Today I’m so happy to be introducing you to another talented woman in the Women Over 50 Who Blog series.
The tribe of women in mid-life who are sharing their thoughts, ideas and tips about getting older in style is growing rapidly, and I love being able to feature them on Lifestyle Fifty.
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Meet Marlene Caraballo!
Over to you Marlene!
I am fifty-four year old creative entrepreneur, mom, designer and blogger at Cheers to Chapter Two.
I live in Orange County, New York and am a mom to three sons, ages 22, 18 and 15, and to a four-legger named Nutley.
Why I started a blog
I feel a definitive transition from the insanely busy and chaotic Chapter One of life, culminating around age fifty, and the move into a more reflective and joyful soul-searching Chapter Two.
In my search for inspiration from other women over fifty who are rocking the second “chapter” of their lives, I realized I needed to express my own journey through blogging (or go nuts). I find comfort and encouragement in talking to my friends – especially my over fifty friends – and I figured others might want and even need to share, celebrate, explore and even co-miserate about this journey along with me.
Women of all ages face certain common issues, but there are some unique challenges and situations that women over fifty have in common. For me, it’s been staying positive.
It’s been my experience that no one can quite talk you off the ledge like a girlfriend.
Not that I don’t find younger women’s web and social media stories interesting and inspiring, I do. I especially like to follow health, fitness, organizing and wellness personalities/sites – as those are always areas I need (much!) improvement. Even if I take no action on their inspiration, it’s still puts some good stuff in my head and on my to-do, but maybe I won’t do, list.
A tribe of women over 50
More and more, I find myself steering toward real stories on how woman over fifty are navigating their lives after their children have grown and flown. How are they dealing with the same life challenges that I am? I yearn to connect, to be real, to be honest, and to be my authentic self, more than I ever have before.
I want to figure out who I am in this second chapter of life, what I want to do, where I want to be, and to do more of what really matters now.
I can’t be the only over fifty woman who is tired of seeing magazine story titles such as, “How to please your man” and “1,000 ways to make chicken”. I want more. I want new adventures and avenues for joy and happiness.
I’m ready for soaking in as much inspiration and positivity as possible, even while facing the serious issues this stage of life can bring us, such as illnesses, aging parents, depression, divorce…
I don’t have a super-interesting or unique life, but I’m hopeful there are other women over fifty out there who can relate and are looking to share thoughts, gripes, fears, hopes and stories of the same.
I don’t want to focus on age itself, but having age in common is the thread that ties us together. I believe there is comfort in company and that sharing relatable stories, inspiration and truth with my readers brings comfort and inspiration.
I’d love for to connect with others through my blog and social media as we share the funny, pissy, fabulous, awful, happy, bitchy, sad, hopeful, fearful, joyous over fifty ride – Cheers to Chapter Two!
Find Marlene at Cheers to Chapter Two
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Are you a women over 50 who has a blog? Please drop me an email or let me know in the comments if you’d like to be featured in this series.