Rummage Sale Reflections
I have written previously about a program I direct called The Jeremiah Project. The Jeremiah Project is a creative arts program targeted to reach at risk middle school aged students in the Central Florida area. While we principally exist off of grants from family foundations, we also periodically conduct fundraisers. One of our major fundraising efforts is a bi-annual rummage sale. We...
One Word Resolution
Jackie Sorensen, a partner in our Be Brave. Lose the Beige business, prescribed an exercise during a session with a group of Lady Boomers. She recommended identifying a word that might encapsulate our yearnings and goals for the new year. Jackie chose “courage” as a word she hoped to live with throughout 2014. Courage to face age-old fears inhibiting her in previous years, and...
Om for the Holidays
In the United States we love celebrating occasions-
Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, un-birthdays, and, of
course…Christmas. Do you “occasionally”
find yourself dreading those holiday hassles?
As women, we are particularly prone to feeling responsible
for holidays and special occasions. We shop for the perfect gifts and spend
countless hours adorning packages with...
How Life Imitates Chess (or is it the other way around?)
Let me just say right up front, I LOVE games! Board games, card games, beach games, golf, acting games (charades is my favorite). But I’ve never ever wanted to take up the game of Chess. My husband and I were discussing this oversight one evening and realized it is because we sometimes view our lives as a game of chess, particularly our professional lives.
Chess, in my limited...
Know Your Place
This article was written by Grace, Fiandaca, a regular contributor to Be Brave. Lose the Beige.
I need to know my place
better. In fact, we all need to pay more attention to where we belong. No, I’m
not wistful over the strict social stratification of Downton Abbey or longing
for a return to the rigid roles of the antebellum South. I’m talking about
cultivating a sense of place, an...
Women Wear A Lot of Hats
My friend, Cynthia, attempted to introduce me recently to one of her friends. I saw a slight hesitation flicker across her face as she struggled with a label for me. This did not surprise me in the least as I, like so many Lady Boomers, wear a lot of hats. At an average age of 60, Baby Boomer women have lived multiple roles and occupations over the course of their varied lives.
This Is Not Your Mother's Retirement
In 2011, the first of
the Baby Boomer generation reached what used to be known as retirement age. Between
8,000-10,000 baby boomers will be turning 65 every day for the next eighteen
years. Rumor has it over half the Baby Boomers in America are going to
celebrate their 100th birthday and beyond. The social and economic impact of this data
makes me seriously question whether 65 will really be...
Ageism Calls for an Attitude Adjustment
Anyone reading our blog of late has probably concluded I’m
obsessed with turning 60. Now while that
might be an exaggeration, I am more likely to read articles and pay attention
to news shows featuring the topic of aging.
That is why I read with interest an article in the New York Times
last Sunday by Peggy Klaus called, Embrace
Your Age and Conquer the World. I
don’t know about...
Naval Gazing at 60
I solemnly promise this is the final installment of my “turning 60” naval gazing (a
reference I should refrain from making since the image of someone contemplating
their 60 year old naval is the antithesis of attractive). Speaking of 60 year old body parts, however,
part of my contemplation has revolved around a sense of gratitude for most of
mine. Aging certainly is accompanied by