When Your Next Chapter Begins with a Question Mark (or Two)

Dear Sweet Midlife Friend, I want you to know that I take great joy in encouraging you to embrace your personal midlife journey!  In part, my own personal midlife journey is what led me to start this blog. It was one way I thought I could connect with other midlifer's going through major life-shifts. I wanted … Continue reading When Your Next Chapter Begins with a Question Mark (or Two)

When Grace Becomes a Tangible Thing: A Tribute to My Daughter “Grace” (on her Birthday) After Losing Her Husband

October 11, 1980.  It was an AMAZING day!  I gained a daughter and the world gained a gift. We named her Grace Elizabeth.  It was an overwhelming experience for me that I've not shared with many people. She came quickly. After a long tiring day at work my husband had just sat down to rest … Continue reading When Grace Becomes a Tangible Thing: A Tribute to My Daughter “Grace” (on her Birthday) After Losing Her Husband

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Insight From a Master Landscape Artists AND 3 Helpful Lessons To Help You Reframe Your View of Your Next Chapter

 Happy Belated Mother’s Day Momma! I hope it was all things beautiful, and lovely, and fun! My flying schedule was unusually crazy this week due to lot's of crazy weather, delays, and not enough rest. But I'm here now. And this one's for you, Midlife Momma (And those of you on your way - or … Continue reading Insight From a Master Landscape Artists AND 3 Helpful Lessons To Help You Reframe Your View of Your Next Chapter

3 Benefits of “Taking Inventory” or “The Act of Remembering”

I’m troubled midlife friend. I want you to know that I carry a heavy burden for those of you who think that this season of life was supposed to be so much better than your present reality. I hear your stories. Stories of loss, and grief, depression, disappointment, and general anxiety about the future. Stories … Continue reading 3 Benefits of “Taking Inventory” or “The Act of Remembering”

January’s Close and Next Chapters

For some, the midlife journey is no joke! After several years of navigating my way through midlife and encountering three major life transitions at the same time (career change, physical change, and empty nest) I think I’m finally getting the hang of this midlife thing and I want you to know that I take great … Continue reading January’s Close and Next Chapters

Week 2: A Four Week Plan for a Christmas Worth Savoring

So why do we need a Christmas worth savoring, anyway? Because it all just seems to go way too fast? Yes... But also because it would be a shame if we got caught up in all the hustle and bustle of doing and shopping and running here and there like crazy people. What if in all our … Continue reading Week 2: A Four Week Plan for a Christmas Worth Savoring

3 Ways to Help You Prepare for the Best Thanksgiving Ever!

The giving of thanks - an empty nesters perspective One Thanksgiving family tradition we have enjoyed throughout the years as a family since 1987 when the Block Buster hit was released, is gathering together to watch Planes Trains and Automobiles. It’s a movie with a story line that combines the best of the good, the hard, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Help You Prepare for the Best Thanksgiving Ever!