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What Stories Are You Making Up?

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...

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Embracing Our Wisdom

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...

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I Screwed Up

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....

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Coping with Uncertainty

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...

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3 Scenes of Anger in 3 Days

3 Scenes of Anger in 3 Days

On Friday, I ventured to downtown Chicago for the first time since our return from Florida and was faced with the sad spectacle of deserted stores and boarded up windows, a result of recent...

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He Begged for Mama

He Begged for Mama

I don't have the words. I stare at the blank page and am at a loss. I am outraged and heartbroken. I keep replaying in my head the moment George Floyd calls out "Mama" as he is gasping for breath in...

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Road Trip Home

Road Trip Home

We're back in Chicago! After our first winter as snowbirds in Florida, it was time to come home. Instead of the easy nonstop 2-hour flight from Sarasota, Peter and I opted to rent a car one-way...

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Listening with Curiosity and Compassion

Listening with Curiosity and Compassion

Happy Memorial Day! What a strange time we live in. How do we honor holidays and commemorate special occasions in the time of Covid? Our family is celebrating its own momentous rite of passage. Our...

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The Risk that Comes with Love

The Risk that Comes with Love

Today we lost our sweet cockapoo, Rocky. He'd been with us for close to 16 years and had serious health issues for the last two. As my sister Kat told me, your pup will let you know when it's time,...

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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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