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Crafting: The Secret Ingredient for a Life of Joy, Fulfillment, and Eternal Youth

Creativity and Crafts, Learn for a Lifetime
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What would you say if I told you there was something you would truly enjoy that would make you feel happier, more fulfilled, and youthful?  (I mean, besides chocolate.)

As it turns out, there actually is such a secret ingredient for a more joyous life.

It’s called crafting.

In addition to providing you with a supply of adorable, one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for people you care about, crafting can increase your happiness, lower your stress levels, and keep your mind sharp.

Don’t take my word for it; ask science.

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The Secret to Keeping Those Job Skills Fresh After 50

Career and Vocation, Learn for a Lifetime
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Did you see the Harry Potter movies?

If so, you’ll remember the weirdly wonderful Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where friendly ghosts roam the halls and painted portraits talk to the students and each other.

Strangest of all is Hogwart’s enormous network of moving staircases. Stairs shift without warning, sometimes while students are in mid-ascent, forcing them to plot new paths to reach their destination.

Sometimes life can feel like that.  Just when you’re starting to make progress, the stairway moves.  The formerly straight path takes a turn, forcing you to make a choice.

Either alter your course or find yourself stuck.

This is especially true when it comes to our careers.

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How to Write a Memoir and 6 Writing Tips From a Real Author

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You’ve been thinking about it for a while now.

Maybe the sound of your most recent “speed limit” birthday (the kind that ends with a zero) whizzing past helped make up your mind.

Maybe it was the results of a study showing that an alarming percentage of millennials don’t know that JFK was a president as well as an airport and think that milk comes from a laboratory.

Or maybe you want your kids, or grandkids, or the world to understand how many mountains you had to climb to become who you are today.

Whatever the reason, you’ve decided to write your memoir.

Good decision!

But now that you’ve made up your mind, where do you begin?

Good question.

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Wondering If You Should Share Your Life Story Through a Memoir? Here’s How to Decide.

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If you’ve been walking around the face of the earth for five decades or more, you’ve covered a lot miles.

And collected a lot of stories.

By now, your personal story covers every possible genre – comedy, romance, tragedy, mystery, adventure, and everything in between.

Some of your anecdotes are amusing, some are deeply profound, others are cautionary tales – stories of what not to do.

(As I mentioned in a recent post, if you’re thinking of buying a 20-year-old RV – don’t. Just don’t. Not unless you have a money tree growing in your backyard. And if you do, can you send me a cutting?)

But you’ve definitely collected an entire book’s worth of stories by now, maybe an entire series! Does that mean you should write a book about your personal experiences?

Over the years, people have asked me this question countless times. Should I write a memoir?

My answer?

It depends.

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Your Roadmap for the Best, Most Productive Year

Plan for Tomorrow, Shape Your Legacy
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As stated in my earlier post, 6 Reasons It’s Fantastic to be a Woman Over 50, one of the great things for women at this stage of life is having a sure and certain knowledge about how quickly time goes by. That translates into a genuine enthusiasm and urgency to make every moment count. In short – we’re in a hurry.

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