Dr. Barbara Collins

Authentic After 50: A Blog For Women
“Strong Like Bull”

“Strong Like Bull”

“Strong Like Bull” is a diverse, aging, funny, and active group of friends that meet at our local Y. We move our bodies, well, any part of our body that is willing to participate. There is no scheduled time to meet. It’s great when two or more of us show up at the...

Exploring Your Natural Strengths

Exploring Your Natural Strengths

I once met a woman after speaking at a conference who thanked me for removing the “shackles” from her wrists. What a powerful word. My presentation, It's Your Turn: Find Your Authentic Self, made her realize that all her life, she felt she was living someone else’s...

Help Prevent Aging with Relationships

Help Prevent Aging with Relationships

A major fear of aging women is being alone. Staying engaged is one of the major predictors of living a healthier, longer life. According to the Administration on Aging, 37% of women in the U.S. over 60 live by themselves. Are you lonely? Are you fearful of a lonely...

“Feeling the Love” of Facebook

“Feeling the Love” of Facebook

When I first discovered Facebook, I was not "feeling the love" to connect on Facebook (fb). Why was it important to have a minute-to-minute update as to what people were doing and feeling? I couldn’t imagine how people found the time to write on fb. I was skeptical....

Your Strengths can be Blessings for Others

Your Strengths can be Blessings for Others

One day on a train to New York, I engaged in a conversation about aging with a woman in her mid- to late-50s. We started by sharing our common connections on getting older. We laughed about the sudden pains that have appeared in places not felt when we were younger....

Brain Petals for Your Heart

Brain Petals for Your Heart

One day I was waiting in line at the Post Office. The line was so long, I was tired and stressed out. I wanted to just leave, but I needed to get an important document in the mail. I thought, "This is not working for me. I need to relax and think about something...

Speaking What’s In Your Heart

Speaking What’s In Your Heart

A cardiologist once told me that speaking what’s in your heart creates a healthier heart.   It is also an act of loving yourself. You may have noticed that’s it’s been awhile since I launched my blog in May.  Life kicked in with a major health crisis on top of a deep...

Finding Courage in ‘Failure’

Finding Courage in ‘Failure’

Tony Robbins once said, “There is no such thing as failure, only results.” That quotation hit close to home at midlife when I tried photography and failed. Or I should say, I realized photography wasn’t a natural strength. During a difficult time in my life, I...

The Knitter Woman

The Knitter Woman

I met a wonderful woman at a crafts show who was knitting the most beautiful hand knitted scarf.   Her hair was strikingly gray with the most peaceful and gentle smile. She looked like she was enjoying her knitting craft. People passing by were taking a quick look at...

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