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2019 Over 40 & Fabulous! Winners

2019 Over 40 & Fabulous! Winners

Forty and beyond is looking better than ever
thanks to our 2019 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest winners. 
From volunteerism to advocacy, business to broadcast media, 
our winners reflect the energy and enthusiasm that makes this season of life extra special. Meet them all—and the contest’s Advisory Board members—on the following pages.

Go To Fab 5

Go To Inspiration Award

Go To Give Back Award

 

Winner
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While enduring struggles with infertility, Tonya Renee Guillory never lost hope. The 47-year-old vice president of sales for Georgia for BenchMark and Drayer Physical Therapy brings that inner strength to everything she does. Not one to let any mountain stand in her way, the adventurous mom can also be found shredding the slopes.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?My little girl, Lily. 
My husband, David, and I spent eight long years trying to conceive. Doctors finally diagnoseith the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s, and with the proper medication, I was able to give d me wbirth to our perfect baby at 42.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?Giving back is one of the most important parts of my life. It allows me to show my daughter how important it is to help others. I am on the advisory board of Atlanta Women’s Empowerment, which was created by one of my best friends, Lisa Driggers Milam, to uplift professional women and mentor younger women. Dr. Eric Steenlage and I hold annual events at Union Hill Polo Club that raise thousands of dollars for veteran and animal charities such as Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. BenchMark and Drayer Physical Therapy are also committed to giving back and we have our own organization called Pillars with Purpose that raises money for various causes. In 2018, we raised $301,000 for the American Heart Association. I have also gotten my co-workers involved with the  Adopt-a-Senior program through Neighbor Love.

What inspired you to do this particular kind of charity work?When I was trying to get pregnant, our dogs literally saved me. My work with veterans is inspired by my father’s service as a lieutenant in Vietnam and watching him live with post-traumatic stress disorder. I have a soft spot for the elderly because I took care of my grandparents, who suffered from Alzheimer’s and numerous health issues, for the last four years of their lives. 
It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but one of the most rewarding as well.

What is your favorite way to work out?We have a complete home gym and I work out four to five times a week. My workouts are a stress relief for me.

What is your favorite healthy meal?I love to cook different kinds of fish. Salmon is my favorite.

How do you maintain the balance between self-care, family, work, and giving back?Learning to achieve and maintain balance in my life is a work in progress. I work hard because I love what I do and want to set the example for our daughter that hard work, dedication, and giving back will be rewarded.

What is your favorite getaway?
Beaver Creek, Colorado is where we can truly unplug. My husband is a lifelong all-mountain skier. I wanted to take up his passion, but skiing never clicked with me. So, at 40 I started snowboarding. In just a few years, I’ve made it to Level 6, with Level 7 being the highest. I love shredding down the mountain. We are even teaching Lily to snowboard!

Who are the experts who help you be your best self? The therapists at BenchMark, Max Sanchez at White Salon and Spa (for updos), and Trenton Witherspoon at Day Makers Salon (the best blowouts). Dr. Suzanne Ferree Turner of Vine Medical keeps me healthy with a holistic approach. I am forever grateful to Dr. Andrew A. Toledo at Reproductive Biology Associates for helping us bring our miracle child into the world.

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02 Terri-Ellis-Ewing-6x10Inspiration Award
Terri Ellis-Ewing

After overcoming hearing loss caused by a traumatic head injury, Terri Ellis-Ewing, 54, has made it her mission to get hearing aids and implants into the hands of those who need them. The charming co-founder of Wade Ford car dealerships in Smyrna is an advocate for the Auditory-Verbal Center, Inc. What is your favorite way to work out? Three to five times a week, I power walk up to 3 miles with my dogs at the Chattahoochee River or a park while listening to an amazing music playlist. One song I love is "Beginnings" by Chicago. That’s also when I create all of my positive thoughts and aspirations for the week. I also love going to Club Pilates to keep my body aligned, flexible, and strong.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?I am passionate about working as a board member for the Auditory-Verbal Center, Inc. (AVC) because when I was 11 years old I was hit by a car, which damaged my hearing by way of a traumatic head injury, and my hearing has been degenerative each year since the accident. I remember being in school and not being able to hear lectures and conversations and being too embarrassed to let people know that I couldn’t hear them. Once I received my hearing aids, it changed my life tremendously.  Most of the children we work with at AVC are on Medicaid, have no health insurance, or simply cannot afford hearing aids or implants. So our mission is to raise as much money as we can to help these children and young adults have a better quality of life.

