The unusual combination of success, insecurity and being a woman

Insecurity was alive and well at a conference recently; I was surrounded by really successful women. It’s funny the way insecurity pops up in our lives. At this conference, no one looked particularly insecure. In fact, I thought everyone looked completely confident and happy. I would say they looked “normal.” Not any smarter than I…

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The long-term job—a blessing and a curse

Who knew that my long-term job could be both a blessing and a curse? I never even imagined I would be the type to have a long-term job. Seriously. It didn’t seem like something that would have my name on it. I landed my first professional job in 1989. I remember it well. I was…

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The power of old movies, memories and midlife

Memories from childhood are much easier with the help of old movies. Have you had the pleasure of watching old movies from your childhood? I did and it was amazing. My mom had the foresight to transfer all of the old 8mm movies to videotape in the late 80s. I lived about 500 miles away…

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Turning 50? Lots of ways to leave your 40s

Turning 50 is so interesting. On just about every level. I hate the idea of a “bucket list when you turn 50.” Really, it turns me off. It’s not that I don’t want to embrace the fact that I’m growing older. I just don’t like the idea of talking about things I really want to…

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Lizard love, older sons and me

Lizards are part of good family life, would you say? And it’s that time of year again. Summertime; Fireworks; Gardening; Beaches; Road trips; Summer camp; and Lizard babysitting Yes, that’s right…lizard babysitting. Spending some quality time with my son’s lizards is one of the things that summer means to me. You see, my kids have…

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Pimples at 50 and other midlife surprises

Pimples look pretty cool under a nice magnification mirror, don’t they? I’m not sure exactly how old I was when I discovered how much fun and also how scary a magnification mirror could be. I think it must have been when I was about 12 or 13 years old, when I first started plucking my…

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Losing my job and rediscovering myself: My two year dream-aversary

Not all anniversaries are created equal, like when it’s related to losing your job. I never thought about losing my job and anniversary in the same sentence. It seems like one of my most prevalent thoughts in my 50s is, “where does the time go?” It was two years ago this week that I was…

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Midlife on the farm

What do a couple of hair stylists, beautiful farmland and amazing animals have in common? The answer may surprise you. I had the pleasure of going to a B and B this weekend, in rural Ontario. It’s funny…the reason I was there with a girlfriend wasn’t because we had a great idea to get away…

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University and kids: Is the glass half empty or half full when they leave?

I remember the day I left for university like it was yesterday.  I was so excited to start the next phase of my life in university. I was a fresh 18 years old and was off to West Chester University in Pennsylvania.  I couldn’t wait to be a part of the unbelievably amazing Golden Rams…

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Scary solo travel of the first born

Nothing like having kids travel on their own to put some hair on your chest. Now that I’m on the other side of 50, the “older mom” milestones are coming fast and furious! I’m the proud mom of three fabulously handsome and talented young men. I know we all say that!  But seriously, they will…

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