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Category: Stories and Midlife Experiences

A Night At Turner Hall Ballroom With Da “Manitowoc Minute” Guy Charlie Berens

Have you seen da Manitowoc Minute? We Wisconsinites love poking fun at ourselves and we love poking fun at our neighbors to the south even more (Especially when it comes to the classic Packer-Bear football rivalry). There was plenty of that fun to go around Thursday night at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee when we had tickets for a sold out show to see da “Manitowoc Minute” guy Charlie Berens. It was…

5 Quotes Only Book Nerds Will Appreciate

This cute little book Quotes For Writers was gifted to me from a dear friend.  Inside it is full of quotes for writers broken off into different sections.  I absolutely adore quotes for every aspect of life, but this little gem of a book resonates with me since I love to write and read. Inside there is a section just of quotes about books.  I loved them all, but since…

Is It Me Or Did Summer Just Fly By? Summer Recap

It’s Labor Day weekend. The last hurrah of summer. I know it sounds cliche, but did summer fly by in the blink of an eye? It sure seems that way. Is it true that the older you get the faster time passes? It feels that way! Now that Summer is on its last leg and dreams of everything pumpkin flavored is right around the corner, it’s time to take a look…

5 Ways To Conquer Post Vacation Blues

We’ve all been there.  You spend weeks planning a much needed vacation to your dream destination and in the blink of an eye, it’s over.  The post vacation blues set in.  Post travel depression is a very real thing compounded if you are returning to a mediocre job or any other less than perfect things going on in your life. While we travel, we are often our best versions of ourselves…

The Women In Travel Summit WITS Was A Game Changer

I am officially dealing with a WITS hangover! For the most part, us bloggers have kind of a lonely life.  What I mean by that is that you spend a huge chunk of your time sitting in front of your computer and stare at a screen. Sure, you engage on social media but there is little face to face contact with your tribe- those fellow bloggers that seem to be the only people who truly…

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Spring!!!

Welcome Spring!! (It’s about time you show up!!) It was a perfect day for delivering mail today.  After the gray, cool temps, and on and off rain of the last few days, it was a welcomed change to see the sun shining today.  It made driving the mail route pleasant.  Another thing I noticed was the color green beginning to add a bit of color to the brown and dull landscape.  Yes, the…

Traveling On The Path To Self-Discovery

Imagine you are thousands of miles from home in a place you have never been before and yet you feel oddly settled, like you have been there many times before.  It’s a feeling so strong that it knocks the wind out of you for a few moments. This is just what I experienced the first time I went to Paris. It may sound corny, but I always tell people that I had to…

It’s Spring Break! I Can’t Believe The First Year Of College Is Almost Over

Tomorrow I will be picking up Megan to bring her home for Spring break from her first year of college at UW-Whitewater.  Where in the world is this year going?  It doesn’t seem so long ago since we tearfully moved her into her dorm back in September. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to that 2 1/2 hours in the car,  just her and I.  At Christmas…

It’s Official! I’m A Blogger And I’m Going To WITS17!

I’m going to the Women In Travel Summit in Milwaukee!! Back in the beginning of the year I filled out my goal workbook.  One of the things I wanted to make happen was that I was able to attend a blogging conference so I could learn and connect with fellow bloggers.  It was a vision I had for myself in order to fulfill my goal of growing and making money off my blog…

Why I May Be Moving To A Retirement Home Before I Retire

To move or not to move, that is the question. Moving to our retirement home before we actually retire has become a real possibility.  Things have certainly changed in the last year. We went from 2 stable incomes to one of us retiring from a long utility construction career and one of us  loosing a 32 year job with no warning. All this brought us scrambling as to what to do next.  Luckily we have…

10 Travel Quotes For The Midlife Woman

Travel Enriches Your Life You don’t need to travel to the ends of the earth.  Maybe discovering a  State Park is more your speed. That’s okay, travel is more about discovering yourself than how many stamps you collect in your passport.  I did not truly begin my travel adventures until age 48 which means it’s never too late to explore. So get out of your comfort zone and if…

Setting Goals For 2017

Saying goodbye to 2016 did not break my heart in the least.  There were good things about last year, but all in all I was ready to start fresh with a new set of goals for 2017. I have typically made new years resolutions in the past, mostly to lose weight and get in shape, but I decided to approach 2017 a new way.  More organized with concrete goals both professionally and personally.  With this…

Purging My Book Stash

One of the hardest things for me to do is to go through and downsize my book collection.  I love having books around. The smell, colors, and access to all those printed words make me giddy with joy. One of my goals in 2017 is to downsize and simplify my life. I got a burst of energy today when I got home from work and decided to tackle this one job. Now mind you, I…

My (Almost) All Shopping Online Christmas

How much shopping online do you do for Christmas? I’m approaching Christmas gift buying totally different this year.  The last couple of years I have slowly moved from actually hitting the stores for all my gift buying to buying online.  This year I intend to do 99% of my gift buying online.  There are only a few gifts I purchased in person, a few from my artist friend Shannon who does beautiful paintings…

Whew! I’m Finally Getting My New Job

I’m proof positive that if you are forced to start over in a new job after age 50 you can do it. I’ve had a tough road the last few months starting a new job for the USPS. There were many days that I wanted to give up thinking I just could not do it, but 2 weeks ago I did one of the rural routes from start to finish!  That…

Enjoying The First Snowfall Of Winter

We had our first measurable snowfall of the season yesterday.  I must confess, I’m not a big fan of our Wisconsin winters, but I do enjoy the beauty of fresh snowfall.  Waking up this morning to the sight of snow turning  the dull brown landscape into a sea of white made me smile full of gratitude at how lucky we are to experience all four seasons here. I was scheduled…

I’ll Take My Boring Saturday Night Thank You Very Much

Remember when Saturday night was the biggest night of the week?  Most likely at 7:01 on a Saturday night 30 years ago I was busy beginning the hour and a half long ritual of getting myself ready for a night of partying and having fun with my friends.  After those crazy Saturday nights, Sunday would pass by in a hungover haze. All I can say is thank goodness I wised up and those days…

Trying A New Creative Outlet And Finding Your Passion After 50

What’s your favorite creative outlet?  Or, do you swear you don’t have a creative bone in your body? If you’re like me, you may have always had something that you enjoyed to do (writing for me, mostly in journal form) but were really too busy to get serious about it.  Maybe you are a crocheter,  like to craft, or scrapbook.  In any case many of us suddenly find ourselves…

Finding Answers In Mindfulness

A couple of weeks ago I purchased a set of Grace Cards by Cheryl Richardson.  In an effort to figure out my next step in a more fulfilling life and after reading my friend Barbara Techel’s book Wisdom In The Pause, I decided to give them a try.  Although you can use them any way you like, I like to shuffle the deck and draw a card everyday.  That card serves as a…

Social Media, Opinons, And The Presidential Election

Never mind that I have had an epic fail in the daily blog post challenge, it seems I have lost my public writing voice this past week. The combination of this past weeks events and still struggling a bit with my new job has left me mentally drained. All I can do is journal my personal thoughts. Words that I will not share with anyone. As people took to social media to be very vocal…

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