• #microblogMonday,  Midlife Women,  Traditions

    Microblog Monday 18: Traditions Bridge Generations

    Th “Traditions, foods and family stories are all bridges connecting our past with the present and into future generations.” This year has challenged many of our family traditions, and it requires us to adapt our traditions to these unique times.  We can bring in new traditions, which may best fit the needs of those we care about. We can break with traditions and explore completely new foods and activities. Our stories will be like no other year, and one day a future generation may begin their family festivities with, “Back in 2020, our relatives decided to…..and that’s how it all began.”   The choice is yours as to how you will…

  • 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…

  • Midlife Women,  Self-Care,  Women Over 50

    7 Things I Learned in Dealing with My Anxiety

    How are you feeling these days? Lethargic? Unable to focus? Anxious? Depressed? Or pretty well considering….? I’ve gone through roller-coaster days of “general, nonspecific grief” over the loss of so much I had taken for granted. Now I’m struggling with anxiety, including clenched teeth, middle of the night “busy brain”, over-eating, and oh-those-so-snarky comments. I’ve managed my anxiety over the years with meditation, journaling, and regular exercise, which all help. But….the pandemic-related issues, social unrest, concern for my family, California wildfires and poor air quality have overwhelmed me.  I know I’m not alone. All my usual anxiety-reducing good habits just weren’t working.  So…. I dug deeper to explore, learn and…