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Maddisen K. Krown
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Maddisen K. Krown, M.A. is a Life Coach, Blogger, and Speaker who works with individuals and groups throughout the U.S. and the world. One of her favorite niches is 'MidLife Empowerment'. She serves the wholeness and well being of her clients, guiding them into the fuller purpose and quality of life that calls them. Maddisen holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and is a graduate of the ICF accredited Coach for Life program. She also holds a B.S. in English/Technical Writing & Computer Science, with further experience as a writer/editor, training facilitator, and project leader. In addition to The Huffington Post, Maddisen writes for the NoHo Arts District News. Based in Los Angeles, she donates a substantial amount of time in service as a counseling facilitator in her community. Visit her website at

Maddisen is an accomplished Actress who currently writes for and performs in the critically acclaimed and long-running stage show – Inside Private Lives.

She also serves on the Board of Directors for the distinguished School of Lost Borders in Big Pine, CA, known for its vision fast and rites of passage programs in nature, which cultivate self trust, responsibility, and understanding about one’s unique place within society and the natural world.

Maddisen is a big fan of life, a dance and exercise enthusiast, first class traveler, avid explorer of the inner and outer worlds, arts and nature lover, former violinist, and has been known to play the spoons when wine is involved.

Entries by Maddisen K. Krown

We're All Aging -- But Don't Panic, It's Organic!

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 6:30 AM

Dear Readers:
I recently watched the movie "Last Vegas", the 2013 comedy about four senior-aged men who fly off to Las Vegas to be "bad boys" and throw a wild bachelor party for one of the fellows who is about to marry his 31-year-old girlfriend.

The four "seniors"...

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Is Your Life Coach Conscious or Unconscious?

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 12:48 PM

Here is a sobering question from one of my readers.

Dear Maddisen: My mother is very ill. In my opinion, she's been a bad mother, always depressed, angry, reactive, self-centered, critical of her kids. My siblings and I have all had issues and have needed therapy because of her. But...
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Your Self-Concept Is Your Destiny

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Here is a question from one of my readers about overcoming self criticism:

Dear Maddisen:

When it comes to my career success, I find myself comparing myself to friends, colleagues, my family members -- just about everyone! I criticize myself and how I'm not as smart or capable, I...

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Can Rejection Be Your Protection? Yes!

(11) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 7:20 AM

Here's a question from a reader about rejection.

Dear Maddisen: Have you heard the phrase: Rejection is God's protection? I just overheard this in a conversation while I was getting a coffee. I don't get it but I can't get it out of my head. Have you heard this? Do...
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Empower Yourself With 'I' Language

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 8:01 AM

Dear Readers:

This week, I have a new challenge for everyone. I challenge you to use "I" language. If you're not sure what the heck I'm talking about, read on -- this is powerful stuff.

What does it mean to use "I" language? Simply, it means when we talk to...

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Learning to Date Again After Divorce

(11) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 7:40 PM

Here's a question from one of my readers about dating at midlife after divorce.

Dear Maddisen,

I'm a midlifer, divorced, with 50 percent custody of two great teenagers and in the dating circuit. I'm on a few dating websites, which at times keeps me busy, but most of all keeps...
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Becoming Our Parent's Parents

(8) Comments | Posted December 18, 2011 | 7:20 PM

This holiday season, I'd like to share about my personal experience as a mid-lifer facing and caring for my physically declining elder parents.

The Journey Home

For Thanksgiving this year, I went home to Connecticut to be with my family. My focus and the main theme for this week-long trip...

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Afraid of Getting Older? Make a Different Choice!

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2011 | 1:22 PM

Here's a question from a reader about the fear of getting older.

Dear Maddisen,
I'm in my 40s and getting more scared about aging, especially when I see all of the drug commercials for physical problems and depression. I've been healthy, but not looking forward to the downward spiral....

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DIY Suggestions for Thinning Hair

(3) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 4:54 PM

Here's a question from a reader about suddenly thinning hair during midlife:

Dear Maddisen,
I'm in my late 40's and I've suddenly started shedding hair. I spoke with my mother and older sister, and they never experienced this. I'm freaked out. I think it's connected to menopause, but I...

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Yes, You Can Start Your Financial Plan at Midlife

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2011 | 6:11 PM

Here's a question from a reader about financial planning:

I'm 55, divorced, and I work hard to pay my bills and stay above water. I'm tired of just getting by, and honestly, I have no idea how I'll care for myself when I get too old to work. I'm scared...

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Moving Beyond the Shock of Midlife

(65) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 6:53 AM

Here's a question from a reader about navigating the initial shock of midlife:

Dear Maddisen:

OK, I get that I'm in midlife, and I want to make a difference and maybe even be happier. But how do I get past this feeling I've done something wrong? Like I'm a...
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Perimenopause and the Fog of Forgetting

(8) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 6:52 PM

Here's a question from a reader about perimenopause and forgetfulness.

Dear Maddisen:

I'm in the throes of perimenopause. I seem to be forgetting things from one second to the next. This worries me and makes me mad. Any advice on how to deal with this?

Excellent question. Let...

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MidLife: Don't Panic, It's Organic!

(43) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 4:48 AM

Here's a question I received from a reader about his midlife crisis:

I'm 51. I've reached some of my goals, but there is so much more I expected to achieve by this age, and I'm just wondering if it's worth it. I'm losing steam. Is it too late for me?
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Is Your Lover a Dream or a Nightmare?

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 11:46 AM

Here's a question from a reader:

Dear Maddisen, I keep picking the wrong guys. They're like my worst nightmares come true! How can I stop doing this?

Whether you're a man or a woman, hooking up with someone who feels like your dream come true can be a challenge,...

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Is Your Heart Breaking or Breaking Open?

(5) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 4:05 PM

Here's a question from a reader about the holidays, heartbreak and lonliness:

I recently had my heart broken. And now the holidays are here, which is making me feel even more sad and lonely. I don't have a partner and I don't have family. I literally feel contracted around my...
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Aligning Your Goals and Actions

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 4:35 PM

Here's a question from a reader about aligning goals and actions:

As a rule, I'm very clear about my goals and committed to taking the steps necessary to achieve them. But I've recently become aware that my actions don't always support my goals, and I'm very curious to get your...
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What 'Acceptance' Really Means

(4) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 5:23 PM

Here's a question from a reader about acceptance:

I'm confused about acceptance. If something happens to me that I don't like, why would I want to accept it, and let it happen or continue happening, and on top of that -- believe it's good for me?! This seems apathetic...
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Get High on Gratitude

(4) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 11:42 AM

Here's a question from a reader regarding the value of gratitude:

Several of my friends extol the power of being grateful and of keeping a daily gratitude log, and I just don't get it. I tried listing what I'm grateful for a few times, but it didn't do much...
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Lovers: Speak Your Truth

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 4:52 PM

Here's a scenario that was recently shared with me by an acquaintance seeking advice:

After leaving a serious, 10-plus year relationship last year, I find myself involved with a new person who has been very willing to keep the relationship light, which I have stated as my need and...

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Ask Maddisen: How to Clear Your Mind of Clutter

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 5:54 PM

Dear Maddisen,
Lately, I've had a lot going on in my life. I'm pretty good at managing all of it, but I'd like to know if there's a simple and natural way for me to clear my mind of thoughts that feel non-supportive, non-productive, and just like clutter. As...

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