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

9 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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11 months ago

4 Important Life Lessons I Learned from Older Friends

Like other women my age, I’ve skimmed the surface of a lot of relationships. I’ve spent hours in small talk and nodded politely during countless introductions to people I’ve long since forgotten. It took me most of my 67 years to realize that I don’t like this…

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12 months ago

4 Ways to Embrace Aging Without Growing Old

I began writing this article several times. The topic: aging. What to say: a lot, not much… not sure? Finally, I turned to some women from my personal circles, all of them between the ages of 50 and 75. I caught them a bit by surprise when I broached the subject…

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1 year ago

How to Make Retired Life a Pleasurable Experience

Many of us look forward to the day we retire. As our professional lives wind down, that moment we can finally leave it all behind beckons us like a Promised Land. I retired from a demanding career five years ago, and I can say that much of that promised bliss is real…

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1 year ago

Bored with Everyday Life? 5 Easy and Fun Ideas to Get Your Sparkle Back After 60

Most of us feel grateful. We’ve come far and lived long. Yet all of us are human. So even amidst all that gratitude, we can occasionally feel antsy. Restless. I daresay, bored. Although now in our 60s, we can morph into those blasé children we were when…

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1 year 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

How Even a Simple Getaway Can Bring a Welcome Shift

Leaving the neighborhood felt momentous. In 15 months, we’d ventured beyond our city limits once, to an AirBnB in the local mountains where we’d brought our own food, avoided almost everyone, and wandered outdoor trails…

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1 year 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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1 year ago

3 Things That Are Too Much To Ask Of A Newly Retired Boomer Woman

I’m a Boomer woman who took The Retirement Leap, leaving a career behind to embrace life after work. I’ve talked with many Boomer women who are doing the same. We know how lucky we are; not everyone is in a position to exit full-time work…

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1 year ago

Forget Downsizing! There’s an Upside to Upsizing After 60

Is it true that downsizing is a natural part of aging? If so, I’m in trouble. My husband and I just moved into the house we designed, situated on five acres of rural property. It’s the largest space I’ve ever lived in. We chose to go bigger…

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