Finding Purpose to Age Well by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D

Finding Purpose to Age Well by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D

“I have learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life” Maya Angelou Finding one’s purpose is dynamic not static, evolving over our lifetimes. Finding purpose is about how to use your talents to contribute to the greater good, it is not simple how you use your talents to earn a living. We experience a deep sense of fulfillment when we live our purpose. The question what is my purpose,…

Renewal Is A Journey Not A Destination by Brenda Thomas Ph.D.

Renewal Is A Journey Not A Destination by Brenda Thomas Ph.D.

It is impossible to predict the future. We live in times of constant change and are continuously dealing with new challenges, unexpected obstacles, and unknown problems. We set goals for our future and make decisions about moving forward to create our best life. However, there is no crystal ball we can consult to help ensure that these goals and decisions are the best for achieving the life we desire. The changes that impact us can…

Mature Resilience Handling Life Disruptions by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D

Mature Resilience Handling Life Disruptions by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D

When considering life’s third act people often focus on their dream bucket list of travels, hobbies and all the possible joys of having more personal time. Yet, the other side of life’s third act is all too real and can disrupt executing the bucket list. Including obligations that are stressful and hurtful even when willingly embraced with an open heart. There are loved ones to be cared for, physical challenges, perhaps financial difficulties and funerals…

Showing Gratitude By Giving by Brenda Thomas Ph.D.

Showing Gratitude By Giving by Brenda Thomas Ph.D.

If we examine our lives there is much for which we can be thankful. There are also many ways that we can give back to show our appreciation. These acts don’t have to be big or involve money.  A simple smile or a thank you are things that we can all do to help someone who is having a bad day feel just a little bit better. We can act as mentors and share our…

Black Panther Provides a New Outlook – Wakanda Forever! by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D

Black Panther Provides a New Outlook – Wakanda Forever! by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D

Much has been written about the great commercial success and positive reviews of the movie Black Panther. Director Ryan Coogler and his team have received many well deserved accolades for the film, a riveting story, brilliant acting, breathtaking cinematography, mind blowing action, perfect music and grand imagery. The movie also produced a tidal wave of social and cultural response that began to surge a year before the premier and it is still going. The Black…

Spring Renewal And You by Brenda Thomas Ph.D.

Spring Renewal And You by Brenda Thomas Ph.D.

After a long dreary winter, we look forward to a bright and refreshing spring. Spring is a time of optimism, a time of renewal when people look for ways to refresh their surroundings and uplift their mind and spirit.   It’s a time for new beginnings, which can be scary but they can also bring opportunities. Spring is a time for letting go of the old and making room for the new. When I reflect on…

Youthful Adjustments to Aging Spurts! by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D

Youthful Adjustments to Aging Spurts! by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D

“The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor and style.” Maya Angelou Each stage of life has unique challenges and gifts. Whether we experience the gifts depends on our approach to the challenges. The gist of this critical lesson applicable to all life stages simply said is: You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can control the way you respond. This is especially true for…

Planning For Transition by Brenda J. Thomas Ph.D.

Planning For Transition by Brenda J. Thomas Ph.D.

We spend our lives planning for the future, sometimes life throws us a curve and we are forced to change the plan. During the early years of our career my husband and I spent our vacations exploring different cities that we felt might be good places for us to make our retirement home. Our goal was to find a place that had a warm climate, preferably a college town with a major league basketball team…

Women Supporting Women by Brenda J. Thomas Ph.D.

Women Supporting Women by Brenda J. Thomas Ph.D.

The Huffington Post and other media have published articles about women not supporting each other.  These women appear to be focused on their individual success but not the success of other women. In turbulent times like these when women’s rights and well-being are in peril in and out of the workplace it is imperative that women remain positive and look for action oriented solutions. Learning to be supportive of each other and to work well…

Respect Yourself by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D.

Respect Yourself by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D.

I cannot get the words of the Staples Singers song Respect Yourself out of my head. It’s been playing on a continuous loop since I participated in the Women’s March on Washington. Specifically, the line “If you don’t respect yourself ain’t nobody gonna give a good cahoot, na na na na, respect yourself”*. That day in Washington, women proudly expressed their dignity and their outrage that anyone try denigrate them or take away their rights….