Your Midlife Revival

Women Over Fifty—Getting a Facelift?

Posted on August 26, 2008. Filed under: Your Midlife Revival | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By your fiftieth birthday, you’ve lived 18,250 days on the planet—and that’s not even counting leap year. So, it’s more important than ever to shake things up a bit. Otherwise those ruts might start running pretty deep and we can begin to feel like life is full of “been there and done that.”

Everyone likes to try something new from time to time. Novelty brings back our energy and gives us a fresh take on things. So, plan that adventure trip, join a class and study a new language, take up painting, or remodel the kitchen—but a facelift?

Although my own face is showing one or two not so tiny ruts, the facelift isn’t actually for me—it’s for Feisty! Yep, the old blog is getting a fresh new look and I can’t wait to see her all jazzed up.

My friend, Terri, aka the Pop Art Diva and amazingly talented artist, has designed Feisty’s new masthead. Terri also boasts a fun and wickedly wonderful sense of humor, so the design is colorful, bright, and full spunky reminders of the sixties.

So come on by in a couple of days and take a look. This old blog is going from drab to dynamo—and, of course, the attitude will be feistier than ever.

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Women Over 50—De-stress Yourselves!

Posted on July 5, 2008. Filed under: Your Midlife Revival | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our nation’s birthday is over—the parades have past by, the last of the potato salad is in the fridge, and the final firework has been detonated. And, we have an entire weekend left to bask in the sunshine and warmth of mid-summer—a great time to relax and enjoy ourselves.

Relaxation is important—especially for women over fifty. Overwork and over stress can be toxic to our bodies and our minds. A temperate, well-adjusted lifestyle, one that honors the need for restoration and renewal, is crucial for healthy living after the hormonal shifts of menopause.

In fact, the two main components of the body’s autonomic nervous system—the parasympathetic and the sympathetic nervous systems—are both greatly affected by stress. As the autonomic nervous system impacts every organ within the body, our thoughts and actions ultimately govern the workings of our heart, lungs, brain, digestive tract, and other vital organs. So too much stress can wreak havoc with our health—definitely not good at all!

Many boomers report they can no longer push themselves as they once did, and that they require more “down time.” Margaret Mead once remarked, “Leisure and the cultivation of human capacities are inextricably interdependent.” As Mead was the woman who identified the happy realities of menopausal zest, she realized, even the sauciest of postmenopausal women, needs a bit of rest and relaxation to revive and refresh.

So, take some time off; grab a good book and settle into your hammock for an afternoon’s read. You deserve to stretch out, ice tea in hand, and simply relax—summer is a terrific time to be on the feisty side of fifty!

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Women Over Fifty—Break Out of Your Bag

Posted on March 3, 2008. Filed under: Your Midlife Revival | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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!”

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Women Over Fifty—Can Do!

Posted on February 18, 2008. Filed under: Your Midlife Revival | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I had a terrible habit. Too many times in my life I responded to challenges by saying, “Oh, I’d love to do that—but I couldn’t possibly…” Thinking in those terms, I missed out on some pretty great opportunities over the years.

Then, something miraculous happened! I turned fifty and my inner spunk began to rise. My outlook shifted to “why not?” and, even better, to “why not me?” Yes, girlfriends, the life we create for ourselves does all come down to attitude. And, the years past fifty are a women’s greatest time to grab her very own brass ring.

As younger women, we often played supporting roles. We nurtured growing families and put our personal aspirations way down on our list. Now, with the right focus, the motivation to set and achieve goals, and a “can do attitude,” we truly will be unstoppable.

So, a gentle reminder, if you haven’t yet signed up for the free teleseminar I’m presenting with Raven Blair Davis, producer and host of Women Power Talk Radio, I invite you to do so. It’s called “The Seven Steps to Ignite Your Unstoppable Power,” and takes place on Tuesday, February 26th at 9 p.m. EST.

It’s time to turbo-charge your attitude, open up your options, build upon your dreams, and say, “I can” in the most definite, resounding, and unstoppable of ways!

And, if you haven’t seen this one yet, I’m inviting you to view a woman who’s definitely got her share of unstoppable power. Take a look and feel her passion.

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Women Over Fifty—Unstoppable

Posted on February 12, 2008. Filed under: Your Midlife Revival | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Did you ever want something so badly that you felt you were unstoppable? It is our strongest desires that cause us to tap into our deepest passions and power.

Such times, although they bring great energy and joy, often get lost in the shuffle of daily living. We get sidetracked by a multitude of tasks and obligations, our power drops, our focus gets scattered, and we feel ourselves just going through the motions.

If you’re feeling bored, unhappy, and dissatisfied with your life, you need to stop and take notice. As Rosalind Russell said in the movie, Auntie Mame, “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death.” And, which one of us would willingly opt to starve at the banquet of life?

There are, thankfully, some practical and realistic steps you can take to turn your life around, boost your energy, renew your focus, and go after what you want. Raven Blair Davis, producer and host of Women Power Talk Radio, and I will be conducting a series of tele-seminars that show you how. Our first, “The Seven Steps to Ignite Your Unstoppable Power,” will be held on Tuesday, February 26th at 9 p.m. EST.

The seminar is free and I invite each of you to attend. We’ve got some great ideas and tips, and we’ll be giving you a step-by-step action plan. Click here to sign up. If you want to take a look at Women Power Talk Radio and listen to some of the amazing guests that Raven has interviewed, click here.

Women over fifty have reached the age when we can be our most creative, our most productive, our most successful, and assert our own unique and amazing power. Success is waiting for you. So, why not claim your own unstoppable power?

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