Articles to inspire your Power Years™

“We all have a story to tell”

Katherine Muir Miller
Power Profile with Katherine Muir Miller: Katherine was a fiery 50-something, mom to five kids, back to work in a job she loved, active in sports, in the best shape of her life, and exploring a new interest in painting when she had a horrific life-changing accident. The road to recovery uncovered the artist within and led her to a destination she never ever expected.
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“I’ve finally realized, at age 50, that it’s ok to prioritize me”

Power Profile with Kaori Noguchi: After a turbulent time in her 40s that was focused on raising her young son, taking care of her mother, and struggling with burnout and health challenges, Kaori had a hip surgery that opened up an opportunity for a meaningful midlife career change.
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Midlife is getting better PR: inspiring quotes from women who are over 40

Woman sitting in a chair, reading Michelle Obama's "Becoming"
I’ve been noticing a trend. Not only have many women stopped trying to hide their age, but they are also speaking up about midlife being powerful and fulfilling. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’ve long seen the many upsides to being north of 40. I’m overjoyed to hear women with […]
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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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Time is a gift … what are you doing with yours?

Transparent glass ball reflecting an antique alarm clock on a wet sandy beach
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

Vintage keys sticking out of the sand on a beach
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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