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SHE Carribean Magazine - - PUBLISHERS PAGE - Mae Wayne

I know, it’s been a while. Would you be­lieve a whole year?

Much has hap­pened for me, and no doubt for you, too, per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. In short, the last cou­ple of years can­not be con­sid­ered the best of times. But we move on. This is­sue marks a come­back for SHE and I thought I might share with you my re­turn jour­ney. I look for­ward to hear­ing from you about your own tran­si­tions.

For me, 2011 ended on a par­tic­u­larly sad note: that De­cem­ber I lost my dear­est friend Karen Beaubrun. (You'll re­mem­ber we later ded­i­cated an is­sue to her mem­ory, with her gor­geous daugh­ters on the cover.) From here, it seemed ev­ery­thing was go­ing down at top speed, in­clud­ing what we used to re­fer to as the econ­omy. You will un­der­stand, then, why I felt un­happy, tired, frus­trated and un­en­thu­si­as­tic about the fu­ture.

But with a new birth­day on the hori­zon, a life-chang­ing mid-path one—my 55th!—I de­cided to pick my­self up, brush off the cob­webs and set out anew.

Ac­cord­ing to the AARP, I am of­fi­cially mid­dle-aged. What does that mean, be­sides re­lent­less back­aches and knees de­ter­mined not to let you have fun? Well, there's the in­som­nia. But, as al­ways, there's the bright side if only we'll per­mit our eyes to see it. Turn­ing 55 also means I can get dis­counted rates at movie the­aters, and at IHOP, should I, for the first time, ex­pe­ri­ence an un­con­trol­lable need to sam­ple sticky pan­cakes.

What else does 55 mean to me? Now let's see: it means that de­spite the men­tioned slight draw­backs, I've done bet­ter than all right. At the start of the year I did my phys­i­cals, from blood tests, to pap smears to mam­mo­grams and blood pres­sure. After all the prick­ing and pok­ing and fondling, it turns out I'm a hun­dred per­cent A-OK.

De­ter­mined not to rest on my lau­rels, I em­barked on a tough fit­ness reg­i­men and re­turned to my roots with a high-pro­tein diet. On my birth­day in Septem­ber, I couldn't have felt more proud of my­self. I looked and felt won­der­ful. My body­weight was as it had been when I was 25. If you can imag­ine it, I even started ten­nis lessons. Yes, at 55. It was some­thing I'd al­ways wanted to try but some­how never got down to do­ing it when I was younger.

My in­spir­ing in­struc­tor tells me (bless his fib­bing heart!) that if I

keep show­ing up for train­ing I'll be ready to take on a se­ri­ous match—at 60! Ah, well. Hope he didn't have Serena Wil­liams in mind.

Then there's my dar­ling son, soon to be 21. (I'm try­ing to re­sist say­ing how time flies!) I'm so happy he's about to fin­ish univer­sity and proud he's cho­sen law as a ca­reer. He's su­per­fit and so good-look­ing (aren't all our sons?) and he's crazy about his par­ents. He ac­tu­ally thinks his mom and dad are pretty cool!

At 55 I've been mar­ried to the same man for 22 years. What's es­pe­cially nice is that when I tell him how tol­er­ant he's been of my tantrums, he as­sures me that with­out them I'd be some­one else. And he'd have none of that. I'm twice blessed at 55 to have the two most im­por­tant men in my life mak­ing me feel like Won­der Woman!

In one of my fa­vorite movies, The Golden Pond, Henry Fonda's character says, on turn­ing 80: “I can't be­lieve it got here so quickly.” Now I find my­self echo­ing him. We all hope to be 80 some day but I sus­pect most of us wouldn't mind at all slow­ing down the ar­rival time!

New begin­nings and op­por­tu­ni­ties con­tinue to present them­selves. I was blessed to have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­duc­tion of the highly im­pres­sive Hot Cou­ture Fash­ion show dur­ing the 2013 Jazz Fes­ti­val. (See page 18). It took me back to my days as a fit­ness pro­moter in Cal­i­for­nia, and re­minded me that there are few things in this life I like bet­ter than fash­ion.

Hot Cou­ture also un­der­scored for me the im­por­tance of SHE as the Caribbean woman's plat­form for free ex­pres­sion, whether in relation to the arts, per­sonal ac­com­plish­ments, or as a means by which to in­spire our sis­ters, wher­ever they may be.

And now I'm think­ing 2013 wasn't so bad after all. For a start, SHE is back on the news­stands. Who could ask for any­thing more?

Happy read­ing y’all.

My fa­vorite bags th­ese days are my Chanel ( love you mom) and my Louis! What else can a girl need?

With SHE cover Ladies Agnes & Berthia catch­ing up and hav­ing fun!

Read our HOT COU­TURE Re­port on Saint Lu­cia’s first ever fash­ion show ex­trav­a­ganza

Fit­ness model Casey Mar­shall has me all ex­cited

about train­ing & bikini shows!

With SHE Cre­ative Di­rec­tor Linda, now a mom with

Dex­ter and baby #2 on the way!

After 15 years Chrissy (1st ever Art Di­rec­tor at the STAR) and I had our re­union in Or­lando. We both

dragged our sons along! So sweet!

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