• Adventurer,  Midlife Women,  The Nine Facets

    Three Unexpected Life Lessons I Learned Traveling

    “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, opened 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 is much the same. Tired but hyped up from the long flight, I always believe using energy when it shows…

  • Adventurer,  Midlife Women,  The Nine Facets,  Women Over 50

    Say YES! Add Adventure to to Jump Start Your Life

    “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt Last month, a close friend said YES to a life adventure after two emotionally tough years. The grief from the loss of her longtime partner, combined with the collective world pandemic, had left her emotionally exhausted. She traveled to the East Coast to visit friends, and while there, one of her friends had just taken an assignment in LA. Right then, she offered to sublet her NYC apartment for a year. When my friend called me to discuss this…

  • Activism,  Midlife Women,  The Nine Facets,  Women Over 50

    Need to Bring Hope Back into Your Life? Do Something Good for Someone

    This morning, I joined dozens of other volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose. Working side by side with 20 people on a conveyor line, we filled boxes of vegetables. In 3 hours, our mighty team collectively packed over 900 boxes of 25 lbs of fresh vegetables to be distributed to people who are food insecure and without enough to eat. There are hundreds of volunteers each day at Second Harvest who help bring food to their clients in need. Their operation is amazing. I am in awe of what they do every day, year after year. The volunteers are all ages, backgrounds, and represent the diverse community in…