Olay and my Good Life Bucket List

Hi my name is Alison Gary and I’m 37 years old.
I’ll be 38 in January.
And I’m darn proud of my age, my life, my self.

In the past, I wasn’t very kind to my skin. Drinking more beer than water, going to sleep with my makeup still on, visiting tanning beds on a daily basis, even washing my face with hand soap. But as I have gotten older, I have realized the importance of caring for my skin. Yes, it will keep it looking younger, but it will keep it feeling and looking healthier, and that’s what my body deserves. I care for my skin, and I believe I am aging with grace. In celebration of Olay’s 60th anniversary, Olay continues to empower women to challenge what’s possible and to be proud of their age. Olay is encouraging and rewarding women for checking items off their bucket list– not in the negative aspect of the bucket list but in the empowering aspect of ‘I’m knocking things off my list—living a good life’. Olay and BlogHer asked me to share my own bucket list accomplishments. Being 37, I have a few wrinkles, a little less elasticity, but in trade I have some amazing life experiences under my belt:

  • I created a human being (and a pretty awesome, smart, and funny one at that)
  • I traveled to many places I dreamed of back in school – Italy, France, Norway, Costa Rica and more
  • I’m an ordained minister and have married several wonderful couples
  • I taught myself how to use computers – from being an English major in the decade where a Brother word processor was pretty hi-tech and going straight into jobs that didn’t require computers, it still amazes me that I now work in digital communications and keep a relatively modern blog
  • I made good on a promise to myself. Always wanting to write but afraid to have it outside my journals, I read The Artist’s Way in 2005 and committed to blogging on a regular basis. I have been mighty good over the past 37 years at having great ideas but letting them go by the wayside, and this blog is the first project I have started and continued on my own

A great aspect of this blog is it forces me on a daily basis to notice myself. It’s easy to get so caught up in work, family, and life to forget who we are, and that we deserve self-care. Blogging reminds me that I am one of the good things in my good life, and I deserve to care for my appearance, my body, my soul. It reminds me that I am 37, and I am beautiful and proud of my age and accomplishments.

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  • http://phenofab.blogspot.com/ katie terry

    i’m quite pleased with my age — a few months away from rounding out my first quarter-century. i feel like i’ve done a lot for 24, i’m whole-heartedly working on achieving my dreams, and i can’t wait to see what kind of adventures the rest of life holds.

  • http://corpgoth.blogspot.com/ Trystan L. Bass

    Now that’s a sentiment I can get behind! I’m 43 & proud of it. I have a life that’s full & crazy fun. I have a partner I love & friends who I adore. I spend weekends pretending to be a historical aristocrat. My career is challenging & thriving. I’ve set foot on every continent, including Antarctica. I have even more to look forward too!

  • http://www.gray-skies.blogspot.com/ Gray Skies

    I AM proud of my age! I’m 28, and even though every now and then I have a slight panic attack when I think about turning 30, I’m happy to be the age I am. I’ve accomplished so much so far – living in England and China, running a marathon, marrying an amazing guy – and I can’t wait to see what future years and decades will bring.

  • http://www.ladygypsy.net/ Kimberussell

    I turned 40 in September and am proud of every one of those pesky years. My little life has turned out to be very different than what I imagined it would, but there was a LOT of growth and changed wrapped up in that 40.

  • Dorothy

    I turned 35 this year and I’m proud of my age! As I age, I’ve gained the confidence to stand up for myself and express my opinions! Watch out world, I’m going to be one of those grannies who always says what’s on her mind :)

  • Adrien

    I turned 40 this year and I’m proud of my age…and proud that I don’t LOOK my age. (Is that horrible?)

  • Trina Dickson

    I am 39, and will be 40 in 11 months! I am proud of my age, and am looking forward to my 4th decade. I know it is going to be the best one yet!

