We certainly know that people all over Atlanta are living their best lives over the age of 40, because we hear their stories of personal growth and giving back to others each year during our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest.

We engaged the Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board of experts on topics including volunteerism, fitness, hair care and cosmetic procedures. They provided professional advice on how they got into their fields, and how they’ve grown throughout their careers and personal lives to help inspire us to live our best lives as well.

Check out the editorial contributions from Steve Hightower of Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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We certainly know that people all over Atlanta are living their best lives over the age of 40, because we hear their stories of personal growth and giving back to others each year during our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest.

We engaged the Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board of experts on topics including volunteerism, fitness, hair care and cosmetic procedures. They provided professional advice on how they got into their fields, and how they’ve grown throughout their careers and personal lives to help inspire us to live our best lives as well.

Check out the editorial contributions from Dr. Diane Alexander of Artisan Plastic Surgery at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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Sweetwater State Park Ruins - Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources - BSA 0616The Georgia State Parks system invites outdoor enthusiasts to help celebrate its 85th anniversary by lacing up hiking boots for National Trails Day® on June 4. Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, celebratory program events include ranger-led hikes, kayak tours, caving explorations, geocaching and a new dog-walking club. Already booked for June 4? Additional celebratory events will be held throughout the month.

Details: georgiastateparks.org

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We certainly know that people all over Atlanta are living their best lives over the age of 40, because we hear their stories of personal growth and giving back to others each year during our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest.

We engaged the Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board of experts on topics including volunteerism, fitness, hair care and cosmetic procedures. They provided professional advice on how they got into their fields, and how they’ve grown throughout their careers and personal lives to help inspire us to live our best lives as well.

Check out the editorial contributions from Madison James of the Atlanta BeltLine Project at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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Holiday Inn - Walt Disney World Resort - Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels - BSA 0616The seven Disney Springs™ Resort Area Hotels in central Florida offer special Georgia-resident rates until June 30—making this month the ideal time to whisk the family away for a magical vacation with Mickey himself. All seven hotels are optimally located within walking distance of the newly expanded Disney Springs™. Formerly known as the Downtown Disney® area, Disney Springs™ now boasts over 150 shopping, dining and entertainment options, both upscale and family-friendly.

Details: disneyspringshotels.com

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We certainly know that people all over Atlanta are living their best lives over the age of 40, because we hear their stories of personal growth and giving back to others each year during our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest.

We engaged the Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board of experts on topics including volunteerism, fitness, hair care and cosmetic procedures. They provided professional advice on how they got into their fields, and how they’ve grown throughout their careers and personal lives to help inspire us to live our best lives as well.

Check out the editorial contributions from Karen Foley of Windy Hill Athletic Club at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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Vince Thompson - MELT - BSA 0616The Chairman/CEO of MELT, 53, Vince Thompson values time with family and friends above all else and hopes to encourage the next generation of young leaders to take active roles in their communities.

What’s your favorite way to give back to the community?
I enjoy giving career advice to college students; I was inspired through the mentors I had at Auburn University, and I hope to have a similar impact.

How do you stay fit and healthy?
Jogging in Chastain Park

What advice do you give to those not yet 40?
Always try to put others before yourself and the rewards you receive create a great amount of internal satisfaction. Do what you love and the money will follow and pursue your dreams relentlessly.

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We certainly know that people all over Atlanta are living their best lives over the age of 40, because we hear their stories of personal growth and giving back to others each year during our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest.

This year, we engaged an Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board of experts on topics including volunteerism, fitness, hair care and cosmetic procedures. They provided professional advice on how they got into their fields, and how they’ve grown throughout their careers and personal lives to help inspire us to live our best lives as well.

Check out the editorial contributions from Dr. David M. Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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Vidalia Quesadilla - Seth Freedman - BSA 0616

Peel back a new layer of taste with this twist on a Tex-Mex favorite, featuring Georgia’s beloved state vegetable—the Vidalia onion. Crops of Vidalias have already started hitting your favorite farmers markets, so grab a bushel and try a new way to serve one of our most famous crops.

Vidalia Onion Quesadilla

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp cooking oil

1 Vidalia onion, sliced

1 padron chile, minced

3 oz. grape tomatoes

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup cooked pinto beans

6 (6-inch) corn tortillas

5 oz. Oaxaca cheese (sometimes labeled as “quesadilla cheese”)

Directions:

Place a sauté pan over medium-high heat and add 1 Tbsp oil. When oil is hot, add Vidalia onion. Cook while stirring until onions are translucent, tender and lightly browned, about 5–6 minutes. Stir in padron chile, tomatoes, cumin and salt. Remove mixture from the pan and set aside to cool.

Place pinto beans in a mixing bowl, and use the back of a fork to mash them. Gently mix in Vidalia onion–tomato mixture.

Add 1/2 tsp cooking oil and heat in the sauté pan. Place a tortilla in the pan. Spoon about 1/6 of the bean mixture onto the tortilla, top with about 1/6 of the cheese and fold tortilla up over the filling, then turn it over so it stays closed. Cook 1–2 minutes and carefully flip. The quesadilla is ready when both sides are lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Cut the quesadillas into wedges. Serve with guacamole and lime slices on the side. Enjoy!

Yield: 2 servings

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

—Recipe courtesy of PeachDish and Seth Freedman; peachdish.com

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Beverly Johnson - Sawyer PhotographyA real-estate professional with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Beverly Garner Johnson keeps a light-hearted perspective on aging, finding fun in each day.

How has your perception of age changed since you were younger?
I thought 40 was old when I was a young girl … I guess that’s something I inherited from my Southern mother who said, “Ladies don’t disclose their age.” That’s funny in this day and age, but it rubbed off on me.

What do you do to stay fit and healthy?
I stay active skiing—water or snow—and eating organic foods.

Where do you go for “me” time?
My backyard swing.

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