How to Change Up Your Winter Exercise Plan (And Stay Warm!)

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What’s the weather like where you are?

Here in Central Oregon, we’re in the middle of a cycle of snow, rain, ice, repeat. Yuck.

I imagine it’s about the same where you are. Unless you’re reading this on a beach in Brazil  (I hope so! Send me a postcard if you are!) then you’re probably dealing with something pretty similar when you open your door.

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Cheers to Your Health: Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes for That Healthy Glow

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Looking for that healthy glow? Especially in the dead of winter when nothing is glowing and nothing feels healthy? I’ve got the answer.

Smoothies!

I know what you’re thinking.

Ok, Marie, don’t tell me that I can just live off of green smoothies and magically drop a ton of weight. 

Don’t even think about asking me to forego a meal and eat pureed vegetables.

Don’t tell me I need to buy a $700 Vitamix for the occasion. 

Do not worry, my Fierce friend! I don’t advocate any of those things. What I do recommend is swapping out unhealthy snacks for a frosty, fresh smoothie that you’ll enjoy. I look forward to mine. I crave them. It’s usually a mid-morning or post-workout treat for me. continue reading

A Cover Reveal for my Latest Novel, Hope On The Inside

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Hope On The Inside

I’ve been keeping the secret for months now, counting down the days and hours until I could spill the beans. My new novel, Hope On The Inside, now available for pre-order, will hit bookstore shelves on March 26th, 2019!

Let’s start by talking about the cover. Because you know how I am with pretty things.

I know we’re not supposed to judge a book but its cover but just this once, let’s break the rules. I mean, how sweet is this cover? It looks like springtime! So pretty I could wear it as an accessory.

Come to think of it, that’s not a bad idea. What better fashion statement could there be than a beautiful book? Tells the world you’re so much more than just another pretty face. Could be the start of a trend!

Hope On The Inside

So, now that I’ve shown off the cover, watch this super high-tech video to hear about what you’ll find inside!

 

And here’s a teaser, just to give you a deeper glimpse into Hope’s story.

In this compelling, heartwarming novel from New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick, one woman finds new purpose in a new phase of life . . .

“Whatever comes your way, find the happiness in it.” Hope Carpenter received that advice from her mother decades ago. Now, with their four children grown, Hope and her husband, Rick, are suddenly facing an uncertain future, after a forced retirement strains both their savings and their marriage. Seeking inspiration and a financial boost, Hope gets a job teaching crafts to inmates at a local women’s prison.

At first, Hope feels foolish and irrelevant, struggling to relate to women whose choices seem so different from her own. But with time, and the encouragement of the prison chaplain, she begins to discover common ground with the inmates, in their worries about their children and families, their fear of having failed those who need them. Just like her, they want to make something of themselves, but believe it might be impossible.

Embarking on an ambitious quilting project, Hope and her students begin to bond. Together, piece by piece, they learn to defy expectations—their own and others’—and to see that it’s never too late to stitch together a life that, even in its imperfections, is both surprising and beautiful.

I can’t wait for you to meet Hope Carpenter, a women who I believe we can all relate to. Make sure to pre-order your copy today!

Workout Clothes for Women after Fifty: Sweating Fierce

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We’re going to talk about workout clothes today. Why?

Well, if someone hasn’t already told you, I’m the friend who is here to say it. Your husband’s old college t-shirts just aren’t cutting it anymore.

Workout clothes have changed so much since we were kids. Back then, heavy, suffocating polyester was the height of chic.  “Athletics”, and the gear that went with it, was for people who played a specific sport. There wasn’t an entire industry devoted to making clothes just for working out.

We put a man on the moon and deregulated the telephone industry. Then finally we learned how to make a supportive and comfortable sports bra. Which is to say, the innovation took time. But now that it’s here, let’s take advantage of it!

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Goal Setting Tips: Looking Forward for an Amazing Year

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Would you like to make 2019 the best, most productive, most fulfilling, and most amazing year of your life?

I bet that about ninety-nine percent of you answered yes.  But I’ll also bet that more than fifty percent of you added a caveat to your response – a Yes, but…Maybe more than one.

Yes, but I don’t have enough money.

Yes, but I don’t have enough time.

Yes, but I’m too old.

Yes, but I never finish what I start.