  • natalie mikolajczak

    I am 44, and I look pretty good for 44, if I do say so myself. But, I do my BR every single night, and those you know me, know what my BR is. (beauty regimen)

  • http://www.facebook.com/enns.eva Eva Enns

    When I turned 25, I thought to myself, “I have lived a fuller life in my quarter century than most people do in their whole lives.” I had graduated college when I had never expected to even attend one growing up, worked on numerous political and environmental campaigns, jumped an income tax bracket, visited 7 foreign countries, and landed a directorship position with a leading organization in my field. It felt all so unexpected and delightful, for as I grew up dirt poor and eventually found myself on my own and emancipated in high school, I never expected even a fraction of such success.

    I will be turning 28 in about a month, and I still feel delighted by how my life has turned out. Life is no longer about climbing out of the hole of poverty into which I was born, nor is it about struggling and fighting for a cause or campaign. Instead, in the last 3 years, I’ve become healthier, happier, and thinner. This is perhaps my greatest accomplishment yet — self care is so important, and the better one takes care of herself, the better she can take care of others. In the last year alone, I’ve stopped using caffeine and cigarettes, and I’ve started exercising 5-7 days a week. I look and feel amazing, and I feel so grateful that my hard work and determination in all areas has paid off and no setback was ever too large to stop me from getting here. I figure I must have a guardian angel — I do know that there are many young women who try to make all the right choices but still find themselves stuck in a hole of poverty and lack of opportunity.

    When I think about the future, I feel inspired and full of wonder and excitement. I see life as one amazing opportunity after the next. It is my sincere wish that all women be able to see life the way I do with a sense of optimism. <3

  • amber p

    I turned 28 last week and honestly im super excited to experience my 30’s in a few years

  • April

    I, too, and 37 and will turn 38 in Februar. I am very proud of my age. I’ve done a lot of living and A LOT of learning in these 37 years!

  • http://twitter.com/mandaMiskabelle Amanda

    I’m darn proud of being 30 years old! Like you, I’ve achieved many things on my good life bucket list, and I feel like I get better and better at being “me” with each year that passes. :)

  • Kate Barrington

    Most days, I am pretty proud of my age. I’m 28, and I’ve always thought of 30 as my golden age. I thought that by 30, I would have it all figured out, and be the best version of me. As I’ve gotten closer, I’ve hit some goals, changed others, and definitely missed a few. But I know that it’s part of life, and I feel like I’ve come pretty far. Some days, it hits me how much I’ve learned in the last 10 years of adulthood, and I feel great and wise. Then the humility kicks in, and I realize, if I feel like I’ve learned so much now, how will I feel in another 10 years? I’m looking forward to continuing to learn all about the world, and my place in it.

  • versatilestylebytracey.com

    I turned 47 in September and began my blog around that time… I am very proud of my age, as I am the mother of four and feel so great that I have gotten two to adulthood, allowed them wings and immense support and they are self sufficient, vibrant and confident and not making big mistakes in their 20;s….I am also proud of caring for my mother as she passed away three years ago from congestive hear failure and suffering from dementia. I gained 60lbs while caring for my mother and mourning the loss,but have lost 35 and on my way back to me. I can see the end of parenting minor children on the horizon and I am prepared to enjoy the next stage in my life. Of course, I couldn’t finish parenting without challenging myself by homeschooling my youngest starting last year….

  • nannersp

    I’m 35 and proud of my age, although I will admit that it’s funny to think how OLD 35 seemed to 15-yr-old & 25-yr-old me. It’s sooooo not old.

  • Leeanne

    Ali – I love your comment about forcing you on a daily basis to notice yourself. That’s a simple, brilliant truth. Especially as women and mothers, it’s so easy to make ourselves our lowest priority. I just turned 47, and I am very proud of my age. I’m doubly proud that I feel better about myself, my life and my appearance than I did at 27!

