When I initially came across Katherine of Katherine’s Corner‘s blog series, Between the Lines, I thought it would be a great way to meet other bloggers the same age as I am. The Between the Lines Blog series highlights the creativity of bloggers of 50 years and older. I was not disappointed. Since the series started I have met and visited the blogs of a large number of inspirational women and I would like to invite you to do the same.
Before I introduce you to the bloggers that share the spotlight with me this week, Katherine has asked that we write a few words about blogging in midlife. I always feel a bit like an intruder here, not like a « real » blogger. What is more, age-wise, I only just qualify, as this is my fiftieth year.
Why do I not feel like a « real » blogger?
Unlike most of my fellow-bloggers, who pour heart and soul into their blogs, I purely blog to promote the mindfulness meditation retreats we run here in the south of France. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging and I especially enjoy being part of the blogging community. I have met some amazing people from all over the world since I started blogging and I have made some very precious friends along the way, but I limit my blog posts to subjects that would be of interest to people who come here to attend one of our equine-guided meditation retreats – my blog is not a personal one, but very definitely a business one.
The business of my life is all about horses and specifically about is equine-assisted experiential learning. We host three different retreats here on our farm in the sun-blessed south of France. The « Connect with Horses Retreats », and the « Midlife Renaissance Retreats ». I created these 3/5/7-day residential and fully-catered retreats as powerful catalysts for change to help participants make the superficial and fundamental changes necessary to live healthy, happy and fulfilling lives.
Even though I am not a « real » blog writer, I am definitely a « real » blog reader. I love reading blogs of women (and the odd man) who are making the most of midlife. Living here in deepest rural France definitely does feel like living in paradise, but it can get a bit lonely in the winter months. Our region is one of the least populated in all of France, which means there are not that many women my age around to talk to about the challenges of midlife. Reading other midlife women’s blogs has opened up a whole new world to me – and incidentally, it has also allowed me to identify the demand for a retreat for women who at midlife, want to change direction and start new careers, and so the Radical Midlife Rennaissance Retreats were born. This retreat reflects my own rather dramatic midlife career change, from medical doctor to equine-assisted experiential learning coach.