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Meryl Hartstein
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Meryl Hartstein is a Published Author, Strategic Life & Relationship Coach, Celebrity Confidence Expert, Guest Speaker. Her book, "You Were Born to Shine" will be out this summer. She is currently working on her next book "Bounce Back Women". Please visit her website at

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Growing Older Is Not Aging

(9) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 12:30 PM

When we think of aging, we immediately go to the negative, dark side of our thoughts. This behavior has been imbedded in our brains. We see the media dismissing the elderly, as if there is little relevance or importance to our society. This causes a downward spiral for anyone fifty...

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My Forever Seventeenth Summer

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 2:18 PM

As the snow is falling late in January, I focus my thoughts on spring. To me, spring is the perfect definition of renewal, rebirth and endless possibilities.

Throughout my years, when darkness of any kind would fall upon my life, I would go back to my past springs. For me,...

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Being 60

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 8:44 AM

There are so many articles, websites, videos, etc., on how to look our best as we age. Celebrities endorse products and we believe every word as they line their pockets with our money. They sell books after their ghost writers type every page.

For many years, I had been...

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Is 60 the New 40?

(6) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 11:36 AM

In the past few years we hear how each decade makes us younger. Forty is the new 20, 50 is the new 30 and 60 is the new 40. At this rate, aging sounds exciting!

Truthfully, aging can be difficult on all levels, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It's how we...

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Growing up in the Sixties

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 4:10 PM

Growing up in the sixties and seventies I would often watch my Mother prepare dinner. It would begin around three in the afternoon, after my sister and I had come home from school. As we were starting our homework, she was starting our dinner. The predictability was comforting.

You see,...

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Match Men

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 9:51 AM

You've decided to enter the crazy, mixed up world of online dating. You're unsure, nervous and determined to conquer this dreaded step. You feel overwhelmed and are lacking confidence. It's like diving into a pool of liquid blindfolded, not totally sure if it's hot or cold.

I'm here to tell...

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Get Your Groove Back in Midlife

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 6:11 PM

Many of us have been thrown into the crazy, mixed up world of dating not by choice and totally by surprise. Marriages fail and spouses die. Let's face it, we're meant to share a life with someone. We don't like to admit it, but living alone can get rather lonely...

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The Rapunzel Epidemic

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:51 PM

It could be generational or it could be coincidental, either way it's happening!

Middle-aged women are trapped in their homes dreaming about a way out. On the outside, they have it all. A lovely life and a happy family. Inside, they are crumbling, lacking self-worth and confidence, feeling unloved and...

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Gratitude on Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 5:07 PM

As we begin the Holiday season, we kick it off with Thanksgiving. It's the same every year. Families get together. They travel far and wide, sometimes through obstacles such as bad weather, sick kids or whatever else that might happen on this one special family day each year.

In almost...

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The New Face of Adversity

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 2:22 PM

There are times in our lives when we might become faced with adversity. It usually comes unexpectedly and with so much force that we are knocked off our feet. Our worlds become shattered and our life, as we knew it, starts to crumble. We are left broken.

We are now...

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6 Tips for a Happy Relationship

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 8:48 AM

Contrary to many beliefs, there are happy relationships. Not everyone is destined to divorce, breakup and heartache. There are many who survive the ups and downs and continue to be happy where they are. Here are my tips on how to keep it fresh, exciting and without drama:

1. Communication:...

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The Schlub Effect

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 7:43 PM

Definition of Schlub: a talentless, unattractive, or boorish person.

Not a very nice description of anyone right? Unfortunately ladies, as we all know all too well, we are surrounded by them. This is what happens to middle aged men who do not take care of themselves emotionally, physical or spiritually....

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Going Back to a Simpler Life

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 6:05 PM

Would we want a simple life again if we were given the opportunity? Could we go back to the way it was before the digital age came upon us? My answer is, most definitely no. Most of us shake at the thought of not being able to use our cell...

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Facebook, How Women Got Their Groove Back

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 8:39 PM

A few years back, before Facebook ever existed, women were living in a form of darkness. This might sound extreme to some, but for many other women, this will ring true.

Facebook became a tool for women on so many levels. The most obvious was the reconnection with old friends...

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Tips on Dating a Younger Man

(240) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 6:27 AM

Pros and cons of dating a younger man!

Let's be honest, the main reason a woman will date a younger man is because physically it's very appealing. But there could be more than meets the eye. Here are four good reasons to allow yourself to jump into the kiddie pool.

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What Is Special?

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 4:44 PM

When I had my daughters years ago, call me naive, but I never worried a single second if they would be born with any developmental problems. Sure, I heard of people having children with Downs or Autism, but they were stories, never anyone I knew.

During my pregnancies, there weren't...

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Debunking Middle Age

(43) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 6:54 AM

When I hear the word "downsizing", I get chills down my spine. To some it's a positive expression, to me it's a curse word. It can only mean one of two things, lack of funds or old age is on the horizon. In business it refers to layoffs and cuts...

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Who Was Essie May Jones?

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 1:58 PM

Who was Essie May Jones? To me she was the smartest woman I had ever met. She was strong and steadfast yet kind and fun. She would take a bus twice a week to visit us when I was growing up. At first, I remember her being a shy lady...

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Financial Abuse

(8) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 2:32 PM

We have all heard the painful stories of spousal abuse. We have a good idea what physical abuse is, and we are also aware of the terrible effects of emotional abuse. There is another type of abuse that is not as well known, but can be equally damaging, and that...

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Growing Young

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 1:06 PM

Yes, the times they are a-changing. As far back as I could remember, I have been working on staying young. There were a few exceptions when I wanted to be older. One summer I was in Cape Cod with my parents and a friend. I was only 15. We met...

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