" I turned 60 about 3 years ago. During this time, I found myself looking into the mirror and not recognizing the woman in the reflection. Now, I am not talking about the profound me inside, but rather, when one speaks of first impressions, I found myself not being happy with how I was presenting (dressing) myself on a day-to-day basis to the world. Let us say, I was no longer comfortable in my clothes. More at truth, I was no longer comfortable in my body. I didn’t care, and it showed. Have you ever seen a server carrying a hot plate of sizzling steak or chicken Fajitas covered in peppers and onions--and, as the server passes your table, the steam radiates an effervescent trail of savory aromatic delights…. You might just find yourself saying, wait, I want that instead…. Well, ‘sizzle sells’….. What I realized was that I needed to dress up -- and show up! It was time for me to sizzle!
I love to tell this story. It was Springtime, and I was at a women’s fashion show for a fundraiser, and, as I was enjoying the parade of women fashioning a Spring clothing line from Bloomingdale’s, my eye soon caught a glimpse of a sizzling model! Why, it was Keula from Facebook. This is a woman I had come to fondly adore, and was tickled by, as Ms. Brazil . She had magically popped out of the pages of Facebook onto the runway. I quickly introduced myself - and of course, Keula had to take --- you got it, a selfie of us! And, this was the start of a blooming (a little pun intended) relationship.
Soon thereafter, Keula invited me to her home to check out her clothing line. Little did I know at the time, but this was the beginning of a new, exciting chapter in my life. At first, I was hesitant--and let us say, insecure about my body image. I did not want her to see how my body had aged. I was embarrassed. Furthermore, I thought I was too old to try on any of her clothing designs. I had resigned myself to feeling 60 years old. But you have to know, Keula has a quiet way of disarming any insecurities and self-doubts you may secretly hold about your body image. Why, she had me trying on outfits that were, well, looking good on me--if I may say so myself! I began to transform--not only on the outside, but to my surprise, on the inside. I started to feel more confident about my age and about my body image. The confidence started to manifest itself in my attitude on a day-to-day basis. I was venturing out more and engaging in new adventures with new friends! The seeds of possibilities were being planted. I like to tease Keula and say she made a ‘monster’ out of me. I am now 63 and no longer feel I am getting older - but rather, younger. I like to say, I am 63 years young.
I continue to wake up each day feeling blessed and welcome the challenges to grow. So, I say to you, age is a number! And, though I started out with a new outfit, the real transformation was, and is, happening on the inside…. I am now being designed by Keula and friends! " ~ Susan Warren