THREE TIPS FOR EMBRACING MIDLIFE AND BEYOND
Midlife is one of the most powerful and wonderful transitions as profound as becoming a mother. You get to rebirth yourself and embark on some of the happiest years of your life. Yet this can be a scary time.
Many women enter midlife after being immersed in the all-consuming effort of raising children. Suddenly the kids have their own lives with friends, hobbies, sports, and school that take them away from home. If your midlife transition occurs as you're becoming an empty nester, it can feel especially lonely and confusing. You may wonder.......
If your own needs and interests have taken a backseat, and you're not sure what you like anymore, start with a little exploration. Below are three suggestions for getting back in touch with your needs and desires.
1. Take yourself on a date in one or both of the ways described below.
2. Think back to what you liked at different stages of your life.
Dr. Christiane Northrup wrote that girls give you a glimpse of who they might become between the ages of nine to eleven, when they're old enough to know their minds but aren't yet influenced by societies' expectations before they're encouraged to conform in the teen years. What were your interests and deepest desires at age ten? When you were leaving for college? Before you had children? In your 30's? Now? Write your responses and review them with these questions in mind:
3. Make a bucket list.
Have you dreamed of cruising the Greek Isles.....running in a marathon.....becoming a yoga instructor or......jumping out of a plane? Create a list of the things you'd like to do and the things that you'd regret not doing at least once. Use your imagination! There are no wrong answers. Choose one of the items to explore or achieve first. What Dreams & Plans Do You Have?
It can be scary and confusing when you go through the midlife transition..... But it doesn't have to be. Dream big and explore new interests. Be playful, have fun, be open to new experiences. Before you know it, you'll know exactly what you like! What Dreams & Plans Do You Have?
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