Starting Over at Midlife: The Journey Begins

I can’t even remember where I got it. But that old folding chair with the wood slats and great, simple lines sat on my back porch year after year. The light-colored wood was unfinished and rough. It had years of water stains and the scars of a blemished past from head to toe. Each spring, […]

Starting Over At Midlife: A Fresh Look at Resolutions

According to a Forbes Magazine article,  just 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. And of that 40%, only 8% actually achieve their goals. That’s a dismal and discouraging statistic. So, why bother? And on more of a personal level, why do I keep torturing myself by making the same resolutions over and over again […]

Starting Over: A Message From my Younger Self

A Message From Myself At my high school reunion, a couple of former classmates reminded me of an embarrassing moment that happened to me during junior high school. After all the years that had passed, for me, it remained just a bad memory. But now I couldn’t stop thinking about the incident my classmates remembered […]

Starting Over at Midlife

A Life Planned I had my life all planned out. When I was six-years-old I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a teacher. Twenty years later, that dream came true. I married at nineteen, and began having children at 21. We moved into our first home when […]