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How To Be Your Healthcare Advocate

How To Be Your Healthcare Advocate

How To Be Your Health Advocate: A Complete Guide for Women Contributing Author – Patricia Sarmiento Being healthy isn’t just about healing yourself when you’re sick. It’s about taking all the necessary precautions to prevent yourself from getting sick in the first...

Clues to Discover What’s Next For You

Clues to Discover What’s Next For You

Women over 50 tend to take talents and gifts for granted. You did not come into this life with a blank D&A. Brainstorm what would you do if you were not afraid.  I’m sure you’ve heard this question on talk shows, on the radio, or maybe at a seminar. Asking this...

Don’t Quit Your Job Or Retire Until You Do This

Don’t Quit Your Job Or Retire Until You Do This

Do this important step before you quit or retire from your job. Create the best exit strategy that feels meaningful with a purpose. If you plan to rest for a well-deserved break. Well, that’s all well and good. However, sitting is like the new smoking. Why is it so...

I was shocked when she said this!

I was shocked when she said this!

“Thank you for taking the shackles off my wrist” A physician shared these comments after a presentation to mothers of children attending a leadership conference. You’re thinking about leaving a stressful career. You’re making money to afford a beautiful home. Your...

It’s Your Time

It’s Your Time

Three Words That Will Change Your Life “It’s Your Time” are words you hear but maybe ignore the message.   I’m working with a great consultant creating my dream project.  “It’s Your Time” is a screenshot on my phone reminding me now is the time Good music soothes my...

Facing Our Fears

Facing Our Fears

I thought about the words in my book “Power in Midlife and Beyond.”  “Getting out of our comfort zone means experiencing life as though it was an adventure to discover more about you.” Life is moving towards finality no matter where you are in midlife and beyond. Facing our fears makes life feel like real living

Navigating Change

Navigating Change

NOT YET! are powerful words when experiencing a change in your life. Let’s agree that change is relative, different experiences for everyone. Let’s agree on nothing going to happen until we take action. Right? Great! William Bridges, in his book Managing Transitions –...

Better Health in 2019

Better Health in 2019

“It Ain’t Gonna Happen Unless You Make It Happen” - Three ways be a better you in 2019 Move Your Body – Stretch, walk, dance, or vacuum with a purpose. Just move! I’m a big believer that sitting still for too long is not good period. Check with your doctor to find out...

Being Human

Being Human

What does being human mean? Scott Peck author of The Road Less Traveled writes ”Life is difficult” in the first sentence. I read his book almost 20 years ago, and still remember the first sentence. Depending on your perspective being human can be difficult at times...

Write a book,Write a memoir: It’s Never Too Late

Write a book,Write a memoir: It’s Never Too Late

It's Never Too Late to Write Your Story Dr. Eric Maisel’s book Write Mind: 299 Things Writers Should Never Say to Themselves http://ericmaisel.com/books was instrumental in writing my first book It’s Your Turn:  Find Your Authentic Self and Fetch It!  I learned how to...

Thoughts Matter Getting Older

Thoughts Matter Getting Older

Thoughts matter getting older. Greek philosopher Marcus Aurelius quotation “Our life is what our thoughts make it” is on my bathroom sink. Gratitude, peace, and fulfillment are thoughts to create a meaningful life. Notes in a gratitude journal is a reminder to live a...

Aretha Franklin – Rest in Peace

Aretha Franklin – Rest in Peace

“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin “Skylark” – Lyrics by Hoagy Carmichael “Respect” (1967) – Recording of a piece by Otis Redding “Amazing Grace” (1972) – John Newton “My Country” Tis of Thee.” Samuel Francis Smith – Aretha Franklin sang at Barack Obama’s presidential...

Mindful Meditation Lessens Stress

Mindful Meditation Lessens Stress

Mindful Meditation created a life that lessens stress in my What Now? In 1995, I went on a quest to find a meditation practice. I resisted meditation due to the perception that meditation is a religion, and you have to sit for a long time. I’m comfortable with my...

Communicating Wisdom

Communicating Wisdom

Wisdom is our gift to the world. Using effective communication enhances our wisdom words in conversations. We own the right in our longevity to cherish our values and beliefs. When we communicate our values and beliefs, sometimes the conversation may feel...

Fitting a name to a face can be challenging at what age?

Fitting a name to a face can be challenging at what age?

Dear Friends, What was your guess, 50, 60? I read an article written by Sarah Boseley, in The Guardian, Jan 5, 2012,“Memory loss can begin at age 45, scientist says.”  The article focused on the Whitehall II study that released scientific evidence that memory loss...

Looking Years Younger – A Gift for You

Looking Years Younger – A Gift for You

My gift is not tangible, but I think this gift is worth checking out. Here it is! Go into a private room. Look in the mirror – eyes looking straight ahead - stand up tall – shoulders back – back straight. There you go!  You look three years younger. Yes! Sit up...

Why Women Accepting Compliments Is Challenging

Why Women Accepting Compliments Is Challenging

What was the best compliment you ever received? Why is this question good for our health? “What is the best compliment you received?”, Is a question not typically asked in conversations? I’ve asked women this question in many seminars for the past twenty years....

Caregiving  Your later self

Caregiving Your later self

Caregiving After caregiving an increasingly difficult mother; she didn’t want to put her kids through the same ordeal. Writing a letter to her adult children about her future self in later years would help them during notoriously difficult times when she should stop...

Unleashing Fears To Discover Your Strength

Unleashing Fears To Discover Your Strength

Happy New Year! We can change our thoughts. That’s our work to change how we see ourselves. What now? Can be a difficult question to ponder before and after retirement. Deciding to end a job after working many years may be delayed because of fear. Fear of not knowing...

2018 – New Challenge

2018 – New Challenge

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone - Maybe it's time Getting out of our comfort zone is an empowering goal for 2018.  The new year is an opportunity to explore goals to unleash natural strengths and talents. Unleashing our authentic self is experiencing life as though it...

Good Ideas For September

Good Ideas For September

For many of my blog subscribers, summer is almost over.  I hope summer met your expectations spending quality time doing what you love.  My trip to Israel with my daughter was one of the most amazing experiences. Israel opened my eyes to another part of the world, and...

Getting Older – Friends Can Slip Away

Getting Older – Friends Can Slip Away

Friends in our past can slip away while getting older. Life kicks in and memories about old friends may fade away. Maybe you remember how your friend supported you during a tough time. Or you recall someone that always made you laugh. Sometimes a reason to call a...

Stress Relief for Women – My PBOD

Stress Relief for Women – My PBOD

Decreasing stress during these uncertain times is critical for good health. Stress is linked to major illnesses, heart disease, cancer, and depression.One of the ways I relieve stress is by creating a "Personal Board of Directors" (PBOD). My PBOD are people that play...

Knowing Your DNA May Help You Live Longer

Knowing Your DNA May Help You Live Longer

As we age a doctor will typically ask the history of disease in your family when trying to diagnose an illness.  The history of family disease is important information for health aging. I’m not a medical doctor or an expert how knowing your DNA relates to living...

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