Hi Pam!.I’m attending a girls’ weekend called Girlapalooza that was begun by a bunch of friends several years ago and is in a different U.S. city each year. It looks like 30 or so women will be gathering in D.C. this weekend. This is my first time at Girlapalooza and I only live 15 miles outside D.C., but I’m looking forward to meeting new women and making new friends (and relaxing in a fancy hotel instead of at home with the husband and kids). Anyway… the “ice breaker” for the Friday night happy hour is that we were supposed to design and print a bumper sticker that describes us. My younger sister eventually came up with perfect bumper sticker idea to describe me (I’m 52 years old)… I did the design and created the graphic. I thought you’d like it… By the way, you met my son Pete in Charlotte. He said, “Mom! I can’t believe you didn’t come down to meet Pam.. you two would be best friends by now!” So thanks for making him not feel silly attending a Home Show! Thanks!.Tina
Tina wrote back after the Girlapalooza weekend was over to report that her bumper sticker won “most creative.” (She also gave me a tip for a story, in the works.) Tina’s bumper sticker also reminds me of a recent report which found that people over 50 are happier than when we were younger. This study by Stonybrook University says that, “after age 50, life perceptions are more positive and feelings of worry or stress decline. This perception is consistent after age 50, regardless of certain life circumstances.” Happiness over our lifetime = a U-shaped curve, and when we hit 50, we’re pointed toward the upside. Thanks for sharing, Tina.