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Retirement Archives - Living Forward
  • Motivation,  Pleasure,  Retirement,  Self-Care,  Women Over 50

    Morning Musings: A Chocolate Scented Candle and My Aha Moment!

    My typical morning begins early and quietly. A cup of hot, strong coffee, a candle (mine is chocolate scented), my journal and a book. I meditate—10 minutes is my max these days. I write, read, review my day, and finish up with Wordle and Connections games. These are my good habits which move me positively into the day. I have a “not so good habit, however.  This habit makes me tense and erodes my self-confidence. A clue is in the title of the book: Finish, Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff.    I start so many things with enthusiasm, but I am bad at finishing. Really bad! My…

  • 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…

  • Midlife Women,  Retirement,  Sage,  Women Over 50,  women super powers

    The Surprising Benefits of Curiosity and How to Enhance It

    Do you ask the next question to follow up and clarify what someone said or learn more? Do you try something new just because…?  These are indicators of a sense of curiosity. If you rarely ask questions or step out of your comfort zone in life, you may lose out on the benefits of curiosity. I have always been curious, sometimes bordering on asking too many questions, my kids would say. Life fascinates me and I love to learn how it works and why people do what they do. I thrive on wonderful conversations where questions move us deeper and broader to a better understanding of the topic and one another.…