• #ThursdayThoughts,  Health and Well-Being,  Midlife Women,  Women Over 50

    #Thursday Thoughts–Do You Make Decisions Based on Your “Optimistic Self” or your “Real Self”?

    Do you tend to buy or make decisions based on your “optimistic-who-I-wish-I-were self” instead of your “real self”? I used to, but I’ve gotten much better. Once I figured out what I enjoy and what makes me successful in one part of my life, I realized I could apply that to other areas too. Several years ago, I had loads of unused home fitness gear, and spent too much money on equipment and online workout programs over the years. None of these did the trick for me because I don’t like exercising alone. I enjoy activities with others and attending classes with an instructor/coach. I remain committed and see better,…

  • #ThursdayThoughts,  Self-Care,  Women Over 50

    #ThursdayThoughts: Move from the Winter Blahs to a Brighter Spring, I have a few ideas….

    “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” —Albert Camus If I were to color my mood these past several weeks, it would be gray. Not surprising, it’s been rainy, cold and overcast for nearly six weeks. Yesterday was a bright sunny exception–a break in our storm pattern. My mood shifted and I felt lighter and had more energy than I have in weeks. As the sun shines brighter and days are longer, I am again reminded life is cyclical and ever-changing. The transition from winter’s quiet, gray energy to the vibrant, colorful days of spring is a powerful symbol of renewal…

  • #ThursdayThoughts,  Conversations,  Friendship,  Women Over 50

    #ThursdayThoughts How Far will You Drive for a Good Conversation with a Friend?

    Last Monday I drove 90 minutes each way to meet a friend who’d flown in from Chicago to attend a conference. Her schedule was tight, so it made sense for me to drive to meet her during a couple hour break between afternoon sessions. I hadn’t seen her in person for several years. It’s one of those cherished relationships where you reconnect immediately and the conversations are supportive, fun, honest, and vulnerable. The weather was dicey, lots of rain and wind on the drive down. I arrived first and soon she walked in. After warm, welcoming hugs, we sat down with our warm drinks. It felt timeless. The time flew…