On My Mind: Clarity and Complexity

After about 6 weeks of no sugar, my mind is becoming clearer. I have less anxiety and have been surprisingly free of the ups and downs of my normal depressive state. It shouldn’t be surprising since I know my depression is a boomerang to my anxiety. Get too anxious for too long, and my hormonal […]

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The Light of Intuition

A friend of mine has been trying to get pregnant. She’s been trying to get pregnant for a long time. I saw her a week or so ago at an event, and as I walked up to her, a small voice whispered “she’s pregnant”. I was pretty sure it wasn’t my brain concocting that. Just […]

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My Shrinking World at Midlife

Luke Perry. Mona from “Who’s the Boss?” (Katherine Helmond). Albert Finney. George Bush. My younger cousin Fredrika. A co-worker at Whirlpool. My friend Jen posted on Twitter: When I started Midlife Moments, this blog was about my past. It was a bold act to attempt to chronicle what I had learned in my life from […]

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Sunday Night Check-In: Loving and Being Loved

Today is Day 16 of no sugar. My mind is clear. I have lots of energy. I’m even starting to think about cleaning up my eating even more. More to come on that should I decide to embark on a new nutritional adventure. I’m not sure why I took to the sugar-free effort so easily […]

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Feeling Lost on the Trail

There was a moment when I was snowshoeing at Tahquanemon Falls when I thought I was lost. (The fact that I now know how to spell that amazes me.) The trail to the lower falls through a lovely pine forest was well-marked. Someone else had hiked before us. Footprints provided additional reassurance that I was […]

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My Mind is Clear

Ever since the holidays, I’ve been in denial. I surface every now and then and know what I need to do, but my drug of choice has eventually dragged me down into a pit of desperation. Sometimes it’s the drip, drip, drip of subtle numbness obscuring my natural energy. At other times, I am hurtling […]

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The Reflection of Me

In this beautiful space with glass from the walls to the ceiling, I’ve had a change of perspective. Practicing on my lotus flower yoga mat, I was startled to see a reflection of myself in the glass ceiling. It felt weird at first to look down on my body. Eventually, it was a bit interesting. […]

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Sunday Night Check-In: Finding My Hygge

So, yesterday I checked in at my monthly WW meeting. I was sweating being up two pounds over my goal weight due to excessive eggnog latte consumption, but I was well within range. It was worth celebrating with an eggnog latte, but I did not imbibe. I finally got sick of sugar two days ago. […]

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Hitting All My Marks

“Wish me luck,” I said to my coworkers as I was leaving. “I have to run tonight.”  “You are running outside in this?” my coworker said. “Better you than me.” I knew it was cold. I didn’t know it was raining, sleeting and spitting snow until I walked out the door. Ugh… do I really […]

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Sinking Into Gratitude

I’m in my happy place. This morning I’m going to take Ashok for a run on the river trail in Tulsa, but first I found an open coffeehouse right around the block from me. The Coffeehouse on Cherry Street seems to be a happening place at 7 AM, and I was able to snag an […]

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