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Dr. Barbara Collins is a midlife transition expert.
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Author: Dr. Barbara Collins

    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...

  There are certain days when stress makes you feel like a "hot mess" and frustrated. You feel frustrated not knowing how to feel better. Creating simple and pleasurable experiences relieves stress and feels empowering because you control what makes you feel good. Knowing who you...

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...

  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 – Making the Most...

“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...

  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...

    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 think...

  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 meaningful life....

“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 inauguration ceremony (2009). Oh my, she...

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....

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 uncomfortable or contentious. It's challenging...

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 begins at...

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...

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. Noticeably, there...

  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 driving, move out...

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...

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 were...

  Getting Older “Play to Your Strengths –Something that challenges you a bit” Dr. Brenda Milner, Neuroscientist I was thrilled to read an article, by Sari Harrar, in the October issue AARP Bulletin. Harrar, interviewed Dr. Brenda Milner, pioneer neuroscientist, whose groundbreaking research helped to unlock the...

My mother and both grandmothers were major influences to create a meaningful life while getting older. Living unique lives with faith in God helped me imagine a life worth living. Mother received her Master's Degree in Gerontology at age 60. She was Director of a Senior...

  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...

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...

Dear Friends, I was shopping at Wegman’s yes, I admit my favorite food store. A woman was reaching for an air freshner. All of a sudden the entire shelf of air fresheners came tumbling down. She laughed watching them fall all over the floor. While picking...

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 a significant role...

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...