I am a Senior (age 73) who is Seasoned, and Savoring
the Spices of Life!
I am not Retired...
I am Rejuvenated!!
On the last day of my 49th year, i had a doctor's appointment. He told me I was pre-hypertensive. The short of the long story is, I refused to claim it, and vowed to take preventive measure immediately.
I was ready to take charge, and I did!
At age 50, I joined a senior women's basketball team. I had not played basketball since junior high school. I went on to earn gold and silver medals in the National Senior Olympics, the Huntsman World Senior Games, and other tournaments around the country.
At age 56, I went on my first ever hike, it was in the North Georgia Mountains. I loved it! At age 60, I started my own hiking group, Hartfield's Hikers. I became a Community Partner with REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), the Georgia Conservancy and became certified in Wilderness First Aid through the Wilderness Medicine Institue, and joined the Sierra Club, where I became a certified Outings Leader.
At age 63, I wanted to expand my activities and started my first Meetup group, the Atlanta African American Adventurers, whose primary purpose was to explore and participate in a variety of fun outdoor activities. Two years later I expanded my OPALs - Older People with Active Lifestyles group because I believed there were other men and women age 50 and older who also wanted to be more active with their peers. This also included the Atlanta African American Baby Boomers group. Boy, was i right! This venture has been an overwhelming success.
You might ask why does it appear that I am limiting myself to African Americans. I am not, all activities are open to anyone who wants to participate. Through my research, I found that African Americans, particularly those over age 50, were very low on the scale of good health. It became my passion and my mission to share my story; to engage all men and women, with focus on African Americans, age 50 and older in fun activities; and to help them cultivate a healthier and sustainable lifestyle.
I had just turned 65, and scheduled my first visit to the doctor as an official senior citizen. The visit went very well. As Dr. Moncrief was closing out my examination and writing her notes, she said, with an endearing smile on her face, "Ms. Carolyn, you are so healthy, we do not have a code for you in our system!" Her only advice was to keep doing what I was doing.
Now at the age of 71, I have never had to take high blood pressure medicine, nor any other prescriptions for any ailments! I do not even take over-the-counter medications or drugs ... just NeoLife multi-vitamins.
I share my journey in my series of upcoming books, with the primary mission to show others that it is never too late to become healthier and live a sustainable, wonderful active life! As a result of my lifestyle and the impact I have had on others, I have been sought by radio, television and print media to share my story. I love doing so and particularly hearing how the stories of how my story has encouraged those who I have touched improve their life! I am truly living my purpose! Life is GREAT...and it keeps getting BETTER!!!
I have been featured on; AIBTV (Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters), CNN's AccentHealth Network; and NBC's The TODAY Show/Huffington Post 50 Over 50; Perimeter North (Atlanta) Lifestyle magazine (April 2015); Atlanta Business Journal (April 2015); Girl Friends Health Guide (Cover), Special Edition (March 2015), which was commissioned by the Obama Administration for the White House 2015 Conference on Aging, entitled 'The Aging of America'.
I am a proud recipient of the 2016 Profiles of Positive Aging Award presented by the Georgia Institute on Aging - LeadingAge program, nominated by and representing AARP; and chosen as a National Association of Professional Women VIP of the year (2016-2017). In January 2017 I was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) newspaper, have been interviewed on several radio programs and on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) for airing during Older Americans Month in May 2017.
In 2021, as a Fellow, I am a proud graduate of the America Walks Walking College, sponsored by AARP Georgia. This was the inaugural Georgia Walking College session. And, I have been selected as a 2022 Sponsored Athlete for Senior Planet ... more to come.
Check out my transformative, fun video below featuring the best music of all times...HAPPY by Pharrell Williams.
Healthy Lifestyle Coach
As a Healthy Lifestyle Coach, I work with individuals and groups in a client-centered process to facilitate and empower them to achieve self-determined goals related to health and wellness. Successful coaching takes place when I apply my clearly defined knowledge and skills so my clients can mobilize their internal strengths and external resources for a sustainable healthy lifestyle.
Trained at Emory University in their Health Coach Program; at University of Georgia as a Health Literacy Coach; and the Stanford University Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management programs.
My Life Passion & Purpose
My passion is health and wellness, and my purpose is first to be the best person i can be, share and help others to seek their greatest potential, and live a sustainable healthy lifestyle!
Speaker, Trainer, Writer, Spokesperson & VoiceOver
As a professional speaker and presenter, i have delivered exciting, engaging nd enthusiastic speeches, workshops and trainings to various organizations in the Detroit and Atlanta areas, including Detroit City Council, Detroit Department of Recreation, CDC, City of Atlanta, DeKalb Library System, Georgia Perimeter College, to name a few. Review my Speaker's Profile.
I co-authored with my college professor, Ronald Brown Ph.D. at Wayne State University,; i have had a number of articles featured in various print newspapers and magazines, including the Michigan Citizen, and Voice, out of metro Atlanta; online newsletters and my blog.
i am currently in the process of completing my book series 'Living Life to the Fullest! How to Savor in the Spices of your Seasoned Life.'
Currently, I am an Ambassador for the World Senior Games, National Senior Games, and the Georgia Golden Games. I am a staunch advocate for baby boomers and seniors who want to live a healthy, fun, active and high quality of life. Send me an email or call me at 678.231.4973 for more information, or if you are interested in a spokesperson for your business or product.
Adventure Outings Leader
I am the founder and organizer of several Meetup groups totalling more than 3,000 members, and a hiking group with more than 600 members. I am a certified Outings Leader through the Sierra Club, Certified in Wilderness First Aid through the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), a Certified National interpretive Guide. I am a Community Partner with REI, and have been recognized by L.L. Bean.
Elected as a a board member (April 2015) of the American Hiking Society, and the first African American in its 44-year history.
Voice Over Talent
I have recorded my demo. It
is now being produced to be
available in early July.
The list below is not all inclusive. As a Voice Over Talent, I can meet most of your audio needs. Please give me a call to discuss your project!
Childrens Books and Programs
Biographical & Historical Projects
Educational & Training Materials
Automatic Dialogue Recording (ADR)
Multimedia and Internet Projects
Public Service Announcements
Automated Telephone & On-Hold Messaging
Hardware Specific Applications
Special Venues, and