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CREATING OUR LEGACY IN MIDLIFE

When we allow the changes in Midlife to happen - we begin to create our legacy

CHANGES, CHANGES EVERYWHERE

I came across this quote on a post about change from Michelle at Bad Gramma:

When you find the courage to change at Midlife, a miracle happens. Your character is opened, deepened, strengthened, softened. You return to your soul’s highest values. You are now prepared to create your legacy: an imprint of your dream for our world—a dream that can fully come true in The Second Half of Life.  
Angeles Arrien

5 BENEFITS OF THE EMPTY NEST

5 benefits of the empty nest - it's not all doom and gloom

WHAT DO WE DO WITH OUR EMPTY NEST?

The empty nest is a strange time of adjustment - we go from having a house full of kids who are coming and going, eating, sleeping, talking, driving, socialising, arguing, and generally driving us crazy.....to a house that is just the two of us with all those demands gone and an uncanny amount of space and time suddenly available. 

What do we do about it? Do we mourn the fact that the noise and action have departed and wait for the occasional visits? Do we look at each other and wonder who we are and how we got here? Or do we stop and appreciate all that is returning to us and start building afresh on that foundation? 

For me, it's a matter of letting go constantly and reminding myself of the benefits that come from having our house and lives returned to us. Today I'm sharing five blessings that the empty nest brings.

A LITTLE FAMILY SNAPSHOT

Donnybrook, Western Australia - giant playground

FAMILY TIME

I sometimes write about how much I miss living near my adult kids. I often feel like I miss out on the little day to day connections because of the distance between us. But then we get a visit from them or we pop up to say hello and have some time together and all that is forgotten in a heartbeat. The benefit of distance is that those lovely visits and catch-ups always last a bit longer because there has been so much time and effort put into the process of getting together.

A NEW LESSON FROM THE EMPTY NEST

The empty nest always has new lessons to teach us - are we ready to learn them?

THINKING I KNEW IT ALL

After several years of being an Empty Nester I thought I knew it all. I've written quite a few posts about how to make it work and how to let your children fly the nest and not cling on to their tailfeathers as they take off. I've waxed lyrical about re-discovering life with my husband and the peace and quiet of living with a couple of cats and no kids. I write about how much I love them coming home to visit and how lovely it is to have the family back together for a while.

5 QUESTIONS ABOUT MY BLOG

Answering five questions about Cresting the Hill


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

A couple of years ago I took part in a question and answer blog link up that was all about what and why you blog + a few other random questions thrown in for good measure. I thought I'd leave out the random questions and just focus on the ones to do with my blog and the motivation etc behind it. So here we go....

SOME OF MY BLOGGING DISCOVERIES

After blogging away diligently for a couple of years, here are a few things I've discovered


LOOKING BACK

I have been busy looking back at the beginning stages of my blog and I can't believe how far I've come. The simple things I've learned and discovered and the tools and techniques that are second nature now that I'm using them almost every day. So, I thought I'd list a few things I've learned in the last couple of years and how they've helped me lift my blogging game from crass beginner to sort-of-competent blogger.

A FRESH START

Taking the plunge and getting a template that has given my blog a fresh new look - loving it!

A FRESH START

As anyone who has ever read my blog would notice, I’ve had the same “look” to Cresting the Hill  for probably about 2 years.  I’ve played around with it a bit and then settled into keeping it that way because I didn’t want to majorly mess anything up. In the process of all my little nips and tucks, I sort of had things working the way I wanted them to, but there were little things that had gotten lost along the way. 

5 THINGS I HATE

Five Things Friday ~ 5 things I hate

I've often written about 5 things I love, or 5 things that are fabulous, or 5 things I'm grateful for. So I thought (seeing I may be dying alone with my cat!) I'd do 5 things I hate to change things up a bit. So here they are, in no particular order.

DISCOVERING MORE OF ME

Life changes, people change, how we move through those changes is how we grow

CRESTING THE HILL

When I named my blog Cresting The Hill, it was to recognize that the hardest part of the climb was behind me - all those years of learning, and growing, and adapting, of parenting, working in not-so-fabulous jobs, of scrimping and saving, and putting myself last were behind me. It was time to stop and breathe and enjoy the view.

FINDING MY VOICE

It's taken until Midlife to recognize my significance and to find my voice

FINDING MY VOICE

I've been asked many times about why I put my thoughts and my life on display in a blog for other people to read and I gave my answer to that a few weeks ago HERE. But there is another reason for writing this blog, one I've only just come to recognize and acknowledge. And this other reason is that my blog has given me my voice.

People who know me would say that I have a voice that is loud and clear (sometimes too loud and clear!) and in some aspects they would be right about that. I am quite vocal and I do enjoy a good discussion/argument/interaction. But, at the same time, my voice has been controlled by others for most of my life.