Saturday again! One of my favourite ways of starting the weekend is by making a list of the things I am grateful for. I keep a gratitude diary (I don’t manage to write in it every single day, but I write in it at least five times a week. Sometimes it is a long list, sometimes just a single word or a picture that I know will spark a specific memory. I also keep a Gratitude Diary on Pinterest, purely because I enjoy pinning. I often choose a theme – it helps me think of different things to be thankful for.
With the launch of our Mindful Midlife Renaissance Retreats last week, with our horses, here in the south of France, my mind is squarely fixated on midlife.
- I am very grateful, that here where I live, in deepest rural France, there are super-stylish older women that are fantastic role models. Many of these fascinating women have risen to the top of their professions during their careers and have now decided to retire here in the south of France. I am so grateful that there are women living nearby that still manage to stop the conversation when they walk into a room, in their fifties, sixties, seventies and even eighties.
- I am also very grateful that I live in a country that is not fixated on the beauty of youth, but where beauty in older women is celebrated with equal vigour as in younger women – just look at Catherine Deneuve, for one. Isabelle Adjani, for another. I am also grateful for role models from other countries, from the past, like Audrey Hepburn and from the present like Meryl Steep, Rachel Ward, Susan Sarandon, Judy Dench, Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith.
- I am grateful that as a blogger, I have discovered so many other women midlife bloggers. Women who write about the trials and tribulations, but also the victories and celebrations of mid-life. I follow several midlife blogs like No Time to Travel, Brazen Women, Better after 50, over50feeling40, Reclaiming Mary, StillBlondeAfterAll, MidlifeChic, LettersfromMidlife, The Succulent Wife, A Boomer’s Life After 50, Making Midlife Matter and MidlifeAGoGo to name but a few. The names of the blogs say it all. One of the best places to find other midlife women bloggers is at MidlifeBoulevard.com.
- For day to day inspiration, I am very grateful for all the midlife women whom I follow on Twitter like Walker Thornton, who describes herself as a « 60 years old sex goddess », Judy Freeman, who’s « goal as I age is to keep my chin up so my neck stays forever wrinkle-free », Evelyn Kalinosky, who « helps high-achieving midlife business women increase their sacred capital », Jean Parks, « a chocolate eating, cupcake loving computer geek with a passion for bath/beauty products, fine living & fun » and Candace Karu, who is « more fun than a barrel of monkeys – if the monkeys had an iPhone, a dubious past and questionable attitude”.
- I am also grateful for the Facebook pages written by midlife women, with loads of up-to-date information, articles and ideas, like FiftyNotFrumpy(my all time favourite), MidlifeWarriorSisterhood, Fabafter40, BestKnickersAlways and WomenAfter50.
- There are also several brilliant groups on Facebook, where midlife women share their experiences, good or bad, support each other, offer advice, share what works for them and what does not. I like these midlife women facebook groups, Midlife Bloggers Association hosted by Kimberley Montgomery, The Women of Midlife, hosted by Paula Myrick and Sassy Midlife Women, hosted by Katie Paul. There are several others, some focus on health problems during midlife like Menopause Angels, Menopause Naturally and Making Friends with the Menopause, others celebrated midlife women’s’ wisdom like the Wise Women Facebook group. There is something for everyone, a community to join where one can discuss everything under the sun.
- I am grateful for the inspiration all these amazing women bring to my life. I am a member of another Facebook page called Wild Women Sisterhood, and although it is not specifically for midlife women, it often reflects my thoughts so exactly that it can be scary. This page and the fabulous women and writing on it helped me develop my Midlife Renewal Retreats. I found this picture posted on Wednesday – the words really resonate with what I feel right now:
- Whenever I go online, on Twitter, Facebook or on my WordPress reader, I am so grateful to find endless amounts of articles, tweets and posts about things that are of interest to me, questions I may have or inspiration that I may lack. I found the posts « Power of Resilience: How you bounce back from adversity can reveal a lot about how you’ll age», « Great Jobs for Midlife Women » «Managing My Weight Over 40 », «Is poise old-fashioned or cutting edge ? » and « 2016 Fashion Trends for the Midlife Woman » very interesting and educational. Most of these posts are accessible on my MidLife Blossoming Pinterest board.
- Talking about Pinterest, I am very grateful for all the mid-life women Pinterest boards full of pictures of beautiful, elegant, stylish older women and with links to yet more articles about ageing gracefully and scandalously enjoying the process. So much so, that I had to create my own Pinterest board with inspiration for midlife women (you should see Helen Mirren in a bikini at 63!):
- More and more people are writing about the beneficial effect horses can have on human experience, and I am very grateful that having arrived at midlife, I have six horses, all very different characters, to support me while I sail through the storms of this transitional period. I am hugely grateful for all my close friends who support me and encourage me and put up with my questions and insecurities while I try to navigate midlife. Most of all, I am intensely grateful for an understanding, caring and patient husband.
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Margaretha Montagu – Mpowering women to live the second half of their lives with renewed passion.
Dr. Margaretha Montegu is a medical doctor with 20 years of experience helping her patients manage stress so as to avoid physical disease and psychological distress. 8 years ago she left medical practice to concentrate on prevention rather than cure and now hosts Mindfulness Meditation Retreats, assisted by 6 super-smart horses, in the south of France.
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