RIDE THE WAVES

As many of you know from reading past newsletters, I recently moved from Portland to the Oregon Coast.

Each day since I’ve been here, I walk my dog, Joe, on the beach. Each day the beach offers a different landscape. You never know what you’re going to get. Certain tides bring in different types of kelp, jellyfish, sand dollars and other creatures and debris. Some days there are sand dunes. Some days it’s completely flat. After heavy rain, there are creeks to cross, and other times it is bone dry. Driftwood logs are brought to shore, and weeks later, they disappear.

And it’s just like life. Life’s landscape changes everyday and we carefully navigate it to keep our footing. We never know what we’ll need to face – obstacles brought in by a storm or an easy path with the wind at our backs and the sun on our faces.

For me, being a brand new empty nester, life’s landscapes the past few weeks have brought waves of joy, fear, excitement, anguish, contentment, gloom and bliss.

But no matter what your circumstances are in life – married, single, kids, no kids, working or not – these are emotional fragments that life’s tides bring to shore.

I’ve been reading quite a bit about self-care to help me keep my footing. And while it may seem trivial in light of what has transpired in the past few days for all of us, the primary actions of self-care are to shower and get dressed, exercise, and maintain a healthy diet.

For us 45+-aged women, I found some resources for self-care: how to wear our make-up so we feel our best, the most sensible kind of exercise to keep us strong, and easy, delicious, balanced meals to nourish us.

Let’s ride the waves together.

Fondly,

Jennifer

Put Your Face On

Whilethis videois a tad long, it has great basics and advice for how to enhance our the beauty we have at our age.

Stay Strong

How we get fit and stay fit is really a personal preference. Some like to run, some prefer barre, play tennis or lift weights. Keep it up, but consider wrapping some of these do’s for women our age around your workout.

Eat Right

People who know me, know I’m not a great cook. I need a recipe to follow, and it needs to be simple and healthy. Given this, I love the "Easy Dinners" section on the website Delish.

“You don’t need to be the tide to rise and fall, you don’t have to be a wave to touch the shore; just be a little sand-grain and feel them all.”

― Munia Khan

Of the Day.

We promised to keep you relevant. Promise fulfilled.

Site of the day:

New York Times: What to Cook this Week. For those who want to make classic, simple (yes!) dishes.

App of the day:

Breethe.For those who want to learn how to meditate, step by step.

Store of the day:

Grice Grove.For those who want a creative and eclectic home goods and gifts.

Product of the day:

Abigail Hydrangea Pajamas. For those who want pretty, comfortable and high-quality sleepwear. From the "Store of the day," Grice Grove.

Podcast of the day:

Something You Should Know.For those who want useful tidbits of advice and wisdom. One of my personal fabs.

And now back to you, Jane.

Interesting news and other things that caught our eye.

In remembrance of the brilliantly talented Tom Petty who we lost this week. This rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" will blow your mind.

In light of the Las Vegas tragedy, this rendition of Neil Young’s controversial "Ohio"is so powerful. Carefully listen to the lyrics. Draw your own conclusions.

Good news and bad news: Santa Claus was real.

Too funny! McSweeney’s list, "Alternatives to Resting Bitch Face," the sequel.

Women power + books.

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