Where do you go for “me” time?
I travel twice a year to Miraval in Tucson, Arizona. It is a place to recharge through spa treatments, classes, healthy eating, yoga, meditation, hiking, and much more. I love its program because at the end of your stay, you write a letter to yourself that the staff then mails to you three to four months later to remind you of your goals and the things you learned during your visit.

What is your favorite quote? 'The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.' —Alice Walker. I pride myself on 'never losing my power' by staying healthy, being a great mother, wife, mentor, loyal friend, and always staying true to myself. I believe I should never stop learning, giving back, and bettering myself in every way that I can.   

Who are the experts who help you be your best self?
Club Pilates in Sandy Springs; Life Time Athletic, Sandy Springs; Massage Envy; Massage Heights; Salon NP Hair Design by Nathalie DeLoach; Dr. Chynna Steele Johnson of Steele Dermatology; Makeup By Kimaris; Lush Nails & Spa; Dr. Michael A. Cone of ChiroZone Wellness, Inc.



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Bridgitte Ferraro Hatfield

Service truly is at the core of who Bridgitte Ferraro Hatfield, 44, is. When the wife, mother, and business co-founder felt called to take her giving back up a notch, she launched RefuseToDoNothing.org and has touched thousands of lives ever since.

How has your perception of this age changed since you were younger?
I have always admired people in their 40s. Their style, demeanor, and attitude are a reflection of the life they have lived. My grandparents were great examples—they were loving, vibrant, stylish, successful, and family oriented.

What is your favorite getaway?Spending time with my husband, six children, and our furry babies at our little mountain house in Blue Ridge enjoying comfort food, music, board games, and sunsets.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?

My favorite way to give back to the community is by working locally, nationally and globally. Locally, I volunteer weekly at public schools. I work in the media center at Crabapple Crossing Elementary School (CCES) and Milton High School. I also organize and implement a monthly themed appreciation event to celebrate the 85 staff members of CCES. I also work with the Junior Beta Club in Roswell and volunteer monthly at the CHRIS 180 group home in Atlanta. I make a homemade dinner—from appetizer to dessert—complete with flowers, table setting items, and a host gift. I spend the afternoon and evening with the girls and staff talking, taking pictures, laughing, and encouraging. Our family is also a licensed foster family and we serve local children from infancy to 12 years old. We currently have two brothers that are under the age of 2.
On a national level, I support and raise money and awareness for Autism Speaks, Best Buddies International, Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, CURE Childhood Cancer, Food Allergy Research & Education®, Feeding America, Atlanta Humane Society, Parkinson’s Foundation, Project Linus, Walk MS®, and Refuse To Do Nothing.
On a global level, in 2018, my husband and I funded and built eight sustainable, clean water wells in Uganda. I also worked with eight schools in the country to provide clean water, latrines, meals, and clothing to students in need. Since 2015, I have made and gathered close to 3,000 pillowcase dresses through Pillowcase Dresses for Missions. I added Britches for Boys this past year with the help of Rachel O’Neill from Little Dresses For Africa. These items have gone to eight countries and have been hand-delivered by myself or someone I know personally. The mission began by helping one girl cover her body to aid in achieving confidence and dignity and has exploded into giving to clinics and shelters for the patients to go home in a clean new dress at discharge. I also make shoe patterns, raise money, provide education about the jiggers parasite, and have been a short-term missionary and am on the board of directors for Sole Hope.

What inspired you to do this particular kind of charity work?I am constantly inspired by others and want to do my part by 'Refusing To Do Nothing' to honor my Biblical stewardship. I want my children to notice that random acts of kindness can be in our own zip code or 6,000 miles away. We do not have to be directly affected to do something. Each act of service that we make locally, nationally, or globally, makes a profound ripple effect toward the greater good.

Name something on your bucket list.
Tandem base jumping at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve® in San Diego.


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Eileen Rosencrants has never been scared to take the road less traveled. The vivacious Keller Williams Atlanta Perimeter realtor, 67, finds joy in lifting up those around her.

