• Fundamentals for Fun at Fifty-Five

    1. Dare to try new things

    2. Say yes to opportunities

    3. Relax, smile, dance away your worries

    4. If not now, when?

    5. Just do it (you can analyze later)

  • Discounts for Fifty-Five +

    Golden Griddle Restaurant - 10% discount (excluding alcohol)
    Shoppers Drug Mart - 20% discount on Thursdays
    Zellers - 20% discount first Monday of month
    Thrifty Rental - 5% off time and mileage
    Best Western - 10% off room rates
    Sandman Hotels - 25% off room rates
    Howard Johnson Hotels - 10% off room rates

  • Fifty-Five is …

    fabulous, fanciful, fancy-free, fantastic, far-out, fashionable, fearless, feisty, fiery, fine, flamboyant, flashy, flattering, flirtatious, folksy, forthright, fortunate, foxy, frank, free, fresh, friendly, frivolous, fulsome, fun, funky, funny
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A New Venture

Still fab, although no longer fifty-five!

I’m starting a new venture (or is that adventure?). Searching for moments of joy in my life.

Rather than let them drift past, I want to take the time to recognize and acknowledge them, fully savour and appreciate whatever brings that uplifting, satisfying sensation into my entire being.

Although I’m doing this just for me, I decided to share it with others through a new blog: http://www.julesforjoy.wordpress.com

Posting on that site will help keep me focused. And there is added joy in sharing your joy with others, don’t you find?

So follow along if you wish, and even better, take a moment to post a comment or two on that site about what brings joy into your life!


A Fresh Start

“Every new beginning comes from 

some other beginning’s end.”

~ Seneca

Change isn’t easy, but as I get older, I’m determined to get better at it. After all, change is one of the few constants in life. It helps if I see it as an ending leading to a new beginning. That way, it’s easier to let go of the old and step toward the new.

Of course, if I don’t know what the new entails, that’s challenging!

And that’s the case here.

I started this blog in order to motivate myself to get out there and enjoy my 55th birthday (and the following year). I knew that if I went public, I’d have a lot of inspiration to try new things and check items off my Fun List. I had all of you to answer to!

That year, fabulous as it was, has come and gone. And while I could create a Fab Fifty-Five and Beyond blog, it’s not the same.

I do hope you’ve been inspired to seize the day and live your life more fully regardless of your age. And that you’ll continue to do so.

I’m curious to discover what the next chapter holds for me. It could be another blog. It might be another book (my first book, Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease continues to do well). Who knows what lies ahead?

I want to thank you for your comments over the past 14 months, and for encouraging me to be even more fabulous week by week. Together, we drew in nearly 2100 views from all over the world. Pretty fab, I think!

The archived posts are still there for now if you want to go back in time and have a chuckle or get motivated.

As for me, life’s adventures await … 🙂

climbing higher

In search of adventure …

Dreaming, Hoping, Wishing, Wanting

I did get one skate-skiing lesson in this year … so far. That’s progress over last year when there was no snow and no lessons! The snow conditions weren’t the greatest (a bit icy which makes skate-skiing much more challenging for beginners, although it does feel a lot more like skating – without the advantageous grip of blades!)

I’d like to say I was brilliant. That my years of experience as a figure skater made me a natural.

The truth is that I had some spectacular moments. Moments when it all came together – technique, equipment, movement – and I flew along with ease. For about five ski strokes.

I also had some spectacular falls. I think I even invented some new ways to crash on skis. And I had no  idea that I could still do the side splits at 56. It’s a pretty helpless feeling when your skis begin to slide in opposing directions. All you can do is watch and hope that your leg muscles won’t disintegrate as you sink lower and lower to the ground.

It was a great workout, however and that night I dreamed I was skiing with ease and grace, incorporating everything that I’d learned in that one lesson. I was eagerly looking forward to the next one.

Alas, ’twas not to be. The snow has disappeared.

