March 2008


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Authoring Your Life

About Midlife Journeys

For many people, midlife is a time of transformation, a time of seeking greater purpose, joy and meaning in the second half of life. Midlife Journeys is a monthly newsletter designed to support you in reconnecting with your authentic self and energizing your life through deep self-nurturing, creative expression and heart-centered living. Each issue contains inspiration and resources to help guide you on your journey to greater aliveness, joy and fulfillment.


Midlife Awakening: Using the Law of Attraction to Consciously Create A (Mid)Life You Love

April 9 to May 28, 2008
Wednesday evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
at my home in Santa Monica

What would it be like to experience midlife not as a "crisis" but as a time of awakening to who you really are and creating the life you've always wanted?

Perhaps you'd like to deepen your relationships with loved ones, attract a new love relationship, make a career change, or find new ways to be of service, pursue a new creative direction, or begin traveling to places you've been fantasizing about for years. Or maybe you'd like to simplify your life and enjoy greater peace and balance.

Whatever your dream is, this is your opportunity to unleash your creative powers and remove any blocks that may be keeping you from living the life you truly want. And if you don't know what your dream is, this is a great opportunity to find out!

This will be an intimate group (5-10 people) so there will be lots of individual attention. We'll be learning how to use the Law of Attraction and the Universal Principles of Creativity to assist each other in manifesting our heartfelt dreams. In addition to leading the group, I will be participating right along with you in manifesting my own heartfelt dream!

$333 if pre-registered by March 19, 2008. $395 after March 19, 2008.

Space is limited. For more information and to reserve your space, please contact Carol at 310-395-0441 or carol@midlifejourneys.com or click on Register under Upcoming Events.

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" - Mary Oliver

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Authoring Your Life

"Our assignment now is to figure out how to live the rest of our lives as our ideal life. We don't have time for negativity anymore. It's time to have fun, have a good time. If you have a good time, even in difficult circumstances, you're invincible." - Carolyn See

I just returned from a wonderfully inspiring talk at UCLA by Carolyn See, author of nine books, book reviewer for the Washington Post and mother of best-selling author, Lisa See. In her mid-70's, Carolyn is funny, irreverent and full of wisdom about how to live life fully, not take things too seriously, and make whatever you're engaged in, no matter how seemingly dreary, fun.

Drawing from her book, Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers, Carolyn shared 8 principles for living a "writer's life". These principles can easily be adapted for all dreamers who desire to create a happy and fulfilling life engaged in a passionate pursuit (whether it be creativity, career, spirituality, service, etc.). The 8 principles are:

1. Spend a significant, but not overwhelming, amount of time each day doing what you love, five days a week for the rest of your life!

2. Write a "charming note" (that does not ask for a favor) 5 days a week for the rest of your life to people you love and/or admire. This could also include sending flowers, balloons or food. And always bring food whenever you visit people. Be a bringer of charming gifts. Rather than focusing on what you don't have or may have lost in the process of aging, practice "ferocious good deeds", showering people with gifts.

3. Make an outside excursion at least once a week doing something you've always wanted to do but haven't done yet. Preferably something that might be fun and that would be new for you.

4. Only share your dream with people who will support and encourage you. Don't hang out with the naysayers or people who are invested in you feeling miserable! One tip for disarming those who would try to thwart, blame or criticize you: simply respond to their attacks with, "No kidding!" or "Hmm. Thank you!"

5. Start where you are. Consider: What's the genre of your life? Opera, soap opera, action- adventure, cooking/food, erotica, screwball comedy? Be honest with yourself. Whatever it is, that's a hint about what you might want to do more of. Don't be ashamed of what you really want, what you like. This is the time of life to be your Ideal Self. Look at what you really want for your life and give yourself permission to go for it. Even if it's a solitary pleasure, that's ok.

6. Try a little "white magic" - affirmations, visualizations, treasure maps (or at the very least, avoid hexing yourself!). Try affirmations such as: "I stay on purpose joyously", "I am following my highest purpose, even when I don't know what it is," "Everything always turns out much more exceptionally than I plan."

7. Make rejection a process. Find the blessing in a seemingly disappointing outcome. Befriend your enemies. Don't lose your temper! Make yourself the hero of your own stories.

8. Remember, it's all just a game. The ultimate outlook for all of us is the same -death! It's important to acknowledge that. The objects of the game of life are love, fun and truth. As we journey through the second half of life, it's our time to figure out how we live the rest of our lives as our Ideal Lives. We've paid our debt to society. Now, it's just us and the Universe and time is of the essence.

Love and blessings,

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