By Marcie Everhart/ Editor
Tornadoes have been on my mind lately – it’s May in Moore, Oklahoma, right? – as well as the old, 1939 “Wizard of Oz” movie, and how Kansas was shown in sepia tone and Oz was depicted as a new, mind-blowing, Technicolor experience. Our guest today is a tornado herself … able to sweep you out of wherever drab, dull place you live, literally or metaphorically, into her shimmering, vivid, Oz-like adventures in Los Angeles, California. It can make your head spin.
Angie Weihs is a writer foremost. And her message is love. She’s also a warrior, battling society’s preconceived notions about women and age, as her alter-ego, the Ageless Re-belle.
The tornado has set our little farmhouse down in a strange, new land, and we slowly open the door to reveal … a lovely vision of shaggy blonde hair, a bright red mouth, oversized glasses slightly askew, and her own exotic version of a faithful Toto sidekick. You gulp and ask if she is the Good Witch or the Wicked? She laughs and explains that she rejects these sorts of childish, outdated, unenlightened attitudes about women. She smiles and whispers “And you’ve had the power to do the same all along.”
Angie’s life is a whirl of book events, vegan celebrations, impromptu fashion shoots, political rallies, swanky shindigs (the kind where you run into Al Pacino in the elevator), and of course, marathon writing sessions and irresistible social media-ing. She recently wrote a piece for the first issue of a newly launched magazine (Goldie, targeting the over-40 demographic) that chronicled a day in her life. Below I’ve lifted snippets of the article and entwined them with random pics from her social media, to hopefully tell the story of this fascinating story-teller. Do you have your ruby slippers on, my dear? Let’s try to catch up!
6 AM: I am driving uphill in a beaten-up jalopy. I’m lost. My handbag is gone, my phone dead and I’m followed by bad guys … if I measure my spiritual development by my recurring dreams of three decades, I haven’t learnt much. — I sit up in my bed. “Never give up, never surrender.” Wait, that’s not one of my morning mantras, that’s from the movie Galaxy Quest. “You’re your own guru,” whispers the little voice she called soul, “make up your own mantras.”
9 AM: Off on a brisk dog walk, I look at people and consciously avoid negative judgment. “I see you, I love you.” I can’t help it, though, that the elderly fellow walkers squeeze my heart and make me shiver … — Wrinkles? So what? That my best and same-age friend gets her second facelift and looks ten years younger than me. Whatever.
10 AM: “If you wanna be young, you have to do young things” – my quote, my demand. So I make it to the kickboxing class. None of the students seems to care that I could be their mother or that I manage only half the course.
1 PM: The studio’s parking lot presents itself as perfect for a shoot in my short, red Topshop dress with wild stockings and red boots. I get dressed in my car (an acrobatic act hiding skin where I can), pull out my tripod and shoot my fierce fashion pics with hundreds of windows looking down at me. I don’t even have to look at my tattooed wrist; my outfit is my fearless mantra.
1 PM: My body became a canvas for my soul. She rebels against those “helpful tips for women over 50,” repeatedly ruling that mini skirts, dark lipstick or even jeans are “out for the old.”
2 PM: A bowl of oatmeal and banana later, I post my flirt with frugal food and procrastinate writing chapter 22 of my book by being social on Instagram and Facebook.
3 PM: It’s not easy to stand up for my playful inner child or the ageless magic I love so much. I was told I’m desperately trying to look like 20, that only teenagers are allowed to rebel and that magic is for Harry Potter fans. — What makes me a rebel queen is finding the courage to stand up for myself every day and to actively live against the doubts, fears and outmoded beliefs I couldn’t silence yet. “Fake it to make it” is my trusted sidekick.
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes
Editor’s Note: I love how this fellow word-smith incorporates so many words into her fashion — literally a literal fashion “statement.”
A Little Background Music
Editor’s Note: St. Vincent is real, bold, and fierce, like Angie. There’s a comment on this video that really gave me pause — “She’s just so great and getting better with each album. Can you imagine her 10 years from now?! Scary.”
Angie’s first book, Ageless Rebel: The Empowering Planner and Playful Journal to Create Your Beautifully, Fearless, Ageless Mindset and Lifestyle is described as “a fun and inspiring combination of activity book, diary and planner for grown-ups (women of a certain age, whom Angie Weihs has coined as ‘ageless rebelles’).” Her second is Soul Sister: The Empowering Sidekick on Your Journey to Your True Self and Your Tribe of Soul Sisters. One reader commented how this planner has helped her to frame her days with a plan before they can frame her. Amen to that.
Also, Angie’s newest book “REBELLE” will be coming soon in September 2018, available for purchase through Amazon. “It’s the Rebel stories of my life and how my resistance and warrioress attitude gained me the treasures of success, but also pushed me into the dungeons of despair, and how the script of my life’s adventures got me to the truth and magic of my self,” she says in her message. You can request updates on the book through this link.
And how could I forget!? She has cool “Ageless Rebel” shirts, mugs, and phone cases available through her shop on her website.