• Midlife Women,  Self-Care

    5 Tips to Stay Sane in a Crazy World

    Last Sunday I returned home from a wonderful Italian vacation, far away from my everyday life and what awaited me. Travel is my delicious joy in life….always has been. Travel fills my soul and nourishes my spirit and senses open as I explore a new culture. With my senses wide open, I wasn’t emotionally prepared for bombardment of the tragedies and sadness in our 24/7 media. I arrived home to post-hurricanes’ devastation, the shocking aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting, and ravages and loss of life from the still uncontrolled horrific California fires. Those were the macro issues. In my circle of loves ones, I returned to an unexpected…

  • Midlife Women,  Motivation,  Self-Care

    Why I Need a Community to Overcome a Personal Challenge

    If you’ve been a follower of my blog or visit this website periodically, you know I’ve   been a long-distance runner for years, last year completing my first marathon. I learned about value of friends and the importance of communities to do most everything, especially achieving goals and overcoming obstacles. My most recent endeavor is very personal for me, something I’ve struggled with most of my life as family and close friends will attest. It’s my weight. Since about age 16,   I’ve always been moderately overweight, often well above the doctor recommended ranges. Life most women my age, I grew up with unrealistic beauty standards in the era of…