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Category: Stories and Midlife Experiences

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…

Life Is Ok In The Empty Nest

Honestly I thought I would have a harder time adjusting to an empty nest after my daughter left home for her first year of College. Not to say I don’t miss her, I do, but I’m getting used to her being away.  It’s a great feeling knowing she is in charge of herself and her new life as a College student.  She is adjusting well and making friends and…

It’s National Blog Post Month! What I Do For Self Care

Happy November!! I decided to make a commitment and join other bloggers in the blog post a day challenge in November. Yes it’s National Blog Post Month or #NaBlogPoMo. So if you see this hashtag, you will know what it means.  I really am hoping I will be able to do it. So as a member of the Blogher community, we will get daily prompts for blog post subject matter.  We do not…

A Parents Guide To Yallfest 2016

I originally wrote this piece in 2015 after attending Yallfest the year before for the first time with my then 16 year old daughter.  I wanted to resurrect it and post it again since it is time for Yallfest for another year. My daughter is now in her first year of college and I have to say this is one of my favorite things we did together in her High School years. If you are…

Coping With Starting Over Again

I am now in my second week of my new job.  Although last week I had training for 4 days I guess you can’t really count that. I am going through all sorts of emotions as I begin this new journey. Fear is a very real one.  Starting over at any age can be a scary thing, but beginning a new job at 53 is down right frightening.  I find my mind just…

Post College Move In Day Blues

The nest is quiet after college move in It’s day 3 after moving our daughter into college for the first time and all I can hear is Zoe snoring beside me as she takes her 5th nap of the day.  It’s a tough life for a dog! Our baby bird has officially begun her first day of college classes today and so far we only checked in with her once (today…

College Move In-Time To Let The Baby Bird Fly

College move in day is just a few days away and physically I may be ready, but mentally, I’m not so sure.  Being a total newbie at this whole college thing, I’m unsure  how I will handle it when we leave the campus on Sunday. I can’t help but feel our daughter has been preparing us all summer for this moment. In the weeks since graduation I have probably…

Sharpening My Time Management Skills

It’s August and the summer is slipping through my hands.  I have not been able to get a grip on my daily schedule since June when I stopped working.  This is not good for someone like me that likes organization. I decided it was time to put my time management skills at work and at least set some kind of schedule for myself.  Since I will be working part time for awhile, I…

A New Beginning With A New Job

Losing my job was devastating When I lost my job in June I was blindsided.  The one good thing was it was the beginning of summer.  I had enough of a cushion that I did not need to immediately go out and find a new job.  So I had decided I would take the summer to regroup, work on my blog, and figure out what my next step should be. Let’s just say…

5 Great Things About Female Friendship After 50

I often pause and think about how blessed I am to have some great female friendships.  I honestly would be lost without these relationships and the joy that they bring in to my life.  The older I get the smaller my circle of close friends becomes but the quality those friendships are worth their weight in gold.  Don’t get me wrong, I have a great relationship with my hubby, but the difference between…

Rising Up From Losing A Job

It was a little over a month ago when 62 of my fellow employees gathered and were told that starting immediately our facility was going to cease operations. NOTHING prepares you for this. Fifty-two of us left that day in total shock and although we will get paid until the end of July and will receive a  generous severance, the emotional toll of getting news like that is overwhelming. I worked for my company…

Learning To Let Go-Transitioning To An Empty Nest

Learning to let go of your children is not an easy task as I am finding out. Last week we had college orientation.  I’ve never had that experience either as a parent or as a student.  After I graduated from High School I attended Technical College while living at home with my parents, so I never had the “college experience”.   It was a somewhat silent 2 hour drive to campus.  Each…

My Dream U2 Weekend In Chicago

This was a post I wrote last June after I had the best weekend of my life while seeing my favorite band U2 in  Chicago… Did you ever think about how you would react if you ever came face to face with the person or persons you have admired for so long? The first U2 concert I went to was during  the Zoo TV tour. I was transformed that night by the spectacle of…

Surviving Your Child’s Graduation

My one and only child just graduated from High School on Sunday. I actually got through it using only one Kleenex. This was quite the feat considering I was scared that since I am an emotional person I thought I would be that sobbing Mom that totally embarrasses her daughter. Yes I did shed some tears when the school principal got up and talked about how proud he was of this class and how this…

Dr. Seuss Captured The Meaning Of Graduation

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your Mountain is waiting, so…..get on your way!” This line from the famous Dr. Seuss book Oh, The Places You”ll Go sums up graduation in a nutshell.  The end of those 13 plus years of school.  The end of one phase of life and the beginning of adulthood.  As a parent, you are hoping that you have given…

Grandma’s Sewing Machine Finds A New Home

Sometimes a person is taken aback when an unexpected thing happens. Such is the case with this beautiful early 1900’s sewing machine.  One Saturday my Dad had surprised me with a phone call and a request to stop over at my parents house. I did later that day. He took me down to the basement saying he had something to show me. What I saw was an old foot pedal sewing machine…

Time To Yourself Is A Good Thing

What would you do if you had 2 days to yourself? The  hubby and daughter left early Saturday morning for an overnight trip to the western part of Wisconsin where they have a hunting shack on land they lease from a farmer. What does this mean for me? Time to myself at home with absolutely no plans to go anywhere (on purpose) except to run and buy supplies for my weekend project and take the…

Walking For Organ Donation

Are you a registered organ donor?  I never really thought about the impact that orange dot can have on others lives until I heard my friend Erin’s story. My friend Erin had a liver transplant almost 26 years ago.  Being that she was a local news celebrity, I remember vaguely watching her story unfold in a public way as she lived out her health issues and her resulting transplant on the local news…

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