Growth

Midlife Crisis Explained: Hardship or Opportunity?

By Diana Creel Elarde In the past when I attempted to explain my midlife crisis to others, I often shared it as a time of struggle and hardship. However, as I’ve aged and my wisdom has grown, I now see this time period as not only the hardship that it was, but also as...

Vitality– What Does It Look Like in Your Life?

What exactly is living and embracing a life of vitality? Is there ways to bring more vitality into our lives? Is vitality something that we have control over, or is it just there, inside of us? If it is something we have control over, how can we get more of it? In...

Broken or Bent: Learning to Love Again

By Diana Creel Elarde In the 2012 Grammy Award hit “Just Give Me a Reason”, singers Pink and Nate Ruess explored the question “Can we learn to love again?” Has the relationship reached the broken point or is it in a temporary condition that can still be mended? Broken...

The Power Of Beliefs

by Glenn Baja  Beliefs control. They are the building blocks of our reality. Just as each of our beliefs differ from one another, so do our personal realities. The conscious beliefs we hold will be experienced as our own realities. Such is the power of beliefs. And...

Does Age Affect Memory?

By Diana Creel Elarde We have all had those times, the ones we joke about as a “senior moment” where our memory seems to fail us. A word lost here and there, or perhaps a foggy recollection of an event that we have trouble fully recalling. Does age affect memory,...

Can Music Change Your Life?

You’re probably already aware of the uplifting effects of music. If you’ve ever heard a song playing in the background at a store and found yourself suddenly smiling (or even singing along), you know the power of music to change your mood. Or perhaps you’ve been...

Dating After 50: Is It Worth It?

 By Glenn Baja Dating after 50 can be a very daunting task to address and adapt to. Just the idea of starting over can be very overwhelming and intimidating. Is it worth the amount of time and effort to do this…yet again? Just the challenge and perseverance required...

10 Rules For Dating After 50

By Glenn Baja Been out of the “loop” for awhile when it comes to dating? Feeling a bit nervous about the prospect of starting over again? Well, the good news is that the dating game hasn’t changed all that much fundamentally, but as with all things, the details have....

6 Best Balance Exercises for Older Adults

By Glenn Baja Many older adults suffer from balance problems, and falls are one of the leading causes of injury and death among seniors. Even healthy older adults experience less secure balance than in their younger years - but this doesn’t mean you can’t improve...

5 Ways to Get Rid of Flabby Arms

By Glenn Baja Feeling a bit self-conscious about those flabby arms? It’s not uncommon to have excess fat on your arms if you’re carrying a little extra on other parts of your body. The triceps area, or the back of the upper arm, is the part of the arm that most...

10 Exercises For Those Who Sit Too Much

By Glenn Baja Feeling like your spending the majority of your time on your rear? It’s not uncommon. In fact, most people spend too much time sitting and end up with poor posture, heart disease, loss of mobility, back pain, weight gain, and the dreaded “dead butt...

Perception — Which Glasses Do You Wear?

By Diana Elarde Several weeks ago at a party, my husband and I were talking about the wasps which plague us while we are in our pool. The first few years we owned our home in Arizona these flighty pests were never a problem. But one afternoon a wasp landed on the pool...

Follow Your Bliss– Which Road Will You Choose?

By Glenn Baja You’ve heard the term “follow your bliss,” but do you really know what it means? Is it just New Age hippy stuff that’s popular today? Is it a concocted recipe of eastern philosophies that have a mystical voodoo nature about it? Just what does “follow...

Personal Growth: Finding Your Passion

Though it may feel trite, it is not. Finding our personal passion ultimately leads to a fulfilling and meaningful life. I know this to be true for me. I believe that it can be for you as well.

Tips and Tricks to Improve Memory With the Big Three

Being over 50 means never taking a memory lapse at face value. Did you forget to call your boss back? Fail to take your medication? Overlook a social obligation? Such incidents sometimes send us into a frantic search for ways to improve memory. The subtext, of course,...

