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174 comments on “Welcome”

  1. I am very excited about this site, since I feel like it was written for me! My style is very classic and sometimes it seems like there are just a few of us left. I very much enjoyed what I’ve read so far and look forward to the posts. Kudos to Janis Lyn Johnson!

      • We have lots in common, I watched your YouTube Q n A video, I also lived in many different countries, I am struggling about whether I should get my gray hair growing you are an inspiration and you look beautiful.

        • Hi, Anona! It’s nice to meet you. I struggled with whether I should let my gray hair grow out, too. It took me several years of thinking about it before I finally made the decision to try it. I kept telling myself that I could always go back to highlighting or coloring it if I just couldn’t stand it. Be gentle and patient with yourself. If and when you’re ready, you’ll know. Hugs ~ Janis

          P.S.
          I started the process by highlighting, which turned some of my darker blonde very light. That way I had a mix of dark blonde, gray, and very light ash blonde hair. When I was ready to stop coloring, I had enough of the light ash blonde hair highlights in it that the demarcation line wasn’t as severe as it might have been otherwise. The trick for me was making sure the highlights were more ash than yellow/warm, so it was more similar to the gray.

          If you have dark hair, you might ask your hair colorist for advice on what you could do to make the demarcation line less severe. He/she might have a good suggestion for how to use highlights on you, too.

  2. Janis, I hope you remember me from Sat. meeting. I have been meaning to write for so long, I am ashamed. I love, love, love your blog. I look forward to seeing every single one and so happy that you are doing this. It must be very fun and satisfying. Hope to see you this “season”.

    • Oh my gosh, Pat, of course I remember you! Thank you so much for commenting here–and I’m thrilled you like my blog. I appreciate you taking the time to say so. I hope to see you, too! Speaking of “season,” I can’t believe it is already November!

  3. I love your style! So classic and timeless! I too am from South Texas and now live in South Florida. I am so happy I found you. You are my inspiration!
    Please add me to your list.

    • Oh my gosh, hi, Kathy A! How fantastic to meet another Texan down here. I am so thrilled you relate to my style. Thank you for commenting–and I put you on the mailing list. Have a great day!

  4. Just discovered you and I love love love everything about your youtube channel and blog. So inspiring. I am in the process of watching your videos now. I would love to know/see in more detail exactly how you cleanse and apply your makeup. What about facial hair? How do you do your hair cleanse/style? I want to know because I think you look fantastic. Verna

    • Verna, I am so glad you found my YouTube Channel and blog. Thank you so much for the compliments! Also, thank you for your helpful input! Have a great weekend!

  5. Wonderful Blog! I was happy to see we both are the same age, shop in like stores, and love casual classic clothes. So happy to have found like minds. I am also switching to whole foods for better health and weight loss. God Bless, RS

    • Roxanne, I feel the same–I’m so glad to find you. Looking at most of today’s magazines, tv shows, and movies, you would never know there were any of us out here. God bless you, too–and I hope you are having a peaceful, safe, joyful new year!

  6. Hi Janis
    Please add me to you subscription list. I’ve just discovered your blog and love it.
    Regards
    Sue from South Australia

    • Sue, terrific. Thank you! I just sent you a subscription link. To confirm your subscription, simply click on the link I sent you. Thank you again!!

  7. hi…love your style. Just recently found your channel. Look forward to all your videos. Please add me to your subscription list. Thanks

    • Joann, thank you! I have added you to the subscription list. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.
      ~Janis

        • Adine, I apologize for taking so very long to get back to you! I have always gravitated toward a smaller, or French-style wallet, rather than a continental (longer) one, for everyday use. I like the smaller size because it can easily fit into both small and larger handbags. I also don’t tend to spend much more than $100 on this wallet, because I use it so much that it would bother me how worn the edges are getting if I knew I had spent a lot on it (but that’s just me). I don’t mind folding my bills, not having room for a checkbook, or having fewer card slots, because I don’t carry a lot of cards or a checkbook. My favorite wallet so far has been one I bought about five years ago. It’s a wine-color, crocodile-embossed patent-leather French wallet by Brighton, with a classic silver horizontal bar (which I prefer), rather than their more usual heart, on the closure snap. (I don’t see any exactly like it at their site on line, but they do have one sort of similar in chocolate black with a heart–here). I do have some playful-print, coated-canvas and faux-leather wallets I sometimes use in my summer wardrobe. But for constant, year-round use I really do like my more serious and understated Brighton wallet. As for recommendations, I would say to choose one that fits your typical purse size and color scheme. Classic neutrals, such as wine, black, beige, or chocolate brown work well with almost everything. Hope that answers your question, at least. Thank you for reading my blog and commenting!
          ~Janis

