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13 Ways I Challenged Myself

13 Ways I Challenged Myself

I preach the importance of getting out of our comfort zones, of challenging ourselves, at any age. But let's face it, as we hit midlife and beyond, it's tempting to stick to our familiar routines,...

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This idea blew my mind!

This idea blew my mind!

I subscribe to many email newsletters. They have to do with current affairs, history, women, midlife, psychology, community, entrepreneurship, life hacks, and other sources of learning and personal...

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Marriage Is F—ing Hard!

Marriage Is F—ing Hard!

Here's my experience, and that of most of the women I talk to: Marriage is F—ING HARD. I have had this conversation with many of my girlfriends as well as members of my THRIVE membership for women...

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I was afraid to show up alone

I was afraid to show up alone

We are spending the winter in a wonderful community in Sarasota, Florida, with 120 homes and an active homeowners' association. Last Thursday, there was a bluegrass band on the beach complete with a...

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The two principles my Uber driver lives by

The two principles my Uber driver lives by

I am writing this as I travel to Los Angeles to visit my daughter. The short ride to the Sarasota airport flew by thanks to an enjoyable conversation with my Uber driver, Nixon, a 50-something man...

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I Was a Bystander, and I Am Sorry

I Was a Bystander, and I Am Sorry

During a Zoom meeting with the leaders of an all-volunteer women's nonprofit, I witnessed one woman (we'll call her Karen) lash out against another woman (our leader no less, let's name her Susan),...

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I felt like I was back in middle school!

I felt like I was back in middle school!

I recently spent a long week-end with my daughter Bianca at a beautiful spa in California. Beyond the standard fitness classes, we also enjoyed less common experiences like mountain hikes and...

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Everything Is P%#*ing Me Off Today

Everything Is P%#*ing Me Off Today

I snapped at the pool guy who was giving me a hard time for not adding water to our rental's leaky pool. I hung up on the Blue Cross Blue Shield rep who left me on hold for 1/2 hour while he was...

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HeleneTStelian Musing
I’m Hélène Stelian, the Midlife Mentor with a passion for facilitating personal development in women 40+. Through my THRIVE community, I help introspective, curious, action-oriented women 40+ deepen their journeys of self-discovery and growth—and create their next chapter with courage and intention.

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