Spiritual and Personal Growth: Thriving with Meditation

Does the word “meditation” conjure up images of gurus with flowing robes and long hair, lighting incense sticks while repeating “OM” over and over? If you were around in the 1960’s, you probably first learned of meditation as part of the Hippie counterculture....

Live a Purpose Driven Life

From the ivory tower to the prison cell: After a long career in academia, this educator finds a new purpose in life... And a very different group of students... I don’t play golf. I’m monumentally lousy at it. And thus my post workaday life never finds me strolling a...

Things That Get Even Better As You’re Aging

As we get older, we're told things go downhill from here. But what about things that get better with aging? You'll be amazed. The saying goes, "youth is wasted on the young." If we knew now, right? It is easy to get bogged down in the negative things about aging:...

The Best Tiny Houses of 2018

Tiny houses are all about minimalist living and treading lightly on Mother Earth. But now it's become a full-blown movement. Most people consider a house "tiny" if it's less than 500 square feet. That's not much, but that's the idea. And with some creativity, you can...

Seven Excellent Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

These seven easy steps can help you boost your brain power...and have fun in the process. We've done the legwork, all you have to do is read and apply! Just like the rest of our body, our brain changes as we age. Fortunately, there are ways to boost brain power easily...

How Volunteering Saves Your Life

The Powerful Social, Emotional and Health Benefits of Volunteering Have you heard the phrase, “Sharing is caring?” As it turns out, sharing your time, energy, expertise and wisdom with others through volunteering, is just as good for you as it is for the recipients....

Heart Health: Fun Facts, Tips, and More for Your Ticker

Your heart works hard, day in and day out. It never stops. To make sure it keeps running and to increase your longevity, you have to take care of it. All it takes are a few small changes to your lifestyle. These simple adjustments will make a big impact in your heart...

Community Service Is Not a Sentence… It’s a Joy!

A Heart-Centered Approach To Being Human Community service… what do you think about, when you hear that term? Yes, it’s a non-paying job performed for the benefit of others within the community. But many people think of it as a mandatory sentence, a sort of payback,...

Worthy Volunteer Opportunities for Involved Retirees

A purpose in life is a great thing. When your working life is over and your kids have grown up and gone, that purpose can become volunteering for a worthy cause. It gives you drive, passion, and a meaningful way to spend your time. It can make you feel good about...

Why Is Exercising Important?

By Glenn Baja Exercising…we all know we ought to engage and incorporate it into our lives. But do we really understand why it’s important? In simplest terms, exercise equals good health. Exercising equates to a healthier mind, body, and spirit. By incorporating a...

Thriving After 50: Lessons Of The Blackbelt

Earning Your Black Belt After 50 Can Be The Most Rewarding Experience My legs still tingle and feel tense from the exertion. My lower back, once in the running for L4,L5, S1 surgery, knows it had a workout. My body is totally spent, despite getting a good nights...

Empty Nest Syndrome: 11 Ways to Cope With Absence

Empty Nest Syndrome Is Real And Can Be Dangerous Empty nest syndrome…you’ve heard of it in the past, yet never really understood what it was. Not until today. College classes begin on Monday and it’s time to move your last child into the dorm. She’s excited, yet...

Interview With Kevin Schultz | Starting Martial Arts Over 50

Beginning Martial Arts After 50 Years Old Glenn Baja here with Thrive After Fifty.  I am sitting here with Kevin Schultz.  Kevin is a fifth degree black belt and has his own company here.  Tell us, Kevin, how did you get here? Kevin:  Glad to be here.  I started doing...

Thriving After Fifty: A Climb Up The Mountain

Thriving After Fifty can be likened to a climb up a mountain. There are times with the climb is easy and fulfilling, the weather cooperates, and you're feeling strong and powerful. There are also those times when you need to take an extra days rest, regroup, and even...

