Hello and Welcome to Fashion Beyond Forty!
Don’t let the title fool you – this blog is not just about fashion!
A bit about me: Joely Smith
As a person in my day to day life I am quirky, goofy, will randomly sing words rather than speak them. I spend time with my pets, love nature, have a huge affinity for trees. A great glass (bottle) of wine is something I enjoy now and then. Lord of the Rings, fantasy or Sci-Fi movies, are some of my favorites. I enjoy any television shows, or books where I can learn something. Making people laugh is important to me.
I have had Type 1 Diabetes for 46 years, and deal with chronic pain. I have homeschooled, due to the medical needs of one of my two children, and I have held professional careers both inside and outside of the home in my lifetime.
Currently, I live in the country, in Kansas. I am married to a wonderful, supportive man who works at a worldwide chocolate plant, creating chocolate for a living! Yes, he does bring me home chocolate quite regularly.
Why I created Fashion Beyond Forty…
After being a work from home, homeschooling mom for over ten years, I woke up one day and looked in the mirror. I was disgusted with what I saw. There I was, at three in the afternoon, still in my pajamas. I know that to some of you that may sound like a great way to spend the day, and I won’t lie, I still spend some days in my PJ’s but now it is a treat when I do, not a way of life.
Back then spending all day every day in my pajamas, or at the most, a worn out tee shirt and sweats were the norm. I rarely went out so I had no reason to look good, or did I?
At the time I did not realize that not only was my lack of self-care affecting me, but it was also affecting my children. I wrote an article specifically about this called 5 Reasons Why Style Is Important To Your Kids And Grandkids.
Starting Fashion Beyond Forty was a way of motivating myself, and possibly others to find time in our busy lives to give back to our own needs because we deserve that!
As a midlife woman, I soon realized that simply blogging about fashion was not enough. Yes, I do love fashion, I always have, but midlife women are a sum of their parts, and there is a lot of complexity to us! We have been through our teens, our 20’s and are past the growing pains. Sure we still have our struggles, but we also have years of life experiences to work from.
I wanted to blog about the things I am interested in, things I believed other women my age would also be interested in reading about. So I looked around my home, looked inside myself, and reflected upon what was important to me, to women my age, and how my blog could make a difference.
Drawing upon my background in sales, advertising, public relations, and marketing, I knew that I could handle, or learn to handle the business side of blogging, but what was more important were the things that mattered to me – the things you can read about on the blog.
I had worked from home for over two decades as a life coach, and spiritual advisor, so empowerment, enlightenment, and women’s issues had to be something I wrote about. Thus the enlightenment category was created. This area of the blog allows me to write about things that today’s women can benefit from, and to talk about ways we can help others.
I have always loved animals, and have always had plenty of pets in the home so writing about furkids was a must! You can read all about our furry friends, pet items, pet care, and anything related to animals in the pets category.
While I may not be as much of a foodie as some when it comes to creating and adding recipes to the blog, I do love good food, I also love good food that is easy to create! My entire family is in the restaurant business, so cooking came rather natural for me. I grew up working in my father’s restaurant, so from an early age I was expected to be able to cook great meals. It was only natural to have a foodie section on the blog.
One area of the blog that I go back and forth with, wondering if I should keep it or not is the tech area.
I do love tech. I was raised by an audiophile, grew up playing Intellivision. You will not see me without my cell phone or tablet in my hands. But should I have a tech section on the blog I wondered, I decided yes! Us midlife women need to stay in the know when it comes to new technology. I do not want us falling behind! My biggest fear is having to call my kids to ask them how to turn on the newest space-age television!
While I do not have as many articles in this category as I do in others, I will on occasion find a cool new gadget and write about it. Especially if it is useful to women of midlife.
The health section was a no-brainer.
I am always interested in learning new ways to manage my own health issues.
That is one reason why helping others with theirs is important to me.
I enjoy writing about ways we can stay healthy, and take care of ourselves, mind, body, and spirit. One thing I do not advocate: fad diets!
You will never see a blog article about those on Fashion Beyond Forty. In the health section of the blog, you will find articles about emotional health, physical health, and overall well-being.
Overall what Fashion Beyond Forty means to me is a way to inspire and advocate.
Having worked as a life coach and spiritual advisor for so long, there was simply no way I could not pull a part of that side of my life into my blogging. While I wanted to separate the two professions, I could not divide what makes me, me.