It’s Nice To Be Recognized As A Boomer Blogger

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomers

When I started blogging 10 years ago, I never thought much about where it would lead or what type of opportunities it would bring. I just wanted to capture my feelings as I approached my milestone 50th birthday. As many of you know, losing my husband two weeks shy of my 50th, broke my heart and turned my world upside down. (You can find my original blog at A Baby Boomer Woman’s Countdown to 50.)

In 2008, I decided to start this blog that you are reading today. It was a way to share all the changes I was going through at the time during my life after 50 — selling my house, emptying out my nest, meeting a new man, leaving my full-time career, pursuing my yoga teacher training, and traveling the world. During the past 10 years I reinvented myself and I continue to do so as my life evolves.

Judy Freedman, Judi Freedman

Now that I’m a few months away from 60, I like the new me. I’m also proud of the recent recognition that my blog and my writing has received. It has helped me open new doors that I never thought possible.

The blogosphere, including the boomer blogosphere, has become much more crowded in the past decade. Yet, I have never wavered from my values. I treat my readers with integrity and respect, the same way I want to be treated.

Top 75 Baby Boomer Blogs
“I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog A Boomers Life After 50 has been selected by our panelists as one of the Top 75 Baby Boomer Blogs on the web,” said Anuj, the founder of Feedspot, in his email to me earlier this month. “I personally give you a high-five. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 75 Baby Boomer Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!” Note: My blog is #36 on the list.

75 Best Boomer Blogs

Feedspot curates blogs on the worldwide web. It was rewarding to see that they included my blog among other noteworthy boomer bloggers. I know many of the bloggers on the list and would like to congratulate their work as well. Be sure to check out all the boomer blogs.

Contributor to GettingOnTravel
Another way to be recognized in the blogosphere is to be accepted as a contributor to other blogs and websites. For example, I am a contributor to healthywomen.org, which features many of my blog posts, and to The Huffington Post. My writing has appeared on other midlife blogs, such as My Itchy Travel Feet and Midlife Boulevard.

This month, I became a contributing writer for GettingOnTravel, A Fresh Take On Luxury For Travellers Over 50. GettingOnTravel, was co-founded by two award-winning travel writers Irene S. Levine and Janice Mucalov. As the website says “GettingOnTravel is a premier online magazine for eye-opening explorations by seasoned travelers who are also great writers. Our awesome team of talented travel writers and bloggers are some of the best out there, writing especially for you!”

Getting On Travel; boomer travel; luxury travel for over 50

GettingOnTravel showcases information for travellers over 50 — including stories about cruises, food and wine, hotels and spas, adventure, books and gear, and more travel resources. They host fun giveaways too. Continue reading

JudiBoomergirl Is A 2017 Webby Award Honoree

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomers

I’m super thrilled to announce that A Baby Boomer Woman’s Life After 50 was recognized with a 2017 Webby Award Honoree in the Personal Blogs category. This is my second time being honored by the Webby Awards, the first time was in 2013 when I had just retired from my full time corporate career to pursue my blogging.

 

2017 Webby Awards

What does it mean to be a Webby Honoree?

2017 Webby Award Honoree; 2017 Webby Awards

The annual Webby Awards are like the Oscars for the best of the web. The five top entries in each category become nominees and the public can vote online for one winner in each category. Nevertheless, I am still honored to be an Honoree. Here’s what my congratulatory note said:

“In recognition of the exceptional quality of submissions received this year, the Academy has acknowledged outstanding entries as Official Honorees, alongside our Nominees. With 13,000 entries received from all 50 states and over 70 countries this year, the 21st Annual Webby Awards has been our most competitive season yet. Continue reading

Let The Countdown To 60 Begin!

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersHappy New Year!

January 2017 marks the 10th year since I started blogging. A decade has passed since I typed my first blog post capturing my countdown to my 50th birthday. Times have changed but one thing remains constant — boomer women continue to do amazing things.

Some may say that as women age we become more invisible. I say that we’ve only just begun to shine. While we may not be celebrating a female boomer in the White House in 2017, we are a very large community of strong women, estimated at 38.44 million in the USA. As Girlpower Marketing CEO Linda Landers says, “Today’s 50-plus females are the healthiest, wealthiest, most active and influential generation of women in history.”

Arianna Huffington; The Huffington Post

Meeting Arianna Huffington and becoming a contributor to The Huffington Post was a blogging highlight in 2013.

My Countdown To 50
I began blogging in 2007 as an easy way to capture my thoughts and feelings as a boomer woman approaching her momentous 50th year. Little did I know that my countdown to 50 would turn out to be one of the most extraordinary years of my life. Halfway through the year, my husband M took ill. During almost seven months while he was in the hospital, my blog posts became my outlet to share the overwhelming fears that engulfed me as my husband began to drift away. My community of readers became my salvation. I couldn’t wait to get home from the hospital each night to read your emails and comments. Your support made all the difference in helping me survive during that tumultuous time.

ayearto50.blogspot.com; boomer women; post 50

From “Loneliness to Loveliness”
My husband M passed away shortly before our 24th anniversary and two weeks shy of my 50th birthday. I was a widow at 49, The loneliness was deeply felt and I wasn’t sure how I was going to lift myself up.  Continue reading

Women Who Inspired Me in 2016

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomers

I thought I’d finish off my last blog post for 2016 by honoring some of the talented speakers from the 2016 Pennsylvania Conference For Women. I’d like to share a few quotes that resonated with me from that day. Maybe they will prompt you to think or act differently in 2017.

