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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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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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. Tara Hrobowski of Piedmont Healthcare at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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SpaRelax, glow and renew in private and on your own time. For one low price of $59 per month, Planet Beach gives you unlimited access to a variety of automated spa services—including spray tanning, massages, facials, hydration treatments, red-light therapy, teeth whitening, oxygen therapy, guided meditation and hot yoga. For example, start with Hot Box Detox, which uses infrared heat and isometric exercise to burn 800–1000 calories while stretching and toning your body. Next, spend some time in the red-light therapy bed to reverse the signs of aging, acne and sun damage. Follow that with a flawless glow from pbGlow spray tan!

Mention JessicaShops when you sign up and waive the $20 registration fee.

Details: 770-551-2740, planetbeach.com

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It’s that time of year again—invitations fill mailboxes, sweet photos cover social media and romance practically fills the air—it’s wedding season. But just how much are those beautiful, big days costing? Thumbtack breaks down the cost of an average Georgia wedding with 98 guests in 2016, excluding the venue, dress and rings. Turns out those I-Dos carry some Ka-CHING.

Details: thumbtack.com

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Linda M. Bolton - Sawyer Photography - BSA 0616At 60, this founder of Stay Faithfully Fit calls herself a “Minister of Fitness” and pursues a life of strength and purpose.

What have you learned about yourself since turning 40?
I know that by applying Christian principles to help the “Body of Christ” achieve total fitness I can be strong, feel young, be active and empowered at any age.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community?
I enjoy conducting health, wellness and fitness seminars for churches, businesses, various military installations and charitable organizations, such as the Atlanta Union Mission for Women.

What advice do you give those not yet 40?
Never give up on your God-given dream or destiny. Run your race, follow your passion, fulfill your purpose … you will WIN!

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.

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. Michelle Juneau of Dermatology Consultants at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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Susan King - Sawyer Photography - BSA 0616At 54, Susan King, owner of PowerUp30 Power Plate® studio, finds healthy living to be the key for clarity of mind and spirit.

Where do you go for “me” time?
Biking along the Chattahoochee River from West Palisades Trail to Cochran Shoals Trail. Also, my screened-in porch with a magazine or a book.

What is your favorite healthy meal?
Grilled fish and vegetables my husband makes on our Big Green Egg. He is so good on that grill!  I follow that with a healthy version of a home-baked treat. My hobby is cooking and test-baking healthy desserts.

How do you maintain life balance?
This has been a process—I like to have a full day! My husband is teaching me the value of rest. Family time is important to me, so cooking is how I get them all in the same place at once. My most balanced days begin with prayer, asking God to order my day.

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

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