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Life Transitions

7 Signs You're Ready For A Major Life Change

Lamisha Serf-Walls | Posted 05.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Lamisha Serf-Walls

There are moments in life when we know we need to drastically shift the course of our lives in order to live a life we love and truly be happy. Moments that while sometimes scary, will lead to a change that allows us to grow, evolve, and finally become who we were meant to be. Here are seven sure-fire signs you are ready and open for the big changes ahead.

Transitions: The Last Ride

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

My motorcycling days are now in the rearview mirror. And while I regret that I will no longer pick bugs from my teeth, I also realize that I had a wonderful time while it lasted -- and I lived through two accidents. That's significant. And it's part of who I am.

Transitions Are Painful -- Six Steps to Make Them Glorious

Marilyn Tam | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Tam

The best way to honor the transition and move on with inner peace is to give thanks. Yes. Give thanks for the pain, physical, emotional or financial challenge that may seem to be unending; it will end. Acknowledge the reasons for the grief, uncover the lessons/benefits in them.

My Transgender Life -- Transitioning at Age 64

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 04.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

My name is Grace Anne Stevens, and even one decade ago, I did not have the words to understand all the deep feelings inside of me that kept fighting the outward "reality" that I was a man. I was in my mid-50s.

Aging Gratefully

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

I remember looking forward to getting older when I was a child. I wanted to be a teenager, and then as a teenager, I desperately wanted to be an adult. When I had young children, I spent several years looking forward to watching them get older.

Holiday Magic--When You're Coping With Separation & Divorce

Sharon Zarozny | Posted 02.10.2015 | Divorce
Sharon Zarozny

Traditions create the magic of holidays. They keep us grounded. Change, on the other hand, often knocks us off our feet. So how do you cope?

Thanksgiving: The True Meaning of Thanks

Stephanie Bender | Posted 01.24.2015 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

It strikes me that our conscious choice to embrace change results from a fundamental and innate process of moving from struggle to resolution.

Is It Too Soon to Start Over?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Maureen Anderson

Once upon a time I followed my then-husband's career from city to city until he dumped me. Not the profile of a brilliant career strategist, I know. B...

Weaning the Mother

Rabbi Haviva Ner-David | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Haviva Ner-David

As I recited the final blessing my tears mixed with the living waters of the mikveh. I was overcome with the emotion of having reached this moment after months and months of anticipation, planning, and fear.

The 5 Stages Of Stuff: How To Make Downsizing Easier

Rachel Adelson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Theory is one thing, practice is another. I could write all day about aging in place and downsizing. Hey, wait. I have written all day about aging in place and downsizing. Then I actually downsized. And moved. And lived in a hotel for a month in between. It was all such a hassle that all I could think was, 'No wonder people put this off!'

6 Ways to Manage and Thrive Through Transition and Change

Marilyn Tam | Posted 11.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Tam

Even happy occasions and positive changes are stressful, and it helps to recognize how to manage them for our health and happiness. Here are six things you can do to lower the stress and maximize the positives of the transition...

Yoga, Motherhood and Stumbling Through Transitions

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

This time in my life feels awkward, unfamiliar and off-balance. But as I return to these stories of humor, pain and sweetness, I see that experiencing deep love is a gift even though I'm stumbling through the transitions.

The Quest for Joy: It Isn't As Elusive As You Think

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 09.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Ritu_Sharma

Whether you're someone transitioning into a new phase of your life or someone just starting out on the career path after graduation day, "What would bring me joy?" is a question worth asking. And if down the road that joy starts to wane, be ready to ask again.

A Letter to My In-Transition Self

Liana Gergely | Posted 08.23.2014 | Women
Liana Gergely

Sometimes you believe that the space between things is not life, but it is life. If you look closely enough, you will see that absolutely everything is comprised of the in-between, and that nothing is ever really final -- it is always shifting and transforming.

A Special Message To The 2014 Graduates Of The School of Divorce

Christina Pesoli | Posted 07.06.2014 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

Don't let the hell you've just been through dampen your joy de vivre. I know the storm was scary, but it has passed so there's no reason to keep hiding underneath the overpass. The clouds have parted and the sun is shining.

8 Tips For Navigating Life's Transitions

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Many of life's transitions are more difficult for people, especially transitions from childhood into puberty; marriage into divorce or widowhood; high school into college times, etc. These important changes in life have a major impact on us and are tricky to navigate. We can't avoid them. One thing we know: Change will occur whether we are ready or not.

Downsizing? Unclutter Your Feelings First

Rachel Adelson | Posted 04.23.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

"Some items have special sentimental meaning; perhaps they represent unfinished business or an unfulfilled dream of some kind. That can make letting go of certain objects really hard to do."

20 Things Your Child Needs From You When Things Change

Dr. Karin L. Smithson | Posted 12.07.2013 | Parents
Dr. Karin L. Smithson

Whether it is a new baby, a big move or Mommy's going back to work, our kids need us to help them find their way along life's tumbling, twisting path.

Why I Can't Help But Sob In The Produce Section

Deborah Gaines | Posted 11.05.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

I released my daughter into the wild this weekend -- or at least, dropped her at a big-city college dorm with only a rice cooker, a credit card and nine suitemates to sustain her. She was nervous and excited, ready to fly but unsure of her ability to remain aloft.

What Year Is It?

Samantha Sutton | Posted 10.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Samantha Sutton

The thing about years of change is that they can be jarring. You had gotten used to a certain way of living and of being, and now you are called to step into a new dance that feels unfamiliar, maybe scary, maybe uncomfortable, maybe uncertain.

How Do We Successfully Connect?

Jen Grisanti | Posted 10.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

The key to your success is connection. Well, the question that comes to mind is how do you connect? I mean, really connect? The key to connecting is i...

Children of God

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

Rabbi Carlebach used music to reach and inspire people. Following death, we all need to forge our own paths to get back to the Garden. For some its music, for others it is community and for still others it is just takes time.

The Choice That Isn't

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

I have seen cases where the same people who would advise lesbians and gays to come out and be themselves counsel transgender people to stay in the closet because being transgender is so socially stigmatized, or for the sake of everyone else in the transgender person's life.

6 Steps For Handling Those Big Life Transitions

Dr. Shannon Kolakowski | Posted 08.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Shannon Kolakowski

Being in transition is a wonderful opportunity for growth. Take a look at the parts of yourself and your life that you most value-- how can you bring those parts of yourself into your new role?

Friendships' Immense Importance: An Interview With Friendfluence Author Carlin Flora

Andrea Bonior | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrea Bonior

Many people view friendship as a happy but relatively superficial part of life: the cherry on top of the sundae rather than the sundae itself. But in her new book Friendfluence, Carlin Flora explores just how much influence friends can have.