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Life Transitions

The 5 Stages Of Stuff: How To Make Downsizing Easier

Rachel Adelson | Posted 09.19.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 07.22.2014 | 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.

How To Survive and Thrive Through Life's Big Changes

Marilyn Tam | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Tam

How do you deal with each change is going to determine whether it will spur you on to happiness, greater accomplishments, and peace -- eustress, or reduce you to frustration, lowered productivity and regret -- distress.

The Pain in My Neck

Martin Marks | Posted 07.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Martin Marks

For reasons I could not explain in 10,000 words or less, I moved to a small town on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, for three months or more, to determine how I begin with all of this that has happened, and to wait for this story of the pain in my neck to resolve.

How to Survive Apartment Hunting in New York City (And Other Transitions)

Catherine Chen, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | New York
Catherine Chen, Ph.D.

As a person who likes an orderly and unambiguous life, I found that the process of apartment hunting has thrown my world upside down.

10 Tips for Adjusting to New Surroundings

David Allyn | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
David Allyn

Adapting to a new set of cultural expectations and social norms -- while staying true to your own sense of self -- is never easy. Here are a few tips to make the transition a smooth one.

Brandon Roy and Athlete Transition: The Most Important Issue in Sports Medicine

Shawn Sorenson | Posted 02.22.2013 | Sports
Shawn Sorenson

Every year, 21 percent of NBA players retire from basketball, completing an average 4.8 year pro career. Likewise 18 percent of major leaguers, 29 percent of the NFL, 18 percent of the NHL and a quarter of college athletes exit elite sports annually. All face their own transitions.

Planning: An Art or a Science?

Leslie Reece Schichtel | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Leslie Reece Schichtel

In the same vein as any work of art, appreciate plans for what they are and leave room for spontaneous creativity. What initially strikes us as a violation of or departure from the grand plan may become the focal point of the next.

Adapting to a World in Revolution

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

In the years to come, humanity will find itself needing to adapt to a world in revolution -- in energy, communications, and mind -- as our lives are catalyzed into new arrangements and possibilities.

The Transition: Underrated And Imperfect

Cari Shane | Posted 11.25.2012 | Women
Cari Shane

According to Julie Bindeman, life events such as the birth of a child, marriage and death are macro transitions. They are big life-changing events that one expects but which cannot be truly comprehended nor predicted until the actual experience takes place.

10 Ways To Spark New Insight

Sura | Posted 11.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Sura

Life changes as we change. It's a natural part of life. Accepting these inevitable changes are instrumental to our personal health and happiness. Making new decisions can be challenging.