  • Nidhi

    I am 31..going to turn 32 in 2 months and I love my thirties!!! The topmost thing on my list to be proud of is (like yours) that I created the most awesome child I know!! I have let go of some of my fears and inhibitions and done stuff that I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing earlier – like moving countries, or switching jobs (I was in my first job for 8 years till I moved to the US last year). I love that I am getting better and creating an improved version of myself everyday. And I appreciate that this new ‘me’ is what my daughter is looking at!

  • Lisa Neihouse

    I am 50 years old and proud to be here and not the alternative! I have been late to the party on a lot things in life – like marriage (age 37) and parenting ( age 39) . But everything has been for the very best and it has been a very joyful and fulfilling life!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cammila Cammila Collar

    I love that for me, being 31 means having had the balls to pick a difficult, work-intensive, exhausting, AWESOMELY blissful and meaningful life! I spent most of my 20’s being so dang lazy, I’d never have guessed that the most rewarding and happy path for myself would involve being married, being a homeowner, being a parent, being in multiple bands, and being responsible and accountable to a ton of people whom I don’t want to let down by staying on the couch. :)
    -Cammila
    http://dresseduplikealady.com

  • mami2jcn

    I just turned 37 a month ago and I’m proud of it.

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  • Elena

    I turned 40 in October. Feeling pretty exhausted and overwhelmed with job/school/family. A gift card would be great!

  • Elena

    I am 32 and I am proud of it.

    elena150980@yahoo.com

  • Elena
  • Turophile

    Yes – Each day older, each day wiser, or a little bit more crazy, take your pick. And call me old school, but the original Olay products (e.g., Oil of Olay, their simple night creams), some of the best things one can use to keep the skin feeling younger.

  • AniaK

    I just turned 30 in August and it was a bit of a downer – one of those oh my God, where is my life going sorts of things. But in the grand scheme of things, everything’s pretty under control, just a few details that need to be sorted out :) A gift card would be REALLY appreciated.

    x p a n i a n i a x [at] y a h o o [dot] c o m

  • http://www.facebook.com/sara.anderson.75 Sara Anderson

    I’m 32 years old and excited about turning 33 on my coming awesome birthday (12/31). And I’m proud that 10 years after getting my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, I am going back to school to become a Nurse! That was always my goal growing up and I got sidetracked. I won’t be an RN until I’m 35 but it will be a fabulous achievement when I get there!

  • alaine

    I am proud of my age and the years God has blessed me with.
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  • stephanie
  • stephanie

    im 28 i just need to lose the baby weight i gained :(

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

  • Larissa

    I am 41 years old….40 was a great year…celebrated all year! I would love to get a large amount of weight off before my next milestone!

  • Sydney

    Heck yes I am proud of my age! I am 28 (just turned) and have earned two Masters – one in Social Work and one in Christian Education, have a husband, a house and two lovely cats (ha). There are times when I feel less than confident in my abilities, but regardless, I can proudly look back on my age and be thankful for the many blessings I have had in order to get me where I am today.

  • Jennifer B

    I am 38 and proud of it. I know so much more about myself than I did at 18 or 28, and am loving where I am in life now – mom of two beautiful children! (Doesn’t mean I mind my son saying I look 29, though.)

  • Stacey B

    I’m proud of my age. You’re only as old as you feel

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  • Ellie W.

    I am absolutely proud of my age! I’m 32 & loving it! I liked my 20’s, but my 30’s are so much better. I know who I am & I like myself. I have goals & am working towards them. I have a lot of grey hair (black hair=early grey!) & people sometimes comment that I should “do something about it”. I dyed my hair from the time I was 16 until I was 31. It wasn’t worth it. This is who I am & I like it. Most of the time, I get a ton of compliments on “how I got my hair to do that” (my answer? I grew it! lol). So, I guess I’m loving my 30’s, but I have a feeling that my 40’s will be awesome. And I bet my 50’s will rock, too! And then my 60’s…well, I think you get the picture! If I am true to myself & my God, then I am the perfect me! :)

  • Amanda Robinson

    I turned 26 this summer and am glad to be out of my early 20’s and ready for the next phase of my life. I’m proud of all I have accomplished- After finishing college, I took a leap of faith and moved to a city where I didn’t know anyone. Then after working full-time and getting my MBA, I decided I really wanted to be in NC and made it happen! I’m happier then I have been in a long time and now that I have taken care of myself, I have now found a great man… Alison, I agree about your comment about caring for yourself! If you can’t do that, then everything will seem off-balance.

