That One Person Who Inspired Me to Become Who I Am Today

inspiredMy son Avi inspired me to become the woman I am today. Here’s why…

I used to be petrified of public speaking. Over the past three years, I’ve been challenging myself to overcome my fear by speaking as often as possible. I belong to Toastmasters, where I get to speak on a regular basis. I have even delivered a TEDx talk…and I’m not as nervous to speak anymore.

One of my most recent speaking challenges was a really fun venue called Unlocked Stamford. This is a community storytelling series based here in Stamford, Connecticut. Four times a year, a group of local residents speaks on a central theme. Together, we celebrate our city and unlock Stamford’s potential by sharing stories, spreading ideas, and building meaningful connections.

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Top 15 Life Lessons I Learned at 60

life lessonsI learned important life lessons in the first six decades of life. For my 60th birthday, I’m sharing them with you.

My birthday was April 14th. I received so many beautiful birthday wishes; over 200 posts on my Facebook timeline, private messages, and birthday cards of the handcrafted variety and store bought ones with beautiful messages.

I received loving birthday phone calls from people I know and love; people I’ve met in real life, and virtual friends I’ve never met in person with whom I’ve developed a very close relationship.

I woke up to a festively decorated house with birthday signs and streamers hung the night before by my son. We had carrot muffins with cream cheese icing for breakfast. My book club celebrated my birthday with a banner and cupcakes. Yum! (See life lesson #14).

My oldest daughter brought me the best gift of all, my almost two-year-old delicious granddaughter. She came up with a new name for me, Babaloonie. I love it. My daughter also brought home-baked cookies with an S stamped on top. Delicious. We went to the mall, where I got ten dollars worth of free Godiva chocolate as a birthday gift. (Life lesson #14 again!)

This was a big birthday. Ten years ago, when I turned 50, 60 seemed old. I would not date a man who was *gulp* 60. Those guys felt ancient to me!

But today, at 60, I don’t feel old at all. I’m told I don’t look old. I’m grateful to my parents for my good skin, AND being 60 is about so much more than how I look.

Last night, a few close friends took me out for sushi, and it was the best celebration. I asked each friend to share her biggest life lesson learned in the past decade. I loved what they said. I have such smart, funny, giving, amazing friends (Life lesson #1).

I shared some of the life lessons I’ve learned in the past six decades of life, and I’d like to share them now with you.

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How to Cope With Life’s Challenges When Dating

life's challengesI don’t usually talk about my life’s challenges. But it’s important to be vulnerable and talk about our struggles and how we cope with them. 

I’m pulling back the curtain today, letting you in on some of my life’s challenges these past few weeks. Not to complain, but to let you know I’m human, just like you. And most importantly, I want to share how I cope when life throws a curveball…or two. Because it can be hard to balance work, family, dating, AND crisis. 

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Why I Love and Hate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day: love it or hate it? If you’re single, it can be a challenging day. If you’re coupled, there’s so much pressure to do the right thing.

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, I was interviewed by Jim Jensen of the Essential Boomer Podcast. This was our third podcast together. You can also check out our first two episodes, episode 35: How to Have Great Sex at 50, 60, & Beyond and episode 24: How To Find Love After 50 – A Conversation With Sandy Weiner. Shows about dating and sex are super popular—who knew? Following are highlights of our latest show, where we talked about the love/hate relationship so many of us have with Valentine’s Day.

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Relationship Rules for the Bedroom and Boardroom

bedroom and boardroom

Author, leader, coach, Lance Secretan, shares valuable thoughts on how to inspire in the bedroom and boardroom.

Lance Secretan is renowned worldwide as a prolific author of best-selling books on leadership, and as an advisor, coach, and mentor to leaders. He holds a masters degree from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He is the 1999 recipient of the International Caring Award from the Caring Institute.

I brought Lance back to Last First Date Radio for an encore appearance, because he has so much wisdom to share about work and love. Here are loosely transcribed highlights of our show on the new rules for the bedroom and boardroom.

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The Secrets to Setting Healthy Boundaries in Relationships

healthy boundariesMartial arts expert/author, Theresa Byrne, shows you how to have healthy boundaries so you can love with an open heart.

Theresa Byrne is a natural protector-power expert who loves seeing people find their innate power. She’s a 4th Degree Master Black Belt, the owner of a CO martial arts & fitness center, and creator of a self-defense keychain tool. She’s the author of “InPower: 3 Ways to Unleash Your Superpowers”, has a B.A. in Communication (with concentrations in Psychology/Social Work/Crisis Intervention and Business/Marketing) and is also a C.M.T focused in sports, kinesiology and healing.

Theresa’s also a nationally recognized defense expert teaching on SPIKE TV and several national television programs, and a writer with The Good Men Project and Huffington Post.

I was honored to interview Theresa about setting healthy boundaries in relationships on Last First Date Radio. Following are loosely transcribed highlights of the show. 

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