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midlife, midlife health & wellness, personal growth

The Case for Makeup and Bras

Do you think wearing makeup and a bra makes a woman less authentic? I have loved makeup since the first time my mother brought me to Woolworths at thirteen and let me buy a Bonne Bell gel blush and a powder blue Cover Girl eyeshadow. It felt like magic then and it still does. It makes me feel grown up and pulled together (much like wearing a bra, but without the discomfort). It’s a personal thing. And it’s absolutely not a judgement against women who prefer not to wear makeup (or…

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midlife, personal growth

Setting Intentions: Living Our Best Life

You’ve decided to live your best life. If this is truly your intention, then you are already on your way. What is an intention? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines intention as a determination to act in a certain way, a clearer formulation or greater deliberateness; synonymous with intent, purpose, design, aim, and objective. If we want to live our best life, we can’t meander through our days without setting intentions. We can’t passively allow the wind and storms of life to blow us in whatever direction they choose. Nope, not having…

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midlife, personal growth

Why you are the perfect age

What is the perfect age? Was is five or twenty-two or maybe we haven’t even reached it yet? Sometimes we see ourselves and our family members with our brains put on pause, not wanting to fully accept and embrace our own, or their, ages. It can be bittersweet to accept the passage of time and the evolution of who we, and our loved ones, are on this very day – not five, ten or twenty years ago – not even yesterday. Not acknowledging ourselves and our loved ones for who…

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midlife, personal growth

How to Avoid Power Struggles in Relationships | Own Your Power

How to Avoid Power Struggles in Relationships There are inevitably going to be power struggles in some, if not every one, of our relationships. The answer to coping, surviving and perhaps thriving in these relationships requires less energy than you might think. Simply own your power and you won’t have to fight for it. There are relationships we can control by getting out of them, but more often, we have relationships that remain on-going (i.e. spouse, parent, sibling, boss, in-laws, ex…) whether we want them to or not. We can…

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midlife, midlife health & wellness, personal growth

How to fuel your spirit with the right morning routine

About a year ago, after reading several inspiring personal growth and motivational books written by powerful, successful women, I established a spirit-fueling morning routine of my own. Just ten minutes, doing the things that seemed to help me feel grounded and grateful, calm and nourished, and focused on what I wanted to accomplish that day. A few moments of still and peace before the chaos of the day begins. I found it incredibly helpful and useful for pruning down my normal nearly two-hundred to-dos to fewer than ten tasks that…

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midlife, personal growth

Midlife: A Time to Build Your Dream Life

If you want to live your dream life, you can. You read that correctly. But it first requires believing it’s possible and then it demands taking some actions. After fifty, our vision gets clearer (although most of us are now wearing readers to read!) about what is truly important in life, and what can fall to the wayside. Our fifties is a decade of truth. A reckoning, a coming to terms with our authentic self and what we still desire, or perhaps newly desire. Where we want to live, how…

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