• Just My Opinion,  Other Side of 40,  Parenting

    Getting Ready for Act II of Life

    As our family races toward another chapter in this adventure called life, I can’t help but think back to all the other “chapters” and how those began.  Mostly I think of the different versions of myself I’ve created over the years: Teenage Me, College Me, Married and Mama Me. Everyone and everything changes. We have to in order to survive, adapt to our circumstances and live our life. I remember being a teenager imagining of what my life would be like when I was 40-something. It is quite different I assure you. Sure, I knew I’d be married with children, dogs and other responsibilities. However, the way/how  my life would evolve…

  • Empowered Women Empower Women
    Just My Opinion,  Other Side of 40

    Empowered Women Empower Women

    As I wrote a few weeks ago,  I grew up with a small number of strong female role models available. I had my grandmother and watched other empowered women like Carrie Fisher and Mary Tyler Moore. I didn’t want to accept whatever people perceived to be my lot in life. Growing up, I was taught to believe that I could do just about anything I wanted to do or to be. I was raised by a strong, faith-based,  family-centered women who not only taught but empowered me to believe that. They showed me through their actions and intentions as well through their achievements. However, it was more than just happy…

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  • Not That Type of Girl
    Just My Opinion,  Other Side of 40

    Not That Type of Girl

    Back in the 70’s and 80’s, many young girls growing up dreamed of being a princess, a wife, a mother and usually involved marrying Prince Charming. They loved to wear dresses and play with their dolls/Barbies. I’m not that type of girl. I wanted to play sports, to be an athlete. I didn’t mind getting dirty. I didn’t want to be the Princess who was saved by Prince Charming. I wanted to save myself. I wanted to be involved in the action. The Day Everything Changed It wasn’t until I saw first saw Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia that I realized I COULD BE that type of princess. It was…

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