• #microblogMonday,  Midlife Women,  Self-Care,  Women Over 50

    #MicroblogMonday–25: Three Powerful Ways to Move Through Overwhelm

    Overwhelmed? I have three powerful tools I use to get through it. 1.  Focus on my breath. 2. Make a list. 3. Schedule it on my calendar. The first thing I do is slow down my breathing. When we are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, our natural response is rapid, shallow breathing. By consciously focusing on the breath flowing in and out, we naturally lengthen and deepen each breath, bringing more oxygen into the lungs and slowing the heart rate. Second, I write out everything that’s rattling around in my mind onto a blank sheet of paper. I put down everything that feels overwhelming, big or small. The act of getting…

  • 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…

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    Get to the Starting Line

    I just read a great statistic in one of my running magazines. Nearly 25% of all runners registered   for a 1/2 marathon don’t even show up the day of the race. Now this is the best part—-of those who do start,   95% finish the 1/2 marathon!     This is such a life lesson.   How often do we worry or complain about “failing” or our not succeeding at something.   Odds are we didn’t show up in the first place.   Think about it. Running a long race is about making a commitment (schedule race, send in check); preparation (find and stick to training regime, lace up…