          • Adine, Here is a photograph of my current (5-year-old) wallet by Brighton. I think it’s in really good shape, considering how much it gets used. I like that the design and materials keep it looking new. ~Janis

  8. Hello lovely
    You and your youtube videos so smart,your videos make my day better like meditation much thanks and upload more.if you need good inspiration check on youtube these ladies
    prettyshinysparkly
    jenny penton
    inthefrow
    uppiesbeads59
    marnie goldberg
    pinksofoxy
    tati
    sugarpuffandfluff
    Anyways check erin condren website these planners good on you maybe you will make planner organized videos like another youtubers.have a wonderfull day honey.byebye.

    • Rose, thank you so much. I’m happy my videos give a little something positive to your day. I appreciate your list of other fun youtube ladies to watch. I love, love inthefrow and Marnie Goldberg but don’t know any of the others, so am eager to take a look. Thank you for coming to my blog and commenting. You are very kind!! Hope you are having a nice and peaceful day. ~Janis

      • You are very wellcome πŸ™‚
        I forget to tell another one nice youtubers here for your inspiration πŸ™‚

        Mango Island mamma
        dollybowbow
        Tanyaburr
        LuvleeScrappin
        Ellebangs
        Jemimalou
        Karissapukas
        makeupbymandy24 (amanda steele)

        Happy watch lovely πŸ™‚ cant wait ur new videos xoxo

    • Diana, thank you! Also, I will visit viva luxury’s blog, and look into the shabby chic crafts. I’ve never heard of either but they sound like sites I might enjoy. I appreciate your comment and suggestions! ~Janis

  9. Hello again janis,what is your job?with a body like that you should be model,but I guessed you did before I read somewhere on your blog or comments.Your smile and your voice so pretty soft and calm.Your videos makes me to wish something janis πŸ™‚ your videos super calming and inspiring for me.Your videos so short thats why I am watching again and again the same video :-)) its raining here today,watching your calm videos drinking some herbal tea,wow how relaxing.I’am wondering different places I never have been,but you show me your city,cute places on your videos,thank you so much,thats why my days getting more better.You rarely download vlog,please do more,show different cute places something in your city,flower shop,parks,gardens,bookshops,bir markets,cute cafe like shabby chic(I saw one in ur old vlog I adored)so maybe your house tour,and do some video into your house,show your best 10 tops haul,your best 5 dress,your best 5 shoes,flats,lipsticks,just upload more vlog and LONG video please πŸ™‚ happy beautiful days lovely janis.ciao.

    • Rose, thank you so much for all of your wonderful suggestions! And also, thank you for saying I should be a model. How kind you are!! I did local modeling when I was much younger, but am definitely not the body type wanted for it really. My top is much smaller than my bottom and I have quite short legs!! I appreciate all your kind compliments!! ~Janis

    • Lily, thank you for commenting. I appreciate your suggestion, and will definitely look into the fashion website. I didn’t know about it! ~Janis

    • Cary, thank you for your suggested links. And thank you for your compliment on my school oicture! πŸ™‚ I appreciate your comment! ~Janis

    • Hi, Ellen. I am a Leo…I guess that explains why I stand around taking pictures of myself! Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a happy, healthy day! ~Janis

    • Linda, thank you! I am working on more vlogs. πŸ™‚ And thank you so much for visiting both my channel and my blog! ~Janis

  10. Wish your videos were everyday janis,I am addicted like I am to tv shows,you have such great smart calming and clean style,please do more videos and vlogs.Stay happy.

