Bridging the Gap Between Millennials & the Forever Fierce

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap Between Millennials & the Forever Fierce

What started out as the Fierce 50 Revolution has now changed to a group of women that are Forever Fierce. And part of this fierceness is realizing that we should empower all women and bond together. Thus we started with the Fierce 50 Campaign back in February where I introduced you to my Fierce partner, Cheryl. Now we are blurring the lines between the ages with this bridging the gap campaign.

The woman behind this concept and campaign is Catherine O’Connell, who says, “every woman at midlife carries a “Millennial” inside of her and every “Millennial” carries a future “Midlifer” inside of her. We feel it’s time to put an end to all labeling that separates us as we believe that #wearestrongertogether. There is wisdom in youth as well as wisdom in age.

Who hasn’t been affected by age discrimination among us? I know as a young dentist newly out of dental school, I had a patient once ask my age. Of course, I told him because it was nothing to be ashamed of. And needless to say, he never returned to my practice. My partner, Roxanne, had a similar experience when she was interviewing a witness for a deposition. A man told her he didn’t want her in the room because she looked 12 years old.

And I will admit, that there are times, I have a fleeting prejudice against the younger women. But that’s silly. Because we were all younger at one time, and we still have many commonalities! And truly we could be mentors to each other. We each have different strengths and weaknesses, and if we work together, we can be much better with each other than without.

Roxanne

So let me introduce you to Roxanne, the millennial that I reached out to be partners with for this campaign.

Roxanne as my bridging the gap partner

Her name is Roxanne, and her blog is Glass of Glam. I’ve been following her for this last year in the blogsphere and we have a ton in common. Like the above photo shows, we both enjoy our feline pets. She has 2 kitties that are brothers, and is holding, Elwood who is 18 pounds, in her photo. I’m holding Spookie in my picture because Spookie is my girl, and sleeps with me at night.

A little background about Roxanne is she’s a lawyer, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She practiced in a law firm for 2 years in Ohio, until she and her husband moved to Washington DC. While she was waiting for her DC bar license, she decided to start her blog. And that was only a year after I started my blog.

bridging the gap with my millenial

We talked a little about the misconceptions about millennials that we’ve all either heard about or experienced. And not to say that some of the stereotypes aren’t true. Part of that could be the times we are brought up in, or even the parenting lessons that are different for each time period.

But Roxanne is distinctive in that she has a different perspective in life. She’s been told she has an old soul. And she’s the first one to go to college in her family. Her father is an immigrant from Israel, starting out as a contractor and carpenter when he first came over here. Roxanne’s mother works for the government in accounting.

When I follow Roxanne on Instagram, I have to laugh because I know we would be great friends if we lived closer. She enjoys trying new restaurants and wine and loves living the urban lifestyle! In fact, they, just got back from an over seas visit to France! What an incredible experience!

Her husband and she have known each other for 15 years, as they met in band camp in high school! And now they are moving to Chicago!!

bridging the gap with Roxanne and husband

See more of Roxanne in this slideshow from the 2 years of her blogging.

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Here’s how to find Roxanne easily: Blog, Facebook, Instagram

Bridging the Gap Campaign

Thanks to Beth Briggs for the fabulous graphic she made for our campaign. If you can’t tell a difference between the women in the graphic as to their age, there is a reason for that. Let’s enjoy every woman with what they bring to the table, and get rid of the labels!

I hope this campaign inspires you to reach out to make friends with women who are both older and younger than yourselves. And I don’t mean just a couple years in difference. I mean decades! Because we all have so much to learn from each other, and yet we are also so much alike!

bridging the gap graphic

If you want to be part of the Forever Fierce Facebook group we would love it!! It is an incredible group of women who can inspire and become new friends. We are here to change the thinking that getting old is bad. Let’s embrace our ages whether they be young or old, and enjoy the strengths that each of us possess!

Or check out the page with the various women involved on it!

Thanks to one and all of you for your support. It means more than you know! 

Keeping in Touch

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  • I missed this post! My partner is my bridge the gapper….it works so very well!

    • You are a perfect example of how this works then, Laurel!!!
      Good for you!!
      XOXO

  • What a wonderful campaign. There is so much we can learn from each other and age really shouldn’t matter at all. #WotW

  • Such a wonderful idea you have there dear. I really love your posts, so inspiring.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Chloe

    Hi, great idea my work colleagues are of varying ages you can learn so much from each other #thatfridaylinky

    • It’s so true, Chloe!! I’m so glad you realize the greatness that comes with having friends of all ages!!
      XOXO

  • The women involved in the Bridging the Gap campaign are such an intelligent, eclectic, successful group! And Roxanne is certainly no exception. Love the photo of her with the hubs in their dress-up attire. Sharp looking couple.

