(as featured on MOREmagazine.com)
The idea of a Mid-Life Oasis™ came to me back when deciding what to name my creative lifestyle coaching business. (www.creativeoasiscoaching.com)
I realized that many women around my age (40-somethingish– give or take a few years) were thinking more and more about the term “Mid-Life” and how it applied to them. More often than not, when we see the words “Mid-life” –the word “crisis” – follows closely behind (like piece of toilet paper stuck to your shoe – lovely, right?).
Yet, as I contemplated my own life, I realized that my experience seemed the opposite of a crisis. It felt more like an oasis. I had learned to create time and space in my life for the things that truly matter to me and make me feel good. I was more comfortable in my own skin than I had ever been in my 20’s. For me, mid-life meant living the life I really wanted to live, being the real, authentic me and making time, even in my busy day-to-day life, for deep, personal satisfaction in mind, body and spirit. So, how did I manage to find this Mid-Life Oasis ™?
Several years ago, I felt stuck, overwhelmed and a little bitchy a lot of the time. I began working with a creativity coach, the amazing Jill Badonsky (www.themuseisin.com). With the help of a supportive,compassionate coach, I began to make time for my love of singing and songwriting again after years away from it. It opened the window to a creative new way of living a fulfilling life. And, most surprisingly, it introduced me to my wonderful mid-life career change into a creative lifestyle coach. Now I have the satisfying role of helping other women discover their own oasis.
I've done a bit of blogging in the past, but recently, while working with my fantastic business coach, Jennifer Moore (www.pinkheels.com) - I've decided to devote more time and energy to it. (As you can see, I think personal coaches are wonderful and if I were queen everyone would have at least one to help them live their best possible life!)
I believe we can all use some inspiration and encouragement when it comes to creating an oasis in our lives – and that’s what I promise to provide here. Please feel free to drop me a line and tell me about your mid-life experiences - whether you’re just now beginning to discover your oasis – or you've been happily doing so for some time. When we treat life as our greatest creative expression, we transform our day-to-day existence into a joyful adventure – rich, fulfilling and fun! I hope you’ll join me.
All the best from my oasis to yours,