Candace Karu

Six Months to SixtyNotes to Self

Candace Karu4 Comments

There is a lot of self-reckoning as I approach my 60th birthday, observations and maxims that are guiding me into what I hope is a graceful, but still playful, next chapter.

Following is a list of things I try to keep in mind as I forge on to this new adventure:

  • Just because you can still fit into something you wore in college doesn’t mean you should wear it. Unless it’s a necklace.
  • Wear less makeup.
  • Wear more sunscreen.
  • Flirt and laugh with abandon.
  • Always have at least one pair of outrageously sexy shoes.
  • Be kind to young women. They think it will never happen to them.
  • Get a good haircut, but not necessarily a short haircut.
  • When the going gets tough, the tough get a mani-pedi.
  • Exercise more.
  • Argue less.
  • Embrace technology. It will make your life easier at every turn.
  • Corollary: Befriend a geek.

  • Do something that scares the pants off you.
  • Apologize. It’s almost never the wrong thing to do.
  • It is no longer appropriate to dress up as a sexy anything at Halloween. Nurse. Cat. Maid. It’s over.
  • Depend on the kindness of strangers – but be ready to do it yourself.
  • Who ever said “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” evidently has never tasted a perfect grilled cheese or a perfect martini.

*I have until February 7, 2013 to arrive at 60 healthy, fit, and full of beans.
SMTS is a record of my journey.