    How true that we all have a millennial (finally spelled that right by myself!) and a midlife inside of us. That Catherine Grace is pretty wise! So enjoyed being a part of this campaign. Enjoyed getting to know a little about Roxanne through your post. XO

    • It was an amazing time realizing that these younger women are fabulous and have an incredible perspective on life!!!
      Thanks for being such an integral part of it, Leslie!!
      XOXO

  • Anne

    Fabulous idea. I already have friends that are much younger and until I got sick I was often told that I looked younger for my age so a lot of friends where surprised when I told them I was over 50. I have just done a survey on my blog and I found out that most of my readers were over 35, so I really don’t appeal to younger readers in my writing, maybe I should reach out and do something about that?

    • It’s always so interesting to find the demographics of the people reading our blog!
      What is the name of your blog, Anne??
      XOOX

  • Mackenzie Glanville

    Wonderful idea. When I started nursing I had a lot of people ask my age, I was judged and really had to prove myself. What was nice was my time in a nursing home where at first people were very critical of the staff that hired me, after saving a couple of lives they suddenly began trusting me and soon they adored me. We created a lovely bond and spent endless hours sharing there amazing life stories with me. It was a very meaningful time in my life. Even when I had my first baby I was 27 and yet a lot of people asked my age or commented that I looked too young to have a baby. People can be very hurtful. Of course now I am 41 and no longer look you for my age, 3 kids will do that too you. Thank you for joining us #ablogginggoodtime

    • It’s such an interesting phenomenon….first we are deemed too young to know what we are doing, and then we are too old to make a difference. I can’t wait until we finally realize that we all have experience and knowledge no matter which age we are. Just because people are older does not always make them more knowledgeable, because I find some people get stuck in their ways which can be outdated!!!!!
      And I bet you still look young, Mackenzie!!!!
      XOXO

  • Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Cats always bridge the gap.

    • Thank you Nicole for being such a great part of the campaign too!!
      XOXO

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    I do like the idea of this campaign, great to connect like this and relate to one another x Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • I think it’s been so eye opening, Jocelyn!!
      Thanks and have a great weekend!
      XOXO

  • What a darling website, Jodie! I’m certainly in midlife, and parent to 3 millennials. We are definitely different. 🙂 But our hearts are the same. So glad I connected with you today.

    • Dianne….thanks so much for saying hi!
      This campaign has made me realize even more than ever, that we should connect with each other no matter our age!
      I hope you stop by again, and have a great weekend!
      XOXO

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    Such lovely looking ladies, I must get our of my running kit more! #FabFridayPost

  • I love this concept – and I love Roxanne’s style. #teamlovinlife

  • Elizabeth Trattner

    What a great story of friendship, felines and fashion!! I love that You both have so much in common and that Roxanne is from Ohio!
    I also loved your mom post as well.
    Much love,
    Elizabeth

  • I love this!!! #teamlovinlife

  • Oh, I loved reading this and learning more about Roxanne! Very cool concept.

  • Regan Barton Davidson

    Love the post! Roxanne is absolutely precious! I love how she has been told she is an “old soul”. I think that is just wisdom beyond age. She is quite the inspiration

    • I think it’s the perfect reason for us to try to connect, even with the younger generaions, Regan! Many of them are so wise!!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • Zorica
  • Kathy Marris

    I love this concept Jodie. I’ve never thought of ageism in reverse. I must admit my daughter is a fully qualified doctor and she sometimes has patients question her age and experience because she looks younger than her 27 years. I feel rather young inside and that is because I love to mix with younger people and I also like to try new things and wear new fashionable clothing. I think this is the key to keeping young. #TeamLovinLife

    • I can so relate to your daughter position, Kathy!! And it’s a shame really, because I always say, that the younger women may not have the experience, but they have a whole different perspective….which can be a great thing!!!
      Thanks!!
      XOOX

  • This is just awesome. Love the Forever Fierce concept. Keep at it!

    http://www.jeannieinabottleblog.com

  • It’s great to see women supporting each other in any way possible 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

  • I always have a little bit of envy in my heart when it comes to those younger, fresher versions of ourselves who wear clothes so effortlessly Jodie – but at the same time they can inspire us to find our version of their confidence and fashion sense and rock it in our own way.

