Hello Mid-Lifers!!! Let me introduce myself. I am a diminutive, fun-filled, joy-filled, quirky, recovering perfectionist muddling through this new stage called MIDLIFE.
I am falling, stumbling, learning and growing into the amazing WONDER WOMAN I am meant to be. Guess what? I have made it through 100% of my challenges!!! You have too.
I really hadn’t given midlife and menopause much thought.
I felt an ego/sense of pride that I was 52 years old and still got regular periods. I must be doing something ‘right’. A high-five to my perceived youthful self that I still “had it”.
Then it started to happen…skipped periods …ok… hot flashes …NOT OK. My emotional response to this transition…DEFINITELY NOT OK…it kicked my butt.
I had never felt old before…I am active, adventurous and felt better than I ever had. When menopause hit I had my first HUGE dose of my aging self-reality check … I got slammed with shame and embarrassment … like I had done something ‘wrong’.
I was a sweaty, irritable, crying emotional mess.
This catalyst started me on my journey of discovery: To find the information I needed to arm myself against the menopause monster. If this is where I was in life then I was determined to figure out the best way to master midlife. From the physical changes to the emotional ups and downs I knew there were tools, tribes and tactics to help me live vibrantly and age gracefully.
Up Next: Why I cry every time I read my thirteen-hundred word MIDLIFE MANIFESTO (which I will courageously share with you).