So many of us on this side of 60 are trying to figure out what our next steps might be. Some might be looking to make big moves like writing a book or starting a business. Others want to retire, relax, or travel. Spend time with family. Work on our health. Volunteer.
Our options and choices are infinite and can run the gambit between subtle to huge life changes.
But, regardless of what we each decide to do based on our own situation, there are certain wishes that seem to be consistent in the women that I have worked with:
As we move forward, there are three key steps to helping us live more fully and happily. Regardless of where our own individual journey might take us.
In spring of 2022, I underwent some stressful “life” things, the main one being that my granddaughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I had been toying with the idea of fading out of my career largely to free up my schedule to spend more time with family, especially my grands. This diagnosis lit a fire under me and caused me to move forward quickly with that plan. By summer, I was well on my way to being faded out at work.
As this was all happening, I promised myself that as I moved forward, I was going to “be present.” I realized that for my ENTIRE LIFE since the age of six, I had not been fully present in any moment – happy or unhappy. I had always been somewhere else, worrying about something or someone, thinking about what I should be doing instead of what I was doing.
Or thinking about how much I’d rather be doing this or that other thing instead.
I have never been present. And this has robbed me of a lot of joy in my life.
So, my first and most important key step is to encourage you to be present. Notice what is happening in the moment. Listen to the sound of your grandchildren’s laughter and love it. Notice the trees. Walk barefoot in the grass.
Be present in that moment. Experience it. The other things will be there waiting for you when you’re done and that is okay.
We spend so much time each day and week reacting to the needs of others. Often, this can lead to ending each day wondering where the day went.
If you have an idea of what you’d like to do moving forward, this time can be used to:
If you aren’t sure what you’d like to do next, this time can be used to:
Put this time on your calendar and treat it with the same (or more) respect than you would any other important appointment. So many of us do not prioritize ourselves, and it is time to start doing so!
Often, creating a new habit in one area of your life can have a domino effect throughout all of the other areas. So, for those of you who aren’t quite sure what you want to do next, a small habit change is a great place to start.
Or, you may be very happy exactly where you are. You see your family the perfect amount of time. You are happily retired or happily working. You like how much you travel. If you’re caregiving, that routine is in a good place. But, you’d like to start walking each day. Or waking up when the alarm goes off. Or journaling.
I am working on the new habit of walking. My goal is to walk at least a mile each day and two miles several times a week. Some weeks I’ve met the goal and others I haven’t, but I am walking at minimum four times per week every week.
What I notice is that on the days that I walk I feel better, sleep better, and eat healthier. All things that contribute to my good health. Also, while I’m walking, I listen to an audio book or podcast. I enjoy the scenery around me and often come up with good content ideas for my community of women.
Starting that small habit has affected every area of my life. For those of us in this community who are experiencing barriers either external or internal, starting with a small habit change can be very beneficial.
What does your ideal day and week look like as you move forward? What steps can you start to take towards that in terms of carving out time each day for YOU? What small habit changes might domino for you into other areas of your life?