#PENNWOMEN, Pennsylvania Conference For Women 2016

Nearly 9000 women attended the 13th annual conference in October. The theme was “The Power of Us: Amplify Your Voice.” It was before the historic election when our first female candidate, Hillary Clinton, was on the ballot for president of the United States. It’s interesting thinking about these quotes now — after the November results. To me, these women’s words are even more powerful and the theme more important. Maybe that’s why I signed up for the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st.

Anita Hill Inspired Me
“You are here to be part of a movement that will help all of us move forward together,” civil rights pioneer Anita Hill said. “There are direct business costs related to harassment,” Anita said, noting the need to end ongoing harassment against women in the workplace, 25 years after she testified during the 1991 confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. “Time, energy and resources are diverted from work into litigation and court. So ending harassment is everybody’s business.”

Anita Hill, attorney and author; #PENNWOMEN

Anita turned 60 in July and is now a professor of law at Brandeis University. She said that despite the harsh treatment she received when she testified against Thomas, she will “continue to stand up and speak out” around equal education and employment protections for women. Quoting lawmaker and former presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm, Anita said, “I was, am, and will always be a catalyst for change.”

Continue reading

“70Candles!” Shares Advice on Positive Aging

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersLast month, The New York Times journalist Jane Brody wrote an article about “Thriving at Age 70 and Beyond.” I enjoy reading Jane’s weekly columns on Personal Health, but this one was especially appealing. Jane mentioned a blog called 70Candles!, with stories from women in their 70s, and a book by the same title written by bloggers (and now authors) Jane Giddan and Ellen Cole.

While I am fast approaching my 60s, I was intrigued by the advice that these two long-term friends had to share about how women are “thriving in their 8th decade.” I contacted Jane and Ellen to ask if they would participate in an interview for my blog. Their wisdom about positive aging is very inspiring for baby boomer women who are following in their footsteps. It’s great to know that there is much to look forward to into our 70s, 80s, 90s, and maybe 100s! (Note: if you cannot view the video below please click here.)

A Practical and Positive Guide
The book, 70Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade, is a compilation from the conversations that Jane and Ellen had during gatherings with women of this era and from many of the women who contributed to their blog. The authors do a great job pulling all the pieces together into as they say, “a practical and positive guide to have at your side as you traverse your seventies.” Included are lessons learned from their gatherings, a review of pertinent literature on this topic, and a look at the future. In the back section is a handy reference with relevant web sites and additional readings.

The Taos Institute, the publishers of the book, kindly provided a copy of 70Candles! for a giveaway. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below and leave a comment on how you intend to stay vibrant during your second act.

Now let’s hear more from Jane and Ellen: Continue reading

How To Practice More Gratitude During Your Life After 50

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersTomorrow will mark eight years since my husband M died. As my grief instructor S said shortly after M’s passing: “The hole in your heart will get smaller, but it will never fully close.” S was right.

My life has evolved a great deal since those dark days of December 2007. One of the biggest behaviors that has created positive change in my life after 50 is having an attitude of gratitude. Like yoga and mindfulness, having an attitude of gratitude is an awareness practice. With gratitude I’m learning to have more contentment for all the things I have and all the things I can do, versus being disappointed with the things I don’t have or can’t do.

For example, when I see my friends celebrating their 25th or 30th wedding anniversaries sometimes I am sad that M and I will never have an opportunity to achieve such a milestone. Then the gratitude meter checks in and I become grateful for the 24 years we did have together. It’s more than many couples get, especially with the rate of divorce in this country.

Wearing Gratitude On My Wrist
I wear a MyIntent bracelet on my wrist with the word “GRATITUDE.” It acts as a constant prompt to be thankful for all the things I can do. “Breathe because you can,” said my yoga teacher N in today’s class. N is right, I am grateful that I can breathe.

MyIntent.org, gratitude, BlogHer15,

I chose the word GRATITUDE for MyIntent bracelet.

A Bucket Full of Gratitude
If I could hold all my gratitude in a container, it would fill up a huge bucket. In that bucket would be my daughter A and my son D, my boyfriend L, my BFF L and BFF R, my sister N, my late mom and dad, and many more friends and family members. I’d add the gratitude for my beautiful home and my condo on the corner at the shore, top that with my yoga and meditation practice, and for the retirement I earned from my full-time job that is enabling me to live life to the fullest during my second act. There’s more, more, more gratitude for you, my blog readers who bring me great joy each week when we connect through my posts. Continue reading

Do You Want To Be Happier in 2016? “Choices” Can Help!

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer women“I’m writing to talk about the Choices Notebook I’m launching. It’s a labor of love, three years in the making and something I’m very passionate about,” wrote midlife blogger and designer Kimberly Montgomery. “It’s a 12-Month Planner to help goal-oriented, successful people enjoy today and remember to live in the moment. So often, high achievers are so focused on the goal, they give up happiness today in a mad race for success.”

