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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
How I Learned to Hike Solo while Staying Safe on the Trails
3 weeks 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
3 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
4 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
5 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!
5 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
8 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
9 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
11 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…

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Enjoy the Solitude in Maturity: Time Alone Can Be Delicious
1 year 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…
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Do You Know How to Bloom Where You’re Planted? These 7 Steps Will Get You on the Right Track!
1 year 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…
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