These 10 Healthy Food Bloggers Will Help You Surprise Your Grandkids with Your Culinary Creations

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One of the nice things about getting a little older is that you finally have time to focus on your passions. In the kitchen, this means that you have the freedom to break away from the dishes that you are famous for and try something a little more surprising.

Fortunately, finding culinary inspiration has never been easier. A new generation of creative chefs and food lovers are sharing their photos on Instagram and their favorite recipes on their blogs. In fact, with so many amazing ideas out there, deciding which one to focus on next may be the hardest step to take!

We’re here to help! Our team has searched the Internet for up and coming healthy food bloggers that you should know about. These amazing cooks aren’t always the most famous people in their category… but, they probably will be one day!

Here are 10 fabulous food bloggers to help you surprise your family with magnificent meals and delicious deserts.

Sarah @mynewroots

Sarah is on a mission to help her readers improve their health by taking small steps every day. Before starting her blog and Instagram, she attended the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, Canada, where she became a Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Nutritional Practitioner. Her dishes are amazing and so is the photography that showcases them. Next on my list to try? It’s her tasty “Fudgesicles.” Yummy!

A photo posted by Sarah B (@mynewroots) on Aug 2, 2016 at 4:40am PDT

Luise and David @gkstories

This wonderful couple uses natural ingredients to create vegetarian masterpieces. With their colorful photography, interesting stories and delicious recipes, they are inspiring their followers to embrace vegetarian cooking. Even if you don’t consider yourself a vegetarian, I highly encourage you to check them out! Next on my list to try? It’s her “Moroccan Harira Soup.” It looks perfect for a cold autumn evening!

A photo posted by David Frenkiel (@gkstories) on Nov 8, 2016 at 12:12pm PST

Gloria @shanyaraleonie

Through her Instagram, Gloria aims to deliver “plant based happiness” to her readers. Her vegetarian dishes are colorful, eclectic and tasty. I especially appreciate the creativity and care that she put into creating the many salads that she shares on her blog and on Instagram. Next on my list to try? It’s her “Chickpea Tagine.”

Suzanne @ketokarma

If you haven’t heard about the Ketogenic Diet yet, Suzanne of Keto Karma may be a great place to start. I won’t go into all of the details here. All I’ll say is that I have personally spoken with over a dozen women who swear by this plan. Since starting the Ketogenic Diet in January, 2015, Suzanne lost 110 lbs. Now, she shares her favorite Keto friendly recipes and yummy treats. Next on my list to try? It’s her Zoodles and Meatballs. Yummy!

A photo posted by Suzanne Ryan (@ketokarma) on Oct 26, 2016 at 7:23pm PDT

Via @ditchthecarbs

By now, you have probably heard about the negative health effects of simple carbs, such as white bread. But, if you are like me, finding delicious alternatives to crackers and toast can be a challenge. Fortunately, Via is here to help! On her blog and on Instagram, she shares tasty alternatives to the carbs you crave. Next on my list to try? It’s her “Chocolate Berry Brownies!”

A photo posted by @ditchthecarbs on Oct 30, 2016 at 9:49pm PDT

Rita @ritaserano

Rita takes a wonderfully natural approach to everything that she creates. Even her photography has a down-to-earth, organic feel. If you like cooking with natural ingredients and are looking for a little inspiration, Rita’s Instagram and blog may be great places to start. Where am I going to start? With her “Gluten Free Brown Rice Pasta with Roasted Vegetables,” of course!

A photo posted by Rita Serano (@ritaserano) on Aug 2, 2016 at 12:11pm PDT

Fanny @fannythefoodie

Fanny lives just a few minutes away from me, in Zurich, Switzerland. A self-proclaimed foodie, Fanny shares her inspiring natural dishes on her blog and her Instagram channel. With powerful purples, luscious greens and bright oranges, she paints a healthy canvas for her fans to enjoy and emulate. Next on my list to try? It’s her “Creamy Beetroot Pasta with Cashews and Pistachios.” I can’t wait!

A photo posted by Fanny (@fannythefoodie) on Nov 10, 2016 at 10:39am PST

Jo @healthyeating_jo

Jo focuses on plant-based healthy recipes that the entire family can enjoy. In addition to being nutritious, her creations are also works of art in and of themselves. I’m not kidding! Check out this amazing “Mixed Berry Zoothie Bowl” and you’ll see what I mean! I personally can’t wait to try this one out. It looks delicious.

A photo posted by ? Jo ? (@healthyeating_jo) on Nov 7, 2016 at 12:29pm PST

Lynn @heavenlynnhealthy

Lynn shares a staggering range of delicious hot and cold dishes on her blog and Instagram page. Most of her recipes are gluten, meat, dairy and refined sugar-free, making them an excellent break from the processed foods that most of us encounter throughout the week. What’s next on my list to try? It’s her amazing “Thai Coconut Soup.”

