• Life Transitions,  Midlife Women,  The Nine Facets,  Traditions,  Women Over 50

    An Old Box of Photos Bring Tears, Connections and a Fresh Perspective

    Treasures from Past Generations Lifting the dusty-covered lid of the bulky gray Rubbermaid storage container, the musty smell of old paper caught me by surprise. I recognized the scent of years gone by and lives recorded on the photographs my mother packed away decades ago. My eyes caught sight of the gold-edged brown cardboard frame peeking out from beneath a manila folder bulging with loose black and white snapshots. I pulled it out. My heart raced as I realized what I had uncovered—my mother’s family pictures, five generations of images buried in that box. Reverently, I eased out the manila folder of loose photos out and placed it on the…

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

    3 Ways to Add Adventure to Your Life

    Life is Re-Opening As we begin to see small, yet significant lifting of the Covid restrictions and life begins opening up, travel planning is top of my list. I can’t wait to experience a sense of adventure. If you’re feeling what I am, here are some ideas to warm you up to life’s possibilities beyond your area code! Maybe out of the country too. From Overwhelming to Invigorating Several years ago, as we landed after our long flight, I was jet-lagged and overwhelmed by everything.  Bags in tow, and not understanding the signs or the language, I struggled to find ground transportation and exchange money. Slowly we sorted it out…

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    Life Transitions,  The Nine Facets,  Women Over 50

    Nine Ways You Can Brighten Up Your Life Now: Part 1 of 2

    Within Each Ending is a New Beginning So many overwhelming endings and life changes happened in my fortieth year. For starters, my marriage ended. We sold our house and my children and I moved to our new home in a nearby town. My dad died, and my career went into a new direction. If my life were a book, several chapters ended at once. As painful as these events were for me, looking back now I see them as beginnings of my new life. I was not alone. Endings were all around me——deaths, divorces, jobs, and changing relationships. Fast forward two decades when I retired from a 35-plus year career.…