Yesterday, I was on a call with nine other women talking about this stage of life, from perimenopause to menopause, to post-menopause. Ages ranged from 45-60.

We each shared the story of our body changes. But more important than naming our symptoms was the chance to BE SEEN and VALIDATED. 

The larger conversation, and the one I focus on in my expert conversation series, Full Living After 50, is the emotional and spiritual up-leveling available to us at this time of life.

Here are some thoughts that were shared in the group, have you felt them too?

  • “My body is forgetting how to do things it used to”
  • “Can I trust my emotions? Where did my optimism go?”
  • “This hit me like a freight train”
  • “My body feels like it’s going through a nuclear meltdown”
  • “These symptoms feel so disempowering”
  • “I’m losing my shit, everything is breaking down”
  • “I feel isolated”
  • “I feel like I’m dying”
  • “I don’t know who I can talk to about it”

“Midlife is not about the fear of death. Midlife is death. Tearing down the walls that we spent our entire life building is death”

– Brene Brown

While there’s no denying the physical losses, this is also a time of rich opportunity. If we choose it, we can:

  • Reclaim our own power
  • Find joy in life again
  • Focus on what we want 
  • Create solidarity
  • Deeply honor ourselves
  • Find community

This is also the time when we get to ask:

  • Who am I really?
  • What’s important?
  • What do I value?

And then create a life that reflects that.

This time SHOULD feel different from our last. What’s scary is not having a lot of information about what happens next. 

If you’re ready to stop going it alone and join a community of women who are charting their own path then join us

I hope you’ll tune in!