This past Saturday, a group of us made the annual trek to Sharon, Connecticut, located in the picturesque Northwest Hills of that state, to attend Trade Secrets, the rare plant and garden antique sale. This event draws in really great gardeners and offers up the most amazing and unusual varieties of plants, objects, and accessories for the garden and home. The funds from Trade Secrets help support the Women’s Support Services in that area, which offers free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence. I’ll share more of Trade Secrets on a future blog. Afterwards, we were treated to a delicious lunch at Patsy Pollack’s charming weekend house in upstate New York, in horse country. She enjoys gardening there on weekends, when her busy week as Senior EVP of Merchandising at MSLO winds down.
The past month was a special one at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. We took part in Vital Voices mentoring program. The FORTUNE/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, pairs international emerging businesswomen from countries all over the world with top American female executives – FORTUNE’S Most Powerful Women – who serve as mentors. Over the course of a month-long program, the mentees are engaged in trainings and networking events designed to equip them with the skills to build better businesses, and the inspiration to pay it forward and accelerate positive change in their home communities.
Our mentee was the lovely Beatrice Mwasi, the Founder and Director at Sanabora Design House Limited, based in Nairobi, Kenya, a company that manufactures leather bags and other fashion accessories. According to Beatrice, Sanabora is quickly becoming a benchmark for Sustainable, Distinctive and Contemporary-African Leather Bags with an Inimitable Quality in East Africa. Beatrice, who loves to inspire and teach about business, applied to this mentor program, along with many others in Kenya. After a lengthy process, she was one of two who qualified and was ecstatic when she learned she would be a mentee at MSLO. And Beatrice, we were ecstatic to have you!
I am very proud of my newest book, Living The Good Long Life: A Practical Guide To Caring For Yourself And Others. With this book, I wanted to create a guide that is a practical, no-nonsense, straightforward, important list of things to do so you can prepare to live a long life that's as good and healthy and carefree as possible. That includes how to incorporate fitness, supplements, cognitive exercises, and all the latest medical preventions and procedures, no matter your starting point. Whether you are 40, 50, 60, or beyond, these lifestyle changes are still an investment - money in the bank for staying mobile and healthy through our "platinum" years. Here are some pages from the book.
Note: We believe everyone can find a way to keep changing for the better. This is your chance to tell us how. Make a pledge and join me in Living the Good Long Life. One lucky pledge maker will be invited to visit me at my farm in Bedford for a full day of healthy living.