Living With Purpose

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

~Shakespeare

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…

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Midlife allows you to dream big.

Midlife Allows You to Dream Big


  Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. ~ Langston Hughes I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about “redesigning” yourself at midlife. Why not do it? Our time, energy, and resource-requiring children have grown up, become productive adults, and flown the coop. We empty-nesters find ourselves wondering what to…

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You can be your own cheerleader

Become Your Own Cheerleader and Get Rid of Self-Doubt


I’ve been teaching Language Arts to middle-schoolers for 20 years, but this year I’m trying something new. (You can read about my decision to change careers at 60 here.) I am now an Academic and Life Skills coach for at-risk kids. Sounds daunting, right? I have to admit, I’ve had some doubt about whether or not I’m up to the…

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I've learned to like myself.

I’ve Given Myself Permission to Like Myself


Before our children went to sleep each night we would have them say, “I like myself” twenty times. At first they giggled and put us off, but eventually, they realized this requirement was not going away, and it became a nightly ritual. Somewhere along the line, we learned children need permission from their parents to like themselves – this would…

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Who is a midlife woman?

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 if…

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Forgive Yourself the Mistakes of the Past

Forgive Yourself: 4 Steps That Can Help


“Let the past go. Forgive yourself and allow peace to enter in. Life is a process of learning and we are all works in progress.”  ~ Eileen Anglin I’m haunted by guilt from all the thoughtless mistakes, senseless decisions, and selfish actions I made in the past. It’s crazy, I know, but if I’m not careful, the guilt I feel…

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