There are 42 million women in the United States between the age of 40-60. Big life transitions happen in these years. Things like divorce, empty nest, career change, burnout, menopause and a multitude of other distractions. Is it any wonder we feel crazy, anxious, out of sorts or fearful? You’re not alone. You’re experiencing mid-life. And it’s not a crisis. It’s a change. It’s a life shift. How you handle it is up to you. You can handle it with grace, or you can be a loud and proud hot mess express. You can get busy living, or you can get busy dying. You can flatline, or you can jumpstart a brand new life. You can be brave, or you can cower in fear. It’s a great time to rebrand a business, or start a new one. Go out and make new friends. Start traveling. Find your faith again. Start a new hobby. The point is, life isn’t over, it’s just different.

As women, we are nurturers. We have spent our adult lives nurturing our children and our partners. But what if mid-life you find yourself alone? The nest is empty, you don’t have a partner. What now? You can ugly cry on the bathroom floor or you can rise and be grateful that God gave you another day. As for me, I’m nurturing myself first these days. Pour into yourself. You deserve it. I also recognize that I’m pouring into my animals and my plants. They need me. They need nurturing. And I need to nurture something in return. That’s just who I am.

Find your purpose. Re-purpose your purpose. You don’t have to figure out your next move immediately. Take one day at a time and know that it’s okay that you’re feeling a little lost. You’re perfectly normal and you are loved.