Welcome to Above & Beyond Midlife!


I’m a fly-writer of sorts, and Above and Beyond Midlife is the place where I live my crazy, empty-nest, 50+mid-life life, out loud.

I’m a wife, mother, grammie, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, niece, friend. I’m a trained seamstress, and in my early years I worked as a home dec consultant/decorator until God called me into full-time ministry as a nonprofit director. After leaving the non-profit world in 2006, I completed my MA degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, worked as a college advisor, until 2012, at the ripe age of 52, I became a main line flight attendant. (Who does that?)

In 2016 I became a published author. My book, Acorn Gert and Brother Bert was written from a deep passion I have to help other discover, uncover and grow into becoming all God created them to be.

While I may have worn many hats in my life, my greatest joy comes from knowing that I’m a loved child of God.

Without God’s kind intervention, I know for certain that I would never have experienced the Above and Beyond kind of life that I am living.

It’s all his amazing grace!

(You can read more of My Story here)

We are more than what we do.

The bigger question is not only “Who are you” but “Whose” are you?

Midlife is a season of life when a lot of transition seems to come into play. Kids leave home, our physical bodies start to freak out and do crazy things, careers often shift, etc. As we begin to shed various roles and titles and come to term with the fact that times a-changin’ and times a-wastin’, our we boldly face any looming identity issues (and we all have them right?) – it then that God begins the transforming work of shaping our identity and worth, and showing us who we really are, and who he created us to be.

Eph 1:11-12

This “Above and Beyond Midlife” kind-of-life is ours for the taking.

I invite you to join me in the journey of discovering more of who God made YOU to be. You are first and foremost a child of Creator God.  The rest…is about the unique person he created you to become and discovering your place in the world to live that out.

There’s much to discover! Are you ready to soar with me?  Then please do so by subscribing to my email list. I’m excited to get to know you and grow with you.

Elizabeth Duncan Stretar (Betsy)