Month: March 2016

Ms Senior Florida Pageant! How About You?

2016 Pageant with Tom

Julianne (Ms Snr Florida 2014) with husband Tom Talley at the 2016 pageant.

2016 pageant with Lousie and JT

Julianne ‘dancing’ with Louise Ferla of Ms. Senior America


Julianne with 2014 Ms Senior America Carolyn Corlew

2016 Ms Snr Fl contestants

2016 Contestants at the Queen Luncheon




















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2016 Ms Senior Florida: Donna Dean


Saturday, March 19th was the 2016 Ms Senior Florida Pageant and although it was held in Vero Beach at the Performing Arts Center, the contestants came from Jacksonville to Miami!   Donna Dean was crowned  2016 Ms Senior Florida, with four beautiful runner-ups and a handful of very talented women who received trophies for their work!

Being over 60 can be very challenging at times!   This pageant is a pageant especially for women over 60….women of elegance, of talent and of guts!   As the 2014 Ms Senior Florida Queen, I enjoy assisting in this pageant each year, because I get to rub shoulders with some absolutely amazing women!   A beauty contest for women over 60 you say????  Absolutely!  But, this is more than that.  For you see…beauty may only be skin deep, and when it is, it is pretty obvious.  This pageant looks much deeper!   We seek women who are willing to put themselves out there, not to WOW, not to necessarily impress, but to INSPIRE other women that they too can do this!  It is about taking care of yourself, not being afraid to tell your story, showing the world that you can dance, you can sing, you can draw you can create…..the list goes on and on!

As I worked back stage to assist the ladies, I heard stories of tragedy, challenges, fears, excitement, drive, devotion and amazing strength!   Ages range up in the 80’s!   I am continually motivated by their many abilities and amazing attitudes.  I am most impressed with the ladies that don’t have to brag about all their accomplishments….all they have to do is tell their story, and then they live it….every day!   It is so refreshing to be a part of this program and I am continually honored to hold the crown for 2014 and I look forward to meeting new contestants as we grow in numbers and reach new ladies.

If you are interested in being a part of this, please contact me.   Your obligations would be to rehearse in Vero Beach 4-5 Wednesdays prior to the March event, to be able to purchase several outfits, memorize and speak your philosophy of life (45 seconds) and show your talent.  Once the Queen is crowned, then she has the opportunity to compete for the Ms Senior America!   Many of us when we were first approached said, NO WAY!   But, that is a normal reaction.  Keep an open mind and truly consider being a part of it!  You will meet new friends, rebuild your self esteem, be reminded that you have plenty to offer others, and enjoy watching others as you work together to give others a wonderful and exciting show!

DON’T BE TIMID….be inspired!  Tell others about this pageant and let’s get the biggest show we’ve ever had for 2017!    IF you would like me to come talk to your group, I am happy to as this is my passion …. to help other women reach their full potential!   Many have found second careers, new opportunities and a new found confidence!   You may reach me at

Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon!




How much is ‘as much as I can’?

IMG_0918 Julianne & Tom 1971
It really does just seem like yesterday that I was attending high school and dealing with all the ‘drama’ that went on then. Quickly I transitioned into marriage, having children, college, church and career. In a brief snap…I am now 63 years old and it amazes me how much I’ve seen, everything that I have experienced, and how quickly it has flown!

My dear sweet mother Julia Tanner, told me many times that the older she got, the faster time went and I am experiencing that now as well! I’m not remorseful, I have no regrets. I am simply amazed that in a few years I will be the old woman in a nursing home, waiting to die. I do not fear death as I know Jesus as my personal Father God and trust His word to be true….so I’m good there! SO what is your dilemma you ask?

I have no dilemma. I only want to enjoy as much as I can, be as healthy as I can, share life with others as much as I can, be honest as much as I can, share Christ with others as much as I can, experience as much as I can, and make a difference as much as I can. Sooooo, I guess the question is: How much is ‘as much as I can’?