    • I totally know what you mean Leanne!! But then again, I never feel like i want to be that age again—the uncertainty, and such!!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • Oh I love this. I love that you show the 50+ side of things and varying ages but good to also see a younger version I guess.

    I think I dress pretty youngish for my age. I mean, I wouldn’t wear a short mini skirt or halter top but that’s as much about my body as my age. I was out to dinner with some local friends last week and realised I’m over a decade older than several of them, but it’s kinda okay. I think it’s also about the fact I don’t have kids. Perhaps if I have grown kids and / or grandkids it’d be harder to relate to mums of primary school kids, but it’s not at all. #teamlovinlife

    • I think we are all really alike in so many ways that we should be able to relate to all ages, really!! Because no matter where we are in life, those same emotions come up whether it’s uncertainty, happiness or sadness!!! We all are people—and fabulous at that!!
      Thanks Deborah!
      ps…although I think a short mini could be fun at times—-LOL!!!

  • Jodie, I could sense your sincere love of Roxanne. I truly hope you two can meet in person one day!

    • Thanks Carrie!!!
      I always love meeting these women that I “talk” to!! Or as my husband always says “from your lips to God’s ears!!”
      XOXO

  • Carol Cameleon

    I LOVE the idea behind this group Jodie! What a great ethos to adopt. We are who we are, and should embrace that! Thanks so much for sharing with #HighlightsofHappy

  • Very good initiative! Love the title ”forever fierce” too, makes us feel proud to be a woman of any age!

    Marije | thegfguide.com

    • You hit the nail on the head Marije!!
      Any age is the perfect age!!
      Thanks!
      XOOX

  • Missy May

    Age is nothing!! Its all about how we feel if you ask me. Ha!! Beautiful lady and great great campaign. I love when we come together to empower and support each other. Amazing!!

    https://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

    • You’re exactly right Missy!!
      Now we just have to get everyone else to realize this. Even some of my friends, have given up, and that’s the wrong attitude!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • handry flores floresha
  • Hey Jodie! I love this! I love how you wrote about age discrimination and it happens whether you’re young or old and we do really have more in common then not. I just wrote about the #MeToo phenomenon and I know that affects all ages. So yes, let’s stay fierce and kind and lift each other up! Perfect timing ladies!

    Julia
    http://www.whenthegirlsrule.com

    • We really do, and it’s not always easy to look past our ages!! But it’s important!!
      Thanks Julia!
      XOXO

  • Loved reading about your friend for this project..she is darling and so inspiring! Both beautiful ladies inside and out!
    xoxo

  • I absolutely love this campaign! It couldn’t come at a more perfect time. Thanks for sharing this lovely blogger. Her style is so chic!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  • Karen

    This is a great idea. I think because I’m still working, I do have friends who are much younger than I am. I agree that deep inside I am still a young woman and still relate back to who I was in college and even before, regardless of the number of years that have passed. When I’m very old, I will still be young inside! We have a lot to share across the generations!

    • That’s such a great point, Karen. I think especially while you are working, it’s easier to have these friendships. We just need to keep them even when we stop working!!
      XOXO

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I Love this idea, I had no clue about it either or would’ve joined. I love both yours and Roxanne’s style!! Fun campaign!

    • There will be another campaign next year, although I don’t know the specifics yet. If you’re interested Andrea, just email me (jodie@jtouchofstyle.com) and I’ll add you to the list!
      I know Catherine is interested in women with heart, and that’s you to a tee!!
      Thanks!
      XOXO

  • Ohh, I think it is a marvelous idea, Jodie. I wish I knew about this initiative earlier, I would definitely join!
    Have a wonderful week.
    XO
    Miri
    https://currentlywearing.com

    • Thanks Miri.
      If you’re interested for our next campaign, just email me (jodie@jtouchofstyle.com) and I can add you to the list!
      XOXO

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    How cool!! lovely idea dear!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: MES VOYAGES A PARIS

  • Such a great post! I love Roxanne’s style too. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • It’s nice that you are promoting age equality. I think age are just numbers and women should not be conscious about that. Great to see this article you have!
    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

    • You are so right Zarrah….we may be older and look older, but we still can look nice and have friends of any age!!
      Thanks!
      XOXO

  • You two seem to have a lot in common!

