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Marcia Smalley is a certified retirement coach and life coach, a writer and a teacher. She delights in helping mid-life women step confidently into their next act and design a joyous, expanded life. Marcia provides coaching support to women who are navigating retirement or other life transitions and writes a monthly e-newsletter to her entire online community. Please visit her website at https://www.marciasmalley.com.

Latest Posts By Marcia Smalley

3 weeks ago

Who Are the Heroines That Changed Your Life?

Superheroes don’t always wear capes. Neither do super heroines. Just after Mother’s Day, my virtual Women’s Circle CAFE group devoted an hour to talking about the heroines who changed our lives. And there wasn’t a cape to be found…

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3 months ago

4 Ways to Jumpstart Your Retired Life When You Feel Stuck

Retirement is full of promise. We begin with lists, plans, goals… everything we’ve been waiting to do. And off we go! Then, somewhere along the line, we stall. Or we plateau. Boxes have been checked off. Goals have been met. Inertia sets in…

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6 months ago

Welcome the New Year by Getting Back to Basics

We’re celebrating another new year. It’s packaged with promise and possibilities just as advertised. Yet some of us might still be scraping away residue from the old one. Some of us might still be figuring out what to do (and not do) when life throws you a curve ball…

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6 months ago

5 Steps to Creating a Vision Board to Inspire Your Year

What better time than the start of a new year to envision new possibilities! Most of us get ready by buying a planner or a calendar. Empty pages filled with promise. But there’s another way to prepare for the year ahead. You can ask the counterpart…

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7 months ago

What Does It Mean to Live a Creative Life in Midlife and Beyond?

When you ask women over 50 what it means to be “creative,” you get a treasure trove of insight. When you use Julia Cameron’s book, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond, as a roadmap…

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7 months ago

How to Be Grateful for All of Life’s Lessons

Life can feel like a litany of lessons learned. I bet I could fill a library with my lessons. A lot of what I’ve had to learn came wrapped in suffering, fear, uncertainty. I resisted hearing the messages because of the hurt and sadness that accompanied…

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8 months ago

What (Not) to Do When Life Throws You a Curve Ball

Change is constant. And every so often, Life throws a curve ball in the form of a cataclysmic change. An event that takes us so far off course, our heads are spinning. Or our hearts are breaking. These occurrences tear at the fabric of everyday life and land us…

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11 months ago

How to Keep It Simple in Complicated Times

We’re living in complicated times. World events are spiraling, technology is developing at warp speed, and uncertainty is the norm. We’re bombarded with information, deluged with news, overwhelmed by decisions…

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11 months ago

3 Reasons Why You Can Stop Setting Goals

I rarely set goals anymore. Not that there’s anything wrong with them. If you want to learn Italian or climb Mt. Everest, you can certainly set goals to do those things. It’s just that the concept of a “goal” feels limiting. What if, by focusing on…

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1 year ago

3 Things We’re Learning About the New Retirement

The conversations about retirement sound different than they did 10 years ago. Baby Boomers are learning how to align retirement with our unique needs and individual desires. There’s no “right way” to retire. However, current research supports…

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