F Simple and Serene Living: DEFINING SUCCESS AND A WARM WELCOME 09 10
Monday, March 16, 2015


How many times in your life has someone told you that you can't do something, to just quit while you are ahead, that you aren't doing it the right way, that you just aren't ready, or that it is not a possibility. 

Don't let someone else define what success is to you. Their path is not yours. Their way is not yours. Their success is not your success. 

Last week Jen at Muddy Boot Dreams and I started a Facebook group to support all of the wonderful and fearless bloggers over the age of 40. We weren't sure what kind of response we would get, but it is something we felt strongly about doing. We felt like the twenty and thirty something bloggers were defining how we should measure our success, that if we weren't in that age group we were somehow on the outside looking in. Well, we refused to be told we couldn't play in the game. 

When we started the group we said that everyone who joined this past week would be listed here this Monday. I of course was thinking that maybe there would be 15 or 20 people. We currently have 68 members and growing. WOW!!! We are referring to ourselves online as the to40's and #to40s (the over 40's) So I want to give a warm welcome to all of the first week members. We are planning lots of activities, and would love to have you join in if you haven't done so yet. The link is here.

The Over 40 Blogging World group:

Laura  (admin) simpleandsereneliving.com
Jen  (admin) muddybootdreams.com
Anne  http://cravingsomethinghealthy.com
Brenda cozylittlehouse.com
Brooke  http://www.creativecountrymom.com/
Carolynn http://aglowingember.blogspot.com/
Cathy  http://www.my1929charmer.com/
Cindy cindywirl.blogspot.com.
Connie  http://forgottenoldphotos.blogspot.com/
Connie http://farsideoffifty.blogspot.com/
Darrielle  http://ddscottage.blogspot.com
Debbie http://www.mountainbreaths.com/
Debby http://cozyblanket.blogspot.com/
Debra  http://www.frugallittlebungalow.com/
Diana  http://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/
Diana  http://thenanadiana.blogspot.com/
Donna  http://gardenseyeview.com
Donna http://www.livingfromhappiness.com/
Doreen http://www.househoneys.com
Elaine  http://rosebankramblings.blogspot.com/
Fiona  https://ladyfi.wordpress.com/
Fran  http://branchingoutthroughtheyears.blogspot.com/
Fran http://joyoustomorrows.blogspot.com/
Grace http://www.buttonsthoughts.ca/
Judy  http://20northora.blogspot.com. 
Jamie http://beyondthekitchenwindow.blogspot.ca/
Joyce http://www.whathappensatgrandmas.com/
Kathy http://www.smilefornoreason.net/
Katie http://preppyemptynester.blogspot.com/
Kelly  http://theessenceofhome.blogspot.com/
Kc  http://amaraland.com/memories/
Kerry http://lovethosehandsathome.wordpress.com/
Kim  www.exquisitelyunremarkable.com
Kris  http://junkchiccottage.blogspot.com/
Laurie  http://www.bargaindecoratingwithlaurie.com/
Linda  www.itsy-bits-and-pieces.blogspot.com
Linda  http://www.craftygardener.ca/
Lorrie http://www.fabricpaperthread.blogspot.com/
Marty http://martysfibermusings.blogspot.com/
Melanie  http://www.comfyhouse.blogspot.com
Michelle  http://idylldirt.blogspot.com/
Pamela  http://www.playingwithmycamera.blogspot.com/
Penny http://www.thecomfortsofhome.blogspot.com/
Robin www.decoratingtennisgirl.blogspot.com
Sandy  http://hobnobbers-sandy.blogspot.com
Sarah http:www.thegardeningshoe.blogspot.com.
Shelia http://www.notesongs.com/
Stephanie  http://sjodesigns.blogspot.com
Susan  http://ashtreecottage.blogspot.com/
Youla  http://www.poppyview.blogspot.com/

You may recognize some of these bloggers as old friends, but I hope that you will give a warm welcome to those you have not yet met. 

Have a serene Monday.
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  1. Hi Laura... I've written you a couple of emails thru your contact form. I joined the group under my personal FB acct. of Melinda Hammer. Could you change the name to Katie Clooney? Thanks. Neither name is on this list but I am a member.

  2. So sorry about that, Katie. It was a hectic week. I have added you to the member's list on the group page and also on today's post. We are so happy to have you with us. :)

  3. It's a great group, Laura. Thanks so much for including me, I am enjoying it immensely already! :)

  4. I'm looking forward to more interaction with this group and meeting new bloggers. Thank you to you and Jen for all your hard work setting it up! Blessings. Pamela

    1. I hope everyone will really get into interacting ,Pamela. I think we have so much to learn from each other.

  5. Thanks for all the hard work it took to get this up and running.
    Another gal and I have been talking about a Senior Group, too...of women that are 55 and older because that seems to be a whole 'nother realm, too. xo Diana

  6. I hope "old friends" wasn't a pun, ha ha :)

  7. Thanks to you and Jen for all the hard work on the Over 40 group. Great list of blogs, some I visit frequently and some are new. I'm having a great time meeting new friends.

  8. I don't have a FB page, but this may be a good reason to create one. :)

  9. I'm so glad that you and Jen started this FB page. I'm glad to be a part of it! :-)

  10. I just hopped on board. Looking forward to this new community of bloggers.

  11. I'm so happy to be a member of this group! I will have to click on some of those blogs and introduce myself and meet them. I appreciate all of the hard work you have put into this new venture so that all of us can reap the benefits!

  12. It's been a fun group! Thank you for putting it together!

  13. This group of women is going to change the blogging world's perception of older bloggers. Blogging is not about competition, who has the most followers, or the best stats, the most posts...and I think that our TO40" are going to show the blogging world just how important community is. Going to be a interesting ride Laura.


    1. I think so too, Jen. Can't wait to see all of the places it leads us.

  14. I am so glad to have joined the group Laura, there is so much to read I don't know where to start. Much better than others that I have joined. I am really going to enjoy this journey. Take care xx

  15. Hi Laura,
    I just found your blog and so happy I did! I was *always* told by my mother that "you can't do that", "you're not doing it right", "I don't know what makes you think you can do that" ~ and it was several times a day, all my life. It's taken a lot of therapy, self-work and a change in thinking for me.

    I'd love to join the FB group ~ sounds really nice! I'll most likely be the oldest member but hey, life is what you make it, right?

    I'm a new follower and subscribed via email. I look forward to getting to know you! Stop by and say "hi" when you can ~


  16. I am happy to be a member of this group. I enjoy the mommy bloggers but I am just a tad too old!!! A tad. Even though I do not have grandchildren yet, one day I will. Fingers crossed!!

  17. Hi I came over from the Over 40 group. The ads on your sidebar are very distracting...just my opinion.


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