Meaningful Lessons from a Global Pandemic

By Marlene Caraballo ~ Life may bring us challenges that break our hearts and test our faith. But it can also bring us meaningful lessons we may never have learned any other way. Consider this year’s global pandemic. No matter how greatly you were impacted, it was — and, perhaps, still is — at

Simple Ways to Reduce Anxiety During this Health Crisis

By Marlene Caraballo ~ In light of what’s going on worldwide right now, life can feel out of control, and many of us could use a few simple strategies to cope with our rising anxiety. Watching the news, feeling the rising fear, seeing people hoarding necessities, and the increasing worry we have for

An Intentional New Year’s Non-Resolution

By Marlene Caraballo ~ It’s a New Year! Therefore, we may feel forced to make new resolutions we all too often don’t keep. Let’s face it: Life gets busy, and, though we start out motivated with good intentions, many of us fall off the resolution wagon as quickly as February. So, this year I’d

Women Over 50 Enjoying a Meal Together

Finding Meaning in Life After 50

By Marlene Caraballo ~ It might seem reasonable that, after we hit 50, our quest for finding meaning in our life would wane. We’ve been so busy. We’ve had a family, a career, perhaps one (or more) marriages, an education. We’ve been around the block, as they say; felt joy, experienced loss, dodged

Women Over 50 Enjoying a Meal Together

Continuing the Search for Meaning in Our Lives

By Marlene Caraballo ~ It might seem reasonable that, after we hit 50, our quest for finding meaning in our life would wane. We’ve been so busy. We’ve had a family, a career, perhaps one (or more) marriages, an education. We’ve been around the block, as they say; felt joy, experienced loss, dodged

Discovering the Magic of Radical Open-Mindedness

By Marlene Caraballo ~   As we get older, we tend to get set in our ways and our way of thinking. We like routine and cozy habits, and why not? After all, if it ain’t broke, why fix it. We think we’ve got it all figured out: We’ve lived a bunch of decades, and

Lasting Friendships Make Life Rich

By Marlene Caraballo ~   Our vision may grow blurrier as we grow older, but we gain more clarity. We start to focus on the things in life that matter and have meaning. Real friendships come out at the top of the list for what makes a life for us over-50s rich and meaningful. When

Let Personal Growth and Gratitude Put Some Spring Into Your Step!

By Marlene Caraballo ~ One of the most challenging daily obstacles to overcome if we want to live our best life is our mood. Our perspective on how our day is going, how we met or missed our goals, and what our circumstances du jour is — can all make or break how we feel

One Hundred Daffodils

Finding Beauty, Grace and Meaning When Things Fall Apart Written by Rebecca Winn Book Review by Marlene Caraballo  ~  I fell in love with this book — slowly, at first; deeply, by the final chapter. One Hundred Daffodils is a beautifully written memoir about a midlife woman going through a tumultuous

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