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THE QUIET SIMPLICITY OF THOREAU'S WALDEN

Henry David Thoreau wrote about living quietly, mindfully and simply in his novel Walden. These are all aspects of life we can aspire to live in today's busy world if we choose to live a slow, simple life. #simpleliving

QUIETLY LIVING WITH THOREAU

Today it's "Q" on my List of More and I thought I'd take a slightly different tangent to my usual posts. A while ago I started looking at "Walden" (or "Life in the Woods") by Henry David Thoreau, and the similarities between his quiet life back in 1845 and my new quiet life in 2019.

Just a quick overview to catch you up if you're not a Thoreau fan:

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE PARTY #80

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 80! 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.

4 WAYS I RECREATED MY LIFE AFTER A SETBACK

4 tools I've used to move forward after leaving a toxic work situation and recreating from the mess. #inspiration #lifehacks

RECREATING LIFE FROM A TOXIC MESS

Today I'm over at Candi's blog Inspire My Style. Candi asked me to write a post about the tools I used to recover after I left my toxic work situation. It's so lovely to look back now and see how far I've come, but it wasn't an easy journey to finally arrive where I am today - settled, content, and at peace.

A CLOSED DOOR AND A MIDLIFE EPIPHANY

Sometimes a door closes in our life and we realize it's a pivotal moment when we get to choose a new path and leave behind an old way of living. It's a good thing and something to embrace with open arms. #midlife #closeddoor

A MIDLIFE EPIPHANY

I had a bit of an epiphany in the last few weeks where I realized I'd had one of those moments when a series of events come to a resolution and in the process a "point of life change" has occured - the goal posts have shifted and a door has closed. I remember this happening once before and it related to a completely different life decision, but it brought with it a similar sense of knowing that life was settling into a new course - and that it was a really good thing.

Today I'm sharing that original epiphany and the Midlife one that happened recently...

SHARE YOUR STORY AND INSPIRE OTHERS

I just want you to know that you are never too old, you are never too late to be the woman you were meant to be, even if it took a hell of a lot to become her! #midlife #inspiration

INTRO

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in my July Coffee post that I'd met a lovely lady named Anne who is a life coach in the UK. She generously gave me some of her time, knowledge and skills to help me wrap my head around all the recent changes in my life and I'll be writing more about that in a couple of weeks. Anne also offered to share her journey to life coaching on my blog, so let me introduce you to her today....

MY ALTERNATIVE TO THE MARIE KONDO METHOD

The simple solutions for when your wardrobe needs more than a new folding technique. #declutter #tips

REARRANGING THE DECK CHAIRS

I think Marie Kondo's Konmari method of decluttering is a great idea, but sadly for a lot of people the emphasis seems to have shifted from owning less clutter to tidying your clutter more neatly. I've talked to a few people who are busy folding their socks and underwear and clothes into neat little origami shapes..... but they aren't throwing anything out.

SATURDAY SNIPPETS #18

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.

THIS IS WHAT AGING WELL LOOKS LIKE TO ME

What does aging well look like to you? I think it's summed up beautifully by Jann Arden - "You are not getting older, you are gathering speed, and power, and wisdom. It is an honour and a privilege to be here."#midlife #quotes

WE’RE GATHERING SPEED

Canadian singer/songwriter and Midlifer Jann Arden wrote a wonderful piece about aging well on Facebook earlier this year. Today I'm over at Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond sharing what "Aging Well" looks like to me.

5 WAYS RETIREMENT CHANGES YOUR PERSPECTIVE

Have you wondered what retirement will be like? Are you worried you'll be bored? There are certainly changes that come with it - but they're all good and boredom isn't one of them! #midlife #retirement

HOW RETIREMENT IS CHANGING MY PERCEPTION OF LIFE

As I slide into retirement I'm coming to appreciate how much it's changing my perception of different aspects of my life. In the beginning I was fighting the idea of not being "gainfully employed" any longer. I resented retirement being thrust upon me when I wasn't expecting it. I see-sawed around the idea of returning to work so I didn't have to redefine myself and didn't have to feel the need to justify no longer being in the workforce.

3 POSITIVE WAYS TO BE MORE OPEN IN LIFE

3 ways to be more positive in your life - embrace open mindedness, open heartedness, and be open to new lessons and experiences. Life is short - make every moment count. #midlife #inspiration

IT'S TIME TO OPEN UP

Midlife offers so many opportunities to rediscover ourselves and to explore all the potential we've yet to uncover. The decades leading up to our 50's were all about investing in others - family, work, commitments, and meeting expectations. Now we have the chance to invest in ourselves and to open ourselves up to be filled and then to overflow some of that fullness into the world around us.

There's three types of openness that I want to touch on today as part of my List of More (today's letter is "O" in case you were wondering!)