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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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And Just Like That… Sh*t Happens

And Just Like That… Sh*t Happens

On day 1 of my husband's ski trip last week, he had a freak accident and tore the ACL in his right knee. Now he's back home and we've had to re-orient our lives to address this unwelcome surprise....

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Sing Even if You Suck at It!

Sing Even if You Suck at It!

I just finished a one-hour virtual sing-along and it was so much fun I couldn't wait to tell you about it! Today's session featured the songs of the prolific composer and performer Carole King. Do...

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She Dissed Me in My Own Facebook Group!

She Dissed Me in My Own Facebook Group!

Last week, I posted in my free Facebook group, Empowering Women in Midlife, about my paid offering, the recently rebranded THRIVE Coaching Community for Women 40+. I was excited to share that this...

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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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