The best thing about being in my 50s: Watching my children grow up to be wonderful young adults. Also, I think with each decade, you get a little bit more comfortable in your skin. You don't sweat the small stuff the way you might have before.

I've surprised myself by... starting something new. I've realized that even though I'm scared of it, change is a good thing — no matter how old you are. You can try new things at a time when a lot of people are saying it's risky at your age.

My husband teases me about... overpreparing at work. I did on The View, too. Richard would say, "I don't understand what you're preparing for; you're doing a piece about organizing a closet!" I prepare for the closet as much as I do when it's Obama! I'm better than I was, but I still have some issues there.

The challenges of being in my 50s: It's easy to start feeling bad about yourself when you're bombarded by images of youth. But I refuse to live that way. What is age, anyhow? I'm not sure that it has much meaning. I sort of feel ageless — not really a number. I think there's a child in all of us, and that's what we all need to remember.

The worst advice I ever got: Someone tried to get me to renew a contract by saying, "You'll never get another job in the business because of your age." And I already knew I had an offer from someone else. That was the nastiest advice I ever got: "Settle, because you won't find anything else." Don't ever settle!

The best advice I ever got: When I was in my 20s and my boss told me that I didn't have what it took, my dad said, "Do you believe that you have what it takes? Then don't worry about what other people think."

The ideal family day: For me, it's puttering around the house. There are a million little chores, and I enjoy them all. Having everybody there, hanging out and just talking, laughing, playing games like tennis or chess — simple things. Probably more than anything, I love being home.

My skin-care regimen: It's one-stop skin-care from head to toe. I alternate between Neutrogena Rainbath and Origins Gloomaway Grapefruit body wash. I get samples of fancy face creams sent to my office all the time, and no matter which one I apply at night, I still look like a 55-year-old woman in the morning!