Did your parents look and act the way you do when they were over 40?
Not at all. We were a very traditional Irish-Italian Catholic family. Every Sunday, we went to church, had dinner at 1 p.m., and went to visit our grandparents or cousins. That tradition created a strong family bond that still exists today. At the time, I yearned to spread my wings. After college, I did that by being the first person in my family to move away from Massachusetts and come to Atlanta.

What do you love most about this stage of life?
With each decade comes more wisdom, acceptance, and perspective. I don’t take things as personally anymore and realize it’s not about me, but somebody might just be having a bad day.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?
There are many wonderful organizations in Atlanta supporting the arts, and that fight illnesses that affect my family or friends. I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering in various capacities for numerous charities for over 30 years. The Arthritis Foundation has been a primary focus for the past 10 years, from chairing several balls, to being a committee member, or on the Leadership Council.

What is your favorite way to work out?
I start each day at Hard Exercise Works - Roswell. It’s a high-intensity boot camp with amazing people. I also take private ballroom dance lessons with the fabulous Melbin De La Cruz. This feeds my soul and creative expression, which we all need.

What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40?
There is always an opportunity to learn. Keep an open mind for other interests and opportunities to continue to develop. One career path does not mean another won’t come your way.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self?
Su So-Longman; Dr. Alissa Marzetti - DPT; Melbin De La Cruz; An Mai of Lovely Nail; Jeffrey Frost of Frost Hair Salon; the coaches of Hard Exercise Works - Roswell.

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When it comes to living life after 40 to the fullest, Michelle Falconer serves fabulosity in a major way. The tennis player, 43, who founded Bailey & Hunter Realty, focuses on being an energetic and thoughtful role model for youth and more.

What is your favorite way to work out?I was part of a traveling dance company when I was a teenager and I like working out to be fun. Through tennis, I get to hang out with friends and be active at the same time. I’ve even convinced my husband to come play doubles. #TeamFalconer

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?Raising four beautiful, caring, sweet, and amazing children is by far my best accomplishment. It has been a wild ride but they all make me proud.
 
What is your favorite way to give back to the community?If there is something I can do with kids, I’m in. The thing I’m most proud of is sponsoring a triage room at Hughes Spalding hospital with my extended family. When my youngest daughter was treated in that room and asked why our name was on it, I was able to explain how a triage room makes a difference for families of sick children. The second thing that stands out as a special giving moment was taking my oldest daughter to Swaziland [Eswatini] twice with an organization called Beyond the Game. This organization provides food to over 1,000 orphans in Swaziland daily! I’m also regularly involved with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. where I work with teens.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self?Tracie Edmonds of Tracie Edmonds Signature Salon is my go-to hair and makeup artist. And my dear friend Maja Sly always dresses me out of her closet for my photo shoots.


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Kristin Andree

This multifaceted mother, 48, helps business owners and executives take their companies to the next level as a strategist. Not only is Kristin a powerful speaker, author, and podcaster, she also knows how to throw a mean punch.
 
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?As a single mom, raising three independent, strong and beautiful girls will always be my No. 1 accomplishment.

What is your favorite way to work out?I love anything martial arts related. I get quite an adrenaline rush from kicking and punching a bag (or a person!). I hold a second-degree black belt in taekwondo and won the bronze medal in sparring at the ATA World Championships in 2017.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?
I focus my charitable endeavors on organizations that educate and empower women and girls. I am co-president of the Atlanta chapter of Ellevate Network, a global professional women’s network. I am also actively involved in organizations in the financial sector such as Females and Finance, and Women in Insurance & Financial Services.

What is your favorite getaway?
Anywhere with white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and the sun shining.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self?I credit God (the ultimate expert) for the strengths he has entrusted to me, and my friends and family who keep me motivated, grounded and always feeling loved. Professionally, my podcast producers (Liger Partners) always support me. In terms of feeling and looking my best, Amy Nelson (Style Design, LLC) is a gift! I’ve always loved fashion, and since meeting Amy, I have learned how to best enhance my look. I also rely on the team at Anderson Aesthetics in Alpharetta, and my chiropractor Dr. Michael Zoeller of Synergy Release Sports.


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For over two decades, Engle R. Coulter has proudly served in the United States Air Force. The 45-year-old has learned how to turn obstacles into opportunities for growth.

