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87-Year-Old Woman Dresses Adventurously To Cope With Loss

87-Year-Old Woman Dresses Adventurously To Cope With Loss

Helen Van Winkle is an amazing 87-year-old woman from Knoxville, Tennessee. She is your normal, everyday senior citizen. Sometimes. Other times, Helen is “Baddie Winkle.” Baddie is an 87-year-old lady from Knoxville with a “Tumblr-teen” fashion sense. Baddie likes to wear large sweatshirts with Justin Beiber’s face on it, along with leggings, gold chains, and anything else you could possibly imagine a teenage girl would wear these days.

Helen Van Winkle was born during the Depression to a poor family. She says she never really had it easy throughout her life. Helen had to go through the death of her son, and then the death of her husband, who died on their 35th wedding anniversary.

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She had discovered her new found adventurous style from her 19-year-old great granddaughter, Kennedy, who is also responsible for landing her over 1 million followers on Instagram. Helen decided to start dressing more adventurously after the loss of her husband and son. With having a hard time coming to terms with the losses, Helen decided to make a change, and thus began her adventures as Baddie.

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    It originally started when she borrowed some short shorts, and a tie-dye shirt from her great granddaughter, Kennedy. The 19-year-old thought her elder looked so adorable, she started to help her pick out new styles. Next up, she started an Instagram profile to show the world her great grandmother’s style, thus turning “Baddie Winkle” into an internet sensation.

    Helen has even caught the attention of celebs like Nicole Richie and Miley Cyrus. Since her rise to fame, they have been receiving a lot of new clothes in the mail for her to wear. Helen’s great granddaughter is her stylist and helps her put together fun outfits to wear. They have a lot of fun doing the whole Baddie Winkle bit, forming a close bond in the process.

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    Baddie says she never really liked “old woman clothes” and would never wear them. She says she will also never wear anything too revealing. Pasties and booty shorts are a couple of things that Baddie will never wear. She believes that there is such a thing as dressing for your age. However, she believes that anybody should be able to wear what ever they want to.

    Ever since the uprising of Baddie Winkle, Helen Van Winkle has been able to get over the loss of her husband and son. She has been able to reconnect with her family in a new and playful way. It has also helped her reclaim her sense of self, teaching her to “live and let live”. She hopes to be a role model for other seniors, and help them get more out of the rest of their lives too.

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    While she gets a lot of positive reactions from outsiders, Baddie also has to deal with those who get a little uncomfortable about an elderly woman wearing provocative clothing. Some people fear that Baddie may not be in on some of the jokes that are being made online. That said, lots of people say Baddie is a strong and assertive woman. Helen says that anything Kennedy puts on the internet is all okay with her.

    Something as simple as wearing clothes that are adventurous for your age group sends out a pretty strong set of messages just in itself. You should do whatever it is that makes you feel good, inside and out. If this means wearing short shorts, a “YOLO” t-shirt, and a flat bill hat at the age of 87, then by all means do it. You only have one life to live on this Earth. You need to embrace it however you can. Be yourself. Be the next Baddie Winkle!

    Featured photo credit: https://instagram.com/baddiewinkle/?hl=en via i.huffpost.com

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    Last Updated on January 18, 2019

    7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

    7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

    Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

    But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

    If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

    1. Limit the time you spend with them.

    First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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    In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

    Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

    2. Speak up for yourself.

    Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

    3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

    This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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    But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

    4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

    Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

    This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

    Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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    5. Change the subject.

    When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

    Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

    6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

    Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

    I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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    You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

    Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

    7. Leave them behind.

    Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

    If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

    That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

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