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When Life Gives You Airbrushing, Make Real Joy

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Saturday, January 30, 2010, In : Female Baby Boomers 

Laugh? Complain? Urrrrgh! Swear? Actually, I alternate between the options every time I open a magazine and see an airbrushed forty-year-old as the model for “anti-aging” skin care. Ranting is another option, except that it isn’t really worth ranting about. Well, maybe just a little. A mini-rant before I move on to something more dignified.

What do the advertisers imagine that we--the fifty and the sixty-year-olds with our share of little sags, tiny bags and crow’s feet—are thinki...


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Life Lessons from the Shoe Aisle

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Monday, January 25, 2010, In : Female Baby Boomers 

I always check the shoe aisle at Ross even if I’m there for something as remote as new underwear. With feet like mine—narrow as rulers, arches like bridges, and one super bunion that makes my right foot freakishly wide at the top—one must continually be in scout mode.

Yesterday, after making my primary purchase, I cruised the shoe aisle in search of sandals. It may be January on the outside, but inside, it’s Hawaii. In two weeks, I embark on a new venture as a facilitator for The Pea...


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"SoMe" Imitates Life

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Thursday, January 21, 2010, In : Emotional Growth 

Once upon a time I was desperately (borderline hopelessly) techy-challenged. I remember a teary conversation with my techy-blessed sidekick, Sandi, over the execution of the “Save As” feature. The tears were mine but by the end of the conversation, she may have been driven to them as well.

Then I published a book. Lots of people say, “I have a book in me,” which is kind of like saying, “I have a child in me.” Getting pregnant is the easy part. It’s the birth and its unending n...


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Quality Time in the Discomfort Zone

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, January 15, 2010, In : Emotional Growth 

"Draw a circle and put your name inside," instructed Denise. "Then on the outside, put an X for everything you want to be, do, or have." I raised a frowning eyebrow. After a few months in her "Believe to Achieve" teleclass program, I'd successfully revamped old mind-sets about success, but where was she going with this? "That circle is your comfort zone," she said when we'd finished our task, "and everything you want is outside it!"  My eyebrows were no longer frowning and a cyber tomato had ...


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Three Ways to Have a GOOD "Crappy Day"

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, In : Emotional Growth 

Yesterday didn't start out well. My housemate stayed home instead of going to work where he belonged (I relish my quiet mornings), then progressed to an unnerving phone call from a friend, and ended with a giant spider in the tank of my Waterpik 100. Nothing tragic or overwhelming, I understand, but it isn't the events themselves that constitute a "crappy day." It's how we feel. And I felt certifiably crappy.

Yet, yesterday turned out to be a good crappy day. It's not like I have some kind of ...


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Midnight Visionaries -- Part 2

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Thursday, January 7, 2010, In : Spiritual Path 

Even mice have plans according to John Steinbeck—best-laid as those of humans. But the implication of that famous quote and the spirit in which it is rendered today (with a sigh) is that even those plans often go awry. Up in smoke or down the drain. When it comes to plans, nothing is assured.

Yet plans are good, yes? They get us humming and beginning and moving. They instill confidence. But here’s what we forget: plans are an estimate of a process we cannot know. Sometimes the two are so...


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Midnight Visionaries -- Part 1

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Monday, January 4, 2010, In : Spiritual Path 

On Christmas Eve, "visions of sugar plums" dance in our heads according to the extremely reliable source of "A Night Before Christmas." But a week later on the stroke of midnight, with Prancer and Dancer still recovering from their sprint around the globe, our visions have shifted. We're no longer envisioning what goodies we'll get (or even what pleasure we'll get from giving), but what personal change we'll make in our livesThis is the annual "midnight visionary" marathon.
 
The results of t...


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