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

4 weeks ago

The Joy of New Friendships and the Comfort of the Lifelong Ones

There was a song, more of a jingle really, when I was growing up, Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold. It never made much sense to me then. I was too young and all my friendships were relatively new…

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1 month 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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3 months ago

How to Live an Active, Healthy Life with Osteoporosis

I met Joanna Brown last year, a few days after I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis. I was shocked by the news and searching for support and information. I knew instinctively I would need guidance as to how to move, work and exercise safely…

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4 months ago

What Can We Do When Anger Shows Up?

This stage of life is hard sometimes. So much is changing, suddenly and simultaneously, internally and around us, and it’s difficult to process everything objectively. Sometimes, things happen that just make us mad. When someone makes an inappropriate joke about an age related aspect of our appearance, when we’re overlooked for a job opportunity or […]

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6 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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6 months ago

Staying Current with Technology Is Essential – For Many More Reasons than We May Realize

I bought a new iPhone, a significant upgrade from my six-year-old version. I was excited to dive into all the new features and use the much improved camera to capture the beauty of the immerging spring…

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7 months ago

The Emotional Benefits of Pen Pal-ing

I remember passing notes to my bestie in grade school and waiting with exhilaration for her return message. It was all great fun even though we were sitting just a few rows apart in the same classroom and would spend our entire recess engrossed…

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8 months 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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8 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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10 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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