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Midlife Reinvention

Trying To Find The Light At The End Of The Depression Tunnel

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 05.17.2015 | Fifty
Rebecca Perkins

My intention in writing about depression is to share my experiences frankly and openly in the hope that something inspires or supports another going through their own hell. Depression is a serious illness and one that sadly carries a huge stigma. It frustrates me that people are fearful.

This Is How Women Can Become More 'Visible' In Midlife

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Rebecca Perkins

There used to be a time when women of a certain age were respected and held in high esteem. They were recognized for their wisdom and their intuition. They were the keepers of stories. They were the nurturers and caregivers and they were honored for this. Over time that changed.

Realistic Tips For Reinventing Yourself At Any Age

Lori Osterberg | Posted 05.01.2015 | Fifty
Lori Osterberg

The more we have available to us, the more it loses its appeal. The more choices we have to evaluate, the more overwhelming it all becomes. The greater the potential of successful opportunities, the more we become fearful of the possibility of not succeeding at all.

(B)Older Americans Month

Marc Middleton | Posted 04.29.2015 | Fifty
Marc Middleton

Learning how not to fall is important, but learning not to fear failure is equally important. Men and women over 60 need help building new careers, starting new businesses and finding new relationships. We need encouragement to pursue our passions, to reinvent ourselves.

10 Key Things I Learned While Dating After Divorce

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 04.29.2015 | Fifty
Rebecca Perkins

When we said our wedding vows or made our commitments to our partners we never imagined that one day we'd be facing separation and divorce. We never imagined having to date again. That was my experience anyway. Yet, after the ending of a 20-year marriage, I picked up the pieces again.

How My Forever Home Finally Found Me

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 04.28.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

During 36 years of adult life, I lived in 22 places in eight cities in three states. My forever house found me when I was lost and it was in foreclosure, and we became a perfect match of two losers in search of a purpose. Now I have a permanent address. I'm home.

The Only 9 Things On My Midlife Bucket List

Jill Robbins | Posted 04.17.2015 | Fifty
Jill Robbins

I'm not getting all morbid on you, people, but it occurred to me that there are things in life that I want to do that I haven't done. Some people call it a bucket list. Here's mine.

Here's How To Instantly Boost Your Self-Esteem

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 05.14.2015 | Fifty
Rebecca Perkins

The transition we go through in midlife can have a fundamental and painful impact on our attitude and confidence. It raises many issues for us that can affect us at a deep emotional level. We often experience self doubt in midlife which is kicked off as our roles begin to change.

Top 5 Tips for Career Change at 40 and Beyond

Jessica Sweet | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Jessica Sweet

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10 Ways to Add Humor to Lighten the Work Load

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 05.02.2015 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

Just in case you meet or work with nasty people who only exist to bring pain and suffering to the world, here are some suggestions for using humor to diffuse stressful situations.

Remembering Who We Were Before We Were Defined By Our Careers And Family

Barbara Wasserman, LICSW | Posted 04.19.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Wasserman, LICSW

How does one even begin to sum up 30 years in a 90-minute lunch? We began by catching each other up on the parents we had lost, husbands we had matured with, children we had launched and iterations of the career paths taken. The conversation then shifted and we began to reminisce.

4 Surefire Ways To Change Your Life For The Better

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 04.18.2015 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

As you take stock and reflect on what makes you the happiest and what makes you the unhappiest, you might feel that changing the circumstances that cause you the most pain is simply impossible.

Why It's Okay To Just Be Old Every So Often

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 03.24.2015 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

Sometimes I think we boomers are in a bit of a panic. At least, I know that sometimes, I am. Especially in those moments when I realize that we've been on this planet for more than half a century. Can't be. We're too hip for that. We don't do old.

If At First You Don't Succeed, REtry, REtry Again

Lee Gaitan | Posted 02.15.2015 | Fifty
Lee Gaitan

Missteps, stumbles and tumbles on our journeys do not have to be the final word for any of us. The challenges and struggles we have not quite conquered yet do not define us; we hold the power to define ourselves.