  • Tiffany Winner

    Sure, I’m 29 and I dont think it matters what age you are, it only matter what you’re doing with yourself
    thismomwins@gmail.com

  • Tiffany Winner
  • cw

    I am proud of being 42 and having an amazing daughter!

  • Kristy Florey

    Absolutey! I’ve worked hard for my 31 years :)

  • steph

    I’m proud to be turning 25 next week, yes!

  • steph
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lisa-Brown/1611647164 Lisa Brown

    I am pretty proud of my age of 45 :)
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lisa-Brown/1611647164 Lisa Brown
  • Kim D.

    I’m proud to be 34.

  • Kim D.
  • JessieC

    I’m in my 30s and am proud of it.

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  • tara pittman

    I have learned to be happy at any age.

  • Kelly Massman

    I don’t mind shouting out my age–I feel I earned every year and am proud of it!!! I’d love to visit every state in the U.S. Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

  • http://twitter.com/kellysaver kellydpa

    Yes I am proud of my age at 34, although I do miss my 20s sometimes.
    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

  • http://twitter.com/kellysaver kellydpa
  • sandra

    not really

  • Jessica G

    I’m 26 and so proud of my age and everything I have accomplished at such a young age! Wouldn’t change a thing!

  • sy

    I wish I accomplished more for my age, on top of my bucket list is to advance a few levels at work. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

  • sy
  • karenmed409

    proud to be 54 and loved all that I have accomplished.

  • AmandaSakovitz

    I’m 29 and I’m somewhat comfortable with my age. I just wish I had done somethings differently.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  • http://www.chambanachik-live.blogspot.com/ chambanachik

    I’m 28, and happy to be in my 20s. chambanachik at gmail dot com

  • Rebecca Graham

    I am proud of my age of 60 though I would not mind being 40 again.

  • ma21cuteboy

    I am very proud of my age! I don’t think 34 is old or even what I thought was old as a kid. Like you being happy with your age comes from being happy with what and who your surround yourself with. If your happy and content your age won’t show but if your angry and bitter you look older than you are(IMO)!
    Being in my mid-thirties is the most content and happy I have been…
    Thank you for the opportunity(:

  • maria cantu

    I am proud to be 51.

    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

  • tina m

    Yes. I love my life!

  • tina m
  • http://beachbird2.blogspot.com Judy B

    I’ll put it this way – I could be more proud of my age.

  • http://beachbird2.blogspot.com Judy B
  • http://www.facebook.com/shannon.emerick.5 Shannon Emerick

    I just turned 31 and I am loving my 30s!

  • http://utry.it/ Amy Tong

    Funny…I’m not that much younger than Olay. hahaha….I’m stepping into another big milestone in a couple of months and I’m definitely proud of my age! :) At least, I’m feeling and looking younger than my real age.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • http://utry.it/ Amy Tong
  • Kelsey Kim

    I am very proud of my age! At 30 I have accomplished everything I wanted to do. There is still a Lot I want to do in the future, but that is what the future is for!

  • Samantha Daleo

    I am actually proud of my age, which surprises me. I am 38 and just trying to slow it all down a little bit. I remember I thought turning 30 was the end of the world, but I have far more happiness , peace, wisdom and grace now than I ever did at 29.

  • Georgia

    I am 54 and don’t mind my age at all.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  • Georgia
  • shannon

    I have LOVED my 30s!

