Category: After50

Women over fifty are mobilizing! I find myself distracted lately at coffee shops where young women are working together, plucking at their phones, planning and scheming for new campaigns or other projects. It makes me want to shout. Watch Out, we are coming for your youth! Women over fifty may be getting older, but we …

photo credit rawpixel Beware: old people having sex and they may be your parents! Empty nesting was supposed to mean running naked through the house. Sex with open doors. Kissing in the kitchen without the threat of a child’s scorn and loud, “Ew, that’s gross!” Instead, you find yourself with house-mates, your adult children! If …

Experience

Turning 50 I was not pleased with turning fifty. In fact, leading up to my fiftieth birthday I changed personal trainers because I thought, well, now that I’m 50 I need to train with someone who understands the aging body. I actually googled the phrases geriatric trainers, old people’s work out, and personal trainers for senior citizens. …

mirror

Something has happened. I have stopped looking into mirrors. Or perhaps, mirrors have stopped being kind to me. I turned 50 in 2016 but without the fanfare I envisioned when I had celebrated my fortieth birthday. In my blessed 40’s (the new 28’s?), I felt relatively secure in my profession, in my relationship with my …

Hen Lit

When did I stop writing about the angst of torrid love, motherhood, wandering husbands, and terrible bosses? About the time, probably, that I got bored with the angst and became a hen. The transition was subtle in me and in my writing. It’s not that I didn’t still pay attention to love, children, and work. …

Hot Flashes

Not long ago I sent a birthday card to my high school best friend on her 46th birthday. It had a picture of 4 firemen jumping out of a cake. On the inside it said, “They’re here to put out your hot flashes.” This was so hilarious to me I couldn’t wait for her to …

Watch This – Fiftiness in Conversation

Erica W. Jamieson
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Optimist

Fiftiness in Conversation: Waking An Optimist Thank you to the women of Fiftiness – my early R&D group for letting me facilitate and record them in a conversation about being over 50! In this video I asked whether you wake an optimist or a pessimist. I had been walking in the mornings to Rihanna’s song …

Unconditional Love

Still Celebrating National Poetry Month Oh, how we love our pets! What better way to express their unconditional love of us than through poetry! I give you . . .   I Don’t Floss I don’t floss, I pee in the shower and last night I ate an entire gallon of slow churned, chocolate fudge …

peri-menopause

I Am Pink Hot Tamale Red! If it’s April, it’s National Poetry Month! We are so excited at Fiftiness to celebrate National Poetry Month by introducing poetry to our site. What a perfect form of the written, or spoken word, to give us perspective on the universal truths of being a woman over fifty. Introducing Julie Grass . …

what to wear

The Dos & Don’ts of What to Wear in Your 50’s turns the notion of style guides on its head. As Michelle Combs points out, it’s not about what you put on, it’s how best to wear your own self esteem. Making the list of no-no’s for Michelle are shame and regret and the weight of …

Sexual Being

I was once a hot mess. I know this because I’ve asked old friends what they thought of me back then. There was no rhyme or reason for my behavior in my teens and early twenties. I was completely unaware that I was, in my own way, desperately trying to work through my damage. Sometimes …