• #microblogMonday,  Adventurer

    MicroblogMonday #27 Adjusting to the Winds of Change

    “When the winds of life change, adjust your sails and modify your course.” Even the best of plans require adjustments along the way. Unanticipated events, new and better information, unexpected obstacles, and other outside forces often require we make changes. Redefining our goal demands flexibility and revision of the initial plan. Sometimes we become so determined and single-minded, we lose sight of the “why” we are doing something. The ability to adapt is an evolutionary requirement if we are to survive and thrive. We cannot change the wind or other forces of nature, but as a seasoned sailor will tell you, adjusting the sail to the prevailing conditions will allow…

  • #microblogMonday,  Creativity,  Midlife Women,  Pleasure

    #MicroblogMonday #26 Do Something New and Different

    “Do something new and different, beyond the familiar. Feel its magic and juiciness.” When I dare to do something different, new, or beyond what’s comfortable, I feel more alive.  Restless, awkward with the unfamiliar, maybe a little scary, I become more alert to what’s around me and focused on what I am doing. Over the years, my daily journal-writing has taken different forms. Lately, I’m doing free-form journal writing for a specified period of time, where I notice and record my mind chatter in the morning. This is a new way of writing for me, which is different, emotional,  and at times feels magical. Similarly, once we notice our life,…

  • #microblogMonday,  Midlife Women,  Self-Care,  Women Over 50

    #MicroblogMonday–25: Three Powerful Ways to Move Through Overwhelm

    Overwhelmed? I have three powerful tools I use to get through it. 1.  Focus on my breath. 2. Make a list. 3. Schedule it on my calendar. The first thing I do is slow down my breathing. When we are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, our natural response is rapid, shallow breathing. By consciously focusing on the breath flowing in and out, we naturally lengthen and deepen each breath, bringing more oxygen into the lungs and slowing the heart rate. Second, I write out everything that’s rattling around in my mind onto a blank sheet of paper. I put down everything that feels overwhelming, big or small. The act of getting…