Aging, Chronic Illness, Health, Life, Midlife Woman, Self-Care, Uncategorized

Life Interrupted Part 2: Down the Rabbit Hole

By late fall 2005, my physical symptoms began to dramatically affect my day-to-day life. I couldn’t continue to tell myself it was just stress or that I was “run down.” I began my quest in earnest to discover what was happening inside my body. It’s also when I discovered that even doctors don’t have all the answers.

Midlife Transitions, Midlife Woman, Uncategorized

5 Things I Know About Letting Go

Letting go comes in two flavors: “passive letting go” and “active letting go.” One tastes like plain ol’ vanilla, the other Cherry Garcia: cherry ice cream with whole cherries and mega pieces of dark chocolate.

Chronic Illness, Divorce, Gratitude, Health, Life, Midlife Transitions, Midlife Woman, Relationships, Self-Care, Uncategorized

Starting Over – Again

The wheel on the hospital gurney made a continuous squeaking sound as they wheeled me down the hall to the operating room. It was one of those incessant noises that would normally drive me crazy, but for some reason that morning I found it comforting.

Aging, Health, Midlife Transitions, Midlife Woman, Self Development, Self-Care, Uncategorized

Why Self-Care is Not Selfish

Like many women, I thought of self-care as selfish or indulgent, served up with an undercurrent of guilt. It seemed extravagant – like a weekend at a spa, rather than emotional first aid of the highest order. Like the classic example flight attendants give about putting on your oxygen mask first before helping others, it’s important to tend to yourself first. 

Aging, Business Women, Life, Midlife Transitions, Midlife Woman, Self Development, Uncategorized

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

After talking with more than 100 women from all across the country, about 50% expressed concern that they were becoming marginalized because of their advancing years. The other 50% had no such concerns. In fact, I had to define more clearly and concisely what I meant by "invisible" in order for them to answer the question. It just wasn't on their radar.

Business Women, Health, Inner Critic, Midlife Woman, Uncategorized

Monday’s Muse: Where I’m From – A Look Inside the Inner Critic

What makes the Inner Critic difficult to see and root out is that quite often it’s been a part of your landscape from the very beginning. It feels so familiar and normal to you that it becomes strangely comfortable. Spotting your critical self-talk is just as crucial to your emotional health as detection and treatment of a debilitating disease is to your physical health.

Business Women, Health, Life, Midlife Woman, Self Development, Self-Care, Uncategorized

Medicate Your Stress Symptoms With A Shot Of Laughter

Laughter is often said to be the best medicine. A shot of laughter can change your outlook and help you cope with stressful times. It unbridles you when you can’t see past your situation.