What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40?I have learned that taking ownership when I fail is a good thing. It helps me grow as a wife, mother, employee, and leader.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?I currently serve in an activated reserve status at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. There, I have served as the president of the Dobbins Top 3, which is an organization that mentors rising leaders in the Air Force through an acronym we created called T.E.S.T. (Train, Empower, Support, Trust). We also provide financial assistance when an Airman is in an extremely challenging situation.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Professionally, my greatest accomplishment is obtaining the grade/rank of E-8 (Senior Master Sergeant). I surpassed my father, who was an E-7 (Master Sergeant) when he retired. I remember the proud look on his face when he first saw me in my promoted rank.  

What inspires you to give back to your fellow servicemen?
I watched my dad enjoy his work every day. He enjoyed not just serving his country, but serving others. He thrived on being better and making others better around him. I wanted to be a part of that kind of team atmosphere. He was my first example of how to be a servant leader.

Who helps you be your best self?
My husband, Roy, and kids, Jordyn and Cameron, my mother, Earnestine, my father, Bill, and my sister, Sarah. Plus, my mentors, retired Chief Master Sergeant Suzy Clemons, and Lil Palmer, one of my former rock-solid bosses.

 

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You could say that Julie Rogers Turner is paws-itively passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. The 55-year-old animal lover and Ivy Lane Boutique owner helps rescue pets and people from hopelessness.

What makes you laugh?I have eight rescue animals and they all make me laugh. In the past, I have rescued about 35 cats and 20 dogs. I am a huge animal lover! Whether they are relaxing or posing for the camera, they are a great comic relief for me every day.

What do you love most about this stage of life?Seeing my three children learn and become independent young adults is by far the most rewarding aspect of my life as a mother. Being able to use my engineering degree from Georgia Tech to pursue a different career path has been an unexpected life surprise. Opening Ivy Lane has allowed me the opportunity to combine and share my passions—fashion and service to others.

What is your favorite way to give back?For the past three years, Ivy lane has hosted charity fashion shows. The shows have raised $23,000 for Sources of Strength (SOS) programs at Lassiter, Pope, Sprayberry and Kell high schools and $13,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. SOS trains teachers and student volunteers on how to identify students at risk for suicide and provide appropriate intervention. It is so exciting to see the great things happening at these schools through this organization.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self?My longtime friend Dr. Blaine Minor helps me successfully manage my autoimmune issues. Chiropractic care is essential to my well-being and Dr. Karla Renee Kale De Pena and Dr. Gerald Kraus have been treating me for years. My personal trainers encourage me and help me stay fit. I regularly work out with Tracey Prinzbach at Elite Health & Fitness Tang Soo Do, and Mary Beth O'Reilly at Attitude Fitness. Leslie Brothers, at Health and Beauty Boutique, helps me keep my skin looking its best. I am a firm believer in taking care of your skin!


 

 

 


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You could say that Julie Rogers Turner is paws-itively passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. The 55-year-old animal lover and Ivy Lane Boutique owner helps rescue pets and people from hopelessness.

What makes you laugh? I have eight rescue animals and they all make me laugh. In the past, I have rescued about 35 cats and 20 dogs. I am a huge animal lover! Whether they are relaxing or posing for the camera, they are a great comic relief for me every day.

What do you love most about this stage of life? Seeing my three children learn and become independent young adults is by far the most rewarding aspect of my life as a mother. Being able to use my engineering degree from 
Georgia Tech to pursue a different career path has been an unexpected life surprise. Opening Ivy Lane has allowed me the opportunity to combine and share my passions—fashion and service to others.

What is your favorite way to give back? For the past three years, Ivy lane has hosted charity fashion shows. The shows have raised $23,000 for Sources of Strength (SOS) programs at Lassiter, Pope, Sprayberry and Kell high schools and $13,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. SOS trains teachers and student volunteers on how to identify students at risk for suicide and provide appropriate intervention. It is so exciting to see the great things happening at these schools through this organization.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self? My longtime friend Dr. Blaine Minor helps me successfully manage my autoimmune issues. Chiropractic care is essential to my well-being and Dr. Karla Renee Kale De Pena and Dr. Gerald Kraus have been treating me for years. My personal trainers encourage me and help me stay fit. I regularly work out with Tracey Prinzbach at Elite Health & Fitness Tang Soo Do, and Mary Beth O'Reilly at Attitude Fitness. Leslie Brothers, at Health and Beauty Boutique, helps me keep my skin looking its best. I am a firm believer in taking care of your skin!


