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Midlife Women Archives - Living Forward
  • #ThursdayThoughts,  Health and Well-Being,  Midlife Women,  Women Over 50

    #Thursday Thoughts–Do You Make Decisions Based on Your “Optimistic Self” or your “Real Self”?

    Do you tend to buy or make decisions based on your “optimistic-who-I-wish-I-were self” instead of your “real self”? I used to, but I’ve gotten much better. Once I figured out what I enjoy and what makes me successful in one part of my life, I realized I could apply that to other areas too. Several years ago, I had loads of unused home fitness gear, and spent too much money on equipment and online workout programs over the years. None of these did the trick for me because I don’t like exercising alone. I enjoy activities with others and attending classes with an instructor/coach. I remain committed and see better,…

  • Caregiving,  Midlife Women,  Self-Care

    How Full is your Cup? 4 Self-Care Tips to Nurture Your Spirit

    Beautiful cup, isn’t it? Since it’s empty, it serves no one. That’s how I felt the other day. I was tapped out and exhausted from serving others and not taking care of myself. I know you understand what I mean about self-care. February is the month of love–and it starts with ourselves. If our own cup is empty, we can’t nourish or fully love others. February is a perfect month to set aside a few minutes each day for your own self-care and to fill your own cup. 4 Self-Care Ideas–To nourish your body and your spirit Time alone. Sit quietly.  Morning meditation. Journal writing. Being in nature. Connect with…

  • creativity
    Creativity,  Midlife Women,  Retirement,  The Nine Facets,  Women Over 50

    5 Reasons Creativity is Important in Your Life Now

    “But I’m not creative like you!” I lamented to my long-time friend. What are you talking about? You are too!” She then listed the many creative things I’ve done over the years. (That’s one reason why I love my long-time friends. They remember and help us see things about us we may not see in ourselves.) For all those busy years of kids and career, I rarely had the time to do what I considered to be large creative projects. I tried in small ways to “up my game” with occasionally creative table settings, holiday and kid projects, and interesting vacation photos. More like “creative-lite” I thought. I felt like…