it, but I promise you - cross my heart, hope to die - that I am receiving NO compensation. 

I'm just a happy girl happy to have her 'girls' under control.

Til next time....

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Just pondering....

I remember years ago when blogging first started we had no agendas.

We wrote about life and events and mostly used this format as a journal.
I miss those days. 
No pressure about the content.
No pressure about how many readers.

 I'm going to get back to that.
Just writing.
Putting my own thoughts on life, love, the world...
It's so much simpler this way and right now I am sooooo longing for simple.

I moved from the DC area to here to get back to 'simple' and I did good for a while.
But now I feel like I'm back in the rat race and that's the honest-to-goodness LAST place I wanna be.

Yes, I'll still write about fashion after 50, lifestyle, travel, etc. 
 But, I'm not going to worry about 'who' reads me.
Or if 'no one' reads me.
Writing is what I love, my art and I'm going to do it for ME.

Everyone should - and I hope you do - have that something that they love and they'd do no matter what.


Til Next Time....

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Lone Ranger...I mean 'blogger.'

I have been doing this here 'bloggin thing' for...oh, I'd say about 13 years now.

It started out as 'Hillbilly Debutante....Musings of a Country Girl Stuck in the City.'

But when I left the Washington DC area and moved back here to Texas, the 'stuck in the city' part didn't really work anymore.

So, I changed it to the current title "Adventures of an Aging Beauty Queen".

Truth is... I've been having so many adventures that I haven't made writing (on here, at least) a true priority. 

I have done quite a few speaking engagements and appearances with my Ms. Senior Texas title.

Me with Ari Seth Cohen, the author of 'Advanced Style' and the man who has single-handedly made it cool in this country to 'age.' I got to walk in the Dallas Advanced Style Fashion Show! What fun!

There have been book signings and various book clubs.

And then there's the NEW book I'm working on that I am VERY excited about. I can't give much away, but it's going to be a coffee table book in collaboration with famous Oklahoma photographer Shanna Johnson!

If we can stay on schedule we are hoping to go to publication in early 2020. 
More on that later!

I'll be going to Ms. Senior United States in Las Vegas the middle of June, and when I come back I plan on slowing waaayyy down.

More time at home. 
More time enjoying my family. 
More time HERE...with YOU.

What about you? What are your plans for the summer?
Are you staying home or traveling?
I'd love to hear about your current or upcoming adventures.