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About Fran Braga Meininger

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
Don’t Be Afraid to Do Something Badly… At First!
2 weeks ago

Don’t Be Afraid to Do Something Badly… At First!

If you’re like me, you’ve settled into a kind of placid existence which gratefully lacks the high anxiety and fear of the initial onset of the pandemic. Like me, you’ve probably replaced all that with a routine that gets you through the day…
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6 Tips for Cooking Deliciously in Small Servings
2 months ago

6 Tips for Cooking Deliciously in Small Servings

While restaurants adapt to the new safety standards, many people still choose to cook at home, leaving us faced with how to make nutritious, creative, and inviting meals for one or two people. Even if we enjoy cooking, which I do,…
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How I Learned to Hike Solo while Staying Safe on the Trails
3 months ago

How I Learned to Hike Solo while Staying Safe on the Trails

Wandering along a gently flowing creek on a warm summer day has been a favorite outing most of my life. I’ve never felt the urge to venture out on backpacking or backcountry excursions, but a day hike up into the hills…
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What Better Time to Tell Your Story? Use the Pandemic to Grow Your Legacy
5 months ago

What Better Time to Tell Your Story? Use the Pandemic to Grow Your Legacy

Everybody has a story, yet many fascinating and engaging stories remain untold because we just don’t think they are worth the telling. I challenge you to consider how important the information…
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The Big 6 Habits Everyone Needs to Develop to Become a Writer
6 months ago

The Big 6 Habits Everyone Needs to Develop to Become a Writer

We’ve all been cooped up for what seems like a very long time now, and many of us are starting to think about that long neglected dream we’ve never had the time to pursue…
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What I Crave: The Simple Pleasure (and Health Benefits) of Taking a Walk in the Woods
7 months ago

What I Crave: The Simple Pleasure (and Health Benefits) of Taking a Walk in the Woods

The current coronavirus self-isolation won’t last forever. In several weeks, we will be able to open our doors and get outside. And that’s when we will be able to feel appreciation…
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Are You an Empty Nester Looking for Purpose in Life? Volunteer!
8 months ago

Are You an Empty Nester Looking for Purpose in Life? Volunteer!

What is your purpose in life? The answer is elusive for most of us, especially as it is prone to change depending on many factors, age being just one of them…
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Mature Women Are More Than Just Skin Deep
10 months ago

Mature Women Are More Than Just Skin Deep

As a writer, my audience consists of women of a certain era. Those of us who now occupy the years beyond youth. I am my own demographic, and I write from personal experience about exploring options and deciding what we want…
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5 Evergreen Truths to Mindfully Becoming an Elder
12 months ago

5 Evergreen Truths to Mindfully Becoming an Elder

Many people dislike the word elder. I never had a reaction to it because I never really thought of myself in those terms. But a recent spontaneous and heart-warming exchange made me realize…
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Lies, Myths, and Misconceptions About Getting Older
1 year 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…

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