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A letter from Israel

We often hear from our followers and receive stories that are worth sharing. Here is one from Israel. Michal Zak gathers a circle of women in her small town to celebrate International Women's Day by telling stories about their Grandmothers. We thought this would be especially nice to share with you now, during this unprecendented time where gathering is on hold. It's a beautiful story about love, generations, trauma and the healing power of storytelling. Enjoy.

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How To Be In Charge Of Who You Are Becoming

If you want to feel more connected to yourself and more in charge of who you are becoming, we recommend three steps. 1. Review 2. Revise 3. Reframe Reviewing gets you in touch with your experiences. It is the way to feel the feelings tied to your stories. When you take a close look at yourself...

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Twisting The Plots of Our Past

Our memories, particularly ones that involve shame and fear, often seem to be frozen in time. It’s a burden we carry with us like the chains that Dickens’ Jacob Marley drags behind him.  But are our memories written in stone?

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How to Build a Future with New Potential

Karen sits in my office pounding her fist on the arm of her chair.  “This is not where my life was supposed to go.  It’s too late for me to do anything new.  I made some bad choices, in career and relationships, and at my age, there’s nothing out there for me.”

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How to Build a Midlife Worth Living

For years I have been teaching and coaching clients to use certain skills during painful times. Lately I've been teaching the skills to middle-aged women. Dialectical Behavior Therapy—DBT—is a solution-focused, active treatment with the overarching goal to build a life worth living.

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Attention Women Over 50: Something’s Happening

Have you noticed? Everywhere you look, women, in particular older women, are starting to assert themselves, achieve power, apply their well-earned wisdom and take on positions of leadership. It’s happening in politics. It’s happening in business. And it’s probably happening in your very own community. What about you? Do you have a powerful woman inside...

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In search of my New Year’s Resolution

I hate making New Year’s resolutions. The minute I start thinking about making resolutions my internal voice begins chiming in with a litany of negative things I “should” be focused on. “You are too fat.” “You are too stressed.” “You are so disorganized.” Contemplating all my shortcomings makes me want to get into bed and...

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How To Turn Painful Emotions Into Superpowers

When Maura was told that her job was in jeopardy she immediately ran out of the office, through the hallway, into the elevator and out to her car. She called me as she was driving, 80 miles an hour, banging on the horn and yelling obscenities to everyone who came into her path. “I can’t...

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The Best Way to Get Through

Has it ever happened that you find yourself, figuratively or literally, banging your fists, head and body against a wall, a wall with a sign that reads: It’s not supposed to be this way? While you bang on the wall, you hear yourself proclaim: “I can’t take this.” You are suffering. You resist reality. When...

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How To Defy Ageism

Here are a few imagined plot twists for older women. Marta was awarded her silk robe on her 80th birthday. She decided her new name would be Supreme Listening One. She has honed the skill of listening well beyond the expertise of others. She listens better than the best psychotherapist. People say that she listens...

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How To Come Alive in Midlife

Autopilot is death. Choose where to invest your energy, and do so intentionally, because the clearest path to a robust life is purposeful engagement. ~ Barbara Bradley Hagerty in Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, (DBT) created by Marsha Linehan, offers skills to build a life worth living. Lately,...

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Podcast

Each week Dr. Cecilia Dintino and Psychotherapist Hannah Murray Starobin will speak with women who have twisted their plots and discovered that life after 50 can be filled with imagination, inspiration, laughter, and endless possibilities.

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