Nina @nourish_atelier

There is something about the juxtaposition of the sophisticated dishes that Nina creates with the contemporary and clean settings that she places them in that I find satisfying and relaxing. She is more than just an inspiring cook; she is also a talented art director. I highly encourage you to check her out! Where am I going to start? With her “Portobello and Sweet Potato Burger.”

A photo posted by Nina Olsson (@nourish_atelier) on Nov 14, 2016 at 12:21pm PST

Our grandkids are living in a world filled with refined sugar and simple carbs. Isn’t it time we looked for healthier options? These amazing healthy food bloggers allow us to do exactly that! I hope that you find their work inspiring.

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Are You Dissing Your Dollars? Here’s How to Change Your Mindset About Money

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Ladies, when you “dis” something you mentally degrade or put it down. This can hinder you from using your financial resources in retirement to fulfill your unique version of true wealth.

In my 23+ years in the personal finance world, I have discovered that the money in your pocket is just a small influence. It is your mindset that moves you in a positive, productive direction. Let’s look at three mindsets that hold us back and how to overcome them.

Dealing with Discontent

“If I only had…”, “I wish I hadn’t….”, “I don’t understand…” These are all discontent messages. What is yours?

As you push through dissing this arena of your finances, look at how money’s purpose in your life is evolving. Consider these three power moves to get you over the discontentment hurdle:

Create Awareness

It is an emotional shift to go from the accumulation phase to distribution phase. Many women have a challenging time with this transition – whether it is how to take Social Security or draw out of your various financial instruments.

It may be in wrestling with the uncertainties that life may toss your way. You are not alone! Your awareness of these areas of discontent is a big step in overcoming them.

Embrace Gratitude

Some people will always have more than you, and others will have less. Take a moment each day in humble gratitude to recognize what you do have. This will keep FOMO “fear of missing out” at bay. It will dissolve the power that discontentment can have over you.

Set Preferences and Priorities

Stop comparing yourself to others or what the financial services industry or media says your retirement should look like.

Fill your day with intentional choices around using your time, talent and treasure to bring your unique version of prosperity to fruition. Put your financial tools together to provide the support framework you need to live a life of meaning, purpose, safety and security.

Delving into Discomfort

We have received mixed messages about money throughout our lives. As you move into your fall season, those beliefs may have become firmly anchored. They have already created mindsets and behaviors that are either serving you – or not.

Misinformation and misunderstandings around money can make communication and practical application static or tense.

Take for example this quote from Scripture found in 1 Timothy 6:10. “The love of money is the root of all evil.” I have heard people misinterpret the quote as “Money is the root of all evil.” Think of the divergence in the behaviors that would come out of either of these mindsets.

It is not easy to talk about money. It may be because of the messages going around in your own head, or the conversations you have with a spouse, friend or family member. Here are two ideas to conquer this obstacle:

Be Vulnerable

When sitting with a person you trust, start a conversation about a money memory you have. It is easy to stay on the surface and discuss the market returns or the most recent purchase you have made. It is more rewarding if we press through the discomfort we have around doing our dollars differently.

Be Honest

Get real with yourself and others. Live in your financial integrity! Explore what type of financial personality you have and what opportunities or challenges you have encountered over your life.

What worked for you in the previous seasons of life and how can you build on that? What hasn’t worked and what do you want to address to make intentional changes? Look at your financial statement. What are your assets and liabilities? When you know what you have, you can do something about it.

Demystify the Distrust

You need to protect yourself from predatory sales people, scammers and unfortunately, sometimes those closest to you. With what has been learned about behavioral finance, you also need to protect yourself from yourself. You don’t want to do this money thing on your own, but who do you trust?

Put Your Team Together

Establish your trusted network of advisors who uphold and adhere to a code of conduct in your best interest. This network would include but will not be limited to a financial advisor, estate attorney, CPA, bookkeeper, health provider, elder care advocate and family members.

It is up to you to discern who fits your needs, and let your intentions and wishes be known.

Stay Engaged

Bring family members or friends into your financial discussions sooner rather than later. Establish periodic meeting times to ensure your best interests, needs and desires are understood and upheld.

You have the ability to capture these ‘dissing’ moments every time they pop into your head. Take those thoughts captive.

Replace discontent, discomfort and distrust with intentional, pro-active mindsets and behaviors that will move you in the direction of using the financial resources you have to live your version of bliss.

If you are within five years of retirement we invite you to download your copy of Monetary Manifesto today!

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Beauty Starts at Your Feet! 4 Ways to Care for Your Feet After 60 (And 6 Painful Conditions to Avoid)

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For women, the question “Do I look good?” points at appearance, body shape, face, and hair. We use make-up and skin care to hide blemishes, change our facial color, accentuate the eyes and mouth.

Bras and bodysuits help with our contours. We curl, uncurl, dye, bleach, streak, cut, and add pieces to our hair to enhance our looks. Advertising show us a plethora of products and possibilities for becoming desirable.

Have you ever seen an ad that touts beauty through foot care? You’d have to travel to a society where women wear burkas to find the foot the desirable symbol of beauty.

As a walker and former massage therapist and bodyworker, I prize my feet for health and beauty and for making my walking adventures possible.

