Ep 125: Ready for a Midlife Makeover?

Do you enjoy ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos? I am often amazed by photos I see of someone while drinking and then that same someone 60 or 90 days later. It’s incredible to see the dramatic changes that can occur.

I think it’s also true with midlife. Have you ever known someone who becomes softer and more present as they grow older? How about someone who embraces a new passion or writes a book at the age of 60+? I have extended family members who are taking a 6-month cruise around the world in their 70s. My husband has been sorting through my dad’s old slides (truly a labor of love) and there are dozens of photos of my Grandfather, complete with silver belt buckle, cowboy hat and suit and tie, traveling well into his eighties. And, a childhood friend has been posting pictures on FB of her 90-year-old mother traveling on a mission trip with her family.

You’ve probably heard the saying “age is just a number”, which I agree with. However, I think age is also a mindset. Consider this, in the sequel to ‘Sex in The City’, ‘And Just Like That’, the characters are roughly the same age as the characters at the start of The Golden Girls…! Some say “60 is the new 40” but I don’t want to go back to 40. For me, so much of the beauty of midlife comes from embracing all the gifts of wisdom, experience and freedom that comes from growing older. In my 40s I was caught up in overdrinking and overthinking; in my 60s I am embracing space, curiosity and wonder!

Still, there are hard things that happen in midlife. On the podcast I share some of the transitions that many of us will encounter as we age:

  • Empty Nest
  • Retirement
  • Gray haired divorce
  • Care taking our elders
  • Scary health diagnosis

How do we get through these hard times? I am discovering that having a safe place to share and a sense of curiosity (vs. judgment) are helping. I am also questioning everything I thought I knew about growing older; for example, the ‘older women are invisible’ line. What do you think?

Next week, I will share some other takeaways from my exploration of learning to live and love the middle!

 

I am also opening the doors to my nutrition program, RESTART® next week. This is a value-packed program that focuses on Real Food, Real Learning, Real Support! If 5 weeks to a healthier you sounds appealing, learn more here: RESTART

 

 

To hear more inspirational stories like these, hit subscribe so you never miss out!

Latest Episodes

Ep. 127: The Heart of Sober Living

Ep. 127: The Heart of Sober Living

Becoming alcohol-free was one of the hardest things I have ever done. In the beginning, figuring out how to live alcohol-free was also extremely difficult. This is true for most of my clients and the people I meet who have undertaken this journey. So, why do we keep...

Ep 126: The Magic of Aging

Ep 126: The Magic of Aging

  I recently heard the sentiment that anti-aging is a ridiculous notion as the opposite of aging would be not aging, as in 'death'. I think there might be a few ad executives who haven't received the message🙃 To continue our conversation about aging and whether you...

Ep 124: Out of the Alcohol Matrix with Dustin Dunbar

Ep 124: Out of the Alcohol Matrix with Dustin Dunbar

  In the movie, The Matrix, there is a scene where the character realizes he is caught in an illusion. My guest on the podcast this week is Dustin Dunbar, who had his own matrix moment when he had an awakening dream that showed him the damage that alcohol was...

Ep: 123 The Moderate Middle with Ali Shapiro

Ep: 123 The Moderate Middle with Ali Shapiro

  This week I want to share a new perspective on food. Can you imagine having a neutral relationship with food? One where food is not bad or good, and what you eat doesn't define how you feel about yourself? My guest on the podcast this week is Ali Shapiro. Ali...

Ep 122: This Juicy Life with Lisa Ryan

Ep 122: This Juicy Life with Lisa Ryan

 When we stop drinking, we often hope for better health. That's one of the top reasons people give me for wanting to cut back or stop drinking. Everyone hopes that they will feel better - sleep better, have lower blood pressure, lose weight. But, if our drinking has...

Ep 121: 4 Alternatives to New Year’s Resoultions

Ep 121: 4 Alternatives to New Year’s Resoultions

     Last week I shared Lessons & Celebrations from 2023. This week I am sharing new ways to embrace 2024.  In 2019, as a newly certified TNM coach, I chose my first 'word of the year'. This year, in addition to a word of the year, I also added 3 more...

Ep 120: Lessons and Celebrations from 2023

Ep 120: Lessons and Celebrations from 2023

 Goodbye 2023, Hello 2024! As we turn the page to the New Year, I find it valuable to spend some time reflecting. I like to consider the good, the bad, the fun times and the challenges that each year brings. 2023 was an amazing year! My word for 2023 was 'delight'...

Looking for more?

Let’s connect on Social Media!