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Life Transitions

DABDA: 5 Ways to Manage Your Empty Nest

Tara Fass | Posted 10.09.2015 | Fifty
Tara Fass

While not a literal death, an empty nest is a game changing passage from one developmental stage to another. Kubler-Ross was brilliant in coming up with DABDA, which is an acronym for Denial (and Isolation), Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.

Getting Back On Track When Your Life Derails

Lisa T. Schlesinger | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa T. Schlesinger

How can you get back on track? It's difficult to know your own truths, but that has to happen first.

My Flight to the New World!

Anamika Ojha | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Anamika Ojha

Time flies like air and so have been the last five months of my life in this amazing and beautiful country called The United States of America. On April 6, 2015, when I reached Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai to board the flight to New York, I was very much scared about my new life... how it will turn out to be... ?

Keeping Busy?

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
Craig K. Comstock

Much of our educational system emphasizes left-brain knowing ("teaching to the test"). Cecil talks about listening with the heart, about learning This is not book-learning with an emphasis on being a "fast study," but rather a kind of patient learning, where nobody can tell you the answer and you can't get it by "thinking."

Transitions for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Allan S. Vann | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

I have accepted the reality that, although we are still married, for all practical purposes I am already widowed and must start living a fuller life without Clare. Despite the many tears shed while coming to this decision, I am feeling a lot less stress now.

Life Transitions: The Only Way Out Is Through

Reena Nagrani | Posted 09.17.2015 | Divorce
Reena Nagrani

Here I am, at yet another open door in my life, lingering at the threshold again. But this time around, I know better. I know that when life moves, it does so for me. Like an invisible hand, a guiding force greater than myself, and a loving one, at that. One that wants every single one of us to live in joy.

Taming the Dragon: Risk Demystified

Amanda Yuill | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
Amanda Yuill

Taming the Dragon by User "Andy" (CC BY-ND 2.0), via Flickr. As humans, we tend to fear the unknown. If a person or situation is familiar, we know w...

How To Live The Second Half Of Your Life With Renewed Purpose

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 08.28.2015 | Fifty
Rebecca Perkins

Don't wait for tragedy to strike, or redundancy, or a stock market crash or divorce. Decide today to put your mind to living the second half of your life with renewed purpose, vigor and inspiration.

Asking for Help Helped Me

Julie Kantor | Posted 08.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Julie Kantor

One of the challenges in networking is everybody thinks it's making cold calls to strangers. Actually, it's the people who already have strong trust r...

Retirement Doesn't Have to Sap Your Self-Esteem

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 08.03.2015 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Any life ending, whether one you choose or one imposed upon you, can give you the opportunity for new self-understanding. With the ending in the past, you have the opportunity to find fulfillment in those openings that yet await you. Retirement may be the best thing that's ever happened to you, and the transition that stimulated you the most to redefining your values, sense of self, and purpose in life.

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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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

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.