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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
Do You Know How to Bloom Where You’re Planted? These 7 Steps Will Get You on the Right Track!
3 days 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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How to Silence That Pesky Inner Critic in the Mirror
1 month ago

How to Silence That Pesky Inner Critic in the Mirror

Who is that sharp tongued harpy, and why is she in my head? I certainly didn’t invite her to join me, but she showed up around a decade ago and has overstayed her welcome for sure. I would guess most women have a version of her lurking…
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Cultivating a Sense of Wonder by Opening Up to Curiosity
2 months ago

Cultivating a Sense of Wonder by Opening Up to Curiosity

Do you remember what it was like to be a curious child with such an insatiable appetite for new experiences, you rushed into your day with boundless energy and enthusiasm? Perhaps it’s not always that way now. I know, it’s changed…
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7 Ways to Foster Honest Conversation in Troubling Times
3 months ago

7 Ways to Foster Honest Conversation in Troubling Times

We’re programmed to face chin up and cheerful into whatever life brings. The etiquette of our upbringing in the 50s and 60s warned that people don’t want to hear our problems, only to exchange pleasantries and move along…
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Pushing Ourselves to Stay Physically Fit without Hurting Ourselves
4 months 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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Don’t Be Afraid to Do Something Badly… At First!
6 months 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
8 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
9 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
11 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
1 year 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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