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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.…

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

    The 3 Biggest Mistakes I Made When I Retired…and How I Fixed Them

    A Pivotal Moment in a Major Life Transition I experienced an awkward moment at a women’s event when someone asked for my business card. I had recently ended my 30-plus year career, didn’t have a current business card, and when asked what I did, I didn’t know quite how to answer. Without my business card, I had no job title, company, address, or contact information. I felt invisible without my career identity. I responded, “I recently retired.” This answer often stops the conversation cold or elicits benign responses such as “must be nice”, or “oh, I could never retire”.  Then the conversation quickly shifts. The better conversationalists ask a second…