The Fierce 50 Campaign – Ana Bogusky & Anita Morris

The Fierce 50 - Mrs. American Made & Anita by Design
Hello everyone!  Today marks the launch of the first annual Fierce 50 Campaign. As women over 50, we are coming together in a supportive collaborative community to honor and celebrate one another and to share with the world what it means to be a woman at midlife and beyond. Through this collaboration, each woman has developed a unique bond with their blog partners, opening their hearts and sharing their stories.  In building authentic connections and relationships, we are forming a community of women who have within them over half a century of life experience and wisdom to share. We are joining together as one to begin shifting a worldwide perception of this demographic. We are here to show the world how powerful we are together and that we are only truly just beginning.

The Fierce 50 Campaign - Ana Bogusky & Anita MorrisMeet my Fierce50 Sister – Ana Bogusky – Mrs. American Made

The Fierce 50 Campaign - Ana Bogusky & Anita Morris

I think it’s amazing that Ana and I were paired together, because we have quite a bit in common.  Ana is the married mom of two.  She and her husband of almost 21 years met through work in the advertising industry.  She became a stay-at-home mom after their first child was born, and though she had plans of returning to work, she found being a mom more difficult and time consuming than she had imagined.  She proudly says, and I agree with her, that being a mom is the “hardest, best job ever, and her greatest joy.”  Ana’s first born is 20 years old and currently studying photography at an Art School in Oakland.  Hmmm…  I see a new blog photographer in Ana’s future.  Her daughter is a junior in high school.  Her daughter’s passion is dance, and she competed for the first time recently after being accepted into a local dance company.  This was a dream come true for her, as she was a very sick little baby, and works incredibly hard to achieve her goals.  She also takes most of Ana’s photos for her blog.  Wow, what a talented young lady, don’t you think?The Fierce 50 Campaign - Ana Bogusky & Anita Morris

Ana started her blog over four years ago when she decided it would be good to buy only American-made products for the economy’s sake, and “vote with her dollars” so to speak, but the more she learned the more she became committed to the mission.  Starting the blog seemed to happen organically but she also realizes that it began as her daily parenting wind-down. Being a shy and private person, Ana is surprised at how her blog has grown and spread.  She admits that her mission of bringing awareness has created almost an alter ego in Mrs. American Made, giving her the confidence to put herself and the blog out there.The Fierce 50 Campaign - Ana Bogusky & Anita Morris
Ana also realizes that it is better for the environment to shop as “locally” as possible, and she’s becoming increasingly interested in slow fashion and ethical fashion. These ideas have turned her into a big supporter of the Maker movement and she enjoys Do-It-Yourself projects, including sewing. She learned to sew as a young girl, and admits that although she’s not a “super duper seamstress,” she has made some things over the past few years, including bags. Ana also taught herself to knit a few years back so she could make herself hats and scarves. She says that so much of our knits are imported and she couldn’t find any #MadeInUSA for the blog. There’s a separate “DIY Gallery” on the blog, featuring some of her makes.The Fierce 50 Campaign - Ana Bogusky & Anita Morris

Ana was drawn to this campaign because she wants her two children to know that age does not define you, whether you are five, fifty, or older.  She is 51 years young and doesn’t worry about growing old, as she believes every day we wake up one day older is a privilege.  As a child she was taught the importance of intelligence and wisdom over physical traits.The Fierce 50 Campaign - Ana Bogusky & Anita Morris

Fun Facts About Ana

  • She’s a vegetarian!
  • She’s a red belt in karate! (Don’t mess with this girl!)
  • Her favorite color is blue! (any shade)
  • Her favorite food is ice cream! (A girl after my own heart!)

The Fierce 50 Campaign - Ana Bogusky & Anita MorrisWhere to Find Ana

 @mrsamericanmade (Instagram)
The Fierce 50 Campaing - Ana Bogusky & Anita Morris

Ana and her family

Thank you to our fabulous sponsors for aligning with us and supporting our mission to celebrate women at midlife. Thank you for believing in us and partnering in our first annual Fierce 50 Campaign.
Onzie: @onzie www.onzie.com
Madison Reed :@madisonreedllb / www.madison-reed.com
HSI Professional: @hsiprofessional / www.hsiprofessional.com
Awe Inspired: @aweinspired_ / www.aweinspired.com 
Beth Briggs: @bethbriggsillustration / (creator of our amazing illustration)
Thank you to the amazing Hannah Storm for joining us and sharing your journey on the newly launched Thrive Global. Hannah, we applaud you and the incredible work you have done lighting a path for women to succeed in so many creative endeavors after the magical 50!  Check out Hannah’s Fierce 50 Campaign Thrive Article.
 Also, a huge THANK YOU to the organizers of this Campaign: Catherine Grace O’ConnellCathy WilliamsonShauna Robertson, and Deborah Boland. I am so grateful for what you ladies have done to bring us together by launching this amazing campaign and promoting sisterhood.  If you would like to participate in the movement, join The Fierce 50 Movement on Facebook.

