2015 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Amanda Hair 

Despite her last name, Amanda Hair hasn’t always worked in the hair industry. In fact, before her current role with Bob Steele Salon,  she was in retail management. “I decided that was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – I wanted time to focus on my family. It just happened that I was a client at Bob Steele Salon, and they needed someone who could manage the salon location.” She jumped at the chance, quickly rising through the ranks to become co-owner and, by 2009, CEO.

“Every decision I make, I pose this question to myself: “Will I maintain the time needed to be a good wife, mother and leader to the team?” 

It wasn’t just the great opportunity that attracted her, though. “I just really loved the industry,” Hair says. “I loved the people and the core values that we represent at Bob Steele Salon. The people that I work with are truly caring people – probably the nicest people that I have ever met. I’m living my passion.” In addition to leading her team, Amanda chairs and elite salon industry organization, The 2to10 Project and enjoys being active in Vistage, a national organization for CEOs. In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their 10-year-old daughter, Mia. bobsteele.com

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IMG_6418 high resMolly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker 

The inspiration to work in the lingerie industry was a logical one for Molly Hopkins, co-founder of Livi Rae Lingerie. Hopkins’ experience began in third grade, when she couldn’t find any undergarment options that weren’t black, beige or white. She remembers thinking, “This can’t be it!” After meeting Cynthia Decker while working at another lingerie shop, they decided to open their own boutique to meet the style and size needs for all women.

“Sometimes the impossible is possible, but you will never know until you try.” 

At Livi Rae Lingerie, Decker says they are constantly surprised at how many people wear the wrong size bra. That’s partially because women like Hopkins herself have few resources to find large-cup bras. Decker reveals, “We’re in the process of designing our own bra, and hopefully we’ll be able to satisfy the needs of somebody who’s 50 N besides just one style in for different colors.”

After years in this industry, Hopkins and Decker know one thing for sure: focusing on the customer herself is just as important as focusing on fit. After they’ve helped a client, Hopkins says, “They feel like we’ve really taken the time to cater to their needs. Our clients become our friends,” Hopkins adds, “I don’t know any place I can go that I’ll get a hug from the person that helps me. We hug a lot in our store – it’s very emotional, and it’s very bonding.” So whether you come in just for a bra or for some emotional support, Hopkins sums up the experience with the phrase, ” Change your bra, change your life.” liviraelingerie.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.

This year for the first time, 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 their editorial contributions at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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IMG_6880 high resMadison James 

In today’s world of endless messages about diet and weight loss options, sometimes it can be easy to pay attention to the wrong ones – ones that get you the results you want, but in a way that isn’t the healthiest for your body. Even Madison James experienced this during her first forays into figure competitions. “I became very obsessed about the wrong things,” she remembers. “For me, it was extreme dieting. And when you do that, you are depriving your body of things that it needs. You think you look great, but it can be a very dangerous situation. My levels were thrown off – my hormones were not balanced, and my body didn’t know what was going on.” She ended up in the doctor’s office, realizing that there had to be a healthier way to look the way she wanted to.

“Treat every life experience as a lesson. Good or bad, it’s an opportunity for growth and self-improvement!” 

Now, she’s found that. With regular meals of healthy, whole food and just three 30-minute workouts per week, James has her body and her life in balance. She says, “It’s very important for me to share with people that there’s a way you can be your best self and not be in the gym all day and counting calories. There’s a much easier way to do it.” b985.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.

This year for the first time, 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 their editorial contributions at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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diane and rocco hikeAgility Competitor, instructor and blogger at “To Dog With Love” Diane Silver shares her best advice on agility training for pets.

Why should dog owners practice agility training with their pet?

Agility provides awesome mental stimulation and physical exercise for your dog, which is so important for a happy healthy pet. And, since you practice agility as a team, it’s a super way to form a special bond with your dog, have fun and get some exercise yourself!

Which dogs are best suited for this activity? 

While you often see herding breeds like Border Collies excelling at agility, any dog can enjoy the activity! Even shy or fearful dogs can befit from the confidence-building skills learned in agility.

What are your favorite things about practicing agility training with your own pup? 

Agility is a super fun activity for Rocco and me, and it’s one way we can run and play together while getting a nice workout for both of us. And whether you plan to compete or not, many of the basic skills learned in agility translate to a well-adjusted, well-behaved pup at home.

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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 for the first time, 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 their editorial contributions at maloneycenter.com or by watching the video below.

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2015 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Dr. Dina Giesler 

Dr. Giesler’s career in dentistry began during her senior year in high school in Houston, Texas. “I was fascinated with the whole field,” she says. She started working for an orthodontist and multidisciplinary practices, and her passion led her to the two-year dental hygiene program at the University of Texas dental school. “I wasn’t even thinking at the time about becoming a dentist,” she remembers. “It was after becoming a hygienist that God told me I was meant to do more. I worked for over 75 dentists and in all positions within the dental office prior to going back to dental school. “The insight and work experience was invaluable, and Dr. Giesler was able to serve as class president and student delegate to the ACA throughout her graduate training.

“Work harder than anyone else. Stay focused, never give up, and never ever forget who you serve!” 

After graduation and a residency at the Oklahoma Medical Center, Dr. Giesler ran a public health clinic in Plainview Texas. “I’ve always practiced health and wellness and I strive every day to talk the talk and walk the walk!” After selling her practice in Houston, to move to Atlanta in 1997, she started Atlanta Smiles and Wellness.

Dr. Giesler’s Atlanta Smiles Foundation provides pro-bono dentistry and plastic surgery to domestic violent survivors. “Your smile is the universal language and goes with you everywhere you go, and I know I am blessed to be a cosmetic dentist and help others achieve the smile they deserve.” atlantasmiles.com

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IMG_6546 high res (1)Diana Hofsommer 

When Diana Hofsommer started her role as Camp Horizon’s Director of Development, she quickly realized the inherent challenges compared with a traditional for-profit business. She explains, “Even though Camp Horizon has been around since 1982, the external climate changed significantly over those three decades. As foundations and large corporations have made their giving programs more sophisticated, many small charities have struggled to keep pace. Most grantors will not provide continuing support, while more formal fundraising events are expensive.

“To live my best life, I aim for being true to myself, especially when that means sticking up for what I believe. I like being a part of making the world a better place, even if it means pushing through difficult situations to get there.” 

As a former foster youth herself, Hofsommer has worked to help overcome those challenges in her volunteer role. “My goal has been to facilitate increased awareness and better relationships in our community to benefit  Camp Horizon’s programs for abused and neglected youth,” she explains. “Matching people’s passions with worthwhile causes is an ever-present challenge but worthwhile endeavor. Most small charities are perpetually underfunded. I’d like to see more people donating in general to support good causes but also specifically on a local level. In addition to wherever else they choose to give.” camphorizon.net 

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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 for the first time, 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 their editorial contributions at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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