So what in the world is this #thefierce50 campaign all about? The brain child of a beautiful blogger friend from the west coast, Catherine McCormick of @catherinegraceo. Like many of us she was tired of not being seen or heard in our industry. She wanted to shift a paradigm and to raise awareness of women over 50 years old. When we were growing up, our experience of this age group was vastly different than our current view. So, she took the idea and recruited a couple of other blogger girls from around the nation and together they created The Fierce 50 Campaign.
This campaign intends to wake the brands/retailers and to shake things up a bit. After all, aren’t we the ones with the capital shopping in their stores? To sum this up, we are coming together to create a collaborative community and to show the world that we are only just beginning. We are intending to shift a paradigm and a perception of women at midlife and beyond by coming together as one. We also want to show our support and love for one another. The world is ready, so we are making the first move in making our age group ” the cool girls” and change the perception of what 50+ looks like today! This awareness isn’t just for bloggers, it’s for all of the over 50 set!
This will be an on going campaign, so every year on the 50th day of the year, over 50 bloggers will partner up and simultaneously post about a blogger that we were randomly paired with. This will allow all of you that follow our blogs, meet some fabulous women. We share things that are relevant to our age group. Don’t get me wrong, I love the young girls and learn so much about social media and technology, but they do not have the life experiences to draw on like we do.
Today, I can’t wait to introduce you to my new fierce friend Glenda. Please check out her blog and Facebook page So What To Twenty. What’s really cool is that we have never met before. The photo of us at the beginning are photos that were taken before we were in contact with each other and before we even knew anything about this project. Do ya think we have something in common? I could see myself wearing every single outfit she is wearing.
After our first phone call, it was so obvious that we are 2 peas in a pod. Our love for fashion started from out of the womb and has been a part of our DNA all or our lives. In our second phone call I did learn one big difference between us. I would have never figured that Glenda would be reserved and the quiet type. How could someone who can make a speech to hundreds be the quiet type? That has been one of her journey’s. Those of you that know me, know that I am totally the opposite. Not a bad thing that we are different because if we were exactly alike then we would not be unique.
Scroll on down, we came up with a few questions that we each answered. It was a great way to dig dipper into Glenda’s past and ideals that make her a Fierce 50 woman. If you are interested in my answers to these questions, then you can go on over to So What To Twenty
***This fabulous illustration above is brought to us by @BETHBRIGGSILLUSTRATION. Isn’t it fabulous!!!***
Hello SheShe Show Friends! I’m Glenda K. Harrison, age 51, I’m a full time Style Contributor, Stylist, Creator of the style blog – So What to Twenty, and the author of two books: A Place Called Peace and True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface.
What’s Most Important to You?
This has always been a tough question, but I would have to say, what’s most important to me, at this stage in my life, is using my unique gifts, or what I like to call, my butterfly wings. For a great portion of my life, I lived trying to live up to someone’s standards and ideas for my life. Finally, at the age of 48, I unfurled my butterfly wings for the first time, and I’m now using them to fly. I’m amazed at what I can see at this vantage point. Each one of us is blessed with our own unique wings, and if you’re using them, you’ll be met with an incredible harmony in all aspects of your life. Now that I’m using my gifts (wings), I feel satisfaction, and no longer do I have an itch I can’t scratch. It is important to me, as the first lady in my two son’s life, for them to see me living my life to its very fullest. When my time on this earth is over, I want them to know their mother lived a happy life. more…..
How did you get started in blogging?
I always had a great love affair with writing. Several years ago I worked at a newspaper as their fashion and style columnist and I absolutely loved having the experience of putting my spin on the industry. However, I left that situation because the atmosphere was less than desirable (that’s another story). I then went on to form a not-for-profit organization in memory of my mother who passed away from pancreatic cancer called, A Daughter’s Heart – Cancer Support Service. After serving the community for many years and honoring my mother’s beautiful legacy, I had finally buried my Mom in my heart, and I knew she would want me to live my life. To make a long story short, I became ill with a heart condition called Supraventricular Tachycardia and found myself going in and out of the hospital for several month. Rather than feeling sorry for myself, I decided to re-enter the world of writing as a blogger. I named my blog So What to Twenty as an affirmation to the vivaciousness of many women over the age of 40. I didn’t know how to get started so I just jumped in. I re-established my connections with my college alma meter – The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (Los Angeles), and the Los Angeles fashion scene. FIDM began inviting me to fashion events, and invitations started to arrive for fashion week, and other cool events. I kept pressing away. And the rest is history.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Life. My life is full of many interesting and clever trails. On them, I always find something cool that inspires me. It just takes having your mind and heart open.
How do you describe style?
I just wrote an entire book on the subject called True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface. To not give it away, in hopes you’ll buy my book (wink-wink), I will tell you this…Style is so much more than our sartorial pursuits. It isn’t a one dimensional subject that can be acquired by carrying a popular handbag or racking up copious amounts of designer goods. It’s complex and is weaved with substance.
How do you describe your fashion sense?
I use dress as a form of self-expression. Most of my looks combine classic, bohemian, Southwest, a bit of quirk, and a whole lot of Glenda. I have fun with my fashion choices, and I believe that message comes across to my blog community.
Your thoughts on the Fierce 50 Campaign.
My idea of turning 50 was rooted in memories of my Mom. She was athletic, vivacious, gorgeous, and had a beautiful spirit. She was the farthest thing from being an old schoolmarm. She was sexy and without being overt. Her sexiness came from this internal depth. It was cool witnessing her power. When I turned 50, I had just reached a pivotal place of self-embracement, so I’m like – Hell Yeah. Let’s Do This! When the creators of the Fierce 50 Campaign reached out to me, I didn’t hesitate. I knew they were on to something BIG, and I wanted to be a part of re-sculpting how America views women in this age group.
What do ya think? Isn’t Glenda awesome!! There is so much more about this beauty that I still don’t know, but I know that we will continue our friendship where we will continue sharing our love for so many of the same things. Hopefully we will get to meet in person soon so that I can give her a big SheShe hug!
photos by Glenda K Harrison
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**One of our BIG supporters is Hannah Storm. Check out this interview with her. It is awesome!!! Click here https://goo.gl/EnUfjh
If you have enjoyed reading this blog post and learning more about The Fierce 50 Campaign, please visit this page The Women of the Fierce 50 Campaign to see an archive where you will find each of the women that are participating in The Fierce 50 along with their blog posts. If you or someone you know is interested in either joining or supporting the movement, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We have lots more planned for this year and beyond so, stay tuned everyone.
I hope you have been enlightened by the excitement building around the Fierce 50 Campaign. We will keep you up to date with all that is going on. If you are not 50 yet, then God willing, you will be some day. By then who knows where this journey will take us to.
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