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March 31   Go From I Can't To I Can, A painting & writing workshop, Featuring Shelly the Artist.

April 9   Sex! An Evening  Conversation with Dr. Sherry Ross on Sexual Health post menopause. Wine will be served!

A Vision Board Skeptic No More

Erica W. Jamieson
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Vision Board

My vision board started out as an empty canvas as they always do. I was at a visioning event hosted by the Temple Isaiah Women’s Group. Amy Phillips, an artist, a communications specialist and the founder of Girl Empowerment LA., was our facilitator. In preparation, we were asked to write our response to seven prompts …

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How Running Brought Adventure Back to my life

This is the story of how running again brought adventure back into my life. At the age of 44, I was doughy and weak. Not obese, but overweight and undernourished. I’d gone through several, unproductive months of testing with my doctor. Thyroid. Arthritis markers. The word autoimmune was mentioned more than once. I was developing …

Running With Others

Michelle Cox
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Running alone is hard. Choosing to run with others is hard, too, but better. In this way, running is a little bit like life. This is even more true as I elbow up to the bar of 50. Doing the hard things becomes so much less of a chore and so much more an experience …

Walk Your Heart

Erica W. Jamieson
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walking with purpose

I am a lone walker. I am not one of the women who walk around my neighborhood park with their dogs. These dog walkers are ubiquitous where I live, women and dogs, and they are a community all unto themselves. They know each other’s dogs by name. They stop to chat about dogs and children. …

It’s hard for me to recognize that I am getting older. In my mind, I’m without age. Photographs and mirrors keep me honest, but it’s how much I love to move now, at my age, that has turned this thing called aging on it’s head. Take for example when Vic and Patty called the other night: they wanted to go …

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You Unstuck

The start of every New Year is often the marker for smashing the “make a change” button.  Some people are great at setting goals and have the follow-through to achieve them.  Some are a tad wobbly, afraid and just slide into the status quo and kind of muck around forever. Some try to take off …

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What if the notion of getting unstuck is simply overwhelming? I asked Libby Gill, CEO of the business coaching and brand strategy firm Libby Gill & Company for some steps on how to get started.  Libby provided the following exercise to. . . Jumpstart Your Year with a Bold Risk Sometimes we need a little …

There is peril in working at a job you love.  As I approach 50, the act of staying in balance as a wife, mom and leader at work has changed. That became very evident recently when I returned home after a four-day business trip through six countries. As we began the final day, one of …

The summer of 2012 changed Jan Wadsack’s life. Now, more than three years later– after breast cancer, a double mastectomy and arduous reconstruction, thyroid tumors, a year of chemo treatments, infections, frightening genetic test results and even a cancer battle for her dog–she embraces life with a sense of gratitude and a new “after cancer” …

Managua, Nicaragua.Ten-thirty p.m. I sit in a cab crawling through a dangerous city in a dangerous country traveling solo. Rubble litters the streets, years after natural disasters devastated the city. Vendors crowd the roads, reaching into the cab. It is stifling, and I will suffocate if I roll up the windows. I’ve wrapped the straps …

Turning 50 On It’s Head!

Michelle Cox
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handstand in pool

I am in the shallow end of the pool, feet in the air, one hand on the bottom of the pool, the other holding my nose, demonstrating that I can still do a perfect handstand when the upper half of my body is supported by three feet of water. During a typical summer, I wouldn’t …

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4 Solutions To Dish-Duty Equity

Laura Lyster Mensh
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  Laura Lyster-Mensh confronts the final frontier for the modern feminist mother – Dish-Duty equity when your adult children live at home. Calling dish duty the lowest domestic position, she offers four solutions to managing the kitchen sink pile-up in today’s modern family of working adults, parents and children! Listen Here and share your family’s solutions in the …

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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 …

young barista

Sometimes you have to laugh to keep yourself from crying! “You look better now than you will ever look again,” says a female author in an NPR interview with Terry Gross.  I’m in the car, listening to an audio book on writing. Leaning into the rear-view mirror, I consider the lines on either side of …

Dating in the wide open sea

I left my husband after twenty-four years. Then I dove into a sea of singleness looking for that one perfect fish but, I have to tell you, the fish in the sea had changed. The sea had changed. I live in a provincial town. I know everyone here, and, believe me, there are no eligible men. What …

Tune in to your body

Tune in to your body: it’s the first step to taking care of yourself If you pay attention, you can hear your body talking! I began my wellness journey by learning how to tune into my body. Listening when I made good choices, suffering when I made bad choices. It’s so easy to blame outside …

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I rekindled my marriage when I accepted that love is not a light switch, magically turned on. Two years ago, my husband and I were on vacation in Nova Scotia. We’d stopped for breakfast in a local coffee shop. Sipping my coffee, I absent mindedly ran my finger over my diamond ring to discover: there is no …

Rejecting Retirement

We love a good story about women changing the narrative of life after fifty. When I first started thinking about starting this website, Fiftiness, I wasn’t sure I had it in me at the age of 53 to start something new and make it come to life. I spoke to an octogenarian friend of mine, a …

Every woman should have at least one special dress in their lifetime that makes them feel joyful about themselves. Like that first prom dress. Remember the excitement and anticipation you felt as you got dressed that night?  The butterflies in your stomach when your date arrived so handsome in his tux, shyly looking down as …

New Career & New Body in her 50's

Sometimes the best gift you give yourself is accepting a bit of help. Dana Rahe reshaped her 50’s by hiring a personal trainer. . .   Something clicked as I was approaching 50. In large part, it was the encouragement of my family, but also, it was just time – time for me to get …

Menopause calling - we're through!

Menopause calling? In a post post post modern world I learned it was over in a phone call, and there’s something about being “post”…   I hated turning forty. I hated it. When I was younger, forty sounded ancient to me. Everything about it sounded saggy and tired and falling backward into an existence where …

Blinded By Belly Fat

Kimberly Collins
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Although it has been twenty-three years since I gave birth to a 9lbs, 10oz lovely baby girl, I still blame her for my belly fat. I look at pictures of me in my twenties showing off my sexy flat belly in bikinis and midriff tops. It wasn’t until my late twenties that I started to …

New Career

Is It Too Late to Find a Career You Love? Just five short years ago, I was at a crossroads. Should I stay in my safe salaried position in our home office or should I make the leap to become a commission-based financial advisor? My first thought was that I was too old to make …

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