    • I was a magazine editor and freelance writer. I’m now doing my blog and YouTube channel full time, so it has become my job. Thank you for being interested in learning more about me, Lily! :-). ~Janis

    • Hi Stacy MC! I love InTheFrow. Don’t know the other. I will have a look. Thank you for commenting! ~Janis

    • Thank you so much, Sharlee! I appreciate you leaving your comment. (I’m sorry I took so long to answer. I am still learning how to find/reply to comments here.) ~Janis

  11. Please do Q&A video and answer these questions into the video
    1-Where do you live?
    2-What is your dream for life?
    3-Favorite song?
    4-Favorite quote?
    5-Quality you look for in a fashion?
    6-Place you really want to visit?
    7-Favorite piece of shoes?and jewelry?
    8-Which clothe you can’t live without?
    9-Favorite clothe line for online shop?
    10-Which is your best,gold or silver?

    Thank you if you done this video.

    • Thank you, Sharlee, for all of your great questions. I will definitely keep them in mind when I do another Q&A in the coming weeks/months!! Thank you for watching my videos! ~Janis

    • Thank you, Julia. My favorite YouTubers? There are many! InTheFrow, Freddy My Love, Tanya Burr, Niomi Smart, Busbee Style, Marnie Goldberg, Dominique Sachse, Melissa55, Chloe Morello, Alexandrea Garza/AlexandMichael, to name a few. ~Janis

    • Jessica, I appreciate the link. Her desk tour video was terrific. My desk isn’t very presentable right now, but thank you for the nudge to get it organized! ~Janis

  12. Hello Janis
    Have you ever think make a video about some ways to lower everyones stress?you know life difficult sometime,oh yay and thank you you shared great posts and videos,they make everyones getting better whos living in stress,your all videos and posts like feeling relaxing,thank you thank you more thank you!Please do video sometime about life,like these

    http://youtu.be/Q9P4NFFgQ9s
    http://youtu.be/fODoJlQG83s
    http://youtu.be/msAZe7vVjZo

    Can’t wait your new video and posts!

    • Tracy, thank you. I’m glad you like my videos. And you are so right, life can be very difficult some time, and that is stressful. I will take a look at these videos, and think about your suggestion. Hugs and peace to you, sweet girl. ~Janis

    • Thank you, Julie! I’m sorry I’m replying so late. Somehow I didn’t see your comment here until now. I’m happy you like my vlogs!! ~Janis

  13. Please take a picture when youre on the computer writing something on blog πŸ™‚ then put me on your blog,which computer do you use?

    • Hi, Linda! Since my old laptop recently died (I used windows), I just got an iMac, and am trying to quickly learn how it works. ~Janis

  14. Hi Janis, I really love your style, it is hard to choose which outfit I liked best. Now I am beginning to see what is my own favourite style. Thank you you for sharing this wonderful inspiration. Hugs,Marjorie, from North East England. πŸ™‚

    • Hi, Marjorie from North East England. How exciting! I’m so happy you like my blog and outfits, and that you find them inspiring. What a kind compliment. Thank you! ~Janis

  15. Hi: I’m so glad that Sylvia from 40 Plus style had an interview with you in today’s post. I love the classic with a little jazzed up look and the Florida lifestyle (lived in Boca when I was a child) and am hoping to relocate in Hobe Sound – and I don’t want to look like someone from the tri-statie area trying too hard to look like a Floridian. So glad I found your blog and very much looking forward to getting your posts, seeing your outfits and getting dressing tips. Trish

    • Trish, thank you so much for letting me know! Sylvia’s blog is packed with so much useful style information. I am thrilled to be featured. I didn’t know when it was going to be posted. I was in Hobe Sound many years ago, visiting a girlfriend. What a beautiful place. I hope you will keep me posted! ~Janis

  16. Hi Janis,
    I have just recently discovered your blog and YouTube site, I love your Vlogs especially.
    It’s so refreshing to see someone similar to my age on here!
    The gorgeous weather in Florida is a bonus because I live on the South Coast of England and we are only just hitting Spring and can you believe we had a snow shower yesterday?!?
    Totally unheard of at this time of year in the UK!
    Catching glimpses of your weather and local area, flowering trees, shops etc, is pure delight. I loved the way you showed us the food in your local health food store too, probably seems odd to you, but it’s just a lovely change for us in the UK to see something different to anything available here.
    A mini holiday break!
    Keep up the good work,

    Marina πŸ™‚

    • Marina, how exciting that you are from the South Coast of England! I can’t believe you just had snow. I don’t think it’s odd at all that you like seeing the food offered in our local stores. I’m the same way. I love seeing the shops and markets in other countries. I also feel it’s a mini holiday break–without having to do all the packing and traveling by airplane! I’m so happy you like my vlogs. Thank you for watching them, and for the kind compliment. ~Janis

      • Hi Janis, thank you for your lovely comments. I think we are all just so grateful that 50-somethings are starting to take the challenge of representing ourselves using global media. Look forward to seeing more… and hopefully others, including myself, will be encouraged to do the same.

