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MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #92

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

WELCOME AND PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE LINKING

Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE Midlife Share The Love Link Party Number 92! 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.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO BE CREATIVE IN YOUR 50'S

It's never too late to become creative - according to research we have a second peak at 57. What are you doing to make the most of your second wind? #creativity

DO YOU FEEL CREATIVE?

I saw a little article in the newspaper earlier this year that was a bit of an eye opener for me. It referred to some Nobel Prize winning research on creativity and it stated that there were two peaks of creativity in our lives - one in our late 20's and one when we're 57. It got me thinking about whether I'd experienced a surge of creativity in Midlife or whether things were much the same as they'd always been.

I cut out the article at the time, and it's been sitting in my journal just waiting for me to ponder it a little. The time has come to see how it applies to me, and to give others the opportunity of wondering if they agree with it or not. So before we go any further, here's the article:

KNOWING YOUR WORTH AND REFUSING TO COMPARE

Finding your "self" and being content and confident in that role is a journey. It involves a lot of soul searching and figuring out what's really important. #value #selfworth

WHAT GIVES US A SENSE OF SELF WORTH?

Today I'm up to "W" in the List of More and lately I've been doing a lot of thinking and re-evaluating in the area of Worth - I've been asking questions like: "Where does my self-worth come from?" and "What happens when external factors change - does that impact on my perception of my worth?" and "What is the measure I use to determine my worth or value?"

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE

Because I always enjoy a good 'Taking Stock' blog post, I hope you'll humour me and sit a while as I share my news. There's nothing like a virtual cuppa and a chat, and I have lots to share from the last few weeks. #ifwewerehavingcoffee

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE

If we were having coffee these are a few things I'd be sharing from October - we're now settling into Spring and I'm revelling in the warmer weather and sunshine. Because I always enjoy a good 'Taking Stock' blog post, I hope you'll humour me and sit a while as I share my news. There's nothing like a virtual cuppa and a chat, and I have lots to share from the last few weeks.

HOW TO REMAIN VIVID AND VIBRANT IN MIDLIFE

We are not our grandmothers and we're not invisible - we're vivid and vibrant and have so much to offer the world. Midlife is the best time of life #midlife

VIVID AND VIBRANT

Today on the List of More we're up to V for Vivid and Vibrant - both are words that resonate with living life to the full. According to WikiDiff there's a slight difference between the two terms - "vivid" is bright and colourful and "vibrant" is lively and vigorous, but both seem to embody brightness and vivacity - something that Midlife can be encompass if we live it out loud.

5 BENEFITS OF EARLY RETIREMENT

Are you considering leaving work in your 50's instead of waiting another 10 years? Here's 5 benefits I've discovered since I retired at 57. #midlife #earlyretirement

THE REALITY OF EARLY RETIREMENT

Now that I've settled into the idea that working again is really unlikely for me, I've come to see that there are a multitude of benefits when it comes to no longer being in the paid workforce. There was (of course) an adjustment period where I needed to let go of the idea that only wealthy people could afford to leave work before they turned 65, and that it's quite possible to live very comfortably on one income if you've stewarded your money well in the lead up to leaving work.

SATURDAY SNIPPETS #21

Saturday Snippets - where the best things I've seen on the itnernet come together in one place #Saturday #snippets #midlife

INTRO

Here's the latest little snippets from all over the place that caught my eye and I thought were worth sharing. I hope you enjoy them too - feel free to pin them or share them with other people if they resonate with you. I've turned off the comments on these posts because they're just a fun Saturday post to look at, enjoy and move on - hopefully with a smile on your face or with something to think about.

HOW TO MOVE ON FROM AN UNRESOLVED ISSUE

How to bring harmony and peace back into your life when a relationship is damaged and there's no closure. #relationships

WHEN LIFE DOESN'T GO AS PLANNED

I don't know about you, but I like my life to be very sweet, and pleasant, and for everything to be tied up with a neat little bow at the end of the day. I hate messy upsets, I hate emotional upheavals, I hate it when someone is angry or annoyed with me, I hate it when the harmony of my life is feeling out of kilter. It's like there's a glitch in the Matrix of my life (I loved those movies!) and it leaves me feeling unsettled and out of sorts.

EMBRACING UN-BUSYNESS IN MIDLIFE

Becoming un-busy in Midlife means leaving the stress behind, slowing the pace, refusing to compete, and living life with freedom and joy. #midlife #unbusy

WHY I CHOOSE TO BE UN-BUSY

It's "U" for "Unbusy" as we head towards the end of my List of More. I've been discovering the joy of unbusyness over the last several months after walking away from a very stressful and drama driven job. When I left I needed a few months to recover and get my head back in the game, then I started to plan how to get things up and running again - how to jump back on the bandwagon and get back into the rat race. But then I had my Midlife Epiphany and life changed.

5 SIGNS I'M SUCCEEDING IN LIFE (AND YOU CAN TOO)

Everyone defines "success" differently, but for me it translates to contentment and peace - not a competition for first place. It's time to step out of the ratrace and enjoy life on our own terms. #midlife #success

WHAT IS A SUCCESSFUL LIFE?

Something I've been noticing since leaving the workforce is that everyone defines "success" differently. When I was working it was all about how high up the corporate ladder you've climbed, or how much money is in the bank, or your latest travel plans. For others it might be how well your children are doing, or how important your husband is, or how big your house is.... the list is endless. For me, success in life looks a little different to all of this.