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  • Activism,  Midlife Women,  Pleasure,  Self-Care,  The Nine Facets

    8 Things I Did to Change My Perception of the World

    I have been feeling overwhelmed and powerless the past few months by all the anger, violence, and hatred in the news.  The problems feel so big, well beyond my capacity to do anything meaningful to make a difference. I became irritated, short-termpered and wasn't sleeping well. Rather than focusing on the big events, I decided to shift my focus to living my best simple life every day for the next 30 days. At first, it felt like denial, escaping from the "tragedy of the day", or I was becoming uncaring and out of touch. I made a few conscious consistent changes in my everyday activities to see what happened.

  • solo travel
    Midlife Women,  Pleasure,  Retirement,  The Nine Facets,  Women Over 50

    Traveling Solo: The Myths and The Magic

    Not long ago, a  good friend shared with me her horror story of the travel companion from Hell! She had asked someone she knew casually in her hiking group to join her on a week-long Road Scholar Grand Canyon hiking trip. This travel companion made the trip miserable for my friend–very demanding, moody, rude, and inflexible with just about everything. After that trip, my friend said, “No more , never again will I invite someone I don’t know really well to travel with.” Fortunately, she has continued to travel solo and had some wonderful experiences. When we were younger, leisure travel was most often with a spouse/partner, children, or girl…

  • Midlife Women,  The Nine Facets

    Unpacking from my Trip–3 Surprising Souvenirs

    “Travel is rich with learning opportunities and the ultimate souvenir is a broader perspective.” —Rick Steves I rolled my red carry-on up the steps into the house after our two-week vacation in Portugal and Barcelona. I walked through the house, opening up doors and windows to clear out the stale air, plopped the suitcase on the bed and promptly unpacked. Dirty clothes in the hamper, shoes in the closet, toiletries in the bathroom, and the suitcase put away ready for the next trip. Years of travel and my return ritual hasn’t changed much. Tired but hyped up from the long flight, I always believe using energy when it shows up.…