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!
I became a widow at the young age of 47, with two pre-teen kids. Even though it was difficult, I’m proud to say that both grew up to be amazing and successful in their chosen careers. (I must have done something right! ) When they left the nest I became Mama to 2 mischevious chihuahua mixes.
For the last 35 + years, I’ve been working as a professional voice-over actor for film, tv, commercials, audiotapes, video games, and cartoons under the name Rebecca Forstadt. I’m best known for doing kid’s voices and to this day, I still sound like an 8-year old.
I discovered the fascinating world of blogging in 2008, loved the creativity it afforded, and in 2012, created BabyBoomster.com.
It focuses on what many of us Baby Boomer women over 50 desire:
- To travel and explore the world fearlessly as a way to learn and expand our views
- To stay active, vibrant, and healthy for as long as possible.
- To look our best in a way that is uniquely our own
- To improve our lives for the better and create the best retirement scenario no matter what our circumstances
- To connect with others who are like-minded and to empower each other
- To 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!
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 wait to die, we reinvent ourselves (often numerous times) to achieve our full potential in life and live our purpose.
To do this, it’s important that we take care of ourselves by eating smart, getting enough exercise, and finding peace within ourselves to maintain good health so we can continue to live long and happy lives.
As a Baby Boomer blogger, I write about travel, lifestyle, beauty, fashion, wellness, entertainment, home decor, health, self-discovery, self-improvement, or whatever comes into my mind.
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 that makes me 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. 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. In fact, she’s been to many more places than me 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 taking me on challenging hikes. Oy!
Like many Baby Boomer women, I yearn to have my 30-year old figure back but it’s 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.
Why I became a Baby Boomer blogger
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, over the course of 10 years, successfully earned 3 free cars. Then I ran a local networking club for a national organization called CEOSpace. While I was 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 mission for BabyBoomster.com
Age is only a number. Being over 50 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 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’m an LA girl all the way!
In addition to writing about topics relevant to the Baby Boomer generation, I’m also a Los Angeles blogger and have 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 the 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 because there’s always something new to see.
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 by 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 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 will support me 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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