Welcome….we are Bill Apablasa and Sandi Barrett, co-creators of Oxygen Buzz, and two life-long friends who are dedicated to bringing meaning, purpose, and adventure to the second half of life. We are not gerontologists, neurological experts, yogi-wizards, exercise junkies, or guru’s in the science of aging.
There are no Ph.D.'s on the walls in our homes.
Like you, we are simple students of life—growing, discovering, seeking—trying to figure out who we are and why we should get out of our pajamas in the morning. We believe with every grey fiber on our bodies that this search for answers transcends age and is part of our DNA.
It’s why we started Oxygen Buzz.
The Humble Beginning
The idea for Oxygen Buzz was born outside of Henry’s Taco’s in Studio City, where inevitably the conversation turned deep and philosophical—should we get another taco, corn or flour, and what will we do with the rest of our lives?
We knew we weren’t the only ones asking the questions. There were lots of taco stands… and with over 108 million men and women over the age of 50, there had to be a good amount of heart-searching introspection going on—people starting second careers, new businesses, getting ready for retirement, saying good-bye to children, dealing with changing bodies, health issues, divorce, loneliness, death, unsettling blahs, undiagnosed dissatisfaction…and we’d like to believe….a deep-seeded thirst for more. More purpose, adventure, and joy.
And, so there we were, staring at our broken taco shells, when it dawned on us…nobody teaches you how to get older. And, worse—much worse—no one teaches you how to turn aging into art. We looked at each other and smiled.
Nobody was more perfectly unqualified for this task than us.
And as the old saying goes, we decided that we would teach what we most wanted to learn and discover for ourselves. And so here we are today, joining hands with you and all the other teachers in the world, turning age into art. No Ph.D required.
Just bring yourself and a thirst for more.
"When I grow up I want to turn aging into art."
On a practical level, our site aims to help you sleep better, stay fit, become mindful, unleash your creativity, strengthen your mind, find your purpose, and, if we’re doing our job correctly, keep you flossing your teeth every day. Most of all, we hope to keep you curious about the world and your place in it.
We appreciate and relish in the simplicity of life, but always with our head in the stars and an unbreakable knowingness that we are all connected to each other by something far deeper than the birthdate on our driver’s licenses. Most of all, we believe that you are never too old to re-discover who you are and what you were meant to become.
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In another life, Sandi was a marketing wizard in Silicon Valley, working for Adobe and various other startups. She once rode up in an elevator with Steve Jobs, and if she remembers correctly, casually mentioned that it would be a great idea to be able to put all her songs on a small handheld device.
Bill has run two marathon’s, a half-marathon and climbed Mt. Whitney twice, all after the age of 50. He still can’t do more than 15 pushups.
Sandi loves taking photos of herself with statues, all while copying the pose. She is also one of a handful of people in the world who likes dancing on tables at parties while completely sober. Her favorite past times are algebra, skipping, and collecting socks. (You want her at your next party).
Bill and Sandi’s husband have known each other since they were in 6th grade. Sandi's husband, John, is also the cover model for our free “Second Half Alchemy guide for Turning Grey Into Gold.” Get it here.
In another life, Bill was a children’s book author, screenwriter, and owner of his own creative writing company. He is a self-admitted tech junkie who slurs a lot and mixes metaphors. In case of intruders, he keeps a baseball bat next to his wife’s side of the bed. (Bill’s afraid of his own shadow).
The four people—alive or dead—that Sandi would invite to a dinner party are Shirley Temple, Olga Korbut, Jane Curtin, and Pink (take that to your shrink).
The four people—alive or dead—that Bill would invite to a dinner party are Bruce Springsteen, Eckhart Tolle, the Grateful Dead, and Leonardo Da Vinci. And Gandhi (to do the dishes without complaining).
Bill: flour. Sandi: corn.