woman wearing Chico's bold t-shirt

Let’s reflect back upon our high school days for a moment, shall we? Back then, I thought my parents (who were in their 40’s) were “old” and my grandparents were positively ancient at seventy plus. Remember those days? When we truly believed we had that whole young and old thing figured out.

Those lines, thankfully are now not only blurred, but more resemble the beautiful brush strokes of an artist, as countless midlifers are energetic, living life, looking good and starting to have an impact on advertisement campaigns. We are making our our presence known, with companies like Chico’s celebrating being bold at any age. The beauty giant L’Oreal Paris selected Dame Helen Mirren (age 72 and gorgeous) for one of their campaigns and Ellen Degeneres (age 60 and looking great) is a Cover Girl.


One of the most popular and talked about personalities these days, has got it all going on. I’m speaking of the incomparable Iris Apfel, who’s witty quotes about life and fashion are going viral. She’s all about embracing your age and being a rebel, my kind of lady!

“I see myself as the world’s oldest living teenager. Because I have such a good time, and because I try to get as much of a kick out of things as possible.” ~ Iris Apfel

woman with dog on her shoulder

Age really is just a number, when you think about it. If you believe you’re old, your body will devour the “food” you’re feeding it via negative thoughts and will respond accordingly. Then we’ll end up doing old people things like asking our kids to help with electronic issues (oh, wait, I already do this one)!

So perhaps the secret to the fountain of youth actually begins with ourselves, instead of a jar or vitamin. What if looking, acting and feeling younger starts with a little self kindness and love. Let’s try a little experiment, shall we?

Starting tomorrow, let’s all write down some love notes to ourselves. It might look something like, “Nothing is impossible” or I am beautiful, or how about you are a rockstar, now let’s do this! Place your love notes somewhere you will see them often, like your bathroom mirror. Say the words out load, like you mean business.

Let’s meet back up here in about thirty days to report our experiences, of course you don’t have to wait to post your thoughts or comments, we love hearing from you. Drop us a love note any time, darlings.

So at 56 years young, I love gardening, photography, speed walks in my neighborhood and slow walks with my toes scrunching into the sandy shore. The hubster and I enjoy traveling, adventures, hiking, great food and binge-watching an addictive series or two.

woman holding small dog

Photography by Chad W Wooten

So how old do you want to be in your mind and the way you live your life? I’m really 56, but I feel like I’m 40, I’ll be adding that to one of my self love notes.

Life truly is a celebration! Each and every year we are given the gift to blow out those birthday candles, let us take not one day for granted.

If no one has told you this today, you are beautiful.

With much love and boxes of chocolates,

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Jonet Wooten is a former investigative newspaper reporter/photographer. She's always in search of the latest & greatest in fashion & beauty, which she writes about on her AWARD WINNING Blog.

12 Comments on Why Your Age Should Be Irrelevant

  1. Emma Peach
    July 16, 2018 at 6:19 pm (6 months ago)

    I completely agree – age really is just a number! I try to remember the saying that we don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing. It’s good to be like a child sometimes and just enjoy simple pleasures 🙂 Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • jonet
      July 19, 2018 at 11:32 am (6 months ago)

      Hi Emma, I love your attitude and agree with you completely. Sometimes when it rains, I put on my rain boots and splash in the puddles like a kid. Thanks so much for you comment.

      Xo, Jonet

  2. Bojana Krienke
    July 12, 2018 at 10:37 am (6 months ago)

    What a great idea! I felt very similar as a tween looking at my parents and sometimes I think my own children must look at us in much the same way, lol. The thing is there is still so much I want to learn and experience so my age won’t stop me, such as 2 years ago I wanted to learn to wakeboard and I did!


    • jonet
      July 16, 2018 at 8:09 am (6 months ago)

      Well said! How wonderful that you set a goal and now you’ve officially learned to wakeboard. Hats off to you and I hope you had a cheering section when you made it all happen. You GO girl!
      Xo, Jonet

  3. Julie Caron
    July 11, 2018 at 9:59 pm (6 months ago)

    I really loved this post. It made me feel younger just reading it and think your idea of writing down positive notes to yourself is fantastic. I think there’s something really beneficial in writing it down rather than just thinking the ideas in our head.

    • jonet
      July 16, 2018 at 8:07 am (6 months ago)

      Hi Julie, thank you for your kind, encouraging words. Writing ourselves “love notes” is an important part of self-care. It’s so easy to listen to our insecurities whisper negativity in our ears and it’s a good way to exchange them with encouragement. By the way, you are beautiful.
      Xo, Jonet

  4. Jessica A Jannenga
    July 11, 2018 at 10:54 am (6 months ago)

    Hi Jonet
    I agree with this very much! Attitude and how we feel about ourselves, in our bodies, etc is what makes us old or young. i do remember thinking in college, oh wow, my dad is on the phone with his sister talking about illnesses and backaches, hemmeroids… this must be what you discuss when you get old! hehe..
    Really, love the little note idea too!
    you look great and I love seeing your cute little pups too!
    jess xx

    • jonet
      July 16, 2018 at 8:03 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Jess, I can relate. Looking back, we really did have a different scale for what we considered “older”. My mom is in her upper 70’s and she looks and feels amazing. Attitude is everything. Thanks for you comment, sweet friend.
      Xo, Jonet

  5. Ada
    July 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm (6 months ago)

    This was by far the best post I read all month so far and I have been reading a lot lately. As I approach 40 and more of a mid-life I too realize more and more that age is just a number. You expressed it beautifully and you are right my friend, you look about 40. Love the experiment too, Jonet.

    I am doing a very special Skirt Collaboration series on the blog this week and I think you’d love it. Come take a peak. =) Also, you can join me on Instagram with any skirt outfit under the hashtag #skirtmasinjuly …Also don’t forget to link up with me on Thursday for Thursday Moda!


    • jonet
      July 10, 2018 at 6:37 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Ada and thank you for your very kind comment.

      Age really is really all in our perspective and attitude, which actually provides us with so many exciting opportunities to challenge ourselves to stay young at heart.

      I’d love to join your skirt collaboration, you are very sweet to invite me.

      Xo, Jonet

    • jonet
      July 16, 2018 at 8:00 am (6 months ago)

      I agree, Maria, you are so funny! Laughter is one of the great spices of life and I think we both agree it should be sprinkled liberally in our lives. Hugs to you, darling. Xo, Jonet


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