The Scary Thing One Couple Did For 365 Days Straight To Save Their Marriage

Tim Peek | Posted 02.14.2015 | Fifty
Tim Peek

Yes, we love each other; that much we never questioned. But do we really want to be together? Like Lord Voldemort, it is a thing so dreadful that we had avoided asking it for years. In relationships consecrated with the phrase "until death do us part," this is no casual question.

How I Blew Up My Job, Killed My Marriage And Still Lived Happily Ever After

Tim Peek | Posted 02.07.2015 | Fifty
Tim Peek

My path away from marital meltdown began in the smoking pile of rubble that was my final workplace implosion. It was 1 a.m. and after months of 18-hour days launching a new show, I exploded: screaming, throwing things and threatening people. In front of a large audience on the production floor of 30 Rock, I bottomed out with a loud, messy splat.

I Was A 52-Year-Old (Thanksgiving) Virgin -- Until Last Week

Andrea Jarrell | Posted 02.03.2015 | Fifty
Andrea Jarrell

My place in the preparation of the Thanksgiving meal has always been that of scullery maid, table setter, or dishwasher. My mother's little sidekick, I wholeheartedly embraced these roles, being far more interested in how to fold a napkin than in making a perfect pie crust.

Why I Ditched My Plan To Ditch My Husband

Meg Dennison | Posted 01.31.2015 | Fifty
Meg Dennison

I don't know exactly when I decided to ditch my husband, but my plan was to be free of him as soon as our youngest child graduated from high school. Now, a few years later, we're thriving together.

Anna Quindlen on Reading, Writing and Real Life

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 01.18.2015 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

Anna Quindlen has been a huge influence on my life. Her "Life in the 30s" column in The New York Times was my bible when my kids were little and I've read every one of her books, columns and essays.

4 Tips To Put Your Best Foot Forward After Divorce

Kat Forsythe, MSW | Posted 01.17.2015 | Fifty
Kat Forsythe, MSW

Ultimately, the belief that we're doing well has to come from the inside. For many of us recovering from divorce, the dependence we had on our former spouse's opinion caused significant pain.

Jane Pauley Shares Insights For Reimagining Your Life

Judi Freedman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

Soon Jane will be 64 years old and she recently took a job as correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. She also is the author of a new book, Your Life Calling, about people who are reimagining their lives during their second act.

Learning To Live Out Loud In The Second Half Of My Life

Linda Wolff | Posted 12.18.2014 | Fifty
Linda Wolff

Learning to live out loud in my second half wasn't originally my goal, but it happened anyway. I pretty much spent a lifetime fluffing the pillows in my cushy comfort zone. But all that changed four years ago when I took a chance as the empty nest began to creep up on me. Fueled by hysteria and impulse I decided to pursue my first love ... writing.

Stress Keeping You Up At Night? 10 Tips To Calm An Anxious Mind

Kat Forsythe, MSW | Posted 11.21.2014 | Fifty
Kat Forsythe, MSW

When we start over in life, irrational scared-to-hell fear is bound to happen. After all, the many emotional challenges we face are immense. During the day, we can train our brains with the power of positive thinking -- or at least manage the demons of doubt.

Should You 'Toy' With An Older Woman?

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Stephanie D. Lewis

MENOPAUSEOPOLY: The classic game of monopolizing stuff from your opponents as you wearily drag your little pewter token -- a miniature fan, a Naturalizer high heel shoe, L'Oreal hair color kit -- around the board attempting to purchase back the properties of your Mind, Body and Spirit

Middle (St)age, Middle Age Acceptance Is Key! (Part 2) GO TEAM!

Stacia Fernandez | Posted 10.19.2014 | Fifty
Stacia Fernandez

I'm going to share some stories of my embrace, or struggles to embrace, this stage of life. We will find a way together to be happy and more fulfilled. Or at least to realize that there's not a damn thing we can do about it, so we might as well get happy and more fulfilled!