The bottoms of your feet have 7000 nerve endings corresponding to every organ and system in your body. Stimulating and massaging these reflex or pressure points improves the health of your organs, your circulation and open energy pathways that may be blocked or congested.

Yes, healthy feet are a pathway to a healthy body.

Your beauty depends on good circulation, functioning organs, and a working metabolism to give you a healthy “glow,” sparkling eyes, shiny hair, and a shapely body.

If you’re thinking health and beauty, practice foot care! Here are a few tips.

Exercise Your Feet

Even if it’s snowing where you are, let your thoughts turn to spring time and walking in nature. To walk you need healthy feet which makes the whole experience a pleasure. Walking, on the other hand, creates healthy feet.

As we age, our feet need daily exercises to keep them flexible, to stretch and strengthen the muscles and ligaments that carry you through your day.

Stand on your toes, raise your toes, individually, if you can; wiggle your feet, make ankle circles, pull your feet downward and upward with your hands. You can do these exercises standing or seated whenever you think of it.

Practice walking barefoot to stimulate the nerve endings and pressure points. Walk barefoot in grass, sand, and dirt and toughen your feet. In winter, I walk indoors in flexible down booties.

Practice Foot Care

There are many ways to care for your feet. Here are my suggestions:

Daily Foot Care

Check and wash your feet daily, dry thoroughly, especially between the toes, and massage the feet while washing and drying to stimulate circulation and encourage flexibility.

Weekly Foot Care

Give your feet a soak in warm water with Epsom salt; rinse with cold water. This is both relaxing for your feet (and you!) and stimulating for your circulation. Scrub and smooth any calluses with pumice stone; trim your nails, and apply foot lotion. Avoid walking on just moisturized slippery feet!

Shoe Wear

Wear shoes that fit comfortably and give your toes room to spread. Generally, feet become larger as we age.

So, while the foot completes most of its growth by age 18 or 20, its size might increase as the arch collapses in later life, which results in a wider, longer foot. Many later-in-life foot problems result from tight and high-heeled footwear earlier in life.

Socks

Choose your socks carefully. They should be loose but not wrinkled. Avoid socks, stockings, or pantyhose that are too tight and may reduce circulation.

Seamless socks are a good idea for foot protection and can avoid irritation, blisters, or other skin injuries. They assure a smooth fit, eliminating pressure points that hinder circulation.

Prevent Common Foot Problems

As we age, our feet often experience problems that can cause us pain or annoyance. These include:

Ingrown Toenails

To prevent ingrown toenails cut the corners of your toenails straight.

Corns and Calluses

To very common problems are corns and calluses. They result from too much pressure, and the thinning of the foot pads as we age.

Both of these may have to do with the weight your feet have to carry, or with the shoes you’ve been wearing all your life. This issue is difficult to fix, but you can at least wear big enough shoes and reduce the hard calluses and corns by giving your feet a regular soak.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot can be prevented by not going barefoot in the gym and drying your feet meticulously, especially between the toes.

Dry Cracking Skin

Moisturize your feet daily before you go to bed so the moisturizer can soak in. This will prevent the development of dry skin on your feet.

Painful Bunions

Want to prevent bunions? Watch this YouTube video!

Plantar Fasciitis

Exercise your feet to prevent Plantar fasciitis. One way is to roll your feet over a rubber half tube to keep the arches from falling and stretch the ligaments on the bottom of your foot.

Maintain a reasonable weight; too much body-weight overworks the fascia on the bottom of the feet. You can also wear supportive shoes and if need be orthotics.

Your beauty depends on your feet! Feet that serve you and aren’t painful will put a smile on your face. Care for your feet now – spring and summer are coming!

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice. Please consult with your doctor to get specific medical advice for your situation.

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Reclaim Your Place as an Artist: Creative Thinking Is for Everyone

Creativity has always been a topic I love reading about, so it’s really no surprise that I stumbled on this quote by Pablo Picasso: “Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”

What’s more surprising is that there’s research that proves this to be true – and it’s decades old.

Back in 1969, NASA commissioned Professor George Land to design a creativity test to help decide who to hire to work on the Moon Landing project. Understandably, NASA wanted only the most innovative thinkers – or “creative geniuses.”

The test was designed so that the subjects would look at a certain problem and come up with new, innovative, possible solutions.

Looking for clues to our creativity, the same test was administered to 1,600 5-year-olds – with the surprising result that 98% of the children scored at the “creative genius” level.

The same children were retested every five years, and the results were stunning. At age 10, only 30% scored at the “creative genius” level. By age 15, the score had dropped to 12%.
The same test was administered to 280,000 adults age 25+ with only 2% scoring as “creative geniuses.”

What Happened to Their Creativity?

Our inner artist gets shut down as we enter the school system in which creative thinking is largely discouraged. What tends to get rewarded is memorizing facts and figures and regurgitating them on standardized tests.

I can recall hating tests that had me rely on memory work to fill in the blanks with the “correct” answer. However, I loved and excelled at creative writing because I was able to tap into my own imagination.

