7/26/12

We talk about everything else, why not this??(Getting older and getting BETTER...)




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This is sponsored content from BlogHer and Poise.
We’ve talked about many things over the years, my friends and I.

We worked in the same elementary school, had children that were close in age and had that unique ability to make each other laugh until we cried. That’s hard to find.

We’ve talked of fumbling tooth fairies, soccer and hockey teams, summer sports camps, strange childhood illnesses, prosthetic limbs, under-age drinking violations, birth control, college applications and what to do with a somewhat empty house. We’ve covered almost any parental topic available- and then some.

Most of our conversations over the years have certainly revolved around our children, but not anymore.
We’ve discussed several issues as of late that have forced us to look inside ourselves. They’ve ranged from painful divorce, mood swings, hot flashes and the big change. These discussions have been particularly difficult for a variety of reasons, but I think it’s because of this fact. Most women, at least the ones close to me, don’t always notice the changes that are occurring within themselves.
They don’t notice the anxiety level, the quick temper, and the mood swings that one would rather attribute to the post-teenage children that refuse to move out of the house. We’re finding that it’s not until someone who loves us points out the fact that others around us are suffering- and there’s no need for that to happen.


I had the ladies over for a luncheon several weeks ago so that we could all talk about what was happening as a group- instead of repeating the same conversation over and over with each friend. Apparently these symptoms are contagious- or we’re all the same age. Pick one.

We compared symptoms, complaints, doctor’s suggestions, great info we’ve gotten from resources that are both accurate and inaccurate. We simply believe the things we WANT to believe, and smile.
We all agreed on one thing- that we are in charge of how we feel, and that we need to take the proper steps in helping us all enjoy this next incredible part of our journey. We need to celebrate the fact that we are still here to enjoy it- and help ourselves feel awesome.

While we shared info about prescriptions that were helping, we also shared what products were helping us with our changing bodies. I was so excited to tell them about what Poise is offering, and they are excited to begin helping themselves feel better. The Poise brand’s revolutionary new feminine wellness line currently includes five products to help with the symptoms of menopause. Two that my friends and I will be looking for are the Roll-On Cooling Gel that will help us feel comfortable and refreshed when a hot flash strikes or alternatively, the Body Cooling Towelettes. These feature a portable, re-sealable package. They’re going to be easy to use anywhere we go.

We cared so much about our bodies (inside and out) when we were 16 – and we should care even more now that we’re, um, well, older than that.

Sometimes, we just need a gentle reminder.

Poise brand wants to help women approach this life stage with confidence by being the first to start The 2nd Talk, a whole new way to talk about menopause and other wellness issues for women over 40 and introducing a new, first-of-its-kind line of over-the-counter menopause products designed to work naturally with her body and provide comfort from symptoms.
Poise wants to rally 1 million women to pledge to have The 2nd Talk by World Menopause Day on October 18. Join the conversation at The2ndTalk.com.

We left the luncheon feeling that we were not alone; and proud that we had pledged to each other that we were important enough to help ourselves.


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125 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

I feel most confident when I'm having a good hair day and I'm dressed in clothing that fits me well.

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Lucia said...

I feel confident when my hair is good my clothes fit well and I'm wearing my poise! I can laugh, sneeze, and even got after those errant foul balls at the baseball field without worrying if I'm goning to leak. Now they need to make thong shaped ones! Please!

Jennifer Bennett said...

I just hit 40 a few months ago ... no major changes other than making me "think" about things a little more. I'd say the same as the others, I feel confident when I feel "put together". Oh, and my confidence plummets when I have to sneeze ... Lord knows that's never the same after children and age!

Jenni said...

I feel most confident when I get back to exercising and working on my weight (again). It makes me feel better physically and mentally and I find myself feeling better about everything in general.

mitchiesmom said...

I feel more confident after a shower and my hair done. Who doesn't?? Also, after any compliment about anything - I feel very confident!! I'm a needy girl and need pats on my back more than I care to admit!!

Dawn said...

I feel most confident on the days when I know I'm wearing pants with a zipper that does not cow before the laws of gravity. Fight The Man!

Twenty Four At Heart said...

I feel most confident with my camera in my hands.

Rosa said...

I feel most confident, after a good work out.

Mami2jcn said...

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Julie DeVisser said...

I feel most confident when I feel loved and cared for. When I know I have friends that want to be around me and I with them.

Julie DeVisser said...

Tweeted:

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Kim said...

I feel most confident when one of my school wee ones wants to hold my hand and tell me all about their day....or dog, or that their brother pees in the woods....

Suburban Correspondent said...

On a good hair day, of course...

alj14 said...

I feel most confident when I'm among friends.

