filled with light; luminous; shining; radiant or splendid; quick-witted or intelligent; characterized by happiness or gladness; making a fine display of usually showy color (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

animated, beaming, brilliant, cheerful, chipper, clever, colorful, glowing, happy, lively, lucid, radiant, sharp, spirited, vivacious, witty

Think about the opposite of bright…dull, drab, dreary…this is also the antithesis of being ageless. When your outlook is bright, you live your life in color. You have no intention of fading away. Like a fresh new leaf unfolding with the breath of Spring, your brightness keeps you full of promise.

What do you need to highlight in your life?



customary or regular course of procedure; commonplace tasks, chores or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; an unvarying and constantly repeating formula; an individual act, performance or part of a performance, as a song or dance, given regularly by an entertainer (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

accustomed, established, everyday, familiar, groove, habitual, order, ordinary, pace, regular, usual

I learned the importance of routine from my grandmother. Her day was not complete without warm milk on her morning cereal (heated just right), a pep talk to her plants, an afternoon nap & cup of tea, and bedtime prayers. You could set your clock by Grandma’s daily routines and she continued them almost to the very end. Being routine may seem boring or monotonous, but there’s an ageless quality about ‘being’ and ‘doing’ on a regular basis. There’s a sense of order and familiarity that comes with daily practice. It leaves you feeling less stressed and more content. Especially when your routines are nourishing and nurturing. So, what nurturing acts are part of your routine? How do you habitually nourish yourself?

P. S. If you’d like to see more of my grandmother’s routines, you can read Growing Up Like Grandma and GG’s Favorite Routines (the song her grandchildren wrote and sang at her funeral).


newly made, offered, or obtained; new; not previously known; retaining the original properties; unimpaired, not deteriorated; not frozen, canned, or preserved; not faded or worn; pure, cool, or refreshing (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

alive, beginnings, bold, bright, exhilarating, invigorating, new, novel, possible, pure, radiant, vibrant, wholesome, youthful

There’s something youthful about being fresh.  Not in a cheeky or ‘green’ sense, but in the fullness and radiance it evokes.  Being fresh allows us to open up to new possibilities or a different point of view.  It expands us, nourishes us, and keeps us renewed.  How can you freshen up your life?


recently come into existence or use or a particular state or relation; not well known; make or become fresh; having but lately come or been brought into being; appearing for the first time; being the later or latest of two or more things of the same kind; (of physical or moral qualities) different and better (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

added, first time, fresh, newfangled, novel, refreshed, regenerated, renewed, unaccustomed, unfamiliar, venturous

The word ‘new’ is as ageless as each breaking morn. It is full of promise and potential and gives us the opportunity to stretch and grow with each and every new moment we embrace, new person we encounter, and new challenge we face. ‘New’ has a way of renewing us.


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?


a quality of mind or spirit that enables one to stand fast in the face of difficulty, danger, or pain, etc. with firmness and without fear; bravery; the heart as the source of emotion; to act in accordance with one’s beliefs especially in spite of criticism (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

backbone, brave, daring, dauntless, fearless, fortitude, grit, guts, heart, mettle, pluck, resolve, spirit, spunk

How is courage ageless?  Courage forces us to live fully.  It gives us the backbone to be at ease with uncertainty and grateful for what we can do.  It helps us trust that suffering will only make us stronger, wiser, and more compassionate.  Courage is an ageless trait because it allows us to face Life’s dips and curves with an adventurous spirit.


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.

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