When we enter the work system, creative thinking is again discouraged in many workplaces. There is often a Policy and Procedures Manual that itemizes every scenario under the sun, with little room for deviation to satisfy individual situations. And, many bosses demand that you do things their way – or leave.

Study after study reveals that 70% of employees are unhappy with their jobs. At the same time, those in creative fields report being happy and fulfilled.

It’s worth noting that school dropouts have bucked the system. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Richard Branson are well-known examples.

Two Types of Thinking

In that 1969 study, Professor Land identified two types of thinking processes:

Convergent Thinking

Judging ideas, criticizing them, refining them, combining them, and improving on them constitutes convergent thinking. This happens during conscious thought.

Divergent Thinking

On the other side is divergent thinking, where you imagine new, original ideas, which are different from what has come before, but which may be only rough ideas to begin with. These most often happen subconsciously. Divergent thinking happens in the dream state.

Land says schools try to teach children to use both kinds of thinking at the same time, which is impossible.

Brainstorming Is a Creative Process

His advice is to “let your mind run free while you come up with ideas, and only afterwards to sit down, evaluate them, and start working on the ideas you think will work best.”

This is the essence of brainstorming – which is often encouraged during office meetings, until someone pipes up and says, “we can’t do that,” “that won’t work,” “we’ve never tried that before,” or some other killjoy response.

We now live in a time of chaos and unpredictable change. It’s essential for us to tap into innovative thinking. We need to encourage people to come up with a range of possibilities to create a new future to solve the problems we face.

As our world transitions into automation, and as we’re faced with an increasingly changing environment, we’ll need to rekindle our creative thinking.

How to Rekindle Creativity

A detailed study of the brain of Albert Einstein showed his creative genius stemmed from his highly connected brain.

A key to creativity is divergent thinking. You can enhance this through exercises such as brainstorming alternative ways to use common items like a paper clip, elastic band, wooden box, newspaper, paper bags, etc.

Creativity requires us to notice things that pass through our mind’s eye, which is another name for our subconscious mind. Creativity lives in our subconscious mind.

Do You Meditate?

Meditation allows us to quiet our conscious mind, often termed the “monkey mind,” so we can access our more powerful subconscious mind. Meditation encourages mindfulness.
Meditation can help you clear your mind of clutter and distraction so you can be open to new ideas. You can use meditation as a key to unlock your own creativity.

Remember when the Beatles studied meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi? They said meditation was a high without drugs and the White Album emerged from this practice.

Walt Disney is one of the first people to adopt mindfulness into the business world. Google, Apple, and Nike also use meditation in the workplace – as a means to awaken creativity.

Art Can Be a Form of Meditation

The ability to use our creativity is one of the greatest gifts about being human. Making art has been termed the “new meditation.”

Creating art is a form of meditation as long as we don’t worry about the outcome or the judgment of others. Art can be a channel to cope with overwhelming emotions.

Art therapy is used for its healing effect on depression, trauma, and illness. As a therapeutic practice, it encourages self-discovery. Art can also be used as a spiritual practice.

Do Art For Its Own Sake

Creativity enables you to experience the world through child-like wonder and fuels passion, purpose, and meaning. Creating art can still the mind and help us tap into our deeper core while allowing for self-expression.

Expressing your creativity could change your life and our world. It’s not too late to start!

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Group Adventure Travel for Women Over 60: 7 Tips on How to Maximize Your Experience

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Travel is perhaps one of the best ways you can learn about the world and about yourself. Not only do you get a breather from your routine, but you also get to immerse yourself in an entirely different culture and meet new people.

If you have the desire to go on an exciting road trip or visit remote destinations, group adventure travel is for you.

Of course, there are certain strategies to help make your trip as fun and worthwhile as it can be. We discuss how to get the most out of your group adventure tour with bona fide adventurer, Shila Desai, who is also a writer and the founder of Eat Your Heart Out Tours.

Employ the Right Mindset

When you’re planning for an adventure travel trip, you should prepare for a ton of activities and exploration. It’s going to be different from a five-star hotel experience. So what are the qualities that a person needs when considering adventure group environment?

For starters, expect to feel out of your comfort zone. When you’re abroad, your routine is different and so are the weather, language, food, and culture.

While that’s exactly what people seek when they are in adventure mode, many travelers still tend to have a hard time adjusting to the newness of everything. Shila has witnessed people get short-tempered or judgmental toward all the changes, especially others’ behaviors.

So, make sure you keep your mindset in check. Keeping an open mind and staying tolerant will help avoid frustrations and disappointments that can otherwise ruin your time.

Going the other way isn’t helpful either because forming cliques when you’re on an adventure travel group tour has the potential to ruin the experience for everyone. This is very unhealthy, Shila notes, as it can easily make others feel excluded.

Leave Your Comfort Zone

Going on a group adventure, whether you’re planning to visit Greenland, see Antarctica, or trek through Nepal, will give you priceless memories and experiences.