Yes, but I’ve said that before, year after year, and it never, ever, ever happens.

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Asian Pear Salad with Basil, Toasted Almonds and Creamy Ginger Dressing

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I don’t know about you, but the holidays have left me feeling like a partridge in a pear tree. And not in a good way.

With all kinds of health and wellness goals and resolutions circling around social media this days, I decided I would join in on the fun and make a healthy salad that actually tasted good.

One that I would actually look forward to making again and again instead of it serving as a repentant, guild-laden, self-inflicted punishment following the fattening flurry of gingersnaps and eggnog and cheesy green chile casseroles and homemade ravioli (more on that later!).

I know what you’re thinking. Salad can never be as good as gingersnaps.

You might be right.

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Goal Setting Tips: The Nine Things You Need to Make 2019 Your Fiercest Year Yet

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This time of year is such a special time. It’s a natural restart button. And the perfect opportunity to look back at what you accomplished this past year and look forward to new challenges.

It’s fresh. It smells like new baby.

But how do we take advantage of this time when we are so on fire for change and improvement and new beginnings? How to we keep pushing forward and keep our sights on our goals?

Let’s recap.

You’ve evaluated your accomplishments this past year. Your sights are set on new goals. You’ve written them down. You’ve made each goal actionable. And you’ve been honest with yourself. Great job, Fierce friend! You are rocking 2019 already!

Sometimes (not all the time, be honest with yourself) but sometimes those resolutions need a little help getting started.  Once again, I’m here to help.

Here are a few resources that will help you start of the new year with a bang, regardless of what your goals are.

Ready, set, go!

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Goal Setting Tips: Looking Backward

Nurture Your Soul, Shape Your Legacy
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If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you know I am a big believer in the power and importance of goal setting.  There’s no better time to think through your goals than when getting ready to kick off a new year.

Please note: I’m not talking about making resolutions but about setting goals. There is a big difference!

RESOLUTIONS VERSUS GOALS

More often than not, making a resolution involves little more than throwing out some vague idea regarding how you’d like to do better in the coming year and hoping it will kind of, sort of, magically work.

Goal setting involves taking time to seriously consider what you want to accomplish and then coming up with a real plan to make it happen. Setting goals means coming up with an action plan that involves specific steps, strategies, and timelines for completion. It’s an activity I take very seriously and invest quite a bit of time in.

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Make This Year Count: Setting and Achieving Financial Goals for 2019

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As I’ve mentioned, financial wisdom is about as exciting to me as tapioca pudding or reading a phone book. 

But it’s just so important for a woman to have a handle on her finances, especially in the years beyond 50.  This past year, my husband and I have put this at the top of our to do list. 

My search for financial wisdom promptly delivered me to the buy button on Amazon for Peggy Doviak’s 52 Weeks to Prosperity – Ask Peggy Doviak: What Your Accountant, Banker, Broker & Financial Adviser Might Not Tell You.

This book is awesome.  It’s simple and easy to understand  It offers actionable plans. It sets you up for success. 

You probably remember Peggy showering us with wisdom in her recent posts about when we can afford to retire and how to curb holiday spending. These happen to be two of our most popular blogs on the site! And for good reason. They are just chocked full of nuggets of wisdom. 

Financial Resolutions for 2019

The day after Christmas can be a little depressing. The last gift has been opened, the last Hallmark movie watched, and the cat finally has free rein over the Christmas tree. But don’t be sad. The holidays aren’t over yet. New Year’s Eve is only a week away with all the hope and promise of a brand-new beginning.

Are you making any New Year’s resolutions? If you are, do any of them involve your money? If so, you’re in good company. Common New Year’s resolutions include paying off debt and saving more. Unfortunately, our resolutions, money or otherwise, tend not to fare very well. In fact, 35% of us will have given up by the end of January. Most of the rest of us aren’t far behind. continue reading

Meet the Green Chile Egg Puff, the Best Christmas Morning Recipe in the World

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I’m going to keep this one short and sweet because we all probably have a few things to do this week.

Every family has their own traditions when it come to Christmas morning. I love holding on to these and enjoying them year after year. (Like forcing my children to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, much to their chagrin).

But I also love finding new traditions.

What I’ve learned since I’ve acquired three beautiful and advanced daughters-in-law is that new members of the family mean new traditions.

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