  • Veena Gowda

    Am so happy to be part of this campaign. You both are wonderful. Love Roxanne’s style ❤️

  • ADA

    I heard about this campaign from a couple of my favorite bloggers and I was so happy and proud of it. So many of my favorite bloggers including you and my friend Roxanne are part of it, too. This is fantastic as bridging the gap is so important. Friendships and good hearts are very much a part of great women and they are always on trend, in style and classy.

    I will definitely join the Facebook group and I too would love to be a part of this campaign and blog about it. Is that possible?!

    • Thanks for supporting us, Ada.
      You can blog about it and spread the word as much as possible. That’s such a fabulous thing for you to do.
      If you’re interested in being part of our next campaign, then email me (jodie@jtouchofstyle.com) and I can add you to the list…
      XOXO

  • Judy Gramith

    What a great campaign. Good to see efforts to discourage women from being their own worst enemies, as we can sometimes be. Age discrimination is a two way street and it’s so encouraging to see connections instead of assumptions. Applause applause!!

    • It’s true that women can have the reputation of being catty, which always saddens me. Luckily there are women that aren’t that way and who are wonderful, no matter the age, color of anything. Like you, Jude!!!
      OXOX

  • Maggie Adhami-Boynton

    How lovely! Great that you guys both have the love of cats in common too!

    • Thanks Maggie!! It’s amazing how our love of pets can draw us closer!!
      XOXO

  • I adore Roxanne!!! She is such a charming, and genuinely warm person. And congratulations on this latest step towards bringing women together, and empowering kindred souls xo

    • Isn’t she fabulous???
      I think that truly the best thing about this journey in blogging, has been finding such fantastic people. Like you. And many others. Because there are enough “not so fantastic” people out there too, and I need more like you and Roxanne in my life!!
      XOXOX

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    A great campaign, Jodie. Despite our generational differences we are still humans who connect on a social level. All generations have their positives and negatives, but I’m hoping the Millennials will save us all!

    • Ahhh….you present it perfectly Terri! Because this really is our future, and connecting is so important for all of us!!!
      XOXO

  • Cassie Liz

    I love your duo graphic – so cute! Lovely to get to know Roxanne! Can’t wait to check out her blog

    • Thanks Cassie!! It’s funny because if you watch both of our IG stories—they tend to be a lot about our kitties!!!
      XOXO

  • Chrissy Rowden

    So nicely done Jodie! I smiled at your shared love for you kitties, as I identify with not only that but your loved for tying new restaurants. Thankful to be a part of this lovely campaign.

    • We were just talking on the Cat & Kaehler radio show that if you can find some wonderful women out there that have tons in common with us!!
      Thanks Chrissy!!
      XOOX

  • Susan Andrews Kanoff

    Love this Jodie!! She sounds like such a wonderful woman! XO Susan http://www.themidlifefashionista.com

  • Terri

    Love this post – thanks for sharing a bit of Roxanne with all of us 🙂
    So happy to be a part of this amazing campaign and getting to know such talented women.
    xx, Terri
    https://www.mylovelylifeandmore.com/

    • It has been fabulous, hasn’t it, Terri!!
      Thanks!
      XOXO

  • So nice to meet and find out about Rozanne through this amazing campaign. You both look so cute with your kitties 🙂
    Nora

    • Thanks Nora!!! I figure the kitties takes the focus off me—ha ha!!!
      XOXO

  • Jodie,

    I didn’t know you were/are a dentist?
    I’ve learned so much about you and Roxanne today!
    This Bridging the Gap Campaign has been so wonderful!

    We should have her meet up with our fierce sisters in Chicago!

    Hugs,
    Robin

    • We should absolutely meet up Robin!!!
      Chicago is one of my hubby’s fave cities because of the food and pizza!!
      XOXO

  • Roxanne is amazing! But so are you 😉 This is such a fun project and I am so sad that I wasn’t able to take part in it. Loved this post!

    Liz
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

    • Thanks Liz!
      Maybe you’d be open to the next campaign??
      XOXO

  • What a truly, truly wonderful post, Jodie. We were actually just talking about this in my bible study group this morning… how important it is to have relationships among women from different generations and how much we can contribute and learn from one another’s lives!
    Thanks so much for introducing us to Roxanne! I’ve been following her on Facebook for about a month, but it’s great to learn more about her. She is so lovely and charming!

    • Obviously this isn’t a new concept, yet I think it’s so important. Every generation has so much to offer us, and has had different struggles in life.
      I loved it when I was a dentist, to learn about my patients and what they went through—especially relating to dentistry. We have it so much easier now!!
      Thanks Ronnie!!!
      XOXO

  • Janet Earling

    I was so excited reading about Roxanne and learning she is practically living in my back yard, only to learn she is moving away! lol. You both a have a couple of gorgeous kitties. I have enjoyed meeting so many new bloggers through this campaign.