Getting Your Act Together: 7 Ways To Thrive

By Glenn Baja Are you getting your act together? Do you find yourself struggling? Would you be interested in hearing seven ways to thrive? Struggling sucks. Sometimes I struggle with writing. At times I’d rather be cleaning grubby pubic-infested restrooms at a crowded...

Commitment II

By Glenn Baja Commitment. It’s a word I’ve pondered over a lot since my divorce. For 34 years I was married and in a committed relationship. Or was I? In hindsight, I didn’t model a good example of what that word truly represents. But we survived those days, leading...

Commitment

By Glenn Baja Commitment. It’s a word I’ve pondered over a lot since my divorce. For 34 years I was married and in a committed relationship. Or was I? But that's my story. A story to be shared at a later date. The story today is about you... Perhaps you’re beamingly...

Crossroads: The Next Step

The crossroad is directly in front, staring me in the face. It’s time to decide. Time to take the next step. Do I turn left or go right? Wandering further up the same road I’m on is not an option. It hasn’t taken me to where I wish to go. A new road is the only...

Granada: City Of Dreams

By Glenn Baja The school bus (a.k.a. chicken bus) stopped and the doors opened. All I could see from street-side was a curtain of people spilling and overflowing out the aisle way. Not only did we have ourselves and the daypacks on our backs but also an overnight...

You’re A Selfish, Self-Centered, Arrogant, Son-Of-A-Bitch

By Glenn Baja "You're a selfish, self-centered, arrogant, son-of-a-bitch." These are words I'd heard from my ex-wife randomly throughout our 34 year marriage, particularly when she was ticked off at me. Nine times out of ten I'd blow it off as being more her problem...

Victim Of Crime: Costa Rican Style

By Glenn Baja I pushed the shopping cart perpendicular to the aisles, looking for Lezlie. There was only 6 to traverse, not a particularly large grocery store to begin with. I didn't see her. I must of missed her as she passed over to another aisle. I turned and...

Flowin’ & Coastin’ N Costa Rica

By Glenn Baja Tanagers, Motmots, Hummingbirds, Trogons, Honeycreepers, Montezuma Oropendula’s, Kiskadee Flycatcher’s, Toucan’s … the list goes on and on. Many are bird species that you don’t hear of or see in the USA. Over 890 species have been documented in Costa...

Christmas At Amazon: A Life-Sucking Experience

By Glenn Baja It’s over. Finished. Complete. So what’s it like to work at Amazon during the Christmas season, their busiest time of the year? To put it plain and simple, you work your ass off. The life-sucking work is hard and the hours are long. It’s boring,...

Amazon: The Experience Begins

By Glenn Baja Up goes the rear slider. Boxes begin rolling, tumbling, and avalanching their way down to the ground. Inside, it’s nothing but boxes, as far back as the eye can see. The Amazon unloading crew, known as the sort team, begins picking up boxes and setting...

More Love

By Glenn Baja More Love. This was our song. “Let it be soon, don't hesitate Make it now, don't wait Open your heart and let my love come in I want the moment to start when I can fill your heart with… It was summer of the year 1967. I was to turn 15 that September....

The Power Of Questions

By Glenn Baja The power of questions. Whether conscious of this behavior or not, we all are constantly asking ourselves questions. What should I do now? Why can’t I learn to be like that? How many more days do I need to continue this? When will I finally find what...

Road Warrior Craziness

By Glenn Baja It’s time. Once again, it's road warrior craziness time. Seven days from now I’ll be loading up a 22 foot Rialta mobile-home camper and setting out for seven months on the road. Just my gal and I. Three months of working and four months of exploring. All...

How Do You Handle Relations With The Ex Spouse?

By Glenn Baja This isn't the first time I've been asked. “If your ‘ex spouse’ changed, would you go back to her?” I feel a rise in myself. We’ve been down this path before. Nothing good ever comes out of it. “You’re always in contact with her: calls, text, emails....

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