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Unraveling and Reimagining: How to Thrive at Midlife and Beyond

Unraveling and Reimagining: How to Thrive at Midlife and Beyond

Maybe you can relate:

When I was forty-six, I had to admit that my corporate work had become exhausting and meaningless.

I didn't want to be there anymore and had no clue what to do next. It felt like coming apart at the seams.

Faced with this unraveling, I embarked on what turned out to be a long journey of self-discovery. I learned that I was a creative and unconventional woman living a very conventional life.

What a rude awakening!

Yet it did explain why I felt so miserable inside, even though things looked great on the outside.

This is what can happen when you don't pay attention to your life and avoid your personal growth work.

People may call what happens at midlife "a crisis," but it's not. It's an unraveling—a time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live, not the one you're "supposed" to live.

The unraveling is a time when you are challenged by the universe to let go of who you think you are supposed to be and to embrace who you are.

— Brené Brown —

Your work may not cause your unraveling. Instead, it could be a shift in your relationship or your kids leaving home. It might be changes in your body or caring for your elderly parents that set it off.

Or it could be all of the above.

It was work that triggered mine, but later I encountered a few other areas of life that needed my attention.

Over time, I engaged in many self-awareness and spiritual growth practices, including some much-needed therapy. I reimagined many aspects of my life and made many soul-honoring changes.

For about fifteen years now, I've been studying personality, psychology, spirituality, creativity, and intentional living.

Along the way, I've learned a lot about what it really takes to thrive.

I also came across a mantra that we use here in the Wild Awakenings community. It's a meaningful affirmation of how we want to live.

Strong Back. Soft Front. Wild Heart.

Strong Back. Soft Front. Wild Heart.

These are the words Brené Brown, Ph.D., whispers to herself when she feels unsafe and worried. Dr. Brown is a social scientist and author whose work I respect and have studied for over ten years.

She learned the powerful Strong Back, Soft Front meditation from Zen teacher Roshi Joan Halifax.

Having a Strong Back means being brave. It's the kind of courage that arises when you feel safe, strong, and grounded in a sense of belonging.

Having a Soft Front means staying tender and open in the face of whatever discomfort occurs. It's about embracing vulnerability with compassion.

Having a Wild Heart means that you believe in and belong to yourself so deeply that you can share your most genuine self with the world.

What's Awakening in Your Wild Heart?

What's Awakening in Your Wild Heart?

We are an intentional community of evolving women who feel something authentic and meaningful awakening inside of us. Whatever that something is, it needs to be expressed.

We recognize that, more than ever, our world needs the contributions of healthy women who deeply know, love, and trust themselves.

Women anchored in the power of authenticity, meaning, and clarity of purpose. Women who dare to live their truth and lead life in ways that honor the soul.

We want to reimagine the tired and harmful narratives we've been taught about aging as a woman. We're more interested in the positive ways age empowers us than the boring old stereotypes.

Are You Becoming the Woman You Want to Be?

Are You Becoming the Woman You Want to Be?

That's why I created Wild Awakenings. To help us all become the most genuine, creative, and fulfilled versions of ourselves. So we can answer our soul callings and share our unique gifts with the world.

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The underlying theme is always about honoring our wild hearts and elevating our zest for life.

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Linda Wattier

Founder, Wild Awakenings

Know Yourself Deeply, Live Your Truth, and Thrive After Forty

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