Jessica To said...

I feel the most confident when I am well rested and wearing something that I think flatters my figure.
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Sara J. Henry said...

When I'm sleeping ...

Amy @ A Little Nosh said...

I feel most confident when I'm asked a question at work, and I definitively know the answer. I'm actually GOOD at my job!

carol said...

I feel most confident when I actually take the time to care for myself. With three boys, i'm usually more of an afterthought and rarely have time to get myself ready to go out after i've gotten them all set to go. I'm always late and always rushing so generally go out looking like rather disheveled.

akronugurl said...

i feel being confident just being my self!

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Courtney B said...

i feel most confident after i leave church!:)

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MANDY83 said...

I feel most confident after getting my hair cut and colored!

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Erin said...

I feel most confident when I am surrounded by the people that I love the most doing something fun.

Stephanie said...

I feel most confident when my baby is sleeping peacefully, and my husband is snuggling with me.

Claudia said...

I feel most confident when I think I have my shit together. Which isn't that often these days, unfortch:(

heatherruarkataoldotcom said...

I feel most confident on Friday at the end of the day. I know I've made it through another week. Margarita time!

suzyq said...

Well being right dab in the middle of a flash right now - I'm most confident between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. when I know that no one can see the mess it leaves my face in!!!!!!!!!!

Elena said...

I am most confident after visiting spa and having my hair done

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Elena said...

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Julie Finch said...

I feel most confident when I can't feel my muffin top. :)

Tj and Amy said...

I feel most confident when i feel good on the inside (emotionally) amypugmire@live.com

Tj and Amy said...

tweeted. amypugmire@live.com
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Lyn Goff said...

I feel most confident when I am teaching:)

Mom24 said...

I feel most confident when I feel completely pulled together--my outfit, hair, house, life. Unfortunately it's rare.

edh said...

I love your blog so very much; time and again you hit the nail right on the head. Thank you for your thoughtful writing! I'm 45, and due to altogether too many commitments, can only rarely work at my own trade, carpenter & woodworker. When I can, though, that's when I feel the most confidant!

Michelle said...

My confidence is at an all time high when all my grey hairs are covered.

BTW, the joke "you made me laugh so hard tears ran down my legs" comes to mind when I hear about Poise.

Sarah C said...

When I'm shakin' it on stage at my Zumba class. :) Those Body Cooling Towelettes sound like they'd be perfect to take along.

Rene Foran said...

I feel most confident after I overcome something that I am afraid of...again and again. Experience makes me confident, strong, wise and graceful.

Stacie@hometownperch said...

I feel most confident when I'm laughing out loud. There is something so therapeutic about laughing.

Unknown said...

I feel most confident when I am playing with my kids:)

Japolina said...

My parents told me that I could do anything that I put my mind to. It stuck. I'm always confident. Not cocky, but confident.

Anne said...

I feel most confident when I am prepared and well rested.

ms_teacher said...

I feel most confident when I've given a great speech or presentation.

Tiffany Winner said...

when i have a good hair day i feel more confident, thismomwins@gmail.com

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Anonymous said...

when ive gotten a lot of sleep and am happy! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Magpie said...

Oh, when I eat nails for breakfast. :)

You going to BlogHer?

thesarclassticchef said...

Confidence Top Ten Checklist
When I abide by the following checklist before most situations, I find myself feeling most confident.

10. A good night's sleep. For me, 8-10 hours!
9. Wake up with plenty of extra time before I need to be somewhere and leave plenty early so I never have to worry about being late!
8. Eat breakfast! My favorite is a slim Jim!
7. Shower! And I never hoard that fancy body wash someone gave me as a gift. You never know what tomorrow brings, so use it up!
6. Use plenty of deodorant.
5. Always brush AND floss!
4.Choose makeup. Always use some glitter.
3.Wear clean but comfortable underwear, even if they are granny panties. My husband has learned this is part of the package.
2. Partake in a pre-event cocktail when applicable.
1. Take a picture of yourself looking super awesome and post it to Facebook and tell all of your friends exactly what you are doing today. If they are good friends, they will care and boost your confidence with comments and get you out the door and on your way!!

thesarclassticchef said...

(I put clothes on somewhere in there I don't post pictures in my granny panties- although it would be AWE SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

ms-texas said...

i feel most confident when i am wearing nice clothes and have my hair and makeup fixed nicely

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ms-texas said...

tweeted here:

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kellyr78 said...

I feel the most confident when I am wearing nice clothes, jewelry and have my hair done nicely.

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kellyr78 said...

tweet
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DawnA said...

After having a good week at the gym!
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Cathy E said...

I feel most confident when I take the time to do my hair & make-up.

