a winner of first prize or first place in competition; someone or something (such as a team or an animal) that has won a contest or competition especially in sports; one who shows marked superiority; someone who fights or speaks publicly in support of a person, belief, cause, etc.; one that does battle for another’s rights or honor (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

advocate, banner, character, classic, excellence, first-class, first-rate, foremost, leading, premier, superior, supporter, top-notch, winner

I chose “champion” as this week’s ageless word in honor of Kristen Armstrong, the 3-time gold medal winner of Olympic cycling. Being a true champion is ageless because it means you always do your best and give it your all. There’s nothing scanty about how you live–you take life on 100 percent, remaining positive, no matter how it turns out. Whether you’re championing a worthy cause, going for gold, or crossing the finish line in last place, you are a winner because you are completely and joyfully alive.


quality of being strong; toughness or intensity; ability to exert effort for a purpose; the ability to withstand force or stress without alteration of position; the inner significance or central meaning of something written or said (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

authenticity, core, dint, firm, fortitude, might, muscle, power, sinew, stability, steady, substance, tenacity, vigor, virtue

I used to joke with my clients about how they were “Strong like bull!” after they did a set of pushups or bench presses. There’s no doubt that our bodies can do amazing feats of strength. And, there’s no questioning the more muscle we have going into our later years, the better our health and quality of life will be. However, ageless strength is more about allowing yourself to be vulnerable, standing up for inconvenient truths, or getting back up every time you fall. It is an inner power that is always available to you and the more you lean on it, the stronger you are.


to bring an image or idea from the past into the mind; to possess or exercise the faculty of memory; keep from forgetting; recall to mind; think of again; convey greetings from (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

recall, recollect, remind, reminisce, retain, retrospect, revive, revoke

I remember how the conversations of my grandfather and his sisters would go…about halfway into a story, they seemed to get caught up in trying to recall a person’s name or exactly where so-and-so’s house was, until they forgot their original point.  Aaahhhh, to be able to remember.  Sometimes it’s automatic–just a whiff of a scent or a few notes from a song can bring it all flooding back.  Other times we have to work at remembering by attaching rhymes or reasons.  However, we remember best when we store our memories not just in the mind, but in our hearts.


a midday or afternoon rest or nap, especially as taken in Spain and Latin American countries; a short sleep; to rest briefly (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

calm, cat nap, doze, leisure, nap, quiet, recharge, recover, refresh, relax, restore, revive, slumber, stillness

I had my first introduction to the siesta tradition growing up in Belize, where stores would close down at midday.  Of course, I would often see my dad taking cat naps while playing Bridge, but this didn’t count because it was usually at night and he was multi-tasking.  No, a true siesta is dedicating 15 to 30 minutes of your afternoon to rest and recharge.  Siestas are ageless because they allow you to be still and take time just for you.


to act with easy alacrity; to move with speed or energy; to add vitality or zest (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

active, agile, brisk, energetic, lively, nimble, peppy, sprightly, spry, vibrant, zesty

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah—what a wonderful feeling to be zippy! You spend your days in the flow and approach whatever comes with carefree liveliness (maybe even whistling a tune). You don’t procrastinate, get weighed down, or become stagnant. When you’re zippy, you exude ageless energy and choose to move with effortless grace and ease. How can you be more zippy?


full of juice; succulent; very interesting or colorful, especially when slightly improper (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

bold, brave, bright, cheeky, colorful, forward, fresh, hydrated, sassy, smooth, vivid

There’s nothing dried up or shriveled about your skin or spirit when you’re juicy. You are comfortable with who you truly are and hold nothing back. Your juicy joy oozes from every pore, tantalizing others to share your sweet taste for life. Now, that’s something to talk about for being ageless.


steadfast purpose; firmness of purpose; a quality of mind or temperament that enables one to stand fast in the face of opposition, hardship or danger; make a formal resolution; freedom from doubt or wavering; to clear away or dispel (doubts, fears, etc.); to fix or settle on by deliberate choice or will; determine to do something (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

courage, dauntlessness, decisive, deliberate, determination, guts, heart, mettle, pluck, purposefulness, resolute, spirit, spunk, tenacity, will

Resolve plays a huge role in being ageless, especially in one’s twilight years.  From getting out of bed in the morning to carrying on—no matter what—through your day, resolve is the ‘cruise control’ that keeps you going.  When you’re ageless you deliberately choose to live your life to the fullest and will settle for nothing less.


agreeable or pleasant especially to the sense of taste; having a pleasant smell; morally exemplary; piquantly pleasant to the mind (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

appetizing, aromatic, flavorsome, fragrant, palatable, relishing, spicy, tasteful, tasty, zesty

Savory is an ageless word because of its connection with delicious food and zest for living. When you’re savory, you blend your time with the people and things that are most satisfying to you. And, like the flavor of the most exquisite delicacy, you always leave a pleasant taste in one’s heart.


(noun) an occurrence in which you pay for someone’s food, drink, or entertainment (or someone pays for you); something pleasant or amusing that is unusual or unexpected; something that tastes good and that is not eaten often (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

delicacy, delight, fortune, joy, kick, morsel, pleasure, satisfying, special, surprise, warm fuzzies

The very nature of a treat represents the ageless quality of moderation–after all, it wouldn’t be a treat if you had it or did it all the time. Which is fine because it gives you something to look forward to. Treats are treasures and pleasures that make you feel special. They warm your heart no matter if you are on the giving or receiving end.
How do you treat yourself?


to free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain, etc.; to relieve from constraint or restraint; to relinquish or surrender; to allow to be known, issued, done or exhibited; to discharge something such as moisture, vapor, or fumes (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

detach, discharge, emancipate, free, liberate, loosen, redeem, relieve, shed, surrender, unleash, vent

When I reflect on the ageless quality of release, I can’t help but think of how aspen trees gracefully let go of their golden treasures each autumn. It may leave them bare, but they are open for the next unfolding. When we let go, detach, surrender, release…we free ourselves to receive a new lease on life.
What are you willing to release now?

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