    • Hi, Ciara! I just posted a new vlog. I’m sorry for the delay. My computer died about 10 days ago, so I had to get and learn a new computer and photo and video editing programs. Slowly getting back on track now! I so appreciate your support! πŸ™‚ ~Janis

  17. You have new computer but you seem you are not active,are you busy with what? do more active please.

    • Hi, Sue. Yes, I do have the new computer and I am slow at learning all of the new aspects to it (new computer operation, new photo editing, new video editing…everything different), so it has slowed me down quite a lot. I am doing my best at getting back on track with everything. Thank you for your support and for commenting. I so appreciate it! ~Janis

    • Hi, sweet Tila! Thank you, because I appreciate you taking the time to stop by here and watch and comment. I really am so honored. I am a turtle, really, and cannot always post and reply as often or quickly as I wish I could. Thank you again for being here! πŸ˜‘πŸ˜Š ~Janis

    • Thank you so much, Miss Jen! I’m happy you like my videos, and I appreciate you taking the time to leave your comment here! ~Janis

    • Very pretty blogs, Carina K. I especially love Bittersweet Colours. Thank you for telling me about them! ~Janis

  18. Not sure of your name yet. I just stumbled on your youtube channel last night by accident. Let me tell you, I love this! I am 49 will be 50 at the end of the year. You have really inspired me. I have always been a girly-girl to love class, in everything I do, including but not limited to what I watch. I was feeling like I was at the endby getting older. Watching you with your beautiful natural hair, and all your class has put life back into me. You look great! I love the tea outing, and just everything! Thank you so much for this. I feel like I can still be me as I get older. Thank you!!

    • Hi Lady in Pink! (I love your name.) I know how you were feeling like you were at “the end”, by getting older. I felt the same way! I had let myself actually begin to believe the negative messages about women our age that are so prevalent in our media. But no more, thank you very much! I’m so glad you are refusing to believe it, too. Cheers! ~Janis

  19. Bongu janis really love your youtube videos and looking forward to reading your blog here style ,beauty, healthy eating with a classic touch love it…….grazie hafna from malta ( a small island near italy and sicily )

    • Thank you so much, Melonie! How wonderful that you found me when you are all the way over in Italy. Internet is so magical! Thank you for taking time to view my videos, look at my blog, and leave such a kind comment! Ciao! ~Janis

  20. Hi Janis. I am new to your videos. I am even older than you, but still interested in fashion and looking good, I love your videos and vlogs. It is interesting and fun also seeing places in your area. I look forward to more blogs.

    • Hi, Sharon K. I’m so happy you like my videos. And I’m so glad you’re still interested in fashion and looking good. Just because we’re over 50 doesn’t mean we stop enjoying playing with clothes and looking pretty. πŸ™‚ Thank you for taking the time to stop by here and tell me what you think. I really appreciate it! Hope you’re having a wonderful day or evening, wherever you are. ~Janis

  21. I canNOT tell you how much this blog means to me. You helped me discover my “style” going forward for my 60s and beyond. There is no one else that I’ve discovered that is doing this so well and simply. Your taste is exquisite and you know what they say, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!”
    Talbots, Sperry and Brooks Brothers should love you from all the $$$ I’ve spent since discovering your videos! Please keep them coming.

    Quick question…what do you use as a moisturizer under your makeup? I’m finding that both coconut oil and Nourish are just too moist to wear under my makeup.

    • Hi, Pattie! I’m so happy you like my blog. Thank you for telling me. It means so much! I have found two moisturizers I really like a lot. I just posted a blog about these and my other skin-care products I’m using. Here is the link: http://jljbacktoclassic.com/archives/11925
      Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and to comment. Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday! ~Janis

  22. You’ve helped me discover my style for going into my 60s and beyond…I was floundering, THANK YOU! And, I have to say that Brooks Bros, Amazon, Gap, Hillfiger, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and especially Talbots are having a very good end-of-season as a result.
    I love your emphasis on being as careful with what you put onto your skin as you are with what put into your body. Keep it coming..you can see from all the positive “comments” that you are definitely doing a great service for us all.

