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Midlife Women

Jane Pauley Shares Insights For Reimagining Your Life

Judi Freedman | Posted 11.07.2014 | 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.

10 Tips for Reinventing Your Wardrobe After Divorce

Kat Forsythe, MSW | Posted 10.16.2014 | Divorce
Kat Forsythe, MSW

Self-esteem and divorce: When it comes to reinventing yourself at midlife and beyond, they mix together as well as oil and water. At best, your divorce settlement leaves you happy to finally move on. At worst, you're scraping yourself off the floor.

Get Plastic Surgery Or Buy A Car?

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 10.07.2014 | Style
Elaine Ambrose

He looked at me and caught his breath. I was the perfect candidate for his advertisements that revealed the "before" photograph... the one that shows just how grotesque the human body can become.

Ladies Who Lunch

Linda Wolff | Posted 11.23.2014 | Fifty
Linda Wolff

Around the table our ages ranged from 48-59, of which I'm on the lower end, but not lowest (though I'm holding on to that like a pageant girls' sash), so after catching up with the lives of our mostly grown kids, you can imagine conversation quickly moved to how our bodies have morphed over the years. Not just weight gain, but some seismic shifting too.

3 Things Women Need To Stop Doing When Speaking In Public

Jacqueline Wolven | Posted 11.18.2014 | Fifty
Jacqueline Wolven

Listen Up Ladies of a Certain Age. You know, you 40 to 60-year-old women. Midlife Ladies. What I see and hear you doing when you are public speaking and in social situations has got to stop. It probably starts earlier, but we are women who have seen a little bit more and done a little bit more so we should know better.

The Best Birthday Gift You'll Ever Receive: Self-Compassion

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

One thing is for sure -- charting your own destiny can be extremely liberating providing you first lighten up -- on yourself! Have some self-compassion.

Does Motherhood Ever Become Obsolete?

Mindy Trotta | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents
Mindy Trotta

I'm not quite sure who first used the metaphor "nest" to refer to one's home, but that wise soul was really spot on. We'd often come across nests poki...

Middle (ST)age, Middle Age, Midlife. Whatever you Want to Call it, it's Here!!

Stacia Fernandez | Posted 10.06.2014 | Fifty
Stacia Fernandez

We are being asked not to sit on our possibly slightly more padded bums and contemplate retirement, NO! We are being asked to remain fit, youthful and learn new things at an exponential rate in order to keep up with this ever-changing world.

Yagana Shah

5 Summer Essentials For Every Woman's Handbag

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.28.2014 | Fifty

You can tell a lot about a woman by the contents of her purse. Smart men know better than to look inside a woman's handbag. But kids know you can alwa...

7 Ways To Find Your Long-Lost Self

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 09.03.2014 | 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.

Why I Came Out Of The 'Good-Girl' Closet At 50

Erica Jagger | Posted 08.04.2014 | Fifty
Erica Jagger

There's an extra layer of shame to being told you're an old slut. A young woman's "sluttiness" can be excused in part because she hasn't lived long enough to buy into social mores, and she's too hormonal to delay gratification. But an older woman who admits that she likes erotic pleasure without all the packaging? That's not just slutty, apparently, it's freakish.

The Sexy Thing Every Woman Over 50 Needs To Try

Erica Jagger | Posted 08.01.2014 | Fifty
Erica Jagger

Here I was at 50, rediscovering my sexuality with new partners, and more at ease with my body than I had been when it was "perfect." I no longer have the time, money, or inclination to exercise obsessively as I once did. I have better things to lament than the situation with the underside of my arms. I look at the sloping breasts that fed two babies, the skin that hangs down slightly from my belly when I bend over, and I think, not bad for 50!

How to Survive Spring Cleaning

Linda Wolff | Posted 04.27.2014 | Fifty
Linda Wolff

ll that sunshine and fresh air energizes me and puts me in the mood for a good spring cleaning (and a deep exfoliation). It makes me want to feng shui my life, one closet at a time.

Women in Midlife: Choosing Change Over Crisis

Ilana Greene | Posted 03.12.2014 | Chicago
Ilana Greene

No longer regarded as ambitious or trendy or current, many women choose to fade into the background of life's stage and slowly watch as their final years dwindle. Others chose a more risky, adventurous and challenging path... that of reinventing themselves.

Turning a Midlife Crisis Into an Opportunity: Part II

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Fifty
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

We know that as many of us hit our 40's and head into our 50's, we hit that proverbial fork in the road when we question the life path we are on.

The 'New' Midlife Crisis -- and How to Know It's Coming

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2013 | Fifty
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

The 'midlife crisis' has served as fodder for many a Judd Apatow movie, but the reality of the experience is anything but funny.

11 Things Midlife Women Want Their Doctors To Know

Sheryl Kraft | Posted 08.21.2013 | Fifty
Sheryl Kraft

This is a rather confusing time in my life; in fact, it's almost like being a teenager all over again (minus the wonderfully un-saggy skin and quick metabolism). My hormones are shifting. My body is changing. I'm feeling new sensations -- both mentally and physically -- and everything seems to be fluctuating.

Wise Words From The Ultimate Life Coach

Martha Pasternack | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Martha Pasternack

Believe it or not, those of us in midlife today are tomorrow's wise elders. What sage advice do you want to leave the generations that follow? Better start thinking about it. It will be tomorrow before you know it!

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...

What if We're Not Gorgeous When We're Old?

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 03.10.2013 | Fifty
Sienna Jae Fein

Aging has got to be OK; we have no choice. We hope for the day when women and men are not devalued for not being young, when they don't feel impelled to "fix" their faces as a hedge against invisibility.

Are Middle-Aged Women Done With Men?

Vicki Larson | Posted 03.06.2013 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Not too long ago, I asked a friend how she's doing. After a long pause, she said, "I keep wondering if this is all there is." A lot of us have that feeling.

Lost and Found in Menopause

Donna Henes | Posted 01.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Aging and changing might be inevitable, but they ain't easy. They precipitate in us a great uncertainty. The myriad dramatic disturbances of modern middle life create an overwhelming crisis of identity and purpose for each of us.

The Rise of Fall

Lori Bryant Woolridge | Posted 12.31.2011 | Fifty
Lori Bryant Woolridge

My fellow fall femmes, you know that saying "Can't see the forest for the trees?" Well, that's us. We're those trees, busy living our vibrant autumns out loud while the rest of the forest stands back, green with envy!

Sending Your Daughter to College: Modeling a Life Less Ordinary

Julie Gray | Posted 10.31.2011 | Women
Julie Gray

I used to say that there are two pillars of parenthood you couldn't imagine until you've had a child: guilt and worry. But there's a third pillar that most parents would never admit to: jealousy.

Let It Be: Accepting Imperfection in Caregiving

Liddy Manson | Posted 10.03.2011 | Women
Liddy Manson

The hardest part is backing out of the driveway. It used to be the two of them waving, each year Dad a little thinner and more wobbly. And now she just stands there alone. All 95 pounds of her with the big house looming above.