CAN BEING SAD BE GOOD FOR YOU?

Recent research suggests that experiencing not-so-happy feelings actually promotes psychological well-being.

HAPPINESS AND SADNESS

I write a lot about happiness - it's a topic that I'm very fond of. I'm learning that we create our own happiness and it's important to take responsibility for how we choose to react to the circumstances and people in our lives. However, there's two sides to every coin and I'm learning that it's okay to be sad too.

CREATING BOUNDARIES IN MIDLIFE

I've learned to define my boundaries by a) What I'm responsible for and b) What I'm NOT responsible for and I thought I'd share how I'm breaking that down at the moment. It's where I'm drawing my line in the sand.

LEARNING TO CREATE BOUNDARIES

Boundaries were a whole new realm for me when I discovered them a few years ago. I think most of what I've learned has come from BrenĂ© Brown and her thoughts on having the courage to draw a line in the sand and say "No" - even when we know it will disappoint others. To place value on our own needs and health for a change.

IT'S BEEN FOUR YEARS AND TIME FOR A CHANGE

It's been four years of blogging and I think it's time for a change of pace

WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?

I started this blog in November 2014 - four years ago! It seems like only yesterday I had the whim to write my thoughts down somewhere. I had no idea where to start, didn't bother doing all the research and soul searching that others did before they began blogging. I just picked the cheapest, simplest blogging format out there and jumped right in.

ANOTHER YEAR OLDER - ANOTHER YEAR WISER?

The world has turned, a year has passed and it's time for another birthday - what have I learned in the last 12 months?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

The world has turned, a year has passed and it's time for another birthday. I should be older and wiser than I was in November last year, so what have I learned in the last 12 months? It feels like the answer is "not much", but there have been a few things I've absorbed and I thought I'd share them - lessons can be challenging, but if we use them to grow and develop then they weren't for nothing.

MY MUM'S LIFE AND BEAUTY HACKS

As Midlife women, we are models to our children - Christin Lee talks about her Mum today

INTRO

Today my Social Saturday guest is Christin Lee from Insider Envy. Christin approached me to see if I'd be interested in her writing a guest post, and I was a little tentative because she is younger than my usual demographic. But she sent me this wonderful post and I just had to share it - her Mum sounds lovely and it warmed my heart to read the love shown in Christin's words. I hope you enjoy it too.

IT TOOK ME 40 YEARS TO BECOME A SECRETARY

Today I'm writing about why it took me 40 years to become a secretary - when most women who started as secretaries have moved on in their careers.

TODAY I'M A GUEST ON LIFESTYLE FIFTY

My good friend Jo Castro is featuring Midlife bloggers and their stories on her Lifestyle Fifty blog. Today it's my turn to talk about why I was a late starter and became a secretary 40 years after most Midlife women had moved on from that particular career.