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There is a lot of self-reckoning as I approach my 60th birthday, observations and maxims that are guiding me into what I hope is a graceful, but still playful, next chapter.

Following is a list of things I try to keep in mind as I forge on to this new adventure:

  • Just because you can still fit into something you wore in college doesn’t mean you should wear it. Unless it’s a necklace.
  • Wear less makeup.
  • Wear more sunscreen.
  • Flirt and laugh with abandon.
  • Always have at least one pair of outrageously sexy shoes.
  • Be kind to young women. They think it will never happen to them.
  • Get a good haircut, but not necessarily a short haircut.
  • When the going gets tough, the tough get a mani-pedi.
  • Exercise more.
  • Argue less.
  • Embrace technology. It will make your life easier at every turn.
  • Corollary: Befriend a geek.

  • Do something that scares the pants off you.
  • Apologize. It’s almost never the wrong thing to do.
  • It is no longer appropriate to dress up as a sexy anything at Halloween. Nurse. Cat. Maid. It’s over.
  • Depend on the kindness of strangers – but be ready to do it yourself.
  • Who ever said “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” evidently has never tasted a perfect grilled cheese or a perfect martini.

*I have until February 7, 2013 to arrive at 60 healthy, fit, and full of beans.
SMTS is a record of my journey.

  • Frank Pilk

    Being six months past 60, I totally love your approach to aging gracefully…and having fun along the way.

  • http://www.theprofessionalpalate.com Regan @The Professional Palate

    *Like, like, like, like*

  • Mary Schendel

    Fabulous. Candace, you don’t need these notes to self – you do all these things naturally! As someone distinctly on the other side of 60, I can tell you life is good and flirting helps.

  • Anne Ireland

    Can’t I just flirt with technology ’cause I really have a hard time embracing it. I have to agree I can no longer be a harem girl or Cat Woman on Halloween….even if it is my birthday.