What’s so graceful about aging?
If I am being totally honest, “Age Me Gracefully” was born out of many nights waking up at 3 am and throwing covers off the bed and minutes later throwing them back on yelling, “how can I do any part of this GRACEFULLY?” While I am doing all of that, my dog stares at me with that look of ‘here we go again.’
After 30+ years of climbing the entrepreneur ladder successfully, this hot flash and endless night thing were kicking my behind. This Southern Chic was at her wit’s end with doing any of this with dignity and grace. I hate to admit that it snuck up on me, but IT DID! So, here is the significant inside of my story.
By age 25 I had 5 children I was raising, 2 of my own and 3 abandoned by their mother. When the youngest of the 5 started to school, I began my own Home Building & Construction Business. No, that was not my education and in the South, it was a man’s world, but I knew I could do it and I wanted to so I stepped out. The first home I built, there were families fighting over it and it sold for way more than the asking price. Over a span of the next 30 years, I would not only have the honor of being the top female home builder in the state of Texas, according to Southern Living Magazine, but I would go on to open design firms, furniture stores, and a real estate company across Texas, Colorado and in Central America.
I even built my own Southern Diner Restaurant in a Foreign country that had no idea what chicken fried steak, biscuits, gravy or grits were.
A few years back, I bought a sailboat online without ever having sailed before or even seeing the boat. With a very short time of training under my belt, I took off across the Grand Bahama Banks and through many parts of the Caribbean. Safely, I might add. Smile. Most people thought I had totally lost it when they ask me about my story. I have hang-glided from the top of the The Rocky Mountains in Aspen, Colorado and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane at 12,000 ft in the air over the Ocean in Central America. I have moved myself, along with my dog, to a foreign country and lived there for 3 years where there were no cars and only golf carts. AND YET…
Here I was questioning my ability to navigate this “getting older” time of life and thinking there is no way I am even going to be able to do any part of this gracefully. I mean, come on ladies! We can be so powerful we can push out an 8-pound baby and for Pete’s sake (whoever Pete is) do it without daddy stitches. And yet, we have seemingly no control over feeling like we are on fire with our bones burning from the inside out or even why a fire is there. Also, why do I still work out and continue to have belly blah blah blob? Or, why am I staring at the ceiling every morning at 3 am? Was it the chocolate the night before, or that 3rd glass of red wine? I mean SHEEZ!
It made absolutely no sense to me what was happening.
Maybe you’re not sleeping great either. And you might need a little get along in the get it on area of your life if you know what I mean. So, basically this brought me to many late-night internet searches, asking and seeking questions about how to age with dignity, respect, and grace. I found truly little encouragement.
So, ‘Age me Gracefully’ was born. I want you to know that we should never give up on the things that make us happy—however large or small. That glass of wine in the evening can come from a bottle of unique exquisite clean-crafted wine, that will not bring about a hangover. Our sleep can be peaceful all night long and our skin can achieve much of its youthful health and glow with a few carefully selected products. Our bellies can be flat again, sore joints can be helped, our brain can stay focused with completely natural supplements. I am here to tell you there is nothing that has to stand between us and a good life.
Let’s change the way we have been taught to think and feel about getting older! Things do not have to break down. Our memory does not have to fail us. And by now we have lived through enough stuff to break us 100 times over, so why let aging be anything but an amazing ride and the time of our lives.
They say it takes a VILLAGE to raise kids, and that is true. I say it takes a healthy amount of the exclusive RED WINE I mentioned and GOOD SUPPLEMENTS to grow old GRACEFULLY.
Face it, we are all wanting to live longer and more healthy lives, so come along with me on this journey. Take a look at the ‘Age Me Gracefully’ website, and let’s do this second half together!
Hopefully GRAPEFULLY, GRATEFULLY and GRACEFULLY!
— Holly Haynes, Founder of Age Me Gracefully