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Mastering Midlife

  • Go For It!  It’s Now or Never!

    It's now or neverI stepped into 2016 with the clear knowledge that this is the year.   It’s time to be bold, brave, clear and courageous.  No holding back, pretending or wasting time.   If not now, when?

    It’s not just me.  Many women worldwide are feeling a similar call to step up, step in, grow into the best version of themselves, realize their dreams, and make a difference in the world.

    Take inspiration if you’d like from achievements of women in politics or athletics; this is both an election and an Olympic year.  But they’re not the ones who will make the most difference in your life or in the world. Continue reading

  • What is Freedom, Really? 

    freedom at shore

    I know and love a lot of drifters.  They own no property, have no primary relationship or children, and have no long term job or business.  They live as house sitters, work in short spurts, and occasionally pair up in short term relationships.  They are seemingly unencumbered and able to drop everything to travel or try something new.

    Are they free? Continue reading

  • How Do YOU Lie?

    liar 2We all lie.  Every one of us.  One way or another.

    I resisted this truth for the longest time because, to me, honesty is one of the most important character traits of all.

    I vividly remember a time in junior high school when I discovered that I was the only one of my friends that hadn’t shoplifted.  I was horrified as they tried to convince me that it wasn’t so bad.  My response was to leave that group of friends because the honesty was more important to me than the friendship or belonging.

    I prided myself on being honest, sometimes brutally so.  But it wasn’t until Continue reading

  • Poverty Conscious?  Get Over It!

    money spiralIt is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”    Matthew 19:23-26

    This was the mantra, apparently a quote from Jesus himself, which my husband Stephen had drilled into him in catechism class by Catholic nuns who had taken a vow of poverty.  The lesson he took with him?  That virtue equals poverty—an interesting message to get from one of the wealthiest institutions on the planet! Continue reading

  • Living the Dream?

    dream walking

    “Living the dream…”

    “My dream come true…”

    “My worst nightmare…”

    “In your dreams…”

    “Sweet dreams…”

    “Dream on…”

    “Dare to dream…”

    “Not in my wildest dreams…”

    “The man/woman of my dreams is…”

    Are you living the life of your dreams?  Is that a good thing? Continue reading

  • Which Way to Utopia?


    Have you ever felt that you have gifts to share but you can’t?  Maybe your job is OK, but you know you could do so much more if only they let you?  Or you could create so much more with your business if only you had the capital to invest?  Or maybe you just don’t have the right platform to really shine?

    I happen to believe that we all have incredible potential to really make a difference in the world but that very few of us ever come close to expressing that potential or putting it into action.

    I want to change all that.  Continue reading

  • How Are You Investing in Your Life?



    The past month has brought some tragic shockers in my life as two previously vibrant people took a sudden and rapid demise.  One has died and the other is in critical condition as I write.

    It’s not new for me to witness death, especially here in Taos County, where death seems to be commonplace.  Whether it’s the small community effect or an end of the road phenomenon—where people consciously or unconsciously come here to die—I don’t know.

    In any event, it makes me focus all the more, as most of us have an ever-shortening runway, on how we need to make smart life investments. Continue reading

  • What’s Your Daily Walk?

    walk-fine-line1“You never know how a day will go” is my motto number 1 since we moved 2000 miles to live on the land that called us.

    I love living in a place of spectacular beauty. I like that there’s no 9 to 5 hamster wheel here for humans to get stuck on, that we have to create our own structure, and that the land, through its beauty and its harshness,  is constantly teaching us Continue reading

  • March Madness? (12 Lessons Learned From the Weirdest Week of My Life in Which I Completely Lost Control)

    young woman on roller coaster

    March Madness?

    (12 lessons learned from the weirdest week of my life in which I completely lost control)

    Have you had a crazy March so far?  I sure have.  I think it’s been the strangest week of my life!  And it seems everyone around me has too.  I have no idea whether it’s a perfect storm of astrological events, political Idiocracy, or, say, climate change, throwing us off kilter.  But things are weird. Continue reading

  • Your Greatest Helper or Heaviest Burden?


    I am your constant companion.

    I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.

    I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.

    I am completely at your command.

    Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them - quickly and correctly. Continue reading

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