  23. I was so happy to find your blog. I love to wear timeless classics and give them my own special little twists with a great piece of jewelry or a fun bag. I am going to be 68 in February and just couldn’t seem to find anyone who wanted to talk about wanting to look and feel your best when you are not a teenager or twenty-something. I love my life. I also love classic understated clothes, home decor and makeup. Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to seeing more from you.

    • Oh my gosh, Lynn, I completely relate to what you’re talking about! I felt the same way! I’m so happy you found my blog; we understand each other! Thank you for taking the time to leave your kind comment. ~Janis

    • Hi Margarida from Portugal. Thank you so much for taking time to hop over from YouTube to visit my blog! I so appreciate it! Hugs back from Florida!!! πŸ™‚ ~ Janis

  24. Hi, I stumbled on one of your you tube videos on the Franklin Planner and you are now my new hero! I have long hair and I am sick of getting it highlighted and have been thinking of letting it go and being grey but I have been chicken. Now I feel brave. I also bought my first, well all of my Louis Vuitton bags at the Houston Galleria. I love your style, very similar to my own actually and Nordstrom is one of my favorite stores. I just finished going through your Christmas gift list and put several things in my cart. Happy to be following you.

    • Cheryl, it’s so nice to meet you! Thank you for taking the time to come to my blog and leave your comment! Oh my gosh, I know how you feel about both having long hair AND wanting to let it go grey and stop having to worry about hiding it any longer. I had friends and family members who opposed it (but luckily not my husband; he was all for it). So it did take me a couple of years to make the decision and be comfortable with it. I think that’s so neat that the Houston Galleria is where you’ve bought your LV bags. I wish my mom’s bag had survived and not split and cracked from sitting folded over too much. It would be 50 years old this year, as she bought it around 1967 there. But I’ve learned from her lesson and am determined to keep mine that long and longer (I keep all my bags stuffed). Thank you for shopping my Christmas list, too. I’m so glad you found some items you liked. Have a peaceful, happy week πŸ™‚ ~Janis

  25. Hi Janis, I’m really enjoying your blog and vlogs – I’m so happy that I came across them. I love your style – sophisticated yet fun. I turned 60 last year and was feeling that I was in a bit of a rut style-wise, but watching your vlogs have inspired and encouraged me so much! First of all I’m going to add more colour to my wardrobe and have more fun with it! So I just wanted to say a big thank you. I live in the UK so it’s also lovely to see some Florida sunshine!

    • Judi, hi!! I’m so happy you enjoy both my blog and my videos! Thank you for letting me know. I do like to have fun with my clothes. I was serious for so many years, and it’s nice to loosen up and play more — in my life and in my style. Getting older, I’ve given myself permission to let go and just express myself the way I like. I’m so happy you’re going to add more color. That was one of my first changes, too! I was a beige girl for most of my 20s, 30s, and even into my 40s. Hope you’re having a sweet evening in the UK. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and watching my videos. I so appreciate it! Cheers from Florida! ~ Janis

      • Hi again Janis. I can really relate to that – too many years of being serious – and beige! Until now! Have a lovely weekend. Judi

  26. I watch your web and vedio very often, quite like the way you wear and match!!! And i like so much you also give the link about everything you wear, which may help me to find them and buy. Thank you so much and keep sharing every nice thing to us. Your michelle watch, i like it very much and i checked on website, the size of watch is smaller than yours. i want to know what size is your watch? and why i cannot find in the official website. thank you for your answer!

    • Hi, Lin! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I’m afraid I don’t know the sizes of my Michele watches. All of my watches are now at least a year or older, so those exact models are no longer available, but the sizes/shapes/very similar styles are still at various sites. I offer links to similar size/style Michele watches as mine on any JLJ Back To Classic blog post that shows me wearing one of them. You might check out a few of those links to see if any look good to you? To find any of those posts, just Search Michele Watch in the search bar of my site. I’m sorry I don’t have a better answer for you! Thank you again for taking the time to stop by my site! ~ Janis

  27. Your blog/vlog is the only one I subscribe to. Thank you for doing what you do! Three questions: 1) What do you recommend for wearing around the house or for gardening? I don’t want to get my nice clothes dirty so I wear sweatpants for these things, but the solution isn’t ideal because then I get “caught” looking like that. Any suggestions for an “in-between” look? 2) What umbrella do you recommend? 3) What would you tell someone who is thinking about getting a tattoo?

