From the Publisher

There are things that come with being 40-something (and above) that aren't so pleasant, the onset of gray hair (easily covered), aging of the skin (can you say laser?), aches and pains (stay active) and weight gain (I'm not the one to ask about this one), but there is one thing that is fabulous. It's the wisdom that begins to take hold and permeate your decisions, personality, and attitude. I told someone the other day that I wouldn't want to be younger because I'm in love with how smart I've become. I'm not talking about Albert Einstein smart, I'm referring to wise woman smart. It's the kind of smart that has kept all of your life experiences, both good and bad, on simmer for many years, steeping out the pain, joy, sadness, anger, fear, love and lessons. Once it reaches 40-something, it has all melded together, forming the perfect consistency.ready to be served up.

For me, I love wisdom in the form of quotes. I turn to them all the time for motivation and inspiration.  It's easy to know a really good quote because it makes my stomach feel funny-I guess that means it's stirring my soul. Between the simmering and the stirring, before long you have the perfect recipe for facing life head matter what comes your way. Here are ten of my favorite "soul-stirring" quotes:

"Way too often we put out landing gear down way too soon." -Elizabeth Millen (You can always take off and fly again!)

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." -George Eliot (Colonel Sanders started KFC at age 65!)

"As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think BIG!" -Donald Trump (Why not?)

"It's life. You don't figure it out. You just climb up on the beast and ride." -Rebecca Wells (Sounds fun, doesn't it?)

"You don't become what you want, you become what you believe." -Oprah Winfrey (Think about this, what limits have you settled for?)

"When people show you who they are, believe them the first time." -Maya Angelou (Wise advice)

"Change your attitude, change your world." -Norman Vincent Peale (This could be the secret to world peace; well, at least inner peace.)

"Leap and the net will appear." -John Burroughs (It always does!)

"Don't let anyone steal your dreams." -Bob Keen (They will if you allow it.)

 "Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." -Apple Inc.

This last quote is on the wall in our office. You can see it behind me in the photograph above. I read it often, and every time, I am stirred. Maybe some of these will stir you as well. If not, find a few that do.

Two Special Notes of Interest:
It's All Relative
Being an eighth generation South Carolinian, it's not surprising that I run into relatives fairly often. I recently met Marvin Bouknight, the naturalist at Oldfield, and immediately new we were related. Why? Because my mother was a Bouknight, and her family settled here in 1742. I told Marvin we had to be related and he said, "We probably are." Well, I knew there was no probably about it, so I told him I would let him know how we were related the next day. After a little research, I found that his great, great, great-grandfather and my great, great, great-grandfather were brothers. How cool is that? You will definitely enjoy his article, "Wisdom in the Woods," all about owls on page 22. Of course, it's good; he's a Bouknight!

We Did It!
After I wrote about Gone With the Wind last January, I heard from so many of you. At that time, I asked if I could get the movie shown on the big screen, would anyone be interested in attending. Again, so many responses with a resounding yes! Well, it's coming! August 16 is the 53rd anniversary of author Margaret Mitchell's untimely death. To commemorate her, we have teamed up with Park Plaza Cinema for one showing only. I am thrilled to be able to make this event happen, as I know many people are excited, not to mention I've never seen the movie. Park Plaza has been a dream to work with, and they are very excited to host this wonderful charity event with us. Don't take Scarlett's attitude: "I'll think about it tomorrow". Be sure to buy your tickets early, as seats are very limited, and a sell out is imminent!

Think Pink,
Elizabeth Millen

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