Many of these places may not offer amenities that you’re used to. After all, you’re going to be out in the wild.

Hygiene will not always involve that sparkling western bathroom you have at home. Aside from that, you may feel strained doing all that walking, hiking, or riding. And forget about Wi-Fi – it’s likely that you’ll stay in a place with very poor Internet connection (if any).

Are these indulgences worth it? Yes, if you are after a different kind of experience. And a little humor can go a long way to appreciating unexpected glitches. After all, what better way to make memories on the road than by sharing some good laughs with good company?

For Shila, the most fulfilling experiences are the ones that take you right into the primal source of life. So, don’t be afraid to have an adventure close to nature.

Go for it because you have the opportunity to experience something new, and you get to experience it in a supportive group environment.

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Password Breach! Do You Know How to Protect Your Online Identity?

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Unfortunately, online security intrusions are becoming more commonplace in today’s world and boomer women, just like everybody else, need to consider the safety of their online identity.

Most often it’s not something you do wrong, but something your doctor, insurance company, government agency, social media service, or credit card company do wrong that results in a data breach, exposing your personal information to the dark web.

Building Better Passwords

Most folks are wary of articles such as this because they cling to the belief that they should hold all their passwords in their heads. They also don’t want to be bothered to learn what it takes to be secure.

It’s an outdated notion to think you should be able to remember passwords. Beyond that, it is just plain not safe to do so because it means you aren’t composing your passwords to meet the security needs of today’s world.

The best way to keep your data safe is by using complex passwords, that are different for every online account you have. “Complex” means a random string of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols that are at least 12 characters.

Hackers are not randomly guessing what your passwords are; they have very sophisticated algorithms that are continually working on hacking online accounts. It isn’t easy to outsmart them, but there are ways to protect yourself.

3 Password No-No’s

You should be aware that there are certain password practices you should stay away from.

Unique Passwords

Never reuse a password between multiple accounts. Every password should be unique, meaning you can’t use milothedog1, milothedog2, 2milothedog, etc.

No Word Passwords

Never use a password which contains words that are in the dictionary. Hackers load their programs with dictionaries, including slang dictionaries, urban dictionary, and the scrabble dictionaries. If whole words are used in a password, it can be hacked.

Scrap Word Combinations

Never use a combination of words like badgersaremycollegemascotandilovewisconsin. Even though it’s long and hard for the human eye to decipher, it’s made up of simple words in the dictionary.

No doubt, this advice runs contrary to others who claim that long, random strings of words are a good tactic. I disagree wholeheartedly, and the security experts I respect concur.

Passwords should be randomly created (so that it isn’t memorable) and not associated with things in your life.

Put Your Passwords in a Vault

If you aren’t supposed to be able to remember your passwords what is the best way to manage them? The answer is a password management app.

I am always getting the question: “Can’t the hackers just break into those apps too?”

Here again, the surety of such an app will depend on your overall security. Is your device protected by a long passcode (eight or more digits) or a complex password to thwart attacks? Is the password used to open the password management app secure, following the parameters discussed above?

Password management apps are engineered like a vault. They are built for resistance to hacking behavior and continuously updated with the newest measures to combat the bad guys. If they were easily breached, they wouldn’t be in business or earn recommendations from the security experts.

I would compare these apps to banks. We keep our money stored in banks because we trust that they will keep it safe. Although nothing is 100% perfect, it’s your best option for keeping your valuables protected.

5 Significant Benefits of Using a Password Manager

  • They harass you and help you change passwords if multiple accounts use the same password.
  • They offer a random password generator tool that creates complex passwords for you.
  • They alert you if a data breach occurs that may impact any account stored in the app.
  • They are built to work interactively with browsers and apps to seamlessly fill in credentials (your username and password).
  • The data can be synchronized in the cloud to ensure you have your passwords on every device you use.

A couple of the top password managers, 1Password and LastPass, are both worth checking out. I highly encourage you to take the time to do your research and start using something to protect your data and identity.

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How to Reflect on Your Childhood and Reignite Your Passions in Retirement

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I set intentions and while my intention for the year is to experience more joy, I enjoy reading articles and blog posts about reinvention.

There is a school of thought that says that we can choose, at various stages of life, to reinvent ourselves. It’s a fascinating concept. Could I, as an aging woman of some physical substance, reinvent myself as a ballerina? Nope. I don’t think so. What I can do is to reignite myself!

What does that even mean?

Reflect on Your Childhood

Think back to your childhood years. Did you have interests and passions? Did you tinker in the backyard plotting adventures? Did you draw pictures of dreams that had meaning perhaps only to you?

As a mom, I devoted my life to my kids. I reasoned it was only a short season of my life, and I wanted to give my all to my children. However, I now realize that the way we chose to spend our time in those years will have an impact on their entire lives.

When you choose to mother that way, you can sometimes forget who you are. I know I did. Life is full of compromises and exchanges. When I was actively mothering, I chose to exchange my time, energy, talents and sometimes my dreams, for the benefit of my children.

