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 twenty-year corporate career 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 that was!

Yet it did explain why I felt so miserable inside while everything looked great on the outside.

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 —

These days we're all experiencing countless forms of stress from living with a global pandemic — not to mention the climate emergency, the economy, humanitarian crises, gun violence, and so many divisive social issues.

So work may or may not be contributing to your unraveling.

It could be a shift in your relationship, your kids leaving home, or supporting your adult kids. It might be changes in your body, an illness, or caring for your elderly parents.

Or it could be all of the above.

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

One of my most challenging growth opportunities was waking up to how I had repeatedly betrayed myself while trying to fit in — at school, at home, at work, with family and friends.

True belonging doesn't require you to change who you are. It requires you to be who you are.

— Brené Brown —

Over time, I engaged in many self-awareness and personal growth practices, including some much-needed therapy.  As a result, 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 meaningful living.

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

I also came across a phrase I now use as an affirmation, a meaningful reminder of how I 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. Brené is a social scientist and author whose work I respect and have studied for over ten years.

She learned Strong Back, Soft Front 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 believing in and belonging 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?

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