This week, Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman is hosting Fashion Flash. In her blog Best of Everything After 50 and on her regular Today Show appearances, Barbara has a positive view of life that is virtually contagious. While we certainly can’t stop getting older we can control how we approach the life and times after 50. Online there can be an overflow of naysaying and negativity in blogs about aging, but Barbara will empower you to make each day of your life the best day of your life. She interviews experts on fashion, fitness and health to pull out the best ideas and latest information. And don’t miss her entertaining and informative video series with AARP!
New York dermatologist Dr Ellen Marmur has been an unfailing friend and supporter of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog since it started four years ago. Despite a packed waiting room, four children, a full research program, and a regular guest slot on Dr Oz, Dr Ellen is never too busy to answer our questions and demonstrate new tools and techniques.
Now you can read about another side of Dr Marmur in the August issue of Self magazine. In addition to being a world class dermatologist, Dr Marmur is passionate about hiking. Reading what hiking means to her and how it makes her feel reminded me of the importance of having an activity in your life that makes you feel calm and excited at the same time.
Most of our time is spent getting to a specfic goal eg meeting a work deadline, doing the laundry or toilet training a two year old. But there are these activities in our lives where the process is as important as the conclusion and you feel happy and engaged in every step of the process. For example, my friend Kelly loves to knit. From finding the pattern, choosing the wool and selecting the right needles, Kelly’s face just glows when she works on a knitting project. Kelly runs a small scientific publishing company and it can be hard to find time to knit during the week. But every year she sets time aside to go to knitters camp to learn and share with other crafters.
Cooking is my happy place. I love each step of the process from planning the meal, shopping for ingredients, prepping the vegetables and seasonings and listening the the sounds and smells that tell me a dish is coming along as planned. Having an activity where time passes effortlessly and the process is as pleasurable as the final result, is the ultimate stress reducer. Having this type of interest is so important to a healthy mind and body. What is your “happy place” and how do you make time to include it into your life?
This summer Dr Marmur combined her love of hiking with her committment to skin cancer prevention. She and her team climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the American Academy of Dermatology skin cancer campaign. You can go to Marmur Medical to donate to support this important program.