I have no regrets and I look back at active mothering with great love. It was a busy sunshine time and I loved nearly all of it. But that time has ended, and it is a new day and a new year.
My children are all adults now. My house is quieter. Instead of coming home to busyness, noise and chaos, I come home to myself.

Are you at that point in life? If so, then it really is time to come home to yourself and to reignite those interests and passions that uniquely fit you.

Looking Back to Look Ahead

I am the youngest of eight children. Even though I am over 60, my siblings still refer to me as ‘the baby.’ Much of my free time was spent copying passages from their high school and college text books, ‘teaching school’ to my dolls and stuffed animals, and writing short stories.

Is it any wonder that I became a writer/lawyer? There were clues in my early play that hinted to my future.

How about you? When you had time for free play as a child, what were the things you did? Did you care for sick baby dolls in a hospital? Did you teach your stuffed animals? Did you build cardboard space ships to take imaginary journeys?

What might these childhood memories tell you about unignited passions that you have not had time to develop, or that you have hidden all these years?

What If Nothing in Particular Stands Out?

If looking back doesn’t reveal anything in particular, this is also an answer! It is an indication of how much you have changed and grown. But let’s take another shot at this looking backwards concept.

When you were a child, what were the things you enjoyed? Why do you think you enjoyed them? I enjoyed going to the library because it fed my voracious reading habit and insatiable curiosity.
One mom I spoke to loved baking in the kitchen with her mom. This memory was so powerful, she turned it into a sideline business in which she bakes cupcakes and other items for a small circle of friends and clients.

Another mom followed her dad around doing home repairs and decorating. As an empty nester, she now blogs about her home improvement adventures. She is having a ball memorializing her adventures and selling products through an affiliate program.

Think about the activities you engaged in and the traditions your family had. What stood out from them? Does this give you a clue as to an interest or passion to reignite?

Still Nothing?

Maybe your childhood was traumatic or unpleasant or you just plain don’t remember much. Many of us are in this boat! Yet there are stirrings of your heart that are waiting for you to listen to them!

Here are some questions to get you thinking:

What Have You Always Wanted to Try?

What are some things you have always wanted to try, but haven’t had the time, money or opportunity to delve into? This exploration has been a complete blast for me!
I am learning more about my love for writing and trying numerous artistic things I never had time to do, including basket weaving and jewelry making! The time and opportunity to write have reignited a passion within me to communicate, share and help. How about you?

When Did You Feel Fulfilled and Happy?

Think about your past 10 years. Were there times when you said to yourself, “I was made for this!” For me, it was teaching and mentoring my children. That experience was a confirmation that I wanted to work with people in a way that encourages, teaches and inspires.

Maybe you had the “I was made for this!” thought when you were volunteering to work with preschoolers or decorate a room for a special party. Think back on those times and see what they are trying to tell you.

What Groups Appeal to You?

What group or societal need tugs at your heartstrings? I cannot watch the animal welfare group commercials without nearly weeping. So, I support and volunteer for animal causes.

I know another mom whose heartstrings are plucked by the exploitation of the sex trade. She works with a group that educates and raises funds to help rescue victims of the trade.

Maybe you really feel for the homeless or children in foster care. Listen to these heartbeats. They may hold the key to uncovering the passion of your life.

There is so much to explore and do! Life after motherhood can be a full and wonderful life. Take some time to make a study of you – your past interests, your current interests and the beating of your heart. You will find clues for your next adventure in life!

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5 Ways to Discover Your New Path in the Transition to Retirement

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When you’re a year or two away from retirement, or from your kids graduating and moving on with their lives, you start fantasizing about how wonderful it’s going to be to have lots of free time to do whatever you want to do.

It all seems perfect in your daydreams, but once the time comes, it can be challenging to figure out who you want to be now and in what direction you want to head.

You undoubtedly want open time to spend with your friends and family, or alone, but this is also your opportunity to do something entirely different, to reinvent yourself. Since getting started on this new road is often the most challenging step, it’s important to break it down into manageable actions that can help you determine who the “new you” will really be.

If you know you want to explore some fresh iterations of yourself, but you aren’t exactly sure what those might be, try these five steps.

Take a Step Back in Time

Look at some old photos of yourself, from when you were in college or first starting a family or even younger. Play some music from that time to set the mood. Open your journal and start writing anything that comes to your mind. Think about what you always dreamed of doing if earning a living weren’t a consideration.

Remember the activities that excited you, even if they aren’t that different from what you ended up doing. Who knows? Maybe you were a manager in a high-stress business but what you’d really like to do is join the Peace Corps and teach people good business practices. Use this exercise to reconnect with long-held dreams you’ve all but forgotten.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

If the answer to everything you fantasize about doing is, “Oh, I can’t do that because I’m too scared,” then you have to use this time to get braver.

You’ve no doubt done many things in your life that required courage and inner toughness. You can certainly try some new things at this end. When I first dragged my suitcase up the hill to live in the dorms for two weeks when I recently earned an MFA degree, I wanted so badly to turn around and get back into the Super Shuttle. But, I’m so glad I didn’t.

