ms senior america

We Are Not Invisible!

Cleaning out things!

Cleaning out things!

Becoming a ‘senior citizen’ has been quite an interesting transition in my life. Turning 60 two years ago was really not a big deal for me; but watching how the general population reacts and responds to ‘seniors’ has been a big deal! I have noticed over the past 10 years that seniors slowly become ‘invisible’ and less valued in our society. I don’t think this is done on purpose. I think we seniors just ‘adjust’ to it and ‘allow it’. The grandma in her rocking chair looks quite a bit different these days!

Ms Senior FloridaBeing a contestant in Ms Senior Florida and, to my delight and surprise, being crowned Ms Senior Florida has given me a platform so to speak – to reach out to women to encourage them that ‘they aren’t dead yet, so don’t act like it! These incredible women I got to work with and got to know were the exception to the rule, and they were not allowing society to ignore them.

To become visible, these women began to interact with others, they were confident in their value and experience, their beauty and their expertise. What sets them apart from the seniors who retreat and allow themselves to become invisible? The biggest thing I saw, and realized, was they were willing to step way out of their box. They allow themselves to experience a new season in their life, recreating themselves and being willing to feel uncomfortable for a short time while they transitioned into a renewed, revitalized and refreshed ‘young’ woman!

20140329_212322I was so encouraged to watch this unfold (and I thought I was there to encourage them)! This very thing is what made them so beautiful, so graceful and so attractive! Singing when they never had in public, speaking to a huge audience, walking across a large stage flooded with lighting, wearing bling that they’ve never worn before, putting on false eyelashes, walking in high heels, and even wearing a bra for the first time (really!). It was an experience I will never forget because it showed me what senior women can do to change things! They were not allowing society to lose them from sight. They were stepping up to become visible again, and more importantly, to make a real difference!

As I head out to the 2014 Mrs Senior America contest, my heart and soul is flooded with all of these thoughts, and I am reminded of our opportunity to do this now on a national level! Forty two contestants will come together to put a stamp on America. And, guess what? We senior ladies are just beginning – and we are beginning together!

invisible womanWe refuse to become invisible! This does not mean we will be loud, obstinate, overly aggressive or in your face. What it does mean is we will step up, step out, and tell the world that we are still important. We are confident in our value and experience. We are beautiful because we are wonderfully made from The Creator, and He has a plan for our lives – and we are living it!!!!

Don’t think this stage is going to be full of old foggies. Oh no! These ladies are going to rock it, and I am priviliged to be a small part of that, representing Florida Senior Women!

News flash people: We are not invisible. We are women of elegance and we want to recruit more of you to realize your potential and join us as we change America and the world!

MS SENIOR AMERICA

Meet Julianne, Ms. Senior Florida

Mrs. Senior Florida“To look at Julianne Talley, a statuesque 61-year-old beauty, one would never know she has conquered both obesity and cancer.

The Ms. Senior Florida contestant glided through the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center with the humility of someone who underestimates her beauty. Little did she know, she was about to be crowned Ms. Senior Florida 2014.”  Tia Brueggeman  of CNN

I never dreamed I’d do anything like this. In this video, I talk about my fears, reservations and challenges of being a first-time pageant girl at 61 (stepping WAY outside my box). I also share my goal as I represent Florida women over 60, my passion and dreams as I continue to strive to make a difference in my age of elegance!

Read the article on CNN.
Read the article in the Press Journal.

Learn more about Ms. Senior America & Ms. Senior Florida.

Ms. Senior Florida 2014

Mrs. Senior Florida“At 61, this first-time pageant girl never dreamed she’d do something like this. After someone suggested she run, she decided she needed to step out of her comfort zone, and hoped she could at least encourage the ladies in the pageant with her story of conquering obstacles including obesity and cancer. She also knew it would grow herself in the process – and she was right!

Julianne never even thought about winning. Winning for her was just showing up and following through this incredible task. She is now so excited to have the opportunity to encourage women her age across the state, and potentially nationally, to live outside their comfort zones, chase their dreams and be all they can be at every age.

Ms. Senior Florida 2014Julianne also won Best Talent, singing and playing Sentimental Journey on the piano. Julianne plays at local venues in her hometown, Vero Beach, Florida. Julianne was born in and raised in Tallahassee, Florida and moved to Vero Beach in 2006. She is now preparing to represent Florida at Ms Senior America in Atlantic City this October.”

What An Experience!

Why I did the Pageant: I decided to enter the 2014 after a lot of thought and prayer.  When I realized that it was an opportunity to reach my dream to touch women across the country to inspire them to take better care of themselves, and to set goals, dream dreams, and do what it takes to reach those goals.  

What I learned from this experience: I learned several things:  The power of the spoken word and how it can impact others positively and how important it is to be myself always; working to get the message across in the most positive way possible.  I also thought I was the only one stepping out of my comfort zone….and I was inspired by the many contestants who were also experiencing the same thing.  We faced our fears, took on new challenges and made lasting friendships.

What I hope to do as Ms. Senior Florida/Ms. Senior America: It has been my dream to reach women across the country to encourage them that we ‘ain’t dead yet’ (as seniors)!   We can still do what we are inspired to do…it just may take a little bit more planning and creativity!  We can do that zip line in Costa Rica, we can get that long awaited degree, we can lose the weight, we can develop our spiritual lives to have a  more intimate relationship with God, we can increase our physical strength, get off unnecessary medications, and totally re-invent ourselves if we so choose.  By dedicating ourselves to a healthier life-style, many of these things will fall into place.  Increased self-esteem, value, confidence and maturity are all a part of growth and I can’t wait to share with women how important this is, and how attainable this is!