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I was born on the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation, and have had the quintessential boomer experience: I worked my way through college, married, had a child, divorced, thrived in a few careers, survived as a single mom, remarried and struggled with blended family issues. Perhaps you can relate.

After traveling the country for nearly a decade delivering leadership and life skills workshops for women, the demands of my travel schedule and the onset of menopause collided with the big 5-0. I was moved to press the pause button on my life and reassess my priorities.

Questions whispered in the background of my mind. Who am I becoming? What does this all mean? Will I still be loved, valued and respected? Is this the beginning of the end?

I watched in astonishment as my skin began to lose its elasticity, and was mildly horrified when my tummy morphed into a permanent flotation device. Smile lines etched in deeper and I found it necessary to color my hair more often. When I made the decision to stop dyeing my hair, the whispers became urgent, unavoidable.

And so began my not-so-graceful quest to age mindfully.

Gradually, I learned that my frustrations, fears and anxieties about aging grew quiet when I faced them directly. I learned to refocus my energies on the people, things and activities that brought a smile to my face and a song to my heart. By letting go of old identities and rediscovering new passions, I have gradually (but not always gracefully) hitched my rope to a growing movement of Amazing Grays.

Allow me to become your Midlife Midwife, helping you give birth to the second half of your life - without all the unnecessary labor pains!

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