midlife

e bond

“Sometimes the way forward isn’t always forward”

After 20 years of friendship, community, artmaking, and being a professor, e sold her life and drove across the country at 38 years old to do an MFA in Creative Writing and Book Art. She now lives on an island in northern California that is the polar opposite to her previous life in Philadelphia, working in design, making art, and navigating the changes of perimenopause.

An exercise in staying with the mystery

We’re in a situation with this pandemic that is dripping in mystery and we’re all in suspense. What will the world be like on the other side of this? Who will we be? It’s wildly different from anything we’ve experienced in our lifetime because most of the world is in this liminal space at the […]

Are you the main character in your life story?

Imagine watching your life as if it were a movie. Would the audience recognize you as the main character? At some point in midlife, it is common to look up and realize that for years we've been pouring much of our precious time, energy, wisdom, and resources into other people at the expense of our dreams, desires, and needs.
Naomi Parness

“It’s a great feeling to have so much of life behind you.”

What happens when your dream stops feeling so dreamy? Having celebrated her 40th birthday last year in lockdown, Naomi has made big shifts that feel aligned with who she is and who she wants to be.

9 habits to take you from midlife muck to your Power Years

It's not uncommon to suddenly feel like you're stuck in the muck in midlife. Make these your Power Years by embracing these 9 powerful habits.
Marina Dempster at her exhibition in The Lyceum Gallery.

“I decided to take full responsibility for my own joy.”

In her mid-forties Marina Dempster, a self-employed visual artist, mentor, and photographer felt like she was constantly busy but not seeing the results of all her efforts. She had dealt with some major losses and upsets and was ready to fall back in love with her life and work.
Portrait of Sara Smeaton in her garden, photographed by Amber Ellis

“I started to hear a little voice inside me asking ‘what else?’.”

I finally turned the tables on myself and answered my own questions about midlife and my story. I talk about my challenges with a very rare congenital issue that cost me my first pregnancy, our early challenges with our daughter's health, and the shifts that propelled me into my midlife transformation.
Mercedes Findlay

“There is a sublime comfort that comes with 40.”

When Mercedes Findlay 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.
Jennifer Ziliotto Durand

“It’s been a real time of growth.”

In her late forties, Jennifer Ziliotto Durand has experienced many shifts in the last few years from moving her family from Toronto to Montreal to closing the doors of her business and opening up an online retail experience, to becoming a mom of teens and losing her own mother.
Denise Boomkens

“I’m fuelled by a drive to change the current view of society on aging.”

After spending her younger years traveling through Europe, modeling and photographing, Denise Boomkens had her first and only baby at 40 years old. She also started her photography project that is aimed at changing the way society views aging.

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