  • shannon
  • Christina Tong

    I am proud of my age, so far everybody thought that I am 10 years more younger. I do look younger than my real age, this might be one of the reasons that I’ve been using Olay products since I was a teenage!

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Christina Tong

    I tweeted about this promotion: https://twitter.com/ctong2/status/275513931433377792

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Kristen

    I’m 24 years old and proud of every year that I have lived and every moment of happiness or struggle that I have faced thus far in my life. I’m carpe diem kind of woman and I’m definitely trying to cross at least two things off of my bucket list each year. This year I’ve crossed off skinny dipping and being accepted (and starting) grad school.

  • bdiane34

    I am 36 and my wish is to go on a Caribbean Cruise!!

  • bdiane34
  • tara
  • Wild Orchid

    I am proud of my age! As a young woman I feel like I have already accomplished quite a bit in my life and I am excited for what is to come!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  • Wild Orchid

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/276000477223731200

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  • MelissaO

    I am proud of my age…I feel capable and confident due to my past experiences, but vital enough to welcome new experiences!

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  • http://hookedandhappy.com/ Carolyn (Hooked and Happy)

    I’ll be 40 in the new year, and looking forward to it.

  • suburbancorrespondnt

    I’m 49 and proud of it. It takes a lot of living to get to this point.

  • Thomas Murphy

    I’m proud to be 30
    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  • Lee

    I’m proud to be 60 years young!

    hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • judithv

    I am 66 and still going strong.

  • judithv
  • http://twitter.com/marybug2 mary marowsky

    I am proud of my age. It took me 72 years to get here and I made it!

    marybug2@yahoo.com

  • http://twitter.com/marybug2 mary marowsky
  • rachel

    I’m just 28 so I’m happy with my age. Still young but about to enter a new chapter in my life — having a family.

  • Sydney

    I think I entered, but can’t remember. eeek! I am proud of my age, I can say I’m 28 and have earned two masters degrees, gotten married and bought a house. Hopefully winning this MK basket will keep my skin looking just as youthful as it does now! ;)

  • Carmen

    I have no problem with my age. I’m 43 but many think I’m younger.

  • slehan

    I let everyone know I’m 64 and I swim 3 times a week.

    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  • slehan
  • Betty C

    I’m proud of my age. In the past 72 years I’ve made a ton of mistakes and made wrong decisions but we’re still here and that’s what is important.

  • WWillows6

    I’m proud of my age. At 35 I have a life as a mom of 4 and small business owner that I am very proud of.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  • WWillows6

    I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/279050364458782720
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  • http://asahmlookingforadeal.blogspot.com/ Cori Westphal

    I’m proud to be 33! A couple kids can make you feel beyond your years, but keeping in shape and staying positive keeps me feeling young!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • http://asahmlookingforadeal.blogspot.com/ Cori Westphal
  • Angel Jacklyn

    I would be so much more proud of my had had I kept all that I had a few years back LIKE the house, the car, the job… now I’m livin’ with mommy & 26. Not the best of my “years” I’d say but I do look forward to some better ones ;D kytah00@yahoo.com

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  • Karine Capobianco-Traverse

    I am proud to be almost 31! Next month I turn 31, but I will also celebrate next year 7 years together with my husband, our 5th anniversary, the 6th, 5th, 3rd and 1st birthdays of our children. In 31 one years I have done a lot and I am proud to admit I am going to be 31!

  • Karine Capobianco-Traverse
  • Betty Curran
  • AngelaLilly

    I am very proud of my 39 year age. I feel that every year on this plane of existence is a true gift so who wouldn’t want to show off the present!?
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  • AngelaLilly

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/279246851989962752
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  • OliviaRubin

    I dont mind being 31…it’s just I had different expectations of what I 31 year old should accomplish by this time…i am reminded that not everyone has been through what I have been and that changes everything.

  • OliviaRubin