Well, it is everything I got! All of me! Here is is clincher though: I cannot give all of myself unless I am taking care of myself, am healthy, watch my food intake, volume and calories…..because if I rob my own self of my health; I’ll have nothing much to give! I’ve said this many times, but I’ll say it again: God lovingly has given us the tools to be smart (brain) and take care of ourselves. Because of selfishness and pride, we like to over indulge and abuse the very body God gave us, and we only have one body!

So I have made the decision to take care of my body, mind and soul for the rest of my life. I am chosing to put ‘life’ first, and self second. The pleasure life has for us is directly related to how we can receive it and to receive it we must be disciplined. Those who take and take, die hard. Those who give and give, live well.

So as I go into my 64th year, I am reminded that yes indeed, these ARE the golden years and I want my treasure to be refined and shiney just like gold! No matter where you are in your life….don’t rob yourself of a great life. How much is, “as much as I can”? It is as much as you are willing to give… decide NOW to to define ‘as much as I can’ and then just start doing it. Give….and live well!

Quit complaining: Change

Ms Senior Florida

Joyce Meyer said “If you hear yourself complaining about the same things in your life all the time, then that is an indication you need to change things.”

Change.  We don’t like it, but we sure want it!

What do you hear yourself complaining about all the time?  What do others say they hear you complain about?  How long do you want to live in the complaining mode? Is it fun?  Are you happy with it?  Do you run off family and friends with your complaints?

NOW is the time to change it and only YOU can do that!  If you don’t know where or how to start….here are some tips:

  1. write down what you complain about (write it all down!)
  2. find the common denominator (duh….it is you!)
  3. write down your options
  4. write down why you want to change
  5. write down WHEN you begin

I believe inside every person is the knowledge of what must be done to change and improve. You know it, deep inside…you just don’t choose to admit it, or do it.   But let me tell you….change doesn’t happen by itself.  You have to want it….you have to do it, you have to apply yourself, you have to discipline yourself and you have to sometimes make yourself!

Complaints can be about not having enough time, working too hard, feeling bad or in pain, too fat, depressed, about a certain person, you don’t like church, your neighbor isn’t friendly, you hate politics, and the list can get really long!  When you realize you are about to ‘speak’ a complaint…hold that tongue and don’t say it!   Don’t even let yourself think it!

I can tell you all change starts with YOU and no one else.  They will NEVER change unless they decide to and you cannot control them. BUT you can control yourself!

For me, the decision to do something about it, to get rid of what was holding me back, and to start fresh…. That was my beginning.

Facts:  Over-eating  is 80% of your reason for how you feel, what you weigh, what you think, how you process and your overall energy level.  Your physical condition is based on what you do the other 20%.

Do you really understand that controlling what you put in your mouth could be a huge answer for you!  Does the taste of French fries override your desire to feel good?  Really?  It’s time to rethink! Is it really worth it?   So 10 minutes of taste equals a life time of misery?

Eleven years ago I  started by giving up anything white. Flour, sugar, potatoes, ….. you get the idea.  Then I began walking one mile in the morning and one mile at night, because I couldn’t do it all at once. I kept notes of how I felt and what I had accomplished.  I limited my calories to 1200 per day; and limited my carbs, fat, and protein to 33% each per day.  (Now we have the LoseIt app and it is perfect to help you with this!)

It seems every few years I have to remind myself to get back to it…..quit taking the easy way out and renew myself.   I found myself complaining, tired, grumpy, I hurt and overall had no energy.   Then…..I remembered:  Give up everything white, eat 1200 calories a day, making sure the carbs, fat and protein is equal (33/33/33) and change up my work out.  Yes…CHANGE up my workout.   And so I did. Honestly….within 3 days I had my bounce back, I wasn’t grumpy and complaining, I have value, energy and felt good about myself again.

I could give you all the details, BUT YOU NEED TO FIGURE IT OUT YOURSELF….what works for you!    To change is to ‘make or become different’.  You want it?   Then quit complaining and CHANGE.