Archive for March, 2008
Are you ready for a baby boomer girls’ weekend away? If so, you’ll want to know about the Baby Boomer Girlfriends’ Getaway sponsored by BAM Enterprises. This happening event will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida April 18-20. The weekend will be filled with social and networking opportunities, including a luncheon featuring Bern Nadette Stanis, “Thelma” from Good Times, as the keynote speaker. You won’t want to miss it. So, go to http://www.enjoyyourmenopause.com for more details about this event.
Mary Eileen: What are some of the unexpected, unique things at the event?
Beverly: Everything about this event is “unique.” This isn’t your average women’s conference. This is a Baby Boomer Girlfriends’ Spring Break. We are coming together as a diverse group of women who are going to be educated, entertained and empowered! We’re going to leave our cares and woes in our hometowns and throw caution to the wind on the Daytona Beach sandy beaches. Besides, where else can you go and get to do the Zumba?
Mary Eileen: What kind of response have you received since creating the event?
Beverly: The response has been wonderful! It seems as though women have been waiting for an event like this. Usually, when you go to women’s conferences, you have a lot of seminars and vendors and we’re going to have some of that. But, what makes us unique is that we are treating this like a real Spring Break. The time has come for mature women to be able to getaway from the everyday hustle and bustle of life and do something just for ourselves with other “mature-minded” women.
Mary Eileen: Who will be presenting at the event and what are some of the topics that will be covered?
Beverly: We have 15 presenters who will be covering topics ranging from caring for aging parents to looking fabulous after 40, 50 & 60. Several members of Boomer Diva Nation will be presenting:
Linda Alexander: How to Get Started as a Professional Writer
Shirley Mitchell: Sensational after Sixty
Pam Archer: Fitness 101 (Zumba workout instructor)
Debra Stokes: Hearing Your Own Voice
Heidi Richards: Social Networking
And the cool thing about these seminars is that someone will walk away with a $100 Visa Gift Card just for being there. Thanks to an anyomous angel investor, the seminar facilitators will be giving them away at the end of their presentations. There is a catch, though. The person whose name is called must be sitting in the seminar at the time of the drawing.
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Yes, spring is officially here. This time of year is always invigorating and life affirming as new growth springs forth in colorful and aromatic ways. I live in Northern California and the hillsides are now brightly dappled with wild flowers, most especially with our state’s floral symbol, the California poppy—a welcome sight indeed!
As nature shows off her lovely display of bountiful buds and blooms, my thoughts turn to the creativity that comes as a woman enters her own second season. We ladies are lucky enough to enjoy a second blooming… perhaps even more beautiful than the first. Although menopause marks the end of physical creativity, as we can no longer give birth, this special time heralds a new creativity of the mind, the spirit, and the imagination.
After fifty, many of us experience a heightened urge to express ourselves. We may choose to do this in a number of ways. Perhaps, we’ll want to write down our thoughts and life experiences; creating a memoir, family history, or a blog. Maybe, we will choose the visual arts, taking up sketching or photography. Or, we might wish to give back and be of service to others, volunteering our talents and time in ways that are meaningful to society. Whatever creative means we select, this is the time in our lives to draw from the wisdom of our years and share our unique and ripened sense of self with others.
The years past fifty provide us with both the drive and the opportunity to take stock and make necessary changes. So, to make certain that you are taking best advantage of this special time, ask yourself the following:
What are the ways you see yourself growing and changing?
How are you honoring your own voice?
In which ways are you expressing yourself creatively?
Just like the time change marking the transformation from standard to daylight savings, menopause is our time to “spring forward.” How will you update your internal clock? How will you burst forth in a show of renewal and rebirth? How will you bloom throughout the second season of you life?Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 4 so far )
I know I come off as the Pollyanna of menopause—fervently and forever championing the great change. But I do want to acknowledge the struggles of my younger sisters. Perimenopause is no picnic. I was reminded of that fact reading a post by a dear cyber-friend over at the Magnolia Diaries. She has struggled through years of discomfort and is very honest and open about her journey. For those of you who are suffering, I strongly suggest you take a look at her blog.
The physical reasons behind all of that bodily turmoil are well documented. Gail Sheehy, the author of a number of books about life passages, tells us that estrogen is involved in a minimum of three hundred processes within the female body. So, it only stands to reason, when its levels are running amok with major fluctuations, many of the functions that were operating smoothly for thirty or so years are thrown into hormonal bedlam.
We ladies of a certain age know only too well the disruptions and tolls taken upon our bodies’ abilities to sleep, control temperature, manage moods, and various additional less than fun features of the experience.
So, to my sisters in the midst of this perimenopausal madness, I do want you to take heart. This too shall pass and there will be happier times ahead. Take it from one who’s been there and definitely done that—hormonal peace, emotional equilibrium, old dame confidence, and a renewed zest for living are waiting for you just around the menopausal bend.
I promise you’ll be hotter than ever—just minus the flashes!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 5 so far )
Last week I was fortunate to be able to take part in a teleconference called “The Beauty of Aging.” This really got me thinking—how lucky we are to be mature women at this time in history. As with so many other aspects of society, baby boomers are continuing our contrarian ways and totally transforming the look and feel of growing older.
Despite these sentiments, I do have to admit to my share of sags and folds, puckers and crinkles. Delicately put, things aren’t quite where they used to be. In fact, the mirror is reflecting “bad hair days” with distressing frequency and I’m into maximum coverage like never before. But, denial has its advantages and I’m all for overlooking the obvious.
I do believe that boomer women are entering our fifties and sixties with our youth culture intact and our spirit going strong. We are tapping into our inner resources, our penchant for rebellion, and our old gal spunk. And, yes, the world is beginning to take notice.
I ran across an article that never would have been written ten years ago, “The Five Hottest Female TV Personalities Over 50.” Using the words “hottest” and “over 50” in the same piece, let alone the title, would have caused smirks of derision. Now, it googles near the top of the page.
So, let’s forget aging gracefully and vow to age audaciously. Let’s flaunt our fifty-plus beauty and celebrate our cellulite. As I mentioned in an earlier post, our generation is not known for being populated with shrinking violets. And, in truth, there’s no one edgier or more daring than a postmenopausal woman who refuses to be ignored!
If you’d like to listen to a recording of the teleconference on beauty and aging, you can phone (218) 936-1005. The conference ID is 339529 followed by the # key. It is free.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 5 so far )
Most of us remember when the question of the day was, “what’s your bag?” This, of course, was the hip way of asking what someone did. And, it’s still groovy to have a bag; goals to aspire to and a direction to follow. But, when was the last time you reexamined your life’s path?
Menopause is a huge biomarker in a woman’s life. It creates profound hormonal, physical, and psychological transformation in many areas of our lives. This extensive renewal and rebirth requires sufficient soul searching to be successful.
In her book, Inventing the Rest of Our Lives, Suzanne Braun Levine calls this deliberation phase “the fertile void.” Levine explains that taking the time for self-contemplation, rather than being an act of analysis paralysis, is a critical and indispensable element for aging successfully and with purpose.
So, take some time to reexamine your bag. Are you living in ways that support what you value? Are you waking up with a sense of excitement and anticipation? Are you making an effort to stretch and grow in new directions?
If the answers to any of these questions is “no,” it might well be time to take a trip into the fertile void, reassess what you want out of life, and break out of your well-worn bag (the one you’ve been in for years). After all, when you think about it, who among us wants to be referred to as “an old bag!”Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 10 so far )