My Midlife Liver Vacation

I have found it truly amazing to see how people have reacted to our decision to sell the family home of twenty years and leave the dream life in Spain behind. Many felt that I must have hit some sort of midlife crisis, so you can imagine their shock when I also let the cat out of the bag, “Never mind sober October, I haven’t been drinking since June!”...more

Feeling Stagnant? 5 Ideas For When You Need a Fresh Start in Your Life

Two years ago, after a summer of extreme downsizing, I moved from a small town to the city. I cut my hair, sold my piano, and stopped updating my blog....more
Great post. I'm looking right at those 56-63 years and dreading it a little less.more

Reinvention Advice

I have been wanting to read Claire Cook‘s Never Too Late for some time. It is an extremely helpful manual for mid-life women or anyone else who wants or needs to go in a new direction. It’s also full of interesting stories of how her first novel Must Love Dogs became a movie ans what it was like to go to Hollywood....more

Can Blogging Help You Reinvent Your Career?

It took nearly 18 years before I realized that science just wasn't my passion. I was good at it, I had a bright future in front of me, but every time I took a coveted day off, I found myself wanting more. In fact, what I found myself wanting was to write. So I turned what I wanted to do into a career. ...more
Gail Mader -  I totally agree with you about the nasty comments that John McCurdy and tts38 have ...more

The Midlife Pursuit: What's My Passion?

Aside from stalking old boyfriends, I've learned a lot about myself through the quizzes on Facebook. For instance, the “Friends”character I’m most like is Monica because according to the quiz, “I’m a little uptight but a great friend.” Not surprising, I am a peach pie, not because I live in Georgia but “I’m cute, quirky and a bit of a smart ass.”...more
This post is great.  We published a story today entitled "40 and Pissed Off" . It is so strange ...more

The Dorie Clark Method of Reinventing Your Personal Brand

I've had a lot of identities over the course of my post-collegiate career: Fiction writer, aquatics coordinator, reporter, webmaster, corporate communications manager, client services representative, editor, blogger, communications director. Each role has required me to rethink how I appear in the world and to redefine how others see me. And each time would have been easier if I'd had a copy of Dorie Clark's soon-to-be released book, Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future....more
WellsConLLC Appreciate it, David!more

Carol Dweck's Mindset and My Yoga Mat Revelation

I began Carol Dweck's book Mindset hopeful she would provide the clue to my eternal problem, getting from Here to There. "There" being across a chasm to where the *real* successful people are....more

Can A Dilettante Be Successful?

It's school vacation in our state, so I don't have time for a long blog post. I'm too busy visiting family and reopening psychic wounds to post anything long. On the plus side, perhaps there will be fodder for future posts to excavate from the effects. ...more

'Between A Rock & A Hot Place-Why Fifty Is the New Fifty- by Tracey Jackson

 "Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty Is Not the New Thirty"By Tracey JacksonHarperCollins; 304 pages; Now In Paperback...more

Habit #3: The Fruit of Your Labors

Now that I've zeroed in on my personal mission statement and know my true values and have a principle-centered life, like a good little doobie, I am ready for Habit #3 of Highly Effective People, which is quite simply, Put First Things First. This is the time management piece, Covey's way. He's got a helpful diagram:...more