Fran Braga Meininger writes personal narratives about the years beyond youth, a time in a woman’s life that can be vibrant, fulfilling, and wonderful, despite – or perhaps because of – all that comes with age. She lives in northern California where she hikes, bikes and lives life in big bites. You can visit her website at https://www.theyearsbeyondyouth.com

Latest Posts By Fran Braga Meininger

1 month ago

A Healthy Dose of Distraction

This era of our life can be hard. We try to be positive and look for the best in every day but sometimes we just need to admit we’re struggling. This week, I lost a friend, then spent several days in bed with a bug. It was the perfect formula for slipping…

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1 month ago

Pushing Ourselves to Stay Physically Fit without Hurting Ourselves

Staying physically fit, strong, and flexible into our 60s, 70s, and beyond is a worthwhile goal. We all want to remain active and independent, and our physical well-being is key. But it’s not easy to find that delicate balance…

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3 months ago

Intuitive Journaling – Finding Your Own Wisdom

Curled up in my cozy nest with only the glow of the screen illuminating the world before dawn, I write, I read, I understand. The words flow from my fingertips and my mind grasps what was previously unknown. Mornings are for writing…

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4 months ago

Lies, Myths, and Misconceptions About Getting Older

We’ve all heard them. We may have even helped to perpetuate them – those old adages about aging that are limiting at best and can be downright damaging to our well-being after 60. They’re deeply intrenched in our culture and difficult to dispel…

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4 months ago

Don’t Wait for the Perfect Moment – Make Your Moments Perfect

The older I get, the more I believe the adage “happiness is an inside job.” Life doesn’t seem to generously dish up the thrills and emotional highs it once did when I was part of a greater social scene and professional community. And in talking with my woman friends…

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5 months ago

Asking for and Accepting Help: How Difficult Can It Be?

I’ve always been strong, resilient and able bodied, the first to rush to the rescue of others, the one who shows up, brings food, and can face with my friends what life delivers on a bad day. What I am not, is good with asking for and accepting help…

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6 months ago

Enjoy the Solitude in Maturity: Time Alone Can Be Delicious

Einstein said, “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth but delicious in the years of maturity.” I live there too, these days. It’s new to me, brought on by shifting circumstances and changing times. Over the past few years, I struggled through a period…

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7 months ago

Being an Older Person a Young Person Wants to Be Around

I work a few days a week as a professional chef and, at 66, I am the same age as many of my young co-workers’ grandmothers. It’s challenging sometimes, but mostly it’s fun, invigorating and keeps me feeling and acting younger…

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9 months ago

Need to Get the Clutter Out? Find a Clutter Buddy!

Which door do you dread opening? Is it your clothes closet, the linen closet, the kitchen pantry, or perhaps the one to the back seat of your car? We all have those places where we stuff, hoard and ignore clutter, and they mock us every time we walk by…

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9 months ago

Do You Know How to Bloom Where You’re Planted? These 7 Steps Will Get You on the Right Track!

As life goes on over time, we change; everyone does. Sometimes we drift off course, caught up in a tide of circumstances that turn our world into something different than we anticipated. It happens, often, and the women I know are experiencing…

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