• Friendship,  Midlife Women,  Pleasure,  Retirement,  Self-Care

    10 Insanely Simple Ways to Make New Friends in Midlife

    One of my all time favorite singer/songwriters is Carole King–and my favorite song is   “You’ve Got a Friend”. I love to sing along- usually loud and slightly off-key. The song captures that time in my late teens and twenties in life when I had lots of friends and was busily pursuing my dreams. Friends, then and now, are very important to me–and since my early fifties, I do my best to spend as much time as possible with friends. Friendships are Life-Savers—Literally! Friendships are not just enjoyable, they’re essential to our health and vitality. Several studies reveal women’s survival rates dramatically increase after a serious illness or cancer if…

  • Beyond 40 Achievers,  Midlife Women,  Motivation

    4 Steps to Safely Leap into New Experiences

    When Michelle’s 76 year-old Dad decided to take a leap–he didn’t just impulsively jump. He had his son and daughter make sure the river was deep enough, there was no floating debris, and it was safe. He had enough data to know his decision was a good one, but he still had to take that first   step off the edge and into the water. That first step is the hardest–true for most of us! Especially if it’s something new or unfamiliar. It’s that moment where desire and fear collide and we freeze at the starting line. The first steps when I embark on something new are especially hard for…