The Second Act is all about life as we move to – and beyond – 50. Has your life taken an unexpected turn? Is it shaping up to be the dream or life that you envisioned? Or are you asking yourself, “Where is that little white picket fence???”
There are many of us reaching an age where we are now empty nesters, newly divorced, at a wholly new and unexpected crossroad or all of the above. I am there (!) and have spoken to women all over the country who are also at a similar place in their life journey.
Our life experiences, gained wisdom, joys and sorrows, failures and successes and stories are worth sharing with each other. It is through this sharing and building a community together that loves, supports, and encourage us to know that we continue to have a life that matters, has value, and much purpose within and to those around us.
We can learn from each other across generations and life experiences ~
- A life lived can be shared with one that is just beginning adulthood and married life.
- A life filled with challenges can share the wisdom gained and learned with someone facing their first.
- A life entering the Second Act can find kinship with someone at the same place.
- A life already in the middle of it can share the perspective of looking back and still finding there is still a lot to look forward to as well.
Sometimes life’s challenges are a bit too much and you find yourself looking for a little rock to crawl under so you can get by unscathed (just this time, God). My wish is that this blog is where you might find inspiration, hope and meaning that will help you to bring the best of you in all things as Christ works through you every day.
We are women of much faith, insight, perspective and action!
My Second Act begins with me having been married almost 29 years and finding myself divorced and living single for the first time in my life. As a look back, of course I wonder what happened. There were definitely signs and moments that spoke volumes but I just didn’t or want to see it. What did I learn? What could I have done differently? I am certain these answers will continue to unfold for some time to come.
Because I know that my life matters, has value, and a purpose, I also look forward to the days and years ahead. I did not dream of this juncture of my life being the way it is and yet I still feel hope. Why? Because the story is not finished! My Second Act has pages and chapters ahead of a life yet to be lived!
As I look back on my life from growing up in my home state of Michigan, to graduating from college, meeting Matt, to married life, moving to California and then to Oregon pregnant with twin boys, to motherhood, two more kids, a farm, teaching, coaching, a reality TV show… I can’t imagine how I did it all. What an exciting and adventurous life! Perhaps it was with so much going on that something got lost along the way. Did I lose my steering paddle in the rush to get down the river? There are many things to contemplate about why my Second Act is so different from what I imagined…
I have mixed emotions about the future. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the change and uncertainty. I am excited for this next, new adventure but like many of you, my hope and desire was to share this time with someone. I must reconcile myself to the idea that maybe this time in my life is be more about rediscovering myself and my gifts.
Looking back and taking stock allows us to be more present as we step into the future. As I have done this, I am heartened to see that my faith is still strong. I see any number of times, however, when I left it on the shelf. Why do we forget the very thing that gives us the deepest strength when we need it the most? I will strive to be more attentive to this moving forward!
One of my favorite verses is Psalms 139:14:
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Though I’m imperfect and flawed I am beautifully and wonderfully made for a life that matters, has value and purpose. Each one of us is.
My Second Act posts are about sharing ideas, hope, stories, advice, encouragement, adventure, joys and sorrows, support, lifestyle, life lessons learned, faith, love, hospitality and so much more. I would like to hear your stories too!
My faith empowers and sustains me, my positive attitude dictates my outlook and my heart embraces the adventure with love and passion.