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I Wanted to Say No

Six years ago, I remember being asked to give a keynote speech on the subject of what I’d learned after interviewing 100 women about their midlife reinventions (for my interview series, Next Act for Women—I’m now up to 350!) and how I’d transformed my life in...

What Stories Are You Making Up?

On our road trip home to Chicago last month, I put on my Spotify playlist I call “Fun and Dance.” I was driving and ready for a little pick-me-up—in our family, the driver has dibs on music. I cranked up the tunes and sang along. Peter turned the volume...

Embracing Our Wisdom

I remember, back in the ’80s, gathering with my girlfriends in our college dorm’s common room to exercise to Jane Fonda’s videotapes. We wore thick, shiny tights and cotton t-shirts – before the wonders of today’s lightweight, wicking fabrics. While Fonda is no...

I Screwed Up

I screwed up. I hurt the feelings of someone I love. She called me out on it and told me how wounding this was. I felt guilty and ashamed. My family would tell you that I’m not good at apologizing. I don’t disagree. I’m not sure why this is so hard...

Coping with Uncertainty

I’ve been wondering about the world post-pandemic. What will it look like, this “new normal”? Will we wear masks and elbow bump instead of shaking hands? (I personally favor the lovely Japanese bow.) Will we have a special pandemic closet (think...