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

Road Tripping – Traveling Safely by Car to Explore the World Up Close

There is something very freeing about sliding into the driver’s seat and heading out onto the open road. It offers a chance to experience the world at a slower, more intimate pace than flying over in a plane. However, many women are hesitant…

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2 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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3 months ago

Growing Older in a Stronger Body

Like many women my age, I had noticed a distinct difference in my muscle mass and strength. It was obvious my usual workout was not keeping pace with the age related decline and a pain in my left hip was taking the joy out of the long…

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4 months ago

6 Tips for Cooking Deliciously in Small Servings

While restaurants have adapted and re-adapted 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…

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5 months 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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5 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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7 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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8 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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9 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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10 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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