So, what’s this all about?
Well, I had this idea.
It was my 49th year, and I could feel that things were changing for me. Not good, not bad, just… different. My youngest child graduated from college and as she hustled off to start her next chapter, I couldn’t help but think about my future, too. My friends shared stories about their struggles with midlife and empty nests and the scary realization that when one door closes, another door does not automatically open. You sometimes have to hunt around for the doorknob, banging around in the dark and feeling your way along the walls until you finally find it.
We get to this midway point in life and find that we’re all looking for… something. Love, companionship, a chance to make an impact. A retirement plan. Adventure. Security. The ideal vacation, or the perfect margarita (or both at the same time). Knowledge. Serenity. Spiritual guidance. A dog.
Or maybe we don’t even know what we are looking for, but we just feel this urge to shake things up.
I’ve always thought the term “Midlife Crisis” was lame. Too many people think it’s a clinical diagnosis and use it as an excuse for blowing up their lives. We’ve all seen the movie, right? The 40-something man realizes his hair is thinning, so he buys a red sports car and dumps his wife for a younger woman – who always turns out to be bad news, and the guy ends up begging his wife to take him back, claiming temporary insanity. Cue the credits.
A “crisis” implies panic. Chaos. Bad, hasty decisions. And, let’s face it, it smacks of desperation.
What if instead of a crisis, we had a Midlife Awakening? To me, that sounds more like a gentle stirring of the senses. Heightened awareness and growing curiosity about life.
Doesn’t that sound better?
That’s what The New Moon Workshop is all about. It’s a resource for women like us who are just hitting their stride and want to reawaken their senses and get excited about something new. Whatever that means to you – travel, a career change, exploring new hobbies (or one you gave up many moons ago), or maybe a newfound commitment to self-care – I hope to bring you some tools and resources that will help guide you on your journey. At the very least, I want you to know you’re not alone.
I’m not the same person that I was when I was younger. I value very different things today – relationships, health, nature, time, peace, balance. I hope I’m more compassionate and thoughtful. I’ve learned a few things about myself, and I’m able to say out loud what I want and what I don’t want.
I don’t want to spend my time on frivolous things. I do want deeper connections.
I don’t want drama. I do want adventure.
I don’t want to give you advice – because I suspect you’ve had enough of that. I do want to encourage you to follow your instincts, to reach for your goals, and to live your very best life.
I’m so glad you are here, my friend. Let’s raise a glass to each other and to women like us, who are ready to start something new. Together let’s bring more joy and light to each other, and to the world.