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Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

Medical Monday posts are written to share medical information and to offer prescriptions for healthy living in the second half of life. It is important to include joy and laughter in the health equation so I am sharing my 2014 age inappropriate resolutions with you.  I enourage each of you to add some adventures to your list of self improvements as well.

This year I have resolved to have more fun!   I plan to:

checklist1.  Sign emails XOXO.  I have a dear friend who does this.  She is joyful, generous, authentic . . . and over 50, thank you very much.  So for those of you whom I care about, get ready!   XOXO 

2.  Let my hair grow. I was always told, “When you get older, keep your hair short.  Hair length below the chin brings focus to the jawline and neck.”  I like my neck.

3.  Continue to work more than full time at my advanced age.  I like to work.  Retirement sounds like purgatory to me.

4.  Flirt more.  May have to decrease working hours.

5.  Take pole dancing classes.  Refer to number 4.

6.  Channel (the medium through which a spirit guide purportedly communicates with the physical world) Diana Vreeland and wear red lipstick every day. 

7.  Snag tickets to Beyoncé concert and wear new leather pants.

8.  Learn to twerk.

9.  Finally take that driving course at the Skip Barber Racing School. I love fast cars.

10. Text friends regularly, using acronyms such as—

                            2moro (duh)

                            IMHO—In my humble opinion (not likely)

                            STBY—Sucks To Be You (do young people actually say this to another person?)

                            IRL—In Real Life

IRL is what this post is about.  IRL, take some risks, have more fun, and define that fun your way.  Think about how to fill that 2014 IRL time with imagination, laughter (especially at yourself), and joy.  

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO THE WOMEN OF WOMEN’S VOICES FOR CHANGE!  WE APPRECIATE YOUR VOICES, YOUR POSTS, YOUR COMMENTS, AND YOUR SUPPORT. 

XOXO,

Dr. Pat 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Emily Kelting December 31, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Loved this top 10 list for 2014. Clearly, David Letterman has NOTHING on you. Sounds like lots of fun is coming your way next year! Enjoy.

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  • Sally December 30, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Andrea, DOH! You are correct. MWAH it is. Thanks for getting it right.

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  • Roz Warren December 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Great post!
    Here’s to more fun in 2014 for all of us.

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  • Diane Dettmann December 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Keep us posted on your twerking and pole dancing progress. Sounds like great exercise. You’ll look super in your leather pants! Happy 2014 to you too, Dr. Pat.

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  • Andrea December 30, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I think it’s MWAH. Remember SWAK? Xoxoxo

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  • Paige Kimball December 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

    You GO GIRL!!! (YGG)

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  • M beermann December 30, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Happy New Year Dr. Pat!
    I hope some of that IRL and laughter for 2014 includes some travel to the beach down south with some OLD friends!!!!
    XOXO,
    Dooze

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  • Sally December 30, 2013 at 8:20 am

    You might also consider signing emails with MUAH – the sound of a big kiss. I just learned this one and said to my 30ish friend, “Oh, like Dinah Shore.” Blank look. MUAH, y’all.

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  • Elizabeth Turner December 30, 2013 at 7:15 am

    XOXO Pat because I love you and can’t wait to see you pole dance.

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