    • I know, right, Janet??
      Thanks and so glad this was such a fabulous campaign!!
      XOXO

  • Such a great idea for a blog series. I just love Roxanne and her blog Glass of Glam, she is so fabulous and funny. Great post!

    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

    • Isn’t this fun to find other women like this???
      Thanks Elise!!
      XOXO

  • I am really glad you are participating in such an important event. Your comments and sentiment are very wise indeed. I have friends in every age group including millennials and I enjoy them all. Roxanne seems to be a lovely young lady and I look forward to seeing her blog !
    Keep up the great work.
    ❤️🌸❤️🌸
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

    • You are exactly the type of woman we need more of, Elle!!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • Such a great campaign, and I’m so glad we’ve gotten to know each other better because of it!

  • FunkyForty

    This is such a cute post Jodie. The campaign has been great fun.

    xx Yvonne
    http://www.funkyforty.com

  • This is such a great post Jodie! You are the first I’ve heard admit it was a bit intimidating at the start, I agree…but I feel so blessed to be a part of a project has truly brought generations together in a way I could have never have imagined! Her kitties are so cute and she’s a doll!
    xx
    Suzanne
    http://asksuzannebell.com

    • It has been amazing, hasn’t it, Suzanne?? It’s been a great lesson, and I feel so much better because of it!!
      XOXO

  • tayloraube

    The pictures with the cats is TOO CUTE! I loved getting to know more about you both, this was such a fun project!
    http://stopdropandvogue.com

    • Thanks so much Taylor!!!
      We learn so much from each other, and you’ve been a fabulous part of this!!
      XOXO

  • Charlotte Miller

    Keep up the good work–Mom

  • How cool! I love this idea. I also love that first photo of you both holding your adorable kitties. Roxanne sounds incredible, and I love her sense of style! Thank you for introducing us to her! I’m heading over to her blog now. 🙂

    ~Lindsey
    http://have-clothes-will-travel.com/

  • I love this idea!! We all have things that we can relate to and support each other. This community continues to amaze me and I am so thankful for it. Roxanne is amazing and I love that you are both doing this! Sierra Beautifully Candid

    • Thanks so much for your thoughts Sierra!! It’s been such a blessing to have these women in my life, and to continue learning throughout this journey!!
      XOXO

  • shootingstarsmag

    What a great idea! I have friends that are younger than me and older than me. You can find common ground with more people than you think sometimes.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • It’s so true!! We all learn so much from each other!!
      Thanks Lauren!!
      XOXO

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Great post Jodie! It was great learning more about Roxanne and how cute are your giant cats! Thanks so much for all of your help & patience during the campaign!
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com

    • Thanks Debbie!!! It’s always so enjoyable learning more about the women around us!!
      XOXO
      PS…you rock!!

  • donnanance

    Misconceptions about people muddy the waters. We can all learn from each other and will find that we have many things in common, just as with you and Roxanne. I have been blonde all my life and have encountered some subtle and not so subtle doubting looks and raised eyebrows. Nine times out of ten, I was smarter than the skeptic. I agree with Miss Christin: love the mission of your blog! Tell Nancy and your mom I missed them today. xoxo

    • It’s so true Donna!! Just being a woman in dental school was quite the experience, that others thought that women weren’t smart. It’s just plain silly.
      When you’re younger, you may not have the experience, but you have a whole different perspective—which is a good thing.
      Mom and Nancy will be back on Thursday!!!
      Thanks for being such a loyal and fabulous supporter!!
      XOXO

  • Christin Baker

    Beautiful! I love to see women of all ages and stages of life coming together to learn from each other. I love the mission of your blog! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Christin!! It’s been fabulous meeting all of these amazing women.
      XOXO

  • kim

    I don’t know Roxanne but I will check her out!

    • You won’t be sorry!! She’s in the process of moving to Chicago as we speak, yet she still took the time to join the campaign!!!
      XOXO

  • Jodie, I love that you were paired up with Roxanne! Isn’t she just fabulous?! You are two of my favorite bloggers and it so nice to see how you are both connected! I would love to someday meet both of you in real life!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • We will have to meet one day, Shelbee!!
      Thanks for the love and hopefully you can join us in the next campaign!!
      XOXO