I’m Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski and I’m a Baby Boomer blogger currently in my mid-sixties! Travel is my drug of choice and I write from anywhere on the planet I happen to land, even if it’s my own backyard. Los Angeles is a pretty big backyard all by itself!
My two kids are now in their thirties. I’m proud to say that both are successful in their chosen careers so I must have done something right.
I haven’t been as lucky with partners. I lost my husband of 23 years in 2001 to brain cancer and just recently I lost the man I lived with for 15 years to pancreatic cancer. From now on, I may just stick to dogs. Cancer sucks bigtime and I hope we find a cure soon.
My other lives and reinventions
For the last 35 + years, I’ve worked as a professional voice-over actor and still do for film, tv, commercials, audiotapes, video games, and cartoons under the name Rebecca Forstadt. I’m best known for my young-sounding voice. To this day, I still sound like an 8-year old and can trick telephone solicitors on the phone by telling them my Mommy isn’t home.
After my husband died, I had to find creative ways to support my kids because the acting profession is insanely unpredictable, especially for women over a certain age.
I became a sales director for a direct sales skincare company and, for 10 years, successfully earned 3 free cars. Even though I was in the top 2% of that company it wasn’t my passion so I moved on to run a networking club for a national organization called CEOSpace.
In 2008, while randomly browsing the Internet, I discovered blogging and took a 30-day blog challenge. I also found out my right brain had a left side and discovered I could help other Baby Boomer bloggers by setting up WordPress sites. I teach one-on-one tutorials on how to blog for those who already have a site but need help operating it.
My entry into the blogging world
I love the creativity that blogging affords me, and, after a few previous attempts at finding a niche, created BabyBoomster.com in 2012.
Baby Boomster focuses on what many of us Baby Boomer women over 50 are seeking.
A way to:
- Travel and explore the world fearlessly as a way to learn and expand our views
- Stay active, vibrant, and healthy for as long as possible.
- Look our best in a way that is uniquely our own
- Improve our lives for the better and create the best retirement scenario possible no matter what our circumstances
- Connect with others who are like-minded and to empower each other
- Be entertained and enjoy life.
Like many other Baby Boomer women, my goal is to help make the world a better place for future generations.
We’re not ready for rocking chairs yet but we’re ready to rock!
You bet your bootie we’re ready to rock! As women who have been there, done that, and experienced challenges over the decades, we don’t see ourselves as victims of our circumstances and are engaged, eager to seek adventure, and ready to learn new things. Rather than retire and be put out to pasture, we reinvent ourselves (often numerous times) to achieve our full potential in life and live our purpose.
What I love to write about
As a Baby Boomer blogger, I get excited writing about travel, beauty, fashion, wellness, entertainment, health, self-discovery, self-improvement, and other lifestyle topics, but sometimes, I write whatever comes to my mind or what I’m dealing with at the moment. There’s always a way to take a negative situation and make it a positive experience or learning opportunity. I tend to see my cup as 1/2 full rather than 1/2 empty. It must be the Sagittarius in me.
Why did I name this site Baby Boomster?
A “Boomster“ is sort of a hip, urban Baby Boomer. I live in Los Angeles, California and have been a member of the film industry for decades so I like to think I’m a “Boomster!” LOL
It took me a while to travel abroad and I’m still working on my bucket list
I didn’t start seriously traveling until I was in my fifties. It’s not that I didn’t want to, but life got in the way. But, eventually, I got the opportunity to expand my horizons and now I don’t want to stop.
My favorite places to explore are the historic cities and countrysides of Europe. It’s even better when I’m floating down a European waterway on a river cruise. River cruising has become my absolute favorite way to travel.
I also adore walking through old town city centers to observe the people, their culture, cuisine, and architecture. So far, I’ve been to Spain, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, France, England, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and various locations throughout the United States.
Because I’m a Baby Boomer blogger, I can’t go anywhere without taking a ton of photos and writing about my experiences. Some of my favorite travel photos are featured on my Instagram Profile.
Lately, my daughter and I have been going on trips together because she’s a world traveler as well. She’s been way more places than I have and she’s only in her early thirties. We’ve been to Los Cabos, Miraval Resort in Tucson, and Banff on recent trips. I love traveling with her and she keeps me in shape by walking fast and taking me on challenging hikes. Oy!
I’m a Los Angeles girl all the way!
Los Angeles is my hometown and I’ve lived in Southern California since I was 4-years old. My family moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1958. We later lived in San Diego and Orange County. (My family thought they were gypsies) I came back to Los Angeles for good in the mid-1970s so I’ve seen the progress that’s been made (like getting rid of choking smog) and I love it! We not only have wonderful weather here but the city is diverse, rich with culture, and laid-back. When I’m not out of town traveling, I get a kick out of exploring my vast city as a Los Angeles blogger because there’s always something new to see.
Dealing with body image
Let’s face it, ladies, we’re not 30 anymore and some of us, like me, have bulges and bumps that don’t always make us feel good about ourselves. Like many Baby Boomer women, I’ve put on a few extra pounds and losing it has been an uphill battle. I’m a die-hard foodie and admit that I’ve gained a few extra pounds over the years. But, I’m diligently working on it.
My mission as a Baby Boomer blogger for BabyBoomster.com
Age is only a number. Being over 50 (actually more like over 60) doesn’t mean you have to give up on life and spend your remaining days rotting away. Now is the time to savor your freedom, do your OWN thing, and live your best life moving forward.
I want to be an encouraging force to inspire you to do just that. Embrace your decades of wisdom and experience and set yourself on a path to find fulfillment and joy!
We all struggle at times. If you’ve been alive for half a century or more, chances are you’ve encountered obstacles along the way. I certainly have, but I believe we’re capable of overcoming anything we’re faced with and turn it into a blessing.
I love to share resources and products that will benefit my readers
As a blogger, I promote brands that authentically serve my audience. I do this by writing reviews, creating recommendation lists, inserting relevant affiliate links into my content, and sharing links on social media. I may be over 60, but I learned to be tech-savvy.
When you click on some of the links on my site you may be directed to a shopping website like Nordstrom. (one of my favorite stores) If you decide to buy something on that site, I will earn a tiny commission. (like buy me a cup of coffee tiny) This is how I earn money for my retirement from this blog because as an actress, my work’s been sporatic and I didn’t marry a millionaire. LOL
Please be aware that I’m extremely careful to vet out all of my links and will only place them in my content if I truly believe in them. If you click and make a purchase, you will not be charged anything extra at all and it will help to maintain this website. I hope you’ll support me, literally, in this effort.
If you’re a brand or business owner who would like to lend your sponsorship, please click here to view my media kit.
Or, contact me directly:
Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski
Baby Boomer Blogger and voice actor
Los Angeles blogger
4400 W Sarah St #7, Burbank, California
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