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After a psychogenic disorder diagnosis flipped her world upside down, Portia Bruner, 45, transformed her life with mindfulness and meditation. Today, the Fox 5 Atlanta anchor/reporter’s mission is to remain in service to God by helping others.

What advice do you have for someone who isn’t yet over 40 and fabulous?Let go of self-doubt, drop the pity parties, and stop comparing yourself to others. Trust that God really is in control.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?I work with two DeKalb County churches to coordinate “pop-up closets” stocked with free clothing for families in need. I also visit nursing homes with my two young sons to teach them the importance of nurturing our elders. My mother worked in nursing homes and I remember feeling sad for patients who never had visitors. We also clean up parking lots and sidewalks in our south DeKalb neighborhood. It's a humbling way to remind my sons Dr. King went to Memphis to fight for garbage workers and that we must remain humble enough to do whatever God calls us to do in service to others.

Where do you go for “me” time?Stone Mountain’s peak for prayer and meditation, or my sunny arts-and-crafts room where I paint, and thrift stores for retail therapy.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self?Emory Speech pathologist Paula Klingman-Palk helped me get back on track after I was diagnosed with a psychogenic stuttering disorder in 2017. Norma Harris at Atlanta Shambhala Center taught me the value of peace of mind and how to meditate. Nathalie Ellis of ESTEEM Counseling and Consulting Services improved my stress management skills and helped me break through years of depression and 'Pastor Buddy's' sermons carried me through some of the toughest days of my life. Linda Tiger Bell of Tiger Talent Management suggested a great vitamin regimen and maximized the glamour of my natural hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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11 FAB FIVEVoting results were so close that we wanted to recognize these next in line Fab Five.
They enhance the lives of those in their communities through health, fitness and more.


(L to R): Kristen Marotte, Dr. Tannaz Modaresi, Leta Brooks, Caren Cohen, Kwavi Agbeyegbe.

 

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Whether carving out her own path while trail running or discovering new opportunities for giving back, blogger and business owner, Leta Brooks, 41, isn’t afraid to go the extra mile.

What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40?  
I spent my 20s more concerned with what people thought of me and where I was in life. With age, I have realized that none of it matters! I now live my life with more confidence and authenticity than when I was younger.
 

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?My kidney donation to my dad. The gift of life is the greatest gift I could give.

What is your favorite way to work out?I could run all day. Put me on a trail and daily stresses disappear from my mind. The only worry is tripping on roots or sliding in the mud, but that is also part of the fun.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?I use the platform of my store and design firm, Status Home, LLC and Status Design Studio, Inc., to help the community any way I can. Each time there is a national disaster, Status becomes a donation center. We have collected backpacks for the homeless in Atlanta andfilled them with supplies. Last September, we hosted a car show for Eli’s Cruise For A Cure, which raised money for Tay-Sachs disease. I have a dedicated employee at Status whose job is to be on the lookout for any way we can help our community. She works with churches and other nonprofits to make sure they know Status is here to help.
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Tannaz Modaresi, DC

When she’s not calling the shots at her chiropractic office, you can find Tannaz Modaresi, DC, on the basketball court. The volunteer coach, 41, is always up for a good laugh and a new adventure.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I’d have to say becoming a mother to my beautiful twins, Arta and Atousa. And being able to free people from pain through my chiropractic practice, Injury & Wellness Specialists of Georgia, is also one of the most amazing feelings.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?
I enjoy helping others in any way possible. This year, I have volunteered with the Fulton Science Academy Private School by providing them with chiropractic care for their athletic team, helping to keep young growing spines healthy. This season, I have had the privilege of coaching an i9 Sports® basketball team, which I really enjoyed.

What is your favorite way to work out?I love cycling, barre workouts, and dancing.

Who makes you laugh?Iranian-American stand-up comedians Max Amini and Maz Jobrani.

Name something on your bucket list.I want to learn to fly an airplane.