If you have enjoyed reading this blog post and learning more about The Fierce 50 Campaign, please visit this page http://catherinegraceo.com/fierce-50-campaign/ to see an archive where you will find each of the women that are participating in The Fierce 50 along with their blog posts. If you or someone you know is interested in either joining or supporting the movement, please contact info@catherinegraceo.com for more information. We have lots more planned for this year and beyond so, stay tuned everyone.

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!

Anita

 
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20 Comments

  1. Vienna N

    BTW Anita thank you for making this post, I love this idea because I feel it is so important to celebrate women at all stages of life.

    I feel (personally) that to be beautiful at 20 is like an accident of nature, one can hardly try without just being so. But to be beautiful, elegant, gracious, soulful, and optimistic at 50 is like a work of art; you and your friend have the kind of aura that women of any age would strive for.

    I am hitting my 30s soon and I hope that I would somehow retain that youthful optimism that you embody so easily. Thanks again for the inspiration!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Vienna! Thank you so much! Over the years I’ve learned that knowing who you are from the heart is where beauty resides. When you truly know who you are, beauty just happens. It goes deeper than the exterior, and is ageless. I love celebrating women of all ages. Stay blessed sister!

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  2. Vienna N

    WOW that green dress is incredible! You look like the cast of Mad Men, looking fierce as usual!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      LOL! Thanks Vienna!

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  3. Sonya Rosamond

    Hi there again my sister in Christ! Ty so much for your response on youtube. I am coming to your blog Anita because that is what I am requesting from you is some warrior prayers. I can tell you are an awesome, strong sister in the Lord and so when I found myself needed prayer today the Lord put you on my mind. I may not understand why all the time but I do and have learned to just obey. Ty for all your time spent doing videos I love them all you are a great teacher! God Bless and ty in advance for your prayers. Hope you didn’t mind me asking on your blog for prayer. Sonya

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Sonya! My heart is rejoicing and I’m humbled that you would ask me to pray for you. Yes, indeed, I will pray for you and with you. I know that God provided this platform for me to reach other women for His glory. Sewing is just the means by which He is doing His work. Be blessed my sister.

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  4. Tammy Gore

    Oh my goodness!! You are an AMAZING instructor. Your talent, poise, and beauty is inspiring. I am a 40 year old wife, mother of 4, and a Clinical Consultant from NC (currently in Saudi for work). I recently bought my very first sewing machine and after watching your circle skirt tutorial, I can hardly wait to fly back across the Atlantic.

    Again…thank you for sharing You. 🙂

    Oh yea…thanks to your cameraman for his steady hand. 😉

    ~Tammy

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Tammy! Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear you like the tutorial and can’t wait for you to get back home so you can start sewing. LOL! You’re going to love it.

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  5. Toni Wimberly

    Hello Anita,

    I had just recently started following you from your beginner’s sewing to now, and I love everything that I have witnessed and it’s amazing

    I am 51, and I would love to become part of the movement at some point. My sister-in-law has cancer and she is being treated,

    I also found out that my Nephew only 25 had got it from secondhand smoking Thank God that he no longer have to get Chemotherapy.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Toni! Thank you so much for following. I’m sure you will be inspired by the women in the Fierce50 Movement. Check it out from the link below.

      I pray that God will heal your sister-in-law from cancer and so glad to hear your nephew is done with chemotherapy.

      God bless you always!

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  6. Lily S.

    This is so inspiring and I would love to see this movement take over America. I’ve read several of the inspiring stories because I follow a few of the ladies from the fashion linkups. I had know idea that this was even taking place. I’m 57 and I would love to become a part of the movement a some point. I just finished 6mos of chemotherapy in January for ovarian cancer and I’m getting my strength back. Keep in touch!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Lily! First, let me say I’m so glad to hear that you’ve completed chemotherapy and I pray that God will see you to complete healing.

      I’m so grateful to be part of this campaign too. The amazing women inspire me greatly. Yes, join the movement.

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  7. Nateida

    What an AWESOME movement and blog. I truly enjoyed reading and will definitely go check out Ana’s blog!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Nateida! Glad to see you stop by.

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  8. Armena

    WOW Anita, this is amazing and so is Ana, I love this! I’m a few years shy of 50, but I often wonder, did I wait to late to get back into my passion. Thank God for this movement. Things like the Fierce 50, edify that I still got it, (two snaps to that, smiles). I love to see women celebrating one another, this is so empowering.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Armena! Yeeeees, honey, you’ve still got it! In fact you’ve got it better with the wisdom that has come in the maturing over the years. Two snaps, a twist and one clap! I celebrate you too and will be waiting at the door to welcome you into the Fabulous 50 Club in a few years.

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  9. JC

    Great Anita. I should join. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks JC!

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  10. Florence

    How timely is this, Ms. Anita! I recently read “Goddesses Never Age” by Christian Northrop and she discusses some of the things you mentioned above, in your intro to the Fierce 50 Campaign. I agree that we live in a ageist society and it is up us to redefine what growing older means. I wholeheartedly believe that one is only as old as she feels, and the feeling starts with the belief. This was a really great read. I love when women edify one another. Blessings to you and yours always. Keep up the great work.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Absolutely Florence! Thank you for your comment! Yes, “the feeling starts with the belief.”

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