• Midlife Women,  Motivation,  Self-Care

    My Word of the Year 2020

    Rather than resolutions or goals, I choose a word of the year. Having done this for several years,  this word becomes a theme, a mantra of sorts to reflect upon during the year.  It often helps quiet my busy brain and to focus better. My word for 2020 is NOURISH. The dictionary definition: nourish—to support, sustain, cherish and strengthen When I think about “nourish”, it is the supportive ways I treat myself, family and friends and my local community. Strengthening my spirit, my intellectual curiosity, and my body are part of this too. Nourish is how I treat my physical self–how I eat, drink and take care of myself. I…

  • Friendship,  Motivation,  Relationships,  Retirement

    Six Ways I was Inspired by a Celebration of Life

    On Saturday, I attended a close friend’s Life Celebration, a man who lived a very full 91 years.  I knew George for over 20 years when he met and fell in love with my close friend. They shared a beautiful life together and she was there with him the evening he peacefully passed. The four of us traveled, enjoyed many wonderful weekends and holidays together over the years. Over 200 people gathered on the beautiful sunny, crisp California afternoon to share stories, hugs, tears, humor, and his favorite foods prepared beautifully by his amazing, talented chef-daughter. When family and friends gather for a Celebration of Life, we often learn several…