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Midlife Reinvention

7 Ways To Find Your Long-Lost Self

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty
Rebecca Perkins

Living in the shadows is somewhere many of us women have spent our lives. Many of us got used to introducing ourselves as so-and-so's mother or wife. Somewhere along the line we lost our identity as it merged with the family or the husband's.

Selfie Psychology: Is There an Age Expiration Date for This New Trend?

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

There is a pleasurable and spontaneous quality about selfies. It can reflect an intimate yet idealized image of one's self. It is an image that can alter how we see ourselves and our lives for the better and add humor to an all too dour moment.

7 Ways Fear Is Actually Good For You

Kat Forsythe, MSW | Posted 06.28.2014 | Fifty
Kat Forsythe, MSW

Our brains contain more than 50 years of wisdom-gathering. When a challenge erupts, they go into Google mode and scan for solutions. Usually, they find them. But not so when reconstructing our lives after a significant life change. We're now in unknown territory. The message we get from our brains: "no information available." That's darn scary.

How To Reinvent Yourself By Being Your Own Brand

John Tarnoff | Posted 06.01.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

'After 50, you have to chase your own brand, and become your own kind of leader.' This is Lori Bitter's advice to Boomers contemplating (or being forced to contemplate) a career reinvention.

How One Woman Left Nursing To Follow A Courageous New Career Path

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.25.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Of all the profiles that I came across while compiling information for this series on boomer and reinvention, Patrice Fike's was the most unique.

Age UK: Embrace Aging and Seize the Day

Chuck Nyren | Posted 05.22.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

ddly enough, Roger McGough and yours truly have something in common.

Midlife Crisis...Or 'Gaylife' Crisis?

Posted 03.04.2014 | Gay Voices

What makes a gay midlife crisis unique? That was the question on a number of media experts' minds during a HuffPost Live segment yesterday. Among t...

The Bidet, and Other Italian Household Mysteries

Lisa Condie | Posted 04.08.2014 | Fifty
Lisa Condie

Americans have a hard time acknowledging the bidet. Not quite sure how to use it, or exactly why it is even there, they ignore it mostly. The British, however, are out and out embarrassed to even have it in their apartment!

Why I No Longer Want To Be Defined By My Children

Barbara Wasserman, LICSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Wasserman, LICSW

The other night, our book group welcomed a new member. It's been a long time since we added someone to our group, so we decided to spend a minute introducing ourselves. You know, the usual drill: tell a little about yourself, like the names and ages of your children, where they go to school or work, etc.

Finding Happiness At 54 After A Lifetime Of Depression

Arlene Schindler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Schindler

After a lifetime filled with depression, disappointment and rejection, at age 54, happiness slammed me like a speeding train. This joyous collision contradicted everything I'd been prepared to expect. Surprisingly, with the onset of menopause, when my eggs dried up -- my life began!

She Built A Half-Million-Dollar Business Out Of Pancakes

Posted 09.04.2013 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Mom Unwraps A Secret Family Recipe And Now She's Rolling In Dough

Posted 08.07.2013 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

What I Have Gotten Out of Writing Besides Money

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

I know. Every case is unique. But in my case, becoming a writer in midlife has given me a new sense of meaning and purpose. I no longer sit and wonder...

I Said I'm Divorced, Not Contagious!

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 09.01.2013 | Divorce
Laura Lee Carter

Few marriages are matches made in heaven, and sometimes they truly need to end. Mismatched is no match at all. It's only fair that after a mistake, each of us might try again to find happiness before it's too late.

The Midlife Crisis Move That Shook Me Out Of A Midlife Funk

Posted 05.22.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue How getting an earring shook me out of a funk by letting me play pirate and discover the treasure buried deep inside By...

5 Tips For Ending Your Most Toxic Relationships

Nancy Sherr | Posted 07.18.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Sherr

Life is not measured in a complicated game of mathematical precision. It's better to seek heartfelt clarity in what's true for you, in the parts of your life that matter most, and put that in play. Plan it out as best you can, and then go with your gut.

Confessions Of A Mid-Life Workaholic

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 06.18.2013 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

In the end, it comes down to love and death -- trying to win more of one, while cheating the other. Neither, I suspect, will be particularly successful in the long run, and yet I persist.

Going Green For An Encore Career

Next Avenue | Posted 03.24.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Elizabeth Isele One targets toxic chemicals in household products; the other turned her knitting into a lucrative bu...

How To Make The Universe Take Your Order

Sandi Bachom | Posted 05.21.2013 | Fifty
Sandi Bachom

I'm not a Boomer, I'm a War Baby, born in October of 1944, the end of WWII. My generation survived everything, drugs, sex AND rock and roll. Hell, we invented them! We refuse to age; we will be dragged kicking and screaming into senility.

The Naked Truth Between You And Achievement

Nancy Sherr | Posted 05.05.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Sherr

So, yes -- your relationship to achievement is a personally defined desire. The pursuit of success, accomplishments, winning and mastery -- goals that you pursue because they are worthy of your stretch -- is the underlying goal.

How This Entertainment Reporter Built A Smarter (And Snarkier) Fortune Cookie

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.06.2013 | Fifty

For more than 30 years, Ray Richmond poured his writing talents as an entertainment journalist and TV critic into the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald-E...

Is 50 A Turning Point? (EXCERPT)

Posted 01.28.2013 | Fifty

The following is an excerpt from the new book "Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment" by Katrina Kenison. I tried to sneak past my fift...

Why Midlife Motherhood Does Have Its Drawbacks

Cyma Shapiro | Posted 03.01.2013 | Fifty
Cyma Shapiro

Although many new books have been written about reinventing ourselves and taking 'me' time, we do not have the luxury to think about this. As mothers over 40, 50 and 60, I think we darn near 'reinvented' ourselves when we had, adopted, obtained or fostered our children!

PBS Asks: What Should Midlifers Do With The Next Half Of Their Lives?

Posted 11.18.2012 | Fifty

The weekend after Thanksgiving, after you’ve recovered from your food coma and said goodbye to visiting family, make sure you tune into PBS’ new s...

Tweaking My Life After Becoming An Empty Nester

BetterAfter50 | Posted 11.10.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM BetterAfter50 By Jill Ebstein For years now I’ve been doing the math: At 50, I’ll celebrate our son’s Bar Mitzvah while sendi...