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Caren Cohen is an avid reader and outdoorswoman. At 47, this youthful yogi and mother of two helps people push past their limitations. Plus, she has a soft spot for aiding families in need.  

What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40?I have learned that happiness is really about how you look at things. I take pleasure in the small things now and I stopped waiting for something big to happen.

What is your favorite way to work out?I love anything that makes me sweat and clears my head. Yoga is one of my favorites, but I also run and work out at F45 Training regularly.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?I like to help families. For the past several years, I have volunteered with Second Helpings Atlanta and Family Promise, which are both organizations that support families in crisis. I also volunteer a lot at my children’s schools. Our schools literally can’t function without parent volunteers. This is one of the most important ways I can give back to my community at this point in my life.

What is your favorite healthy meal?Don’t laugh—but it’s mixed vegetables cooked with tuna and Parmesan cheese. Everyone else thinks it’s gross but I could eat that every day!

What is your favorite book?I love to read. It's hard to narrow it down but a favorite is "Until the End of the World" by Sarah Lyons Fleming.

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Whether inspiring her fitness class attendees at Life Time Athletic, Sandy Springs or her nearly 20,000 Instagram followers to live a healthier lifestyle, Kristen Marotte, 52, is always seeking opportunities to help others flourish.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?I have traveled to nearly 60 countries, and my experiences overseas have done more for my personal development than all the education I have received from books or schools. I’ve had so many meaningful personal accomplishments, but my greatest came when I put more focus on family. I’m super proud of how close we are and of the choices my kids make on a daily basis. That’s worth its weight in gold, and no accomplishment will ever outweigh connection!

What is your favorite healthy meal?Grilled salmon, sautéed veggies, and a fresh caprese salad.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community?For the past 15 years, my husband and I have spent two to three hours every week helping engaged couples build strong foundations for their marriages based on our experiences as a blended family. I also spend a lot of my time motivating others to be fit and active. I teach restorative yoga classes for the high school sports teams, as well as conduct free classes and workshops at local athletic stores to inspire people of all ages to stay active.

What is your favorite quote?'Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.' —Charles R. Swindoll.



 

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As a midlife coach, Kwavi Agbeyegbe is passionate about spreading the message that the second half of a woman’s life can be the best half. Human rights issues and competing in marathons are no match for this 51-year-old.

What do you love most about this stage of life?It’s a stage overflowing with an abundance of possibilities. Society, some cultures, and the media sometimes paint an unpleasant picture of midlife for women and I’m determined to change that narrative for the better. My goal is for women to unapologetically live midlife on their own terms.   

What is your favorite way to work out?I ran and completed marathons for years but in 2018, I developed pain in my right knee. I decided to take up racewalking and haven’t looked back. I participated in the 2019 Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K in March and racewalked all the way.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?I created the Kwavithon 5K walk/run to support various charities locally and worldwide. For the past two years, the Kwavithon 5K has supported the Mirabel Centre. The Mirabel Centre is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based in Lagos, Nigeria, my country of origin. The Kwavithon 5K event has been a platform to bring awareness of the prevalence of rape and sexual assault in the community and open up the conversation on what can be done to reduce the incidence of rape and sexual assault. The 3rd Annual Kwavithon 5K will take place in Lagos later this year.

 To read the full winner Q&As, visit www.BestSelfAtlanta.com/Blog.

 

For nine years, the Over 40 & Fabulous! contest has been an experience that creates a family-like bond for those who are a part of it. This connection often turns into long-lasting friendships, charitable partnerships, and opportunities for professional collaboration. In honor of this unity, we invited the past Cover, Give-Back, and Inspiration-award winners of this fabulous family to join in the fun for this year’s winner photo shoot at Summerour Studio.

 

 

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(Back row, L to R): Kim Vaughn ('13 Cover winner), Dr. Debra Carlton ('12 Cover winner), Kim Bearden ('11 Cover winner), Lynne McDonald ('18 Cover winner), Lisa Mohager ('18 Inspiration award winner), Michelle Hodgson ('15 Cover winner), Tom Sullivan ('16 Top 10 winner), Tran Bui Smith ('17 Inspiration award winner); (Front row, L to R): Kevin Avery ('16  Cover winner), Steve Hightower ('17 Give-Back award winner).


 

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