And so, last Wednesday night, we went rock climbing instead. Cross-training, you know? Don’t I sound like an athlete now?

I live in hope of at least one more snowfall this winter and maybe, just maybe, one more ski lesson.

Celebrating 56!

For the last month or so, I’ve been rather discouraged, and I’ve been looking for inspiration. The extra weight around the middle isn’t going away. I have less and less energy or desire to do anything that requires exertion. I overindulged during the holidays. And have spent a lot of time being sick with a never-ending cold.

Inspiration? Bring it on!

I found what I needed in a great article in HuffPost 50. The author, Barbara Hannah Grufferman, recently turned 56, just like me. That’s what first caught my attention. And the photos showed a pretty hot woman who actually ran in the New York Marathon to celebrate her 55th birthday. Whoa!

Now, I have no intention of taking up running, or running a marathon, but I was intrigued enough to read what she wrote. And I liked the idea of taking charge of my health. She offered simple ideas that seemed manageable to me and suddenly I thought, “Hey, I could do this.”

So, here’s to being 56, and getting back in the driver’s seat! Lookin’ good, kid!

Bring it on!

Adventure? Bring it on!

Try, Try Again!

For those of you who have been following this blog for a while, you may remember that last winter I planned to take skate skiing lessons. In fact, it’s item #12 on My Fun List.

However, last winter was the winter that wasn’t. We had almost no snow where I live, and what little we had came on the weekends, only to vanish by Wednesday nights when the skate ski classes were scheduled.

I decided to try again this winter. We had a good snowfall last week and lessons start tonight. As I write, the sun is out, a warm wind is blowing, and the snow is melting, melting, melting …

We’re also forecast to get rain this afternoon. Is this a sign of things to come? I hope not.

Fingers crossed that the lessons will start tonight. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this photo (of classic skiing) and video of skate skiing from a week ago. Please keep in mind, as you watch the video, that it’s only the third time I’ve ever tried skate skiing 🙂

Classic skiing

Goofing around on the trails

Holiday Wishes

Bird of Paradise flower

Wishing you unexpected joy and beauty this holiday season!

Post 50 Perusing

As I consider the next steps for this blog, I’ve started browsing other “over 50” blog sites. I thought you might be interested in learning about some of the other amazing bloggers out there in the Junior Senior and Beyond category.

So here’s a link to what the Huffington Post recently declared as the 20 Best Post 50 Blogs of the Year.


Exploring New Worlds

Off on another adventure ...

I wonder where this goes??

Where in the world is … ?

Off on another adventure … 

For My Next Trick …

“Every year on your birthday

you get a chance to start new.”

~ Sammy Hagar

That’s exactly how I feel about birthdays. It’s a chance for a fresh start, to turn the page and write the next chapter of my life.

My birthday came and went a few weeks ago. It was glorious and definitely fabulous. But I can’t ignore the fact that, although I may still be young and fabulous, I’m no longer fifty-five.

Since this blog is all about being fabulous at fifty-five, I’m now facing a bit of a dilemma. Do I change the name, and create a Fab Fifty-Six blog? Hmmm, doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it?

Having this blog over the past year, and the goal of crossing fifty-five items off my Fun List, really motivated me to get out there and get active. There are still plenty of interesting things left on my list and I have no doubt that I will make them happen. I’ll continue exploring and having adventures well beyond that too.

I haven’t gone up in a hot air balloon yet. That’s something to look forward to. And I do want to try speedskating sometime. Plus it’s been a lifelong dream to learn Irish (and play the bodhran – the Irish drum). So I’ve got lots to keep me busy.

It’s been fun sharing my adventures and misadventures with you, and posting photos and memorable quotes. In fact, knowing that I had to have something to tell you often spurred me on to take even greater risks (and have more fun) than I might have otherwise. So thank you for the motivation! I hope you’ve found some inspiration (and maybe a few chuckles) along the way.

As for what’s next? Stay tuned!

  • Julie Wise is …

    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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