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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Time is a gift … what are you doing with yours?

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On a scale of 1-10, where 1 is not busy at all and 10 is totally time bankrupt, how busy are you? If you said 10 (or even 11 or 12), you’re not alone. Life is busy. Especially when we have multiple roles and responsibilities and people counting on us. And who are we kidding, that's mostly everybody these days. There is always someone or something who needs our attention. So let’s say for the sake of argument there really is zero time. Let’s say that every minute is legitimately booked.
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6 questions to ask yourself when you feel stuck

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I have a lot of empathy for feeling stuck. I understand how hard it can be to bust out of well-worn patterns, habits, and beliefs. When I’ve felt like that in the past, I haven’t been able to see what’s possible. I haven’t been able to see that I have choices. It feels like I’m going around and around in circles and nothing changes. And worse, it seems like everyone else is moving forward.
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My monthly check-in for maintaining a balanced “lifescape”

Mountain valley during sunrise. Natural summer landscape.
Late last year, I realized that some parts of my life were thriving and others were looking a little bit flat. So in January, I decided that instead of waiting until the end of the year to take stock and come up with goals for the new year, I would do that at the end of every month.
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Why learning to recognize your Inner Critic is so important

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Are you being guided by a clear understanding of what you want your life to look like and what matters to you or is your Inner Critic making your decisions? The answer to that question is the key to beginning to make new choices that will help you create a life that serves you.
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20 Quotes for people who are transforming their lives

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After learning how to make a "Book of Hours" in Rozanne Lopez's workshop last December, I'm sharing some of my favorite quotes and wisdom from my very own Book of Hours journal. They continue to inspire me and keep me focused. I hope they will be valuable to you as well.
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