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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At 53, real-estate advisor and broker Lisa Robinson feels her best life has just begun. She’s learned from the past and celebrates her present and future.

What has 40 taught you?
Perfection is overrated and usually unnecessary.
Peace, simplicity and kindness are much more important. I’m more focused on embracing the joy of every age.  

How do you give back to the community?
I’m a long-standing board member for Future Foundation, an Atlanta-based organization that empowers our youth and their families with life skills, education programs and supportive networks to help them take the hard steps up and out of the poverty cycle. Most importantly, we give each child unconditional love and support to instill them with the courage to stand out and succeed. I also support the Special Olympics and The nsoro Educational Foundation that provides academic scholarships for foster-care students. I, too, was an at-risk youth growing up in the inner city of Detroit and I know education is a solution to poverty.

What do you do to relax and unwind?
Head to Piedmont Park with my dog, Caesar.

Tell us your favorite inspirational quote?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”—Maya Angelou

How do you maintain your life balance?
By prioritizing, simplifying, praying and meditating.

To see the complete list of 2016 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners check out the June digital issue.

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Atlanta BeltLine Project/B98.5
Community Action

Madison James’ presence can be felt all around Atlanta—whether on the radio during the drive home, on WSB-TV’s “460,” in the entertainment magazine “Hot Topics” or through her community action. While her many commitments often keep her on the go, Madison is grateful every day for the variety of platforms, businesses and organizations that provide her with the opportunity to bring the community of Atlanta closer together. One of the things she enjoys most about her latest venture as the ambassador to the Atlanta BeltLine is that she is able to incorporate her passions for fitness and healthy living in a way that brings people together in the city.

“I tell people I haven’t worked a day in my life yet. … When you love what you do, you don’t even think about it. And, with my job, it’s given me so many platforms to show that I’m passionate to help people be
better—be a better self.”

Details: beltline.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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From work to family, Angeline M. Kelly, 45, approaches each day with optimism. She enjoys her career as branch manager of Caliber Home Loans as well as her charity work for a variety of organizations.

What have you learned about yourself since turning 40?
I appreciate my life and know that both the good times and the difficult times have shaped me to be a better person.

I’m no longer as concerned about what others think of me. I don’t put up with what I used to in my 20s and 30s.

What is your favorite way to work out?
Dancing is my favorite form of exercise. I’m so glad that dance is back. For a while, it was hard to find an advanced adult dance class—but no more!

What is your favorite way to give back
to your community?
I am currently on the board of the Gwinnett Ballet Theater (GBT) and value its dedication to community outreach programs. I also support the WIN Foundation®, which specializes in programs of empowerment for women. I want our voices to be heard and to spread the news that there is more we can all do to help raise awareness and have choices.

Who helps you be your “best self”? 
I have such an awesome team to keep me at my best:  The Parlor Beauty Studio, Buckhead Hair, Aric C. Cosmetics, Youthtopia Med Spa, Sports Medicine South, LifeTime Fitness and Sweat Atlanta.

To see the complete list of 2016 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners check out the June digital issue.

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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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Foley - Sawyer Photography - BSA 0617Karen Foley
Windy Hill Athletic Club  |  Fitness

Sixteen years ago, Karen Foley stopped by an athletic club looking for a part-time job as a swim instructor. Now, she’s gone from swim instructor to general manager at Windy Hill Athletic Club. Looking back at her journey inspires her to continue pushing to not only try new things, but to do things she never imagined she could. That awareness and enthusiasm help her become a better leader each day.

“I think about the challenges that I’ve gone through in my life and I wake up every day just thankful that I’m here and that I’ve taken one more step to just go further. I want to be the best that I can be for the people around me. The people I love, my family, friends, but then also the people in our club.”

Details: windyhillathleticclub.com

 

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Family practitioner Dr.Tess Thomas, 45, stays motivated by the positive energy she gets from both her family and her career. She credits lots of laughter and a healthy dose of organization to her ability to stay fabulous.

Has your perception of 40 changed since you
were younger?
I thought hitting 40 would mean not having fun and enjoying life. But, actually, now I have the ability to make my own schedule and more flexibility in my life.

How do you stay fit and healthy?
I am a Beachbody® coach and I enjoy their at-home workout videos. I don’t have to go to a gym! In my free time, I coach other women to lose weight. I also enjoy running long distances and have run several marathons to date. I’ve got the New York City Marathon on my personal “bucket list.”

What is your favorite way to give back to
your community?
Every month for the last three years, my family and I have done a volunteer project, all with a family-friendly focus. Our favorite ones have been with Project Open Hand doing food deliveries to those who are homebound. It’s important to teach children at a young age to give back—it builds empathy and fosters community involvement.

How do you maintain your life balance?  
I have my WHOLE LIFE on my iPhone calendar with every minute accounted for—I am good with time management.

To see the complete list of 2016 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners check out the June digital issue.

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Lemons Dental—Family and Cosmetic Dentistry welcomes Dr. Shaila Kabani to their practice. Having practiced dentistry since 2000, Dr. Kabani provides the finest quality dental care available today. While her focus is restorative and cosmetic dentistry, she also offers an exceptional variety of comprehensive dental services to meet her patients’ needs. lemonsdental.com

 

 

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The Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine—a nationally recognized integrative medical practice—has changed its name to CentreSpringMD and has expanded to include CentreSpring Spa—an integrative spa, featuring a host of unique spa services, from facials and massage to aromatherapy and ayurevdics. centrespringmd.com

 

 

 

Friends of The Historic Douglass Theatre - BSA 0516The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI) has announced its four 2016 Preservation Grant Award recipients, who received over $131,000 in support for the revitalization of Georgia’s historic theaters. This year’s recipients include the Schaefer Center, the Miller Theatre, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and the historic Douglass Theatre. foxtheatre.org

 

 

 

Dr. John Gorecki - Tamara Lackey - BSA 0516Dr. John Gorecki, a board-certified neurosurgeon with over 25 years of experience, is now operating at Northside Hospital’s Forsyth campus. Dr. Gorecki specializes in stereotactic surgery, which focuses on radiosurgery for the treatment of tumors and deep-brain stimulation in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. northside.com/forsyth

 

 

 

 

 

Fortune 100 - BSA 0516For the third consecutive year, WellStar Health System has been named one of Fortune 500′s 100 Best Companies to Work For®—recognized among companies across the country that have exceptional workplace cultures. The prestigious award is a reflection of WellStar’s commitment to taking care of its team members, who are dedicated to taking care of others. WellStar Health System has now expanded to become the largest health system in Georgia and one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the country. This new expansion has been made possible by the acquisition of Tenet Healthcare’s five Georgia-based hospitals and a new partnership with West Georgia Health. wellstar.org

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Jazz FestivalJazz legends, icons and innovators will delight audiences in Piedmont Park at the 39th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival this Memorial Day weekend, May 27–29. This year’s lineup features internationally renowned saxophonist Benny Golson, Grammy Award-winning pianist and singer/songwriter Eliane Elias and up-and-coming jazz drummer Jamison Ross. This free event will keep you humming all weekend long. There is a local artists’ market filled with one-of-a-kind pieces, plus plenty of food and beverage vendors.

Details: atlantafestivals.com

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