Articles to inspire your Power Years™

Developing self-trust in midlife

“The more uncertain the world is, the more important it is to trust yourself.” – Mercedes Finlay Self-trust is the backbone of the Power Years™. It is what allows you to take risks, and let go of what’s not working anymore. It supports bold choices and quietly creating a truer, more fulfilling life. Self-trust gives you the […]
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“There is a sublime comfort that comes with 40.”

Mercedes Findlay
Power Profile with Mercedes Findlay: When Mercedes was laid off from her television job in her late thirties, it was the catalyst for a major midlife shift that helped her find unknown depths of strength, skills, support, and maybe most importantly, her voice.
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“I had been using the wrong barometer for success all along.”

Carol Sloan
Power Profile with Carol Sloan: Carol's transformation from teacher to freelance writer has reinflated her "once sad balloon". This new chapter of focusing on her dreams and stopping old habits of people-pleasing makes her feel like herself again.
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10 clarifying questions to ask in midlife

These questions are designed to help you get clarity about who you are becoming, what's important to you, and what you want to be doing more of in midlife and beyond.
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Ditch the to-do list and make a “to-be” list

This simple tool will help you focus on who you want to become as opposed to everything you have to get done and checked off a list. Try it for a week to see what it opens up for you.
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How one word transformed my whole year

Plan, Checklist, Goal, Letter, List, New Year Resolution
Focusing on one word this year changed my entire life. Last January, at the top of a page in my journal, I wrote out the year, 2018, and then below that, I painted big colourful watercolour letters lined with black ink spelling out my word.
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Are we having fun yet?

Women on a swing in front of ocean, having fun.
Are you satisfied with how much fun you're having? Here's how to find out what's fun for you and make more time for it.
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Don’t go back to sleep

Forest Road Under Sunset Sunbeams. Lane Running Through The Autumn Deciduous Forest At Dawn Or Sunrise. Toned Instant Photo
"The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep." This poem captures everything I am trying to do in my personal and professional life: stay awake and help wake other people up to themselves and all their possibilities. It's so easy to sleepwalk through life. To not be in our bodies. To not be present to ourselves and the world around us. Particularly these days, it can be exhausting to stay awake and witness everything going on in the world. Switching to autopilot, maintaining the status quo, and numbing can almost feel necessary to survive.
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Midlife redesign: 10 signs you’re ready

Midlife woman walks in a meadow by the sea in Pane e Pomodoro's beach in Bari (Apulia)
Midlife gets a bad rap with its connection to crises and stray chin hairs. But what is also true is the middle can be an incredible time of life. By the time we reach our 40s and 50s, we’ve put hours and hours into building our lives. If we haven’t quite gotten to the top of the mountain then we’re at least experts on the climb. And we look around and realize that all our choices have brought us to this point.
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