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MIDLIFE - RECREATING FROM THE UNRAVELING

Midlife can be a time for gathering all the loose ends that the unraveling has produced, choosing which threads are worth holding onto, and we begin knitting ourselves a new life.

IT'S NOT A MIDLIFE CRISIS

So many times the words "Midlife" and "Crisis" seem to be mentioned in the same sentence - and yet, from my experience, the two rarely go together. Midlife women today aren't falling apart at the seams, we aren't leaving our families and running off to an ashram to discover ourselves. We aren't sitting around weeping and wringing our hands over our empty nests. What I do see happening is a sense of it being our time to cast aside some of the personas we've worn over the years, and we're putting on something that is a better fit.

SPEAKING EVERY THOUGHT

Would it be wonderful if someone could invent a device that would speak a person's thoughts?

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Today's guest is Sue who blogs at From Dust Beautiful Things where she reflects on rising from a broken marriage, re-discovering herself, meeting and marrying her lovely husband, the "joys" of step-parenting, and her Christian faith. Sue is a good friend of my DIL Hannah and we "met" when Sue asked me for some blogging advice because she was in the process of re-inventing her blog. We've been blogging friends ever since. 

So, I'd like you to meet Sue (if you haven't already) and discover more about her through her post (there's so much I didn't know!)

SHE JUST LET GO AND LET IT ALL BE


FINDING SOMETHING SPECIAL

A few weeks ago I came across a poem that spoke to my heart. It wasn't particularly "deep and meaningful", it didn't offer world shaking advice.....it didn't even rhyme! But it spoke to me and I've re-read it several times since and posted it on my Memory Board for posterity.

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE LINK PARTY #24

Midlife - Share The Love Link Party - an exclusive party for Midlife Bloggers

WELCOME

Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 24! This is a party that's about generously supporting and encouraging each other's blogging journey.

We are VERY focused on finding Midlife Lifestyle bloggers who want to be part of a proactive group who care about each other and are interested in connecting and supporting each other. If you're unsure if this is for you then please have a read of my intro post that explains things in more detail.

CELEBRATING SPINSTERHOOD

Being married is wonderful - but sometimes it's also nice to celebrate spinsterhood

HE IS ALWAYS HOME

My husband works from home....it's lovely that he can avoid the hassles of peak hour traffic and the daily commute, but it means that he is always home. This suits him perfectly as he is an introvert and avoiding crowds and office politics is fine by him. It works well for me in that he now takes on most of the housekeeping and is home to greet me when I walk in the door on my work days, but it means that he is always home.

Sometimes I miss having the house to myself - not that he's really in my personal space, and not that I don't love him dearly and enjoy his company, but I still miss alone time where it's just me and the cats and nothing going on in the background. I guess in a way, there are times where I miss Spinsterhood - living alone with cats!

A MINOR MISHAP

Social Saturday guest post - on what happens when there is a "minor" mishap in the kitchen

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Today's lovely guest poster is Cherie from That Blog Where Cherie Moves To Germany. Cherie moved from the US to Germany after meeting her husband online and falling in love and choosing to head off with him to Europe. She left her country to live in his, and shares her adventures and discoveries as she sets up house in a new land. 

Today Cherie is sharing a little snippet of her life that reflects the ups and downs of establishing her home in Germany. I'm sure you'll enjoy her post and make sure you pop over to her blog to read her very interesting love story.

THE IMPORTANCE OF DE-CLUTTERING IN MIDLIFE

De-cluttering your life now makes things easier for everyone in the years to come

PARENTS

When you reach a certain point in Midlife, you realize that you have become more sensible than your parents (at least that's what it feels like to me). You look at the decisions they're making in their old age and you shake your head wryly and look at your partner with raised eyebrows. You wonder to yourself - "What makes previously sensible people start making poor choices?"

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE LINK PARTY #23

Midlife - Share The Love Link Party - an exclusive party for Midlife Bloggers

WELCOME

Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 23! This is a party that's about generously supporting and encouraging each other's blogging journey.

We are VERY focused on finding Midlife Lifestyle bloggers who want to be part of a proactive group who care about each other and are interested in connecting and supporting each other. If you're unsure if this is for you then please have a read of my intro post that explains things in more detail.

NOW IT'S MIDLIFE AND TIME TO WEAR PURPLE!

Midlife is turning out to be the best time of life for me - why wait until we're old to wear purple?

WHY WAIT UNTIL YOU'RE OLD?

Last month I wrote a post about getting old and how it will be a really fun time if we let it. I shared a poem by Jenny Joseph called "When I am Old" about a woman who is planning on leaving conventional life behind and doing what she pleases.

After I wrote that post I began to think of my life right now and how living in Midlife already gives me so much freedom - in fact I don't have to wait until I'm old to enjoy some of those fun times - it's already happening right now.

CAN CANCER HAVE A SILVER LINING?

Social Saturday - Denyse shares the ten silver linings she discovered through her cancer journey

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Denyse is a fellow Aussie blogger who is a retired teacher. She has been through a really tough 12 months after being diagnosed with cancer. Her grace and positive attitude through the ordeal has been inspirational to all who read her blog. She has also been participating in the Outfit A Day Challenge to lift her spirits as she goes through this journey. I asked Denyse if she would share some of the positive lessons and silver linings she has learned along the way.