How did this happen?

Ok, I’ll admit it. I bitched and moaned about waiting in the heat for the bus. Once you got on, it wasn’t bad when the air-conditioning was working. But this morning, I had a shocker…. SCHOOL KIDS I know, advocate for fall and cooler weather that I am, I was willing to embrace the new season..I just forget the extra volume of school kids on a bus. I leave early in the morning and they are STILL on the bus.Before you say it, yes, I was a kid on a bus once a century ago, but… I MISS MY TRAIN! ...more

The Birth of an Idea in Midlife

Many of us are inspired to begin businesses when we have children due to our new life perspectives and experiences.75 weeks ago, in the spring of 2012 I gave birth to an idea that has grown to over a hundred articles and contributors.At age 40 my life changed with the birth of my first son and by age 44, life looked completely different with two more children (a girl and a boy) in our family. I had been part of a childless couple for many years so one might say the change was drastic. Along the four-year journey I took some time to reflect.In my midlife, I’ve learned to better trust my intuition more than any other time in my life.Over and over I reminded myself that when I am positive and optimistic, great things happen. During my first pregnancy, a traditionally trained obstetrician overtly gave me the “advanced maternal age” stamp. Somehow she felt compelled to share general risk statistics with me at each prenatal visit though they were at complete odds with my health and medical history; she had been my gynecologist for over 10 years. If I listened to her, I certainly would have developed a stress-induced condition. Instead, I was empowered to overcome any barrier that came my way. How could I improve the odds of not developing one of many conditions that rise with pregnancy after 35 such as hypertension or gestational diabetes?I took care of myself with ample sleep, water, a healthy diet and exercise, including brisk walking, swimming and yoga.Being older meant that I knew myself better and was more resourceful and determined to be healthy. I felt compelled to tell people that I was 40 and having my first child. Once born, I showed him off, raved about his APGAR scores, our glowing health, and told a story of risk factors unfulfilled.By age 43 I was pregnant with my second son (surprise!) and wanted the same healthy outcome. I the challenges were greater. This time, our first son was 3 years old and we cared for an infant girl who we were fostering and trying to adopt. I had founded one business and was recruited to help start a second one that same year. Wow, what a busy time it was!Again, I surrounded myself with resources, more than the first time, including a very supportive team of an OB, midwife, massage therapist, doctor of oriental medicine (for acupuncture) and a prenatal yoga instructor.With another healthy outcome under my belt just one month shy of my 44th birthday, I was proud of myself, my bundle of joy, and even more vocal....more

Losing Your Way

You may sometimes feel that  you are lost. Not knowing where you are or where you are supposed to be going. When was the last time that you felt that you truly belonged? Things changed from what you planned so long ago. The landscape is strange and you feel as if you are being held in one place. Not knowing where you should be makes you uncomfortable. But there is something deep inside of you that knows when everything comes together, you will be where you belong. Until then you will make the best of what life has to offer....more

Continue one with the lesson

Lesson 4A woman is still a woman, even after a one night stand.As women we are quick to call another woman out of her name because she sleeps around. What do we call a man who does the same thing?  We are in the age of equal rights for women on all levels except – money, job and sex.  I think that a women who wishes to have sex with strange men to fulfill her lustful need, is ok.  But to have sex with strange men to fill an empty spot in one’s life, not good.  See what happened was…...more

Menopause Mondays: Celebrate Menopause Awareness Month – Save the Vaginas!

Save the vaginas! My battle cry this Menopause Awareness month, it reminds us of the cold, hard facts: Menopause is out to steal our vaginas!...more

The Urge To Purge

The Urge to Purge Travel is great and could be exciting.  However it's a fact that packing and unpacking are painful to do. Well, at least for me, and I suspect, for most mothers with children as well. This past weekend though, after our Labor Day weekend break, I realized that there is at least one good thing, a gift if you will, made possible by packing and unpacking....more
Great post! I was just sitting here looking at all of the stuff that's accumulated in my office ...more

Where is the DAD love?

Music Monday!...more

Milestones for the Modern-Day Single Lady

Every popular woman’s  magazine has, at some point, run an article about things a woman should know by a certain age or lifestage. One of my favorites, by Pamela Redmond Safran, ran in Glamour Magazine.  It’s a smart and fun list of her take on life’s milestones for the 30-year-old woman....more

Kicking it with grace! A lovable mess!

It finally hit me! I had finished lifting weights and was pounding the elliptical, dancing the run, singing in my head to the new playlist and BAM! It has finally rooted bone deep.  I no longer need to diet, count calories, journal food intake.  I am totally okay with working out, lifting weights, and getting stronger. I am not thin.  My BMI is at least 30. But I feel strong and happy. ...more

Blogging...almost as hard as looking for a job.

To Blog...or not Blog...that is the question. It would seem blogging was invented for writers. After all, we always think we have something to say, something that someone would like to read, and in most cases, we jot it down. As I try and market my latest project, what I hear most often (and read in blogs) is that it is important to have a blog. I discuss this often with a girl friend of mine. She is funny, intelligent, and for the last 10 years, has been a stay-at-home mom...the job that doesn’t count on a resume as she tries to look for work now....more