Create order out of the chaos behind closed doors.

Behind Closed Doors – Conquering the Chaos


I have a confession about  what goes on behind closed doors at my house. No, not like the Kenny Rogers song (although, that would probably make for a more interesting story…) No, I mean the messes in my closets and cupboards. At any given time you might open a cupboard and be showered with items I hastily shoved here and…

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone


When I was about 12, my mom told me she admired my aunt because my aunt was not afraid to try new things. Because of that, my aunt often had some great experiences and created amazing things in and around her house. She didn’t think twice about stepping out of her comfort zone. I took that as a goal for…

favorite front porches

Welcome Fall! Favorite Front Porches


In January I might not feel so lucky to live where there are four distinct seasons, but in fall, I’m thrilled. The bright colors of summer change to warm tones that make me think of hearth and home. Yes, it’s a beautiful time of year, but it’s also time to change up the front door/porch decor, and I’m not very…

yoga in a midlife body

Restarting a Yoga Practice With a Midlife Body


I first tried Yoga in my late 40’s, and I did so grudgingly. My husband had discovered Yoga at our fitness club and had been nagging me for weeks to go to a class with him. I envisioned contortionist-like movement coupled with 60’s-style meditation, so I was sure I wouldn’t like it. I only agreed to go to a class…

changing it up

Hello and Welcome!


  Hello and thanks for stopping by to share part of your day with me. I’m thinking this midlife thing isn’t all that bad. In fact, most days it’s pretty good – I have a new career, new hairstyle, new clothing style – life seems full of possibility. Oh sure, some of the old things are still there – I…

changing careers

60-Something and Changing Careers? Some Reasons Why…


    I’ve been in a classroom for 20+ years. I’ve taught Language Arts for all of those years – every one of them in a middle school setting. Now, with only a few years before retirement, I’ve decided it’s time to make some career changes. Friends and family all ask the same questions: “Are you sure you want to…

changing it up

Who Is A Midlife Woman?


  I used to think a midlife woman was a sad and lonely empty nester whose husband bought a sports car and tried to recapture the glory of his youth while she sat home, watching soap operas until the kids and grandkids came to visit. Now “I are one,” and the reality couldn’t be further from that old belief. So…

3 Lessons I hope I learned from a 3-year-old

Lessons I Hope I Learned from a 3-Year-Old


We recently joined our oldest son’s family for a family 5K. (Before you get too impressed with my fitness level, we were in the stroller and toddler wave…not a very demanding event) It was a fun event, and I loved being with the granddaughters. Every time I’m with them I’m reminded how important life’s “little moments” are. The 5K didn’t…

Make decisions from a place of hope and self-belief.

Make Decisions from a Place of Hope


Summer is a wonderful time of year, but as the season turns to fall, I have more time to think about all the things (OK, good habits, mostly) I let slide in the name of my busy, fun, just-go-with-it schedule. I realize it’s time to return to healthier habits of eating, exercise, and meditation. Unfortunately, all I can think about…