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.


freedom from toil or strain; freedom from the demands of work or duty; free or unoccupied time; without haste; time when you can do whatever you want to do (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

calm, cat nap, decompression, ease, freedom, light-heartedness, no pressure, peace, recreation, relaxation, repose, respite, rest, unhurried

Interestingly, the original meaning of leisure comes from licere (Latin)—to be permitted.  Hmmm, does this mean one needs permission to relax or play?  Not if you are ageless.  When you’re ageless, leisure comes easily to you.  You know how to find the perfect balance of work and play, to dwell in the freedom of simplicity, and to surround yourself with the people and places that give you pleasure.  Leisure is about allowing yourself to do things—or nothing at all—not because you have to, but because you want to.  So, how do you permit leisure in your day?


state or quality of being independent; freedom from subjection, or from the influence of others; exemption from external control or support; not requiring or relying on something or somebody else (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

autarchic, autonomous, competent, empowered, free, freedom, independent, liberty, license, self-sufficient, sovereign

As I reflect upon our country’s upcoming birthday, I see how the ideal of freedom on which our great nation was built, shares much in common with the state of independence that comes with aging well.  Both are born out of passion, determination, optimism, character, balance and strength.  We prosper from a shared sense of connection and community, from using our heads, and listening to our hearts.  We thrive with grace and gratitude, and knowing we are not alone, all the while remembering independence is not just about free will for all, but good will to all.


having or showing no fear when faced with something difficult or unknown; manifesting a high degree of vitality, spirit and daring (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

brave, bold, chin-up, courageous, dauntless, gingery, high-spirited, lively, peppery, plucky

When you’re spunky you have a “can do” attitude.  Whether it’s trying a new recipe, running a marathon, managing your own business, or learning something new, you rise to the occasion with optimism and determination.  There’s no doubt, whatever the odds, you will always land on your feet!


the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like; a successful performance or achievement; satisfactory completion of something; one who succeeds (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

abundance, arrival, boom, ease flow, flying colors, prosperity, thriving

Latin: sub (under) cedere (to go); “going beneath”

It’s interesting that the derivation of success is “going under” when its meaning is to “not go under!.” I see it more as diving into our deepest layers to uncover what holds us back and to remember where we come from. It’s is going beneath that we connect with our ageless, timeless Source, and that is the key to true success.


a point of origin or source; an indispensable element; to express enthusiastic approval; applaud or encourage (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

bedrock, centered,  established, foundation, fundamental, grounded, nourishing, origin, solid, stability, support, substance, sustenance, soul

When we are rooted to our Source we connect with the ageless part of us.  This connection helps us grow and blossom—always providing loyal support, nurturing wisdom and unconditional love.  These loving roots allow us, in turn, to foster the growth of our family and friends.

How do you stay rooted?


intense emotion that compels to action; a longing for something that promises enjoyment or satisfaction; the affection and tenderness felt by lovers; a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

alive, animated, appetite, ardor, desire, enthusiasm, excitement, fervor, fiery, heart, itch, lively, love, participate, purpose, soul, spirited, verve, vim, zeal

Sure, it’s good to have the kind of passion that Rod Stewart sings about, but when you’re ageless, your first passion is life itself. You are compelled to follow your dreams, forge connections, and focus on what truly makes you alive. You can’t imagine wasting a single moment and you know deep down, your greatest love affair is with your soul.

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