1. Benefits of Getting Older

    Up to a certain point in our lives, getting older seems like a pretty good deal.  We gain freedom, independence from our families, the ability to succeed (or fail) on our own merits.  Life is full of adventures and challenges we had no access to when we were young.  As we move into our 30s, we ha…Read More

  2. Adapting as we Age

    Aging is about adaptation: changing how we function and how we do things as we move through our life cycle.  Adaptation is at the core of what allows us to live and survive on this planet both as individuals and as a species. The many adaptations required of us as we age are no different that the r…Read More

  3. Continuity and Change

    Life is change, but life is also continuity. Some of us identify more with the idea of continuity while others of us embrace change.  There are elements of continuity throughout our life cycles—even change is continuous.  Many people long for continuity, at least regarding their families, the st…Read More

  4. Engagement

    We use the term engagement in many ways in our culture and the terms “engage”, “engagement”, and “engaging” have multiple overlapping meanings.  The definition that most frequently comes to mind for many women is “engagement to be married”, but there are many other relevant definiti…Read More

  5. Moving through Loss  

    Loss is a consistent, cyclic, and inevitable part of life.  While there are many sources of joy in life, even these sources of joy become losses as things change, diminish or pass away. Our youth, important relationships, well-loved traditions and people we love dearly may enter and exit our lives…Read More

  6. Learning from our Mistakes

    There is no such thing as a mistake-free human life.  All of us make mistakes. Whether in the realm of parenting, work, relationships, or other life arenas our decisions will not always serve us in positive ways.  The dictionary defines a mistake as “an action that is misguided or wrong” and w…Read More

  7. Learning to Nurture Ourselves

    For us as women, nurturing others is a way of life.  We are told that we are naturally more nurturing than men—and it certainly looks that way to most observers.  Perhaps there is some truth to the notion that there is a biological or genetic imperative to nurture that is part of women’s essen…Read More

  8. Making Decisions that Matter

    We make decisions constantly, ranging from trivial moment-to-moment decisions to momentous, life-altering decisions.  Sometimes we have adequate information to make decisions that we feel comfortable with, but more often we must make decisions without having enough information or enough time to rea…Read More

  9. How Important is It?

    A large proportion of the stressful feelings we experience originate with our thoughts, which are rooted in our perceptions of ourselves and the world.  If we perceive the world as a dangerous place, we may have fearful thoughts about traveling or being around a large group of people and we either …Read More

  10. Accepting People as They Are

    We all know from personal experience how challenging it is to accept people as they are.  Whether it is a troublesome boss, an irritating family member, or someone you love a great deal who has annoying habits that you must deal with daily, we are frequently challenged by the desire to change other…Read More