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Life After Divorce

Part 3: Top 15 things I’ve learned about dating at midlife

(Note: This is the conclusion of a 3-part series.  Read the series from the beginning here: dating in midlife.) 11. Awkward is ok.  First dates and blind dates are awkward. It’s just a fact, and there’s no reason to dance around it.  Acknowledging it can lead to some funny moments and can be a terrific ice breaker.  On my first date with my boyfriend Mike, I arrived at the table really needing to run to…

Part 2: Top 15 things I’ve learned about dating in midlife

(Note: This is the second in a 3-part series. Read part 1 of my series about dating in midlife.) 6.  Plan in advance to go on lots of dates.  Chances are good that the first guy you go out with won’t be “the one.”  One of my divorced girlfriends, a fellow biking enthusiast, went on 20 first dates during the course of a year before meeting a man she really clicked with and cared about.…

Part 1: Top 15 things I’ve learned about dating at midlife

(Note: This is part 1 of a three-part series.) Many of my girlfriends are happily married, but a few are in some stage of divorce.  One or two of them have recently started thinking about what the world of single men holds in store for them.  It wasn’t so long ago I was dipping my own toe into that pond for the first time, so I thought I’d jot out my thoughts and best advice…

My journey of 1,000 miles

Biking Back in the Day I grew up biking in a tiny town in the country, back in the days when kids were allowed to explore the outdoors without supervision, helmets, or GPS trackers.  During summer vacation, I spent many hours either swimming or riding my bike. My bike was not exercise back then - it was a combination of joy and transportation. It got me out of town onto the curvy, hilly roads with…

Now what?

I think in pictures - photos, graphics, colors.  When I think about my life as a whole, it looks something like this: As it is with most people, the early part of my life has been has been crammed full of the things one does to create a future and write my own story: education, work, career development, marriage, having kids (epic fail).  I suppose that in my mind’s eye the post divorce period looks…

It’s a Vanity Project

Early last fall, I went out on a date with a guy who enjoyed writing. He had a blog, he said. I asked for the link.  "I'm warning you," he told me. "It's a vanity project." Aren't they all?  Blogs, I mean.  In one way or another, they're all vanity projects.  And, so is this one. This is my third blog.  The others were short-lived because both times I arrived at the same conclusion: I…
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