I got over my nervousness and opened myself to a whole new world of people and ideas and paths I want to follow. Rely on the strengths you know you have and you’ll find yourself feeling comfortable again in no time.

Develop Some Kind of Daily Practice

This is true if you’re rusty at the skill you’re ready pursue in this phase of life, but it’s also important just to help you establish confidence and discipline. Whether it’s a daily gratitude journal or a mindfulness meditation session, doing something every day – regardless of whatever else is going on – is great for focus, creativity, and building self-esteem.

Last year, I took a photograph out of doors every day of the year and I posted it on Instagram. I only have about 20 regular followers, but that’s not why I began “A Year Outside.” As a writer also interested in pursuing creativity in practically any form, it reminded me to really look at the world around me, to play with filters and angles, and to simply go outside.

The latter was important for me because being able to walk unencumbered out in the world was a big dream of mine while I was sitting at a desk during the last five or six years of work. Yet, I didn’t really do it every day until I took on this project. The sense of accomplishment when you set a daily goal and complete it does wonders for your sense of yourself.

Listen to Your Own Voice

Even though you may be free now from the ideas and opinions of your old boss and co-workers, or the judgment that came from the rolling eyes of your teenagers, there are still a lot of people in this act of life who want to tell you what you should do. Some will urge you to do absolutely nothing for the first year of freedom, while others will suggest 18 different places you can volunteer.

There may be merit in all suggestions, but what’s most essential is what you want to do with your time and energy. And remember that it may take some time to find your own voice amid the others. It may also be tough at first to give yourself permission to explore the world on your own terms at your own pace. But, one of the big truths of the third third of life is that you deserve to live this on your own terms, so do it and enjoy it.

Expect Mistakes in the Transition to Retirement

This may seem like ending on a negative, but it really isn’t. This is the first time in probably 35 years that you can set your pace, pursue your own interests, and involve yourself in the world as you see fit. You’re bound to find at least couple of interests that don’t pan out or weren’t what you thought they were. This is natural and part of the process.

We’ve been on the clock for so many years, being able to meander and choose what sounds good to us will seem foreign initially, and it will make you think you need to do the first thing that comes along. Give yourself time to make mistakes, to discover new – or old – things about yourself, and to see the world from a new angle.

This is the time of your life that you worked for. Enjoy every minute of finding your new path.

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Invite Denmark Into Your Home and Discover Hygge – The Feeling of Good Moments

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Picture this: Soft music playing. Candles casting flickering shadows over the smiling faces of your close friends. A wonderful Italian pasta filling the room with delicious smells. Warm bread drenched in butter. Bottles of your favorite wine on the table. Laughter. Conversation.

The feeling that this picture evokes is one of contentment. Satisfaction. Pleasure.

That, my friends, is called hygge, my new and favorite word. My new mantra.

What is Hygge?

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word described as the feeling created by a good moment. Contentedness. Charm. Comfort. Familiarity. Simpleness. Shake all of those words up in your head and sprinkle them over your soul and you have hygge, a recipe for happiness.

The legendary happy Danes created hygge to try and shake the dreary long days of winter by initiating rituals to give comfort. Warmth. A recognition of the moment and celebrating it.

A cup of tea on a cold afternoon, sitting by a fire, wearing your favorite socks. A soft light glowing next to a cozy bed scattered with pillows and soft blankets. Dinner and good conversation with friends at an inviting table, strewn with food and glasses of wine.

Simple pleasures. Simple joys. Hygge.

Calm in a Sea of Chaos and Uncertainty

In thinking about simple pleasures, it’s easy to see the need for them. In these times of stressful urgency, confusion and turmoil, a simple pleasure is yearned for every day. A relief from the stormy world we live in. A respite from the cold attitude of uncertainty. A familiar face in a sea of strangers.

We search inwardly for comfort and peace, for solace and clarity. A personal touch in an impersonal, electronic world. But our spinning minds struggle to slow down enough to find the hygge that we desperately need.

I want to create hygge moments. A pause for our soul’s yearning to quiet the chatter.

I want to live like the Danish and experience hygge every day.

I want my children, grandchildren and friends to feel hygge when they pass through my front door. When they spend time with me. When they feel my arms around them. When they think of me. A hug to the soul, even without my presence. A legacy from me to them.

How Can We Create Hygge in Our Lives?

I’m on a mission to invite Denmark attitude into my home – to create hygge in my home and my life, every day.

How can we do that? What is the recipe for creating hygge in our home and in our lives?

Six Ways to Invite Denmark into Your Home: Things I Love

I love impromptu dinners or get-togethers. To always have something in the freezer and my pantry to throw together a quick meal or appetizer. A bottle of wine on standby. A playlist of soft music ready to go.

I love a comfortable table setting, with quirky ill-matched serving dishes. Bright colors. Cloth napkins. Informal. Key word – comfortable.

I love flowers sitting around. Random jars or empty cans as their vases, creating a casual feel. Pretty. Inviting. A vivid display of bohemian coziness.