    • Hi, Evelina. Thank you so much for subscribing! What I wear around the house/gardening is a great question! At home, I wear soft, loose-fitting yoga-style pants (full-length and knee-length…slim through hips and thighs but looser fitting as they go down the leg), a t-shirt and come winter, I add a hoodie. I love the soft material of yoga clothing. I also buy less expansive brands so that when I invariably splatter cooking grease or tomato sauce, etc. on myself it’s not as depressing! For gardening, I wear shorts in hot weather and yoga pants in cooler weather–pretty much the same style clothes as I wear inside but that I don’t mind destroying, because gardening here does that! So many vines leak a white substance that stains permanently. So do the stamin of flowers like lilies. The reason I like yoga-style clothing, is because I think the fit is flattering but the items are soft and comfortable. I don’t wear these to run errands, but I feel very comfortable if someone stops by and sees me in them! As for an umbrella, I carry a plain black one in the car for emergencies and have a navy one and a black and red plaid one at home for mixing and matching with my Hunter boots (red and navy) and duck shoes. As far as a tattoo goes, the health issue is what concerns me the most. See two articles on line here. https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm048919.htm and http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/07/26/tattoo-ink-may-be-toxic-study-suggests.html
      If someone is still determined, the other issue is that it’s permanent. Just because someone wants one now doesn’t mean they will later. I’ll never forget when I got a second ear piercing in one ear my freshman year of college. When I came home and showed it to my mother, she burst into tears! I felt so badly for her, I let it grow in. I’m so glad I don’t have that second piercing in one ear. There’s nothing wrong with two or more piercings in the ear, but they just aren’t for me any more. When I was in college and in my 20s I didn’t yet know who I was or what my style was. I’ve changed quite a bit since then. If I’d gotten a tattoo, I would have regretted it. I do understand wanting to honor someone you love with one, but there are other ways to do that that don’t permanently harm or mark the body. Wearing a charm with the person’s name or a symbol that is special to you both…But if someone is still determined, I would say get one that is small and in a private place, so that it isn’t an issue with, for example, employers. What do you think about tattoos? Hope you’re having a peaceful weekend and thank you again for coming to my blog, Evelina!! ~ Janis

      • Thank you so much for your detailed and thoughtful reply! I really appreciate it. I’m glad to hear that you make use of ‘back up’ clothing that is comfortable. I was wondering if I was being silly in changing in and out of outfits to suit everything I needed/wanted to get done. Thank you for the umbrella info as well. As for tattoos, their prevalence disturbs me, and I have never seen a single one that I thought was an improvement for the person. Indeed, it always strikes me as a lapse in judgment. When I looked over your hat-garden-party photos, it seemed that the tattoo ratio there was far, far lower than it is in a major North American city. (I didn’t see any, though perhaps I missed one.) I thought to myself, “Hey, no tattoos!” and this made me wonder what you (and, I suppose, your friends) think of them and how you would address the topic Everything you write about them is, I think, top-notch advice. The links are interesting too. Thank you.

  28. Hi, Janis. I stumbled upon your video while comparing academic planners on youtube. I am a fan of Franklin Covey, so was intrigued by your planner video, but had purchased a Passion Planner today, in blue. Would you look at the Passion Planner and tell me what you think?
    http://www.passionplanner.com/buy/17-18-academic-classic-horizon-blue
    I like the hourly slots it has, as well as the academic year timing. (I’m back in school at 43.) Franklin Covey’s don’t seem to have either of those options, as far as I saw. Also, the Love Binder is thick to carry in my backpack daily. So if I stick with the Passion Planner, it’s still good to know about the Franklin Covey. Anyhoo, I was struck by your beauty in the video, specifically the pink lip and grey hair. I am going grey, and coloring once damaged my hair, plus I liked my spark of grey in front, so I am going to join you. I also identify with your classic, classy style, and healthy lifestyle, so I will be keeping up with you.

  29. Janis:

    Hope you came through Irma in one piece. I thought of you when the hurricane was near to where you live. Hope you did not have a lot of damage. Let us know how you are doing.

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