Life Reimagined: Digital Sisters Do You Need A Life Reinvention?


Photo Credit: O, The Oprah Magazine

Photo Credit: O, The Oprah Magazine

Hi Digital Sisters!
“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been” writes author Madeleine L’Engle (see quote featured in O Magazine‘s Live Your Best Life section above). L’Engle reminds women to embrace all of the seasons of their lives. Within each season, there are opportunities to reflect, recharge, reinvent, and reimagine life and work. Several years ago, I entered a season of life reinvention that continues to unfold on a daily basis. My life reinvention began with my health and traveled through my home renovation to my spirituality, finances, creativity, relationships, business, and volunteer projects. I turned to MORE Magazine’s reinvention articles featuring women who have reinvented their lives and careers, MORE.com’s Second Acts section, and MORE Magazine 287 Secrets of Reinventing Your Life: Big and Small Ways to Embrace New Possibilities book for ideas and resources. Two resources I discovered and continue to use are Pamela Mitchell’s Reinvention Institute, Sarah Brokaw’s Fortytude book, and The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Avant Stover.
Photo Credit: MORE Magazine

Photo Credit: MORE Magazine

Photo Credit: More Magazine

Photo Credit: More Magazine

Pamela Mitchell, Founder of Reinvention Institute - Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/ReinventionInstitute and ©Jeffery Salter 2010

Pamela Mitchell, Founder of Reinvention Institute – Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/ReinventionInstitute and ©Jeffery Salter 2010

Photo Credit: Sarah Brokaw

Photo Credit: Sarah Brokaw

Photo Credit: Sara Avant Stover

Photo Credit: Sara Avant Stover

Many of these resources helped me make the decision to work with a life coach. My life coach Yael Flusberg helped me create accountability in my reinvention process. As a result, I developed the annual practice of reviewing my life goals and accomplishments at the end of each year and incorporated a quarterly check-in process that corresponds to the seasons. This process  motivated me to streamline my work and volunteer schedule, take breaks from my digital life, declutter on a regular basis, and join a different spiritual community, monthly meditation group, and gym that offers a serene space with mind-body-spirit classes. It encouraged me to adopt self-care practices including monthly acupuncture appointments, daily yoga/meditation/Reiki practices, and a weekly yin yoga class. It also caused me to talk to older women for support. Making these changes helped me embrace my season of reinvention with more acceptance, compassion, ease, grace, and patience. I am still working on my creative expression, health, finances, and business reinvention. I’m a work in FABULOUS process!
Photo Credit: LifeReimagined.org

Photo Credit: LifeReimagined.org

Photo Credit: LifeReimagined.org

Photo Credit: LifeReimagined.org

Photo Credit: LifeReimagined.org

Photo Credit: LifeReimagined.org

AARP’s Life Reimaged Initiative is the next step I am taking in my reinvention process. Life Reimagined  offers powerful tools, resources, and inspirational content to help you reconnect with your natural gifts and talents so you can live your best life. And who doesn’t want to live her best life? I know I do! Life Reimagined also offers a community where you can your share goals and dreams, and have conversations with real people just like you that can result in real change. In addition, AARP established the Life Reimagined Institute which provides thought leadership and program development that guides and fuels the Life Reimagined experience. Think of it as an incubator of transformational processes, methodologies, and insights.  Through the Institute, you will have access to the world’s leading experts in personal development, aging, transitions, and reimagining life. What a gold mine of resources!
Photo Credit: AARP.org

Photo Credit: AARP.org

Here’s a special plug for women caregivers. Caregiving responsibilities create great change in women’s lives. If you find yourself in need of a change in the type of work you are doing, check out AARP’s Life Reimagined web site which has a section dedicated to careers and work for resources. You might find exactly what you are looking for when it comes to reinventing your career as a woman who works outside of the home and also provides care to a loved one. Give it a try!

If you are a caregiver or have family members, friends, or colleagues who serve as caregivers, please encourage them to visit AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center. The web site has great articles and tips that caregivers can use to support their wellness journey as they care for their loved ones. FYI – When you travel, you can now access AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center on your iPad !

AARP is a nonprofit organization that helps people who are 50 and over turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security,  and retirement planning.

Photo Credit: BlogHer.com

Photo Credit: BlogHer.com

If you are headed to BlogHer ’13, be sure to drop by AARP’s Life Reimagined Booth 1218. You can also follow AARP on Twitter during the conference by using the hashtag #AARPBlogs. Hope to see you at BlogHer!

Enjoy your reinvention journey ladies!

All the best,

Ananda Leeke, Digital Sisterhood Network Founder

AARP Blogger Kitchen Cabinet #CareSupport campaign

AARP Blogger Kitchen Cabinet #CareSupport campaign

Disclaimer: This blog post was written in support of Digital Sisterhood Network’s Leadership, Lifestyle and Living Well initiative and participation in AARP’s Decide. Create. Share. Campaign.

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