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Amy said...

I guess I better join the 2nd talk to find out more. Now, I need to get that roll-on Cooling Gel thing! I feel most confident when I am with my family and be myself, very simple.
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AubreyLaine said...

I feel the most confident w/ heels and a flowy dress
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JC said...

I feel most confident when I feel fit, am dressed well and appropriate.
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JC said...

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Sarah said...

I feel most confident after a day of taking care of myself. I go for a haircut and color, a facial and a professional tooth cleaning. I love they way my teeth feel after I get them cleaned. It's a refreshment day I take a couple of times a year.

Kaycee said...

I feel most confident when I am surrounded by people I love and love me. All the little things don't matter and I am comfortable in my own skin with them.

cw said...

I feel most confident when I am not bloated, having a good hair day, had enough rest, and stay calm and cool

Judy B. said...

I feel most confident when I have plenty of information and can make my own choices. Great post. Thank you.

Judy B. said...

tweet
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chambanachik said...

I feel the most confident after my husband compliments me on my outfit- he doesn't usually say much, so when he does, it means a lot!

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chambanachik said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/chambanachik/status/231255281777115136

Jane said...

I feel most confident all sweaty working out with my husband.

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Jane said...

Tweeted! :)

https://twitter.com/Taingamala/status/231265666173374464

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Heather H said...

I feel the best when I'm working out. I'm sure I don't look as good as I feel when I'm all sweaty and mak-up free, but in my head I feel awesome!

Angel Jacklyn said...

When I'm toned, primped & pumped for the day! =)

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Angel Jacklyn said...

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Tina said...

When I have my makeup on
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Tina said...

https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/232585200754905088
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sy said...

I feel most confident when I think I did a good job at work or when someone complements me. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
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sy said...

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Kerry said...

I always feel confident in a new outfit.
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Kerry said...

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injaynesworld said...

I feel most confident after I've had a great ride on my very challenging horse.

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injaynesworld said...

Tweeted.

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patis2 said...

I feel confident when I am doing things I know I rock at doing - and when I get compliments later its a major confidence boost!
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patis2 said...

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Cait said...

I'm most confident on the water, in a boat.

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carmen @ life blessons said...

I feel most confident when I'm wearing an outfit I know is flattering on me and have had time to straighten my hair and put on a little make-up. Only takes about 10 minutes, but the difference it makes in how I feel is worth 10 times as much!

Tian Ayubi said...

I feel the most confident when I'm wearing scarf.

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Tian Ayubi said...

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Kellie's Camera said...

I feel most confident in a new outfit!

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Kellie's Camera said...

tweeted:

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Nicole Larsen said...

I feel most confident after getting my waxing done and a pedicure!

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jenspurg said...

I feel most confident when I hear my husband say how good I look, especially since I've had 3 kids.
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jenspurg said...

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ellen b said...

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Ashley T. said...

I feel confident when I dress up nice!
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Ashley T. said...

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Kelly Massman said...

I feel confident when I smile! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
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April said...

I am most confident when I know that people love me whether I'm dressed like a rag lady or not.
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Laura Jacobson said...

I feel most confident after I go to church! Always uplifts me!
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Laura Jacobson said...

I tweeted
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Michelle S. said...

I feel most confident when my household chores are all done and I have an hour or so to relax and put my feet up!

Michelle S. said...

tweet https://twitter.com/88MichelleS/status/238076369425281025

Anonymous said...

I feel most confident when I've gotten a clean bill of health after a checkup at the doctor's office. altern147 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Betty C said...

I'm most confident when I've just gotten a great hair cut and I'm in my favorite clothing.

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Betty C said...

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LAMusing said...

I feel most confident with a fresh and sassy haircut
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LAMusing said...

Tweet!
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Norma said...

A nice outfit and a little make-up makes me feel confident!
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ellie said...

I'm most confident when I'm out with my grandsons and everyone mistakes them for my children.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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ellie said...

tweet
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ewhatley said...

I feel confident now because all the worse things in life are behind me, I survived all of them and getting older is really fun.

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MCantu1019 said...

When I have showered after a good night's sleep.
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meredith m said...

I feel most confident when I am prepared and well rested
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meredith m said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/mermont84/status/238799746477740032

Chip said...

I feel most confident when I'm with my friends.
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Chip said...

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angie lilly said...

I feel most confident when working on my macro photography. When I am in the zone and know that I am going to get "that" shot, there is no better feeling.
Angie
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angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/239033280685551617
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slehan said...

I feel most confident when I’m in the swimming pool teaching my Arthritis Class.
Thanks for the contest.

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Anash said...

having nice crisp clothes makes me feel confident! Thanks for a super giveaway!

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