The Compliment That Almost Was

yellowstonevalleywomenseventSo I'm speaking at another event and bathing in the compliments of a young whipper snapper darling blonde blue-eyed Barbie of a girl. She is gushing over my fairy tale pants (which are quite fabulous if I do say so myself – and I made them  – so there you go Martha Stewart!) and she just loved my bubble gum pink wedges (clearance aisle, TJMaxx) and is ooh-ing and aah-ing over every single last loving fabricated bought-online took-me-an-extra-hour-to-get-this-look curl on my head. It was an absolutely beautiful moment until she said that one sentence that brought every last compliment to a crashing halt:

I hope I look as good as you when I am old.

Yes, it's official. I have crossed over.

And you know what? I refuse to be sad. I refuse to let her final words ("I need to tell my Mom about you") linger in my head. Age is a state of mind. If you think you age out of dreaming and being sexy and changing the world – you're wrong. That's a lie the world feeds you. If you're still here, you ain't done yet. So choose to be awesome and fabulous at every age.

Take that young whipper snappers!


Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson - called one of North Carolina's funniest women by Our State Magazine. Kelly lifts the spirits of audiences from coast-to-coast using humor, storytelling, and lives of the characters from Prides Hollow - Kelly's make believe small town. This unique approach to motivational speaking allows Kelly to break through communications barriers and connect directly to the audience's imagination.
Her powerful stories and wacky wit will make you laugh, remind you that you matter, show you how to see beyond your obstacles, and teach you how to stand up and stick out in a crowded market.
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  1. Ha ha ha ha ha! LOVING this! Screaming dying with laughter loving it! I have often said that I want to be the oldest living motivational speaker in the world some day – and at the rate I'm going, that may be happening quite soon! And that's okay! Thanks for the happy reminder, Kelly. We ain't dead yet! 

  2. Oh how I chuckled on this one!! My slap-in-the-face compliment was from an aquaintence I hadn't seen for quite a while and he said, "My, you aged well!"  AGED??  I'VE AGED??  Oh, right, we age every day we ain't dead.  Thanks for the laugh and the reminder Kelly!

  3. Yes, the compliments always end with "for your age" now. Thanks Kelly for the reminder to go BIG at any age.

  4. Reality bites!  Yes, and my reality wants to bite chocolate!  Yes- this aging thing is a journey and we are all doing it quite well I might add!  Is it just me, or do you guess someone's age and compare yourself to them when you find out they are your age?  I know, as motivational speakers we constantly talk about things like not comparing ourselves to others…does that include this age thing?  

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