Hear You, Listen to You, Follow You

Hear You, Listen to You, Follow You

Recently, I have been going through a very reflective state of mind..and I had a thought, why is it that we women over 50 feel this new found freedom to be who we want to be and live as we want to live??

Is it merely that we’ve reached this time in our lives when we don’t care what others think, or is it simply a time in our lives when our wisdom brings us further, or is it a time when our true selves suddenly appear???? Maybe..or is it simply because we are older and have less patience for others competing with us or judging us….

Or possibly..is it feeling the accomplishment of our life roles; child, student, wife, professional, mother, grandmother, that opens and clears the path to our soul, allowing our respective smoldering gifts to not only emerge and bloom, but to actually “re-emerge”? Is it the chapter not simply of emergence..but re-emergence which brings to light our next true purpose????

Maybe..just maybe.. it’s simply the proverbial life’s “fork in the road” as we arrive at a pause in our journey now needing to map out what is next to come and what is the right path to choose?

Or..just possibly..it is that now, uninterruptedly, our minds and days somewhat quieted, is what will enable us to again hear our excited heartbeat, or feel the butterflies in our stomach or sense the tightening of our bodies? Can we each finally become aware and ready to take notice of what feels good, or right or wrong for us?

Whatever it is, HEAR YOU, LISTEN TO YOU, FOLLOW YOU. Take a breath and within the quiet of these moments take steps to BE YOU and guide YOURSELF every inch of the way.

Hear You, Listen to You, Follow You

Collaboration with @planetbylaureng

I am so excited to announce my collaboration with @planetbylaureng… the cool, edgy fashion brand that epitomizes the Pro-Age Woman.

There’s something for everyone’s personal style… from Age-Less, Size-Less and Season-Less beautiful comfortable pants and leggings..to fresh innovative fantastic oversized sweaters and more. I’d love for you to see for yourself so take a look. I’m sure you’ll agree.

THEIR WHY:

To celebrate the power and beauty in all women. Designed and crafted to inspire confidence & embolden our natural elegance. There’s no one that we’d rather share our planet with…

and that’s all of you…

and by the way… I totally agree…

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Focus on the Positives

If I could tell you a few things…

I’ve been realizing that I need to acknowledge the negatives that go along with getting older. It is great and helpful to focus on the positives; some being life itself, wisdom, tenacity, resilience, curiosity, freedom to become our real selves…but it’s time to get real about aging and discuss all sides of this complicated stage of being.

I am feeling frustration…wanting to conquer my fears and challenges that come with age…not letting them get in the way of fulfilling my passion and becoming my best self.

So, I am asking you to share your challenges and the strategies you use to overcome them.

Please do so, so we can uplift, support and encourage each other.

Can’t wait to hear and learn!!

The Tough Stuff of Aging..

I know this may not sound like a huge deal; but, I just don’t have the desire to jump up and out of bed the minute I’m awake. No kidding. More and more I’m feeling this. In my youth (my 50’s lol), I would run out to make it to my two hour workout at the gym.

Now, I enjoy just laying around for a while. Then, when I’m ready, I try to mentally schedule my day according to how I’m feeling. Too much in one day makes me feel totally overwhelmed. If I have a busy day, I won’t plan an outing in the evening.. and vice versa. Ugh!!!!

I know..I know..but this is my truth. Anyone else??

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Reach for the Stars

If I could tell you just one thing…it would be to reach for the stars, why not?

If not now, when???? Also, I believe in making a plan to accomplish one thing towards that goal each and every day. Think with intention and just go for it!

The Tough Stuff of Aging..

I find that I continually vacillate regarding the work that I’m doing to build this community of Pro-Age Women. Sometimes I honestly awake and say sh•t I don’t feel like attending the meet up that I actually initiated!!

I ask myself why am I doing this?? I’m tired and I really don’t feel like dressing or acting the part of a thought leader or connector. So that’s the tough stuff.. the pushing my body and mind to keep up with my passion for my newly found purpose..but the good stuff is the freedom and awareness to accept my limitations and create my own life’s balance..oh, what a gift this stage of life brings with it!!!!!

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Acts of Kindness

If I could tell you a few things…

The holiday season is the perfect time to do at least one act of kindness. It will feel as good to you as it will to the person you help.

So begin the new year with thoughts of gratitude. I’ve been wanting to begin a journal for so long and never got around to it. So, now I’ve decided to replace at least one daily negative thought with one positive thought in hopes of creating a new habit of feeling grateful. How fabulous would that be!!!!

Want to begin this exercise with me and support each other through it??

The Tough Stuff of Aging..

So, last week I had a meet up with a group of very wonderful 50+ women (remember I am 68). As I sat there, listening and observing them, I for the first time had thoughts regarding my decade plus age differential. I could see and feel the difference.

When I left, my inner response was a bit of sadness as well as what the f*** just happened!! I had not before recognized this with such intensity.

After much self-talk repeatedly saying “you’re doing ok, you’re not so old” I pulled myself out of this tough reality. Well for now anyway!!

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Is 60 Really the New 40?

Is 60 really the new 40?? Or, is 60 simply the “new and improved 60”??

Can we really defy our age or anti age? Of course not! Then, why do we continually strive for that?? There are undeniable signs of aging that we can’t ignore; there are bodily changes, facial changes, mental and physical fitness changes. There can be health changes. They are all issues inevitably involved in the aging process.

We are constantly growing older; but, we CAN CHOOSE to not live or think old!!

Yes, we fight hard to keep these changes to a minimum through exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, fashion; but, truth be told, there are still challenges throughout each new decade. We have to make a choice; submit to them or challenge the challenges. I choose to challenge the challenges and want to inspire you to do the same.

This is what Pro-Aging means to me. It’s choosing to live positively; by utilizing our acquired knowledge, wisdom, sense of liberation, to expand our horizons and soar.

Look at me.. I’m on Instagram and enjoying every moment…meeting all of you, building a community, while sharing ideas, inspiration, stories and encouragement.

HOW FABULOUS TO BE A PRO-AGE WOMAN!!!!

If I could tell you just one thing…

It would be to uplift and encourage another to be the best that they can be…even if it simply means listening to her…step up and be present…it may help more than you realize.

“The Tough Stuff: Closing Comments from Meri”

Something that I’m finding interesting is the need to manage my days and my daily activities. By that I mean, I can’t fill up my days with one thing after the other. I need to break it up throughout the day…if there’s too much, I get overwhelmed.

So after grumbling and being hard on myself regarding this, I decided to use self-kindness and listen to my body and then schedule accordingly. What a difference this has made…both physically and mentally.

Anybody else feeling this way? Suggestions?

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