• Caregiving,  Midlife Women,  Retirement,  Self-Care

    5 Real Fears of Women in Midlife

    While out on a recent morning walk, a good friend and I were discussing some of the challenges we and other women are dealing with now. Overall, our own lives are good today—our grown kids are thriving, everyone in our immediate families is healthy, we feel financially secure and blessed to have good, solid marriages. Even so, we have our own fears about what this second half of life holds–fears most all midlife women have. Health–our own health and the health of those we love–will it change and when? Financial— will we have enough money to last us our lifetime? Friends—our relationships and communities are changing, who are my friends?…

  • Caregiving,  Midlife Women

    Who you gonna call? Why you need a go-to list

    As a woman and home-owner, occasionally I need help for things I can’t do myself. And being a natural questioner, I am always asking other women for suggestions and their favorites.   Over the years, I’ve collected many high quality go-to resources. I have my own “Cherryll’s List”, my version of   Angie’s List. My list is a compilation of recommendations, vetted and trusted by other women. Women have had these lists for years….we know when we need help and often where to find it. Women are natural collaborators and want to share their favorites–from recipes, hair stylists, plumbers, and other cherished resources. Over the years, needs change and so…

  • Caregiving,  Midlife Women,  Self-Care,  The Nine Facets

    Burnout at Any Age–5 Tips for Caregivers

    I thought burnout only happens for those with highly stressful careers or juggling too many demands from the multiple roles in life. When I look back on the period in my life as a single mother of 2 boys, a professional career and all the other demands of a Silicon Valley life, I know I experienced periods of burnout and high levels of stress. I wasn’t alone, as it seemed to be an epidemic among many of my friends and business colleagues. Fast forward to midlife—many of us are now are caring for aging or ill parents or partners. These situations create significant stress and burnout. Recently I discussed with…