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Meet Jeanette.  She was my next door neighbor for 16 years and was like a second “grandmother” to my girls.  Although we no longer live right next door, Jeanette is still “just around the corner” – a few blocks away … and she remains a great friend.  Jeanette is 80 years young!  Wow, look at her today!




Below is Jeanette’s story for what has kept her healthy all these years – but if I had to put in “my two cents” I would tell you one thing for sure – Jeanette is ACTIVE, ACTIVE, ACTIVE!!!  She walks the beach, is a wonderful painter, travels with Ed (her husband), on several cruises a year, plays the guitar, sings, bowls, gardens and much, much more! 

Below are a few snapshots Jeanette took of Atlantis on one of her many cruises with Ed.






Jeanette shares:

“Daily, I begin my day reading my Bible and praying with Ed.  I eat breakfast and walk a couple of miles.  As far as exercise, we walk the beach and I also love to ballroom and swing dance.   I also garden which, in the Florida climate, is often lots and lots of exercise!”

Below is a picture of one of the pretty Florida sunrises Jeanette took while strolling the beach: 




“I have in the past lived an unhealthy lifestyle.  I smoked for about 15 years but finally quit in the 1970’s.  I still tend to eat foods I shouldn’t and admit I love carbs and sugar, but they hate me!  I go back to Weight Watchers about every 10 years and lose 10 to 15 pounds.  I love fruits and veggies, fish and steak on the grill, also.

My husband, Ed, is a terrific cook, so we cook together sometimes.  I make the salad and rice, and Ed cooks the potatoes and meat.  I’ve discovered that if I omit fruit and veggies for just one day,  and eat fat, sugar and starches, I start getting depressed!”



“I feel pretty good these days.  I am 80 years old now and have a pain here and there.  But I’ve noticed whatever it is, God made our bodies to heal themselves.

Sometimes when I get stressed, if I dwell on it, I’ve learned to go directly to my prayer place (my bedside) and give it to Jesus!  He said, “Cast your cares on me.”  So I do!

I have lots of dear friends, and I bowl on a league and play Bunco once a month.  I also play with my grandkids – all ages.  I like to paint, sew, sing and play my guitar, read and garden.  So there is plenty to do!”



Below are just a few snapshots of some of Jeanette’s paintings (I am proud to say we have many of Jeanette’s “beachy paintings” in our home).





And may I add, I hope I look half this good when I am her age… and I hope to be at least half as active!  As you can tell from the above, Jeanette lives a very fruitful, active, and meaningful life!  

Jeanette is a beautiful example and living inspiration to anyone at any age or any state of life.  If you need a little motivation, just glance through the pictures again – and start living!  Thanks, Jeanette!





Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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  • Karen DowdHansen says:

    Thanks, Clare!  This story is truly inspirational, and a great way to start the day

    • Clare says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Karen!  Yes – I have known Jeanette for years and she is so active and creative and truly enjoys her life at her “mature” age!  Gives the rest of us hope doesn’t it???!!!!!!   🙂  🙂


  • Karen DowdHansen says:

    Thanks, Clare!  This story is truly inspirational, and a great way to start the day

  • Mary Collins says:

    Wow! What an inspiration. Jeannette looks wonderful and her life seems full and happy. Keep doing what you doing. I hope to be doing just as well if I live to reach 80.

    • Clare says:

      Jeanette does look wonderful and she is an inspiration for all of us – at all ages!  I am glad you like her story! 🙂  🙂


  • I really enjoyed reading this. Her positive attitude and hope in the Lord shine through! Love the paintings! I especially liked the part where she talks about how God created our bodies to heal themselves. That was great food for thought. Blessings!

    • Clare says:

      Thanks for your comments Bonnie – yes she has a “positive” attitude and is a wonderful prayer warrior.  We truly do have many of her “beachy” paintings throughout our home!

  • Tina Marie says:

    Those are some really beautiful paintings. Being positive and active and having a lot of love for yourself are among the main keys to life.

    • Clare says:

      Thanks Tina – Yes Jeanette is quite the painter!  She is positive and always active – which I know helps keep her young!  Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate it1


  • DaKyissa says:

    Clare, thanks a lot for sharing! This was very inspirational! I’m looking forward to more of your post :). God Bless

    • Clare says:

      DaKyissa – Thanks for your lovely comments!  Yes, Jeanette is inspirational – especially at her “mature” age!  Thanks for reading!  🙂  🙂

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