Could this unique planner help me be happier in 2016? Could it remind me to slow down and practice daily mindful living? I wanted to learn more about the Choices Notebook and  its post 50 creator. I also was curious to hear about how Kimberly is using the Kickstarter platform to help launch her entrepreneurial venture. Here’s our chat:

Kimberly Montgomery

Q.Tell me about your background.
K:
“I’ve been working in the Art Licensing Industry for over three decades. I started as a licensed illustrator, where I had a successful career for 25+ years. My work has been featured on every product imaginable from hundreds of greeting cards, gift bags, ceramic décor, decorative rugs and pillows, fabric, stationary and gift items. I still have a best-selling School Days calendar that is released every year, that’s even been featured on Good Morning America. Continue reading

9 Things People Who Retire Early Do

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersThis week, I’m pleased to highlight a blog post that originally appeared in WiseBread, all about living large on a small budget. The piece was written by  Mikey Rox, an award-winning writer/journalist from New York City. Mikey writes about the “9 Things People Who Retire Early Do.” Take a read, you might find someone you know who retired early and is now enjoying her passions – like blogging and yoga. Moi, moi, moi!

Take it away Mikey: 

wisebread.com, Mikey Rox

Mikey Rox is an award-winning writer/journalist.

We all dream of retiring early (at least I do), but for most of us that’s all it is — a dream. It doesn’t necessarily have to be, however, and you don’t need to strike it rich to start enjoying the finer things in life well before age 67. (Yep, that’s the government-acknowledged age for full retirement — and it stinks.) To provide some much-needed motivation to kick your hustle into high gear, here are nine things people who retire early do — and you should, too.

1. Live Relatively Modestly and Save, Save, Save
If you weren’t born into one of those famous family dynasties that provided you a trust fund at birth or otherwise have won some sort of lottery, you’ve got to work hard for your money. If you want to retire early, live modestly and save like your life depends on it. The truth is your life does depend on it — at least the one you want, anyway. Continue reading

The Power of Friendship In The Midlife Blogosphere

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersI attended my first blogger conference eight years ago. I was a newbie blogger and one of only a dozen or so bloggers in the audience who was nearly 50. I was welcomed among crowds of “mommy bloggers” with  babies in tow. Despite our age difference, I was smitten with the blogosphere. There was an energy, a vibe, a camaraderie. The only thing that was missing was my boomer tribe.

 Bloggers At Midlife Conference
Bloggers At Midlife Conference, Midlife Boulevard, life after 50, over 50, midlifeFast forward to March 2015, where now I’m excited to say that the blogosphere is filled with thousands of female boomer voices who are reinventing their life after 50 and sharing their journey online. I joined up with 100 of these super talented women last weekend at the first-ever “BAM: Bloggers At Midlife” Conference at The Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The conference was organized by Sharon Greenthal and Anne Parris from Midlife Boulevard, and their co-horts Teresa Kindred, of NanaHood, and Beth Rosen from ChicagonistaLIVE.

Rockin’ Older Girls Network
After spending the past few years growing friendships on social media (the Facebook group includes 1100 midlife bloggers, thanks to the efforts of Sharon and Anne) — it felt like a class reunion when 100 of us got together in Nashville.

#BAMC15

So many great BAMC15 moments: (l. to r.) BAM Organizer Anne Parris; Elisa Camahort Page and Danyelle Little; Wendy Walker Cushing; Elaine Ambrose and me.

We chatted about our second careers as writers. Several spoke of books they had published, agents they had signed with, and novels being edited. We showed great compassion for those who suffered through loss or illness: breast cancer, divorce, widowhood, parents with dementia and Alzheimers, and other disabilities. We celebrated our midlife successes: children off to college and work, children getting married, grandparenthood, 25+ wedding anniversaries, travel adventures, and many individual transformations. Continue reading

Pursuing Your Passion In Your Next Act

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersThis week, I’m pleased to feature an interview with Hélène Tragos Stelian, creator of the blog Next Act For Women. In her blog, Hélène shares real-life stories about women who are reinventing themselves in midlife. You’ll read about women like Madalyn, who became a model at 50; Tina, who left corporate life to become a college admissions consultant; and one of my favorites Susie, who left her editorial job to harvest her own food on Martha’s Vineyard.

I asked Hélène about her work/life experiences and about what she’s learned from talking with post40 and post50 females:

Tell me a little about your background.

Next Act For Women, boomer women, baby boomer women, life after 50, over 50

Hélène Tragos Stelian is creator of the Next Act For Women blog.

H: “I’m 51 and live in Chicago with my husband of 20 years, my 17-year old twin daughters, and our cockapoo Rocky. I have gone through some big transitions in my life: Moving from France to the U.S. at the age of 13; changing careers from fashion retail to marketing after getting my MBA; deciding to stay at home when my girls were born; becoming an author with the publication of my book Getting Ready for Baby (now in its second edition); volunteering in nonprofit positions after our move to the suburbs; moving back to Chicago after 13 years; and now starting a blog!” Continue reading