August 20, 2010

Aging Gracefully with Everything She Likes

This week’s Beauty of the Week is Annie Oakes.  Annie is the owner of the very fabulous vintage store Everything Annie Likes on Webster Street in North Tonawanda, NY.  Filled with an array of great clothes, accessories, and housewares, the store is as fun as Annie is.

Here is what Annie has to say about growing older:

  • Try new things.  I opened this store and had no idea what I was getting into.  So what?  Jump in.  A good part of aging is being less embarrassed about not knowing something or about feeling foolish.  I ran for office and had no idea what I was doing.  Scary - way out of my comfort zone.  Being out of your comfort zone regularly is definitely a good idea.

  • It's maybe the biggest cliche, but being physically active is very important.  When I'm walking, bicycling and  kayaking often, I'm better in spirit.  I often don't feel like exercising but it's well worth the effort.  Sometimes when a group gets together there is too much bitching about our maladies.  Let's assume we all have them and maybe just not talk about them!

    • Lately I've had more young people in my life.  I don't have children and haven't had much interest in youger people until now.  Whether it's a developmental time for me or just that they are nearer to me I like it.  I am the cool aunt (or older person) in their lives.  I feel protective and instructive.  

      • I am 56. Life is good.  I don't care if I look my age, I just don't want to look older than my age.  I don't have many regrets, and I don't want to.  I think this requires saying yes to lots of things.

        Thanks Annie and best of luck with Everything Annie Likes.