I love “sitting places” that create small conversation areas in my home and my yard where people can relax and feel at home. Inviting. Soul-provocative. Intimate.

Soft lighting. The flicker of candles. An aura of calmness. Simple things. Simple pleasures.

For overnight guests, I spray a fresh scent on their sheets, lay out a clean bathrobe, air out their rooms, put a good book on their nightstand. Things to make them feel comfortable. At home. Welcome.

Go Ahead and Spoil Yourself

They say that hygge is about splurging. Not denying the pleasures you seek to make yourself and others feel good. It’s spoiling ourselves with the sweet gifts of fellowship. A communion of souls. Creating a nursery-type feel to swaddle our relationships and nestle joyfully in the sweet arms of pleasure.

The simple things that make you happy. Comfort. Joy. Simplicity. Relationships. Kindness. Caring about each other.

Maybe we all should invite Denmark into our homes to experience living Danishly. Maybe we all should think about how we can bring hygge into our lives. Start the trend. Create the sensation. Spread the contagious joy. Inspire others.

Think about what a difference we could make. A subtle change in the future that evokes familial attitude in an impersonal world. Moonflower Blooms moments. It’s inevitably what hygge is all about.

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Why Being a Nanny is a Life-Changing Job for Retirees

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When our careers are in full swing, we don’t think about the importance of jobs for retirees. Either we assume that we will save enough money to live in comfort in the “best years of our lives” or we look forward to enjoying our freedom in retirement, without working, even if it means cutting back on luxuries. 

Then, we reach retirement age and our perspective starts to shift. The freedom that we craved for most of our lives finally arrives… but, it leaves many of us feeling like we are missing a sense of purpose.

Financially, the “small sacrifices” that we thought we would have to make in retirement start to look like the tip of the iceberg as healthcare, assisted living and other costs appear on the horizon. We need more money, meaningful activities and flexibility.

Our Love Hate Relationship with Jobs for Retirees

When I talk with other women my age, they tell me that they aren’t interested in working fulltime any more. Instead, they are looking for part-time job opportunities that allow them to earn a little bit of extra cash, while staying social and maintaining a sense of purpose.

Unfortunately, unless you worked in a professional career and have skills that transfer easily to freelancing, this set of requirements can be hard to find.

Either you end up looking at retail work, which doesn’t pay well, is hard on your body and doesn’t really do much for your sense of purpose. Or, you volunteer, which can be an excellent way to make friends and increase your sense of purpose… but, it won’t pay your bills!

Well, today, I had a conversation with my son that convinced me that being a nanny may be an excellent choice for many seniors.

Why Older Women Make Excellent Nannies

During our conversation, my son mentioned that he was reading a book called “Bright from the Start.” It is a book about how to help your child to get the best possible start in life. My son has an 8-month-old little boy, so, he is starting to think about kindergartens and other daycare options.

One of the surprising arguments that the author of this book makes is that structured daycare options, such as kindergartens, don’t necessarily provide better care than nannies. In fact, since a nanny can work with a child one-on-one, there is a better chance that she will bond with the child and will be able to give him or her the love and nurturing that he or she needs.

That said, it is not only the child who can benefit from having a loving adopted grandma in his or her life; as older women, we can also benefit from having a child in our lives.

We All Need to Be Needed

Think about it for a second. Regardless of whether we have grandchildren of our own, one of the most powerful things that we can do to make the world a better place is to play a positive role in the life of a child.

When we are needed, we feel alive, important and purposeful. Being a nanny is more than a job; it is an opportunity to make a difference in the world, while contributing to our own financial future.

Being a Nanny Isn’t for Everyone

I know quite a few older women for whom the idea of looking after a child would seem just about as fun as getting a root canal. These women either raised their own children and have no desire to repeat the process or they decided to avoid having children to focus on other priorities.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. If you don’t enjoy being around kids, being a nanny is a horrible idea! But, if you enjoy being around kids and have plenty of energy, this might be the perfect job!

Finding Work as a Nanny is All About Relationships

In today’s digital world, most of the businesses that you could start require a great deal of online marketing. First, you need a website. Then, you need to be on social media. Next, you need to decide how to advertise to your potential customers. The list goes on and on!

Finding work as a nanny is all about personal relationships. As a result, it is a business that any of us could start.

Take the time to get to know your neighbors – and tell them that you are looking for work as a nanny. Leave a note in each mailbox in your neighborhood. Offer to help out, occasionally, in the evenings, to build trust. If you invest in your reputation, you will soon have burned out parents knocking down your door to stay with their children.

Being a Nanny = Extra Cash, a Sense of Purpose and Part-Time Hours

If you look at the three things that most women look for when it comes to jobs for seniors, working as a nanny checks all the boxes.

It is a way to make some extra cash, without having to work retail. It allows you to gain a sense of purpose by making a difference in the life of a child. And, it has the potential to offer flexible, part-time hours.

